Biodiversity Inquiry

We wanted to ensure that the key concepts and student learning outcomes in the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future can be used in Alberta classrooms, and add value to classroom teaching and learning. The answer is YES. This powerful learning story from Nancy Pollard's grade 8 class at Manachaban School is one of 13 that showcases the use of the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future. 

A BIG thank you to the school divisions and teachers that willingly shared their classroom learning stories via video and included a detailed Project Overview.

Rocky View Schools - Glenbow School, Sarah Thompson School, Banded Peak School, Mitford School, Cochrane High School, Langdon School, and Manachaban School
Westmount Charter School
Foothills School Division  - Westmount School
Canadian Rockies Public Schools - Alpenglow School

Thank you to Deb Rougeau-Bell who supported and worked with the teachers on this initiative. 


Biodiversity Inquiry

Citizen Science to Understand Local Biodiversity

Nancy Pollard, Manachaban School, Grade 8

This class used Project WILD (Wisdom Inquiry Learning Doing) for many experiential outdoor environmental education activities. The project overview and videos showcase two of these activities - students engaging in citizen science by collecting biodiversity data for the Cochrane Ecological Institute and the Swift Fox enclosure; and then learning about invasive species and participating in a Weed Pull at Cochrane Ranch.

Project Overview - what our learning looked like - Download the PDF.

“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton