Environmental and Outdoor Education

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. 

 

ChangeMakers is a community/network providing learning opportunities, events, social connection, and a platform to grow your network and champion ecojustice for all. 

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, students, and teachers to support outdoor and wildlife education. The tool lets you filter activities by Grade and Topic.

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. 

Rural Routes to Climate Solutions is an organization dedicated to reducing agriculture's carbon footprint. Check out the podcasts to learn about innovations in agriculture to improve the health of the environment. 

Ag for Life has a full teacher resource page with videos, activities, lesson plans, and online educational tools. There are materials specific to elementary, junior high, and high school audiences. Topics include food, food waste, careers, sustainable development goals, STEAM, and tech & innovation in agriculture. 

SnapAG provides resources to teach students about topics in agriculture ranging from farming basics, to pesticides, and GMOs. 

Farmers 2050 is a game designed to help students answer the question: How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?

In the game, students become farmers, learn about careers in agriculture, and how innovations in technology and practices can help guide us towards a more sustainable future. 

Journey 2050 is an elearning program that provides lessons and activities to go along with the game. Guest speakers are available to visit classes and field trips are available toschools in the Calgary area.

The Google Earth timelapse takes you around the world, looking at changes such as glacier retreat, coastal expansion, deforestation, mining, and urban growth. 

ClimateData.ca is a climate data portal produced collaboratively by the country’s leading climate organizations and supported, in part, by the Government of Canada. The goal of this portal is to provide the most up to date climate data in easy to use formats and visualizations.