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Switch to Renewable was developed to help Canadians assess their renewable energy options and understand the importance of renewable energy in Canada. Explore the website by selecting your province and learn about the energy sources in the province and percentage of electricity generated by renewables. You can also explore renewable energy with regards to homes, business, or municipalities. Learn how to reduce your energy consumption through energy efficiency, explore solar providers, and discover how viable solar is for you. 

Explore biodiversity across Southern Canada and areas under threat.

This video is brought to you by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Observatoire. How can you tell if information is trustworthy? Which obstacles stand between us and our quest for truth? To figure it out, we must rely on our science culture and sharpen our critical thinking skills. Here’s a practical “How To” guide that will help you get informed and give you tips to avoid certain pitfalls.

Climatescience.org provides online courses, books for children, powerpoint presentations, and lesson plans! All created and vetted by experts in the field of climate change science.

This toolkit supports practitioners who encourage children’s outdoor play. It takes a balanced approach to risk and safety. The toolkit was created it because of growing concerns that children are overprotected when playing outdoors or stopped from going outside altogether. As a result, they miss out on the joy and sense of adventure they should have from playing outside, and lose out on the long-term benefits of outdoor play.

Alberta Food Matters is a province-wide organization that connects dietitians, teachers and local producers to each other and to information on projects that already exist in Alberta and across Canada. They are linked to Canada-wide organizations that also promote these initiatives (such as Food Secure Canada, Coalition for Healthy School Food, Farm2Cafeteria Canada, Farm to School B.C. etc. AFM are currently working on a pilot project called “Community Animators” that supports schools to undertake whatever they are dreaming of doing to bring local, sustainable
food to their students.
 

Nature Alberta aims to be a strong voice and an active champion for the greater appreciation and conservations of Alberta's natural environment. Published four times per year, each magazine offers informative, educational, and engaging nature writing and photography that inspires readers to venture out and directly experience nature, deepens their connection with the natural world, and strengthens their commitment to protecting Alberta’s local habitats and wild places. Content can be used to guide discussions, engage students, and more. See the website to download free PDFs of current and past issues and the Nature Kids page to explore learning resources.

Bob is passionate about solar power, the sun, and renewable energy. He previously worked in the field of electricity and integrating renewable energy sources to increase reliability of the electric grid. Now retired, he has created a website to share his interest with the world! Bob's Solar Power Hobby Site is an excellent resource for Elementary and Junior High for learning about all things solar and renewable energy. Packed full of valuable resources, the website also includes a variety of solar cooker designs, recipes, and information about the solar panel installation process.

Calgary Captured is a multi-year wildlife monitoring program run in partnership with the City of Calgary, Miistakis Institute, Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society, and Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society. The program aims to increase knowledge on our urban wildlife to inform development and management decisions, as well as to engage the community to spread awareness of wildlife. Calgary Captured enables you to join their team and help classify trail camera photos by identifying the animals you see. By participating not only will you help with the massive and very important task of identifying wildlife, you get a first hand look into who calls Calgary home.

See the Collections to view all photos taken by the wildlife cameras. 

Orange Marks the Spot is a series of 6 lessons, each about an hour in length, that are designed to introduce students ages 5-12 to orienteering. Skills covered in the lessons include: cardinal directions, navigating a course, and applying navigation and outdoor exploration skills.