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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.
 

The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley has downloadable lesson plans about wildlife, conservation, and climate change for Kindergarten to Grade 9 science and social studies curriculum. They continue to improve these plans, including an ongoing collaboration with the Nakoda Youth Council to weave together Indigenous and Western perspectives and will continue adding lessons to the page. The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley truly welcomes teacher input and feedback for improving these resources. 

Furthermore, the Biosphere Institute is excited to visit teachers' digital classroom through your preferred online platform. They are happy to deliver short presentations in topic areas related to climate change, sustainability, and human-wildlife coexistence and are happy to work with teachers on a one-on-one basis to meet their classroom needs. Explore the programs here. Teachers can email education@biosphereinstitute.org to book a program or to reach out with any questions.  

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.

Teachers can create an account for free on Skype in the Classroom and request virtual field trips for their class! Field trip topics include animals, ecology and conservation, and history and culture. Search by subject, age group, and location. 

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. 

The Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum has several educational programs, including educational materials and the Deep Roots educational videoconference, a 60-minute video conference offered to Grades 4-7 classes.

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. 

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists. We do this by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. Since starting in September 2015 we've run well over 1,000 live events and connected hundreds of thousands of students to scientists and explorers in over 60 countries. Best part of all, it is and always will be 100% free for classrooms everywhere! 

Each month during the school year we host 25+ Google Hangout events for classrooms. 
 

The Leg Up Foundation Education Program, in partnership with Nutrien, presents the GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION© School Tours Education Program. The school tours program features highly interactive sessions geared toward the grades 4-6 curriculum that focus on agriculture, wetland ecosystems, horse anatomy, horse health and welfare, equine history and the importance of bees to our ecosystem.

Programs take place in May and June each year.

Let's Talk Science classroom workshops cover environmental and energy topics, such as needs of animals, electricity, renewable energy and weather.