Families

Finding Ecohappiness: Fun Nature Activities to Help Your Kids Feel Happier and Calmer by Sandi Schwarts prescribes nature-based fun to improve mental health and mood in children (and parents)! This book will introduce you to all kinds of engaging nature activities you can do with your kids, from hiking and bike rides to visiting nature centers and science museums to volunteering outdoors to embarking on ecotourism adventures. In addition, you will discover unique nature relaxation activities like cow cuddling, animal yoga, forest bathing, float therapy and earthing.

Tour the startup food forest, shelter belt and community garden. Hear about our passion and plan for the future first hand, while learning about the fruit and vegetable production currently established. You can even try your hand at weeding or harvesting depending on availability.

Located in Round Hill, north of Camrose, Alberta, and one hour away from Edmonton. 

Alberta's Native Trout is an interactive website to learn about Alberta's Native Trout, the different species, healthy trout habitat, risks to native trout, and how we can support native trout!

The Calgary Urban Forestry Map is an interactive tool that allows users to zoom in and find out what tree species are in our city. Students can also use the search tool to search by address or place. 

AdventureSmart is a great resource to help teach students about outdoor trip preparation. The website includes guides, checklists, and a fun online game! You can also request an outdoor educator to speak to your group virtually in either French or English!

The Ecohappiness Project focuses on the intersection of nature and mental health, tying together all the science and practical tools to help families live a happy, balanced life through nature. The website includes articles on outdoor activities and getting kids outside, and recommendations for books and resources.

There are two Ecohappiness Project books:

Visit the Thrive Outside resource portal and select whether you are a Recreation Worker, Caregiver, Parent, Educator, or Early Childhood Educator and instantly be connected to relevant resources! 

Also available in French! 

These flashcards provide easy to follow one-pager activities for different seasons. 

Download PictureThis, simply take or upload a photo of any plant and get instantaneous plant ID results! The website also has a massive plant encyclopedia and catalogue. 

Childhood By Nature's Mini Guide to Winter Nature provides images and information about the adaptations that animals have to survive in winter. The booklet also contains activities for students, such as identifying local birds.