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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.

Canadian Geographic's giant floor map program is a free resource offered to K-12 teachers. Each floor map comes with a teacher guide with at least ten curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life.

Maps include:

Energy Production and Transmission: This map gives students the chance to explore and learn Canada’s energy story, highlighting where Canada’s energy is produced and where it goes.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada: This map shows the locations of Indigenous communities, residential schools, reserves and more. Rather than political borders, Canada is broken up into Indigenous language groups.

Polar Knowledge Canada: This map looks at the world from a circumpolar perspective. Use this map to explore the Arctic region and discuss why the Arctic circumpolar region is so important.

Canada from Space: This map, comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2, teaches students how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada’s environment, climate and borders.

 

 

This interactive map shows wetlands in Canada including their specific wetland types: Bog, marsh, fen, swamp, or shallow/open water. 

 

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 and teachers to support outdoor and wildlife education.

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. 

Ask Nature provides a variety of biomimicry and engineering unit plans, lesson plans, and design challenges. The website also features professional development online courses to help teachers embark on design challenges with their students. 

Launched in April 2017, Call of the Wetland challenged Calgarians to regularly monitor 52 urban wetlands for amphibians as an indicator of wetland health. After three seasons, data collection ended in August 2019. A Story Map was created on ArcGIS Online to tell the story of Call of the Wetland and show initial results. Use the maps with your students to discover amphibians in Calgary's wetlands and the locations they have been spotted. 

This data will be used to inform land development and management decisions. 

Stay tuned for more results to be added about the environmental conditions in Calgary's wetlands. 

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. 

Climate Change 101 is a unique series of video interviews with climate scientists about climate science. What makes the interviews unique is that the second half is spent explaining why the science can be trusted - why the data is sound, how do computer models work, what does it mean when scientists have low or high confidence in their conclusions. The scientists explain the content in a way that listeners can understand. Climate Change 101 is meant to grow over time and is free for everyone to use.

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Cornell Garden Based Learning provides downloadable lesson plans for Grades 2-8 about plants and gardening.