Fine Arts

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

The Bateman Foundation provides lesson plans and videos about nature sketching. 

Lesson plans are also available in French. 

Canada's Outdoor Learning Store sells a variety of book bundles, guides, and kits to aid educators in taking learning outdoors. Search the shop by seasons, themes, type, language, and age level. It is run as a social enterprise which allows them to provide a return for outdoor learning non-profit organizations from across the country, and beyond.

Add your class to the Junior Water Walkers! Use the activity ideas in the four pillars: Connect, Reflect, Respect, and Protect, and then commit to protecting a local water source near your school. Check out the book The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson, and sign up to receive a Water Box for your own class copy of the book and journal to act as a "time capsule" of your learning, to then pass on to a new class at the end of the year. 

The Into Nature guide from Back to Nature Network contains helpful tips on how to start an outdoor education program in your teaching. The second half features dozens of activities (beginning on page 24). More detailed lesson plans begin on page 51.

This guide to nature journaling from Project Learning Tree introduces ways you can integrate journaling to your teaching in a variety of subject areas. 

Scroll down to Resources for Teachers or Resources for Parents and Guardians to download your free guides today!

Green Calgary has created lesson plans and activities in a variety of subject areas and topics, including waste, recycling, biodiversity, citizen science, energy, stormwater, climate change, and vermicomposting. Activities explore science, math and language arts in nature, as well as art. 

Benefits of becoming part of the Bee City Canada community:

  • Fabulous inspiration for Inquiry-based and STEM learning.
  • Connecting with other Bee City Canada Schools across Canada.
  • Creating an outdoor classroom.
  • Creation of a beautiful pollinator garden.
  • Mentorship of the community about pollinators and how everyone can help them.
  • Sharing of resources, events and activities on the beecitycanada.org website.
  • Increasing the celebration potential of events and programs.
  • A stronger connection to Nature.
  • Engage the entire school with an identity.
  • Weaving the arts into the pollinator education program.

For Kindergarten and Grade 1

The Nature Immersion program provides children and participants time to explore and develop a relationship with nature. The activities that take place at a Nature Immersion program are unique to each location and the participants’ interests. Our Nature based program is designed to inspire a love for nature and help connect children with their natural surroundings. The program takes place primarily outside in a natural space close to the childcare centre or school (weather permitting).

The Nature Immersion program consists of:

  • An educator will visit the classroom on a bi-weekly basis (approximately 3 visits per centre/school)
  • Each session lasts anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours 

For Grades 4, 5, 6

Using the basics of play and discovery, Eco-Buddies is an innovative, holistic approach to environmental education and eco-literacy. Through outdoor activities, games, exploration, experiments, crafts, and conversation, children and teachers will apply concepts from the Alberta science curriculum to the ecosystem around them and learn how organisms in nature work together to build healthy ecosystems. During each visit the classroom will go outside to their neighbouring natural area and learn about the challenges that trees, plants, wildlife, and people will face with a changing climate and how these organisms can come together to form healthy and resilient ecosystems

The ECO-Buddies program consists of:

  • 1-hour teacher workshop where the ECO-buddies specialist will introduce the program and will present key concepts that will be elaborated on during the program. *workshop for school programs only
  • Three, 2-hour visits by the ECO-Buddies educator at a walking distance from the School