Environmental and Outdoor Education

The City of Edmonton's Actions for Change initiative has a list of 30+ actions that individuals can take to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The actions are rated from low to high impact. There are also actions submitted by individuals. A potential class activity can be rating the impact of submitted actions. 

The City of Calgary has a list of 40 actions you can take to help limit climate change

The Kimberley Foundation shares climate change films made by students in Grade 7-12 and postsecondary from their FOCUS! Climate Change Student Video Competition. These films are publicly accessible in the form of a student produced climate change film library on their website. Canadian youth have produced a fantastic diversity of thought provoking films about climate change. Their creations range from haunting pieces that leave your mind racing, to informative investigations that raise awareness, and to change-focused films that inspire action.

The Hot Planet, Cool Athletes program brings high profile athletes (Olympians, Professional Action Sports Athletes, etc.) into high schools for presentations (preferably a school-wide assembly) tied to provincial climate change curriculum. The presenting athletes provide an interactive presentation, sharing their story and connection to the issue as well as presenting the latest in climate science. The goal of the presentation is to leave students with a clear challenge around climate action. Visit the website to learn more and book a presentation for your school.  

The program was developed by the Centre for Climate Change at the University of Waterloo and is available at no cost to schools thanks to their partners including MEC, Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Clif Bar and others. 

Developed in partnership by NASA and Salish Kootenai College, Living Landscapes contains valuable learning units for teaching high school students about climate change and its impact on Indigenous communities. The resource also contains a ten-episode video series explaining the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities through the eyes of two high school students. 

In the high school learning unit, students can select a region to explore the climate science of that region. Although the regions are in the United States, the resource still provides valuable insight on the ways in which climate change impacts land and culture. 

Find tutorials for using the resource here, and gain quick access to the high school learning unit by clicking "Understanding Climate Science" on the home page

Located near Hinton, William A. Switzer Provincial Park provides field trip programs and in-class presentations for Grades K-6. Topics include wetlands, forests, art, animals, and bugs. 

The Healthy Rivers Story Map is an interactive website that allows you to connect with and learn about Calgary’s watersheds, rivers and riparian areas, and explore actions you can take to protect the health of our rivers.

Some highlights include:

  • Information about the health of Calgary’s rivers, and ongoing monitoring activities
  • An interactive tool to learn about your local Calgary watershed
  • A map showcasing various City and community restoration and bioengineering projects
  • Volunteer and stewardship notice board, for citizens to find ways to get involved in their watershed

Video: Facilitating a coalition of scientists, researchers, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

NEW Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults! 

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s beloved bestselling book has been adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. This new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us.

With informative sidebars, reflection questions, and art from illustrator Nicole Neidhardt (Navajo), Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults will help provide educators to bring Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation. This new version will provide the essence of this book in a way that better engages high school students. You can purchase it from the Outdoor Learning Store.

Yale Climate Connections provides current articles and radio stories from around the globe about the impacts of climate change and what people are doing about it. Articles are written at a level that students can understand. 

The Miistakis Institute is a not for profit environmental research institute affiliated with Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta . The reports and publications they offer provide an excellent resource for teachers who want current, accurate studies about wildlife, conservation, and renewable energy in Alberta.