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Trout Unlimited Canada’s Water Edu-Kit program explores the science of water, enabling youth to improve their water literacy while enriching their understanding and experience in water science. The self-delivery program package has a complete set of tools to help youth understand and monitor the health of their local waterbodies and the challenges with water and conservation. This science-based, curriculum linked, program links classroom learning to stewardship action, through the program guide and water testing supplies.

Trout Unlimited Canada’s award-winning Yellow Fish Road™ program has been Canada’s premier water education program targeted to reduce water pollution. The program educates Canadians that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams and anything other than rainwater can harm life in and around the water, as well as us as Canadians who need clean water. This science-based, curriculum linked, program links classroom learning to stewardship action, through videos, a presentation activity, program guide and storm drain painting supplies.

WILD Outside is a new conservation-based youth leadership program run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF). Learning from CWF facilitators alongside their peers, youth who join the WILD Outside program will connect with other participants by exploring the outdoors and planning and carrying out community-based conservation action projects in their own community. We welcome young people from all communities and from many different walks of life and varying experiences.

Outside of our core group of youth (grades 10-12), our Youth Leadership Specialists can work with your school or class to plan and carry out a conservation project that your students are interested in. These projects are open to students from K-12 in all topics of study. We can also come into your class to talk about our programs and run some curriculum programming. 

Yale Climate Connections has created a list of seven of the best new documentaries on climate change. Read the article for summaries of each documentary. 

There are over 700 scientifically credible resources in the CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection. Every item in the CLEAN collection is rigorously peer-reviewed by teams of educators and scientists. Resources include information, lesson plans, and activities for teaching about climate change and energy. All resources are free and available online.

The programs help the Okotoks education community address sustainability issues and give students, teachers, administrators, and staff the ideas and resources necessary to take initiative at four levels of action: in the classroom, in the school, in the community, and in the home. The Town of Okotoks offers both field trip opportunities and educational presentations for kids and youth of all ages. From waste management solutions to caring for the Sheep River watershed, kids will learn about their impact on the earth and how to be mindful caregivers of our planet.

Virtual field trips include: Wetlands, Critter Dipping, Owls, and Marshes.

This interactive map shows wetlands in Canada including their specific wetland types: Bog, marsh, fen, swamp, or shallow/open water. 

 

Climate Game Changers is an interactive resource to help guide climate learning for students, adults, and teachers. With a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of learning, and ways to take climate action. 

Bring Nature Home Toolkit for parents and teachers to support outdoor and wildlife education.

Forest Stewards provides information about the relationship between fires and forests, logging, and hydrological processes. 

CPAWS also has an action project map to discover what actions are being taken by students around Alberta in order to preserve the integrity of our parks and protected areas. Have you done any projects recently? Add your actions to the map!

Alberta Climate Records is an exciting new interactive website from the University of Lethbridge, providing decades of climate data from across the province. Explore datasets from 1951-2017, including mean temperature, cold weather, hot weather, growing temperature, and precipitation. 

The City of Airdrie, Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) provides schools, homes and community groups with educational opportunities that teach sustainable waste management behaviour that can help reduction and diversion efforts. 

WRS provide in-class and online presentations, including Recycling (Gr. 3-6), Circular Economy (Gr. 5+), and What Happens in Our Community (Gr. 2), which takes a look at what happens at the Airdrie Recycle Depot. 

There are also activities available to do pre, post or on their own by request. Topics include food waste reduction, home waste audit, and an eco-art challenge. Contact the City of Airdrie, Education Coordinator for more information; education@airdrie.ca