Resources for Families

Browse our collection of resources to help parents and families connect children to nature. This list includes our favorite outdoor activities to connect children to nature and a collection of awesome and engaging online activities from trusted environmental education organizations. Use the filters on the left to refine your search. To start a new search, please de-select your previous choices by clicking the (-) buttons at the top.

Government of Canada: Climate Kids Online Games

Climate Kids contains fun, educational online games about climate, plastics and oceans, and energy. 

Electricity Usage Monitor

This Electricity Usage Monitor is available to order online and calculates operating costs of household appliances.

Naapi's Garden: A Guide to Culturally Important Blackfoot Plants

A web resource containing a guide to culturally important Blackfoot plants by season. 

Guide for Improving Energy Efficiency in your Home/Workplace/School

The Basement and Home Energy Efficiency Guide provides great tips to help make your home, workplace, or school more energy efficient. The page includes the biggest...

Risk-Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play: A Canadian Toolkit

This toolkit supports practitioners who encourage children’s outdoor play. It takes a balanced approach to risk...

Land Talk: Global Interviews about Our Changing Land + Teaching Resources

Land Talk is an interactive map showcasing stories from around the world about how the land has changed. On its own, this is an excellent historic resource to study how areas have changed. ...

Solar Alberta: Find a Solar Provider

Solar Alberta provides an easy tool to search for nearby solar providers. 

Sustainable Me Interviews

Sustainable Me has an excellent series of short video interviews with Albertans about their sustainability projects, including business owners, home builders, educators, and...

iNaturalist App

Record your sightings of animals and plants and contribute to citizen science! iNaturalist has also launched a new app for kids called...

Mini Guide to Winter Nature: Winter Animal Adaptations

Childhood By Nature's Mini Guide to Winter Nature provides images and information about the adaptations that animals have to survive...

Student Created Climate Change Videos

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 Science: Kids books, lesson plans, and crash courses

Climatescience.org provides online courses, books for children, powerpoint presentations, and lesson plans! All created and vetted by experts in the field of climate change science.

Climate Atlas: Interactive Climate Map of Canada

The Climate Atlas features an interactive map where students can explore Canada's temperature, growing season, and precipitation in the past, present, and future. There is also a...

Earth School: Daily Videos & Lessons on Environmental Topics

Earth School by TedEd is a collection of short videos and lessons organized by the following topics:

  • The Nature of Our Stuff
  • The Nature of Society
  • The Nature of...

Teaching the 4 Elements: Activity Guide and Lesson Plans

Teaching the 4 Elements by Shelagh Pyper from Fuse Consulting says, "Children lead with their hands, not their minds. In order for them to...

MyHEAT: Aerial thermal imaging of heat loss from homes and solar potential

MyHEAT offers aerial thermal imaging. Students can use the online platform to explore their home's heat loss and compare it to other neighbourhoods in their city. This program can also be used as a way...

PictureThis: Plant Identifier App

Download PictureThis, simply take or upload a photo of any plant and get instantaneous plant ID results! The website also has a massive plant encyclopedia and catalogue. 

How to Be Smarter Than Your Brain: How to tell if information is trustworthy

This video is brought to you by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Observatoire. How can you tell if information is trustworthy? Which...

U of A: Future Energy Systems for all Grade Levels

Energy. A topic that can divide, puzzle, inspire. Future Energy Systems is a research program out of the University of Alberta studying all aspects of the energy...

5 Minute Activities with Video Instructions