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.

First Mobile Education: Recycle Bots Game App

RecycleBots is a free mobile game where players learn how to sort waste into recycling, landfill or composting with the help of their robot friends.

eBird Birding app

Download the eBird app to add your bird sightings and explore birds and hotspots near you! 

Whispering Signs: Rejuvenation and Reconciliation

Explore this example of an Action Project that your class/school can take, by Dr. E.W. Coffin School in the Brentwood Community of Calgary. Students of the school created signs with...

Southern Canada Biodiversity StoryMap

Explore biodiversity across Southern Canada and areas under threat.

Indigenous Games for Children from Indigenous Communities Across Canada

The Indigenous Games for Children Resource is a collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities to help introduce or reconnect...

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools uses the Comprehensive School Health framework to support schools, providing professional development opportunities, lesson plans and other resources, and an EAS in residence...

Forests, Fins & Footprints: Clearcutting a Community

Forests, Fins & Footprints is a community-funded documentation of clearcutting in the Ghost Valley — a watershed located just upstream of Calgary, on the Eastern Slopes of the...

Ecohappiness Project

The Ecohappiness Project focuses on the intersection of nature and mental health, tying together all the science and practical tools to help families live a happy, balanced life through...

Switch to Renewable: Guide to renewable energy in Canada

Switch to Renewable was developed to help Canadians assess their renewable energy options and understand the importance of renewable energy in Canada. Explore the website by selecting your...

Backyard Geology Guide

This article describes easy-to-use tools and methods for finding and identifying different types of rocks and minerals in your backyard!

Greta Thunberg Video: The World Needs You

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg helped launch an initiative by school-aged children to boycott school in response to the climate crisis.  She's made headlines this year through her uncompromising - and uncomfortable! - presentation to the...

Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans to Support Outdoor Adventure

Orange Marks the Spot is a series of 6 lessons, each about an hour in length, that are designed to introduce students ages 5-12 to orienteering. Skills covered in the...

Ducks Unlimited Canada: Virtual Field Trips & Map of Wetlands in Canada

Virtual field trips include: Wetlands, Critter Dipping, Owls, and Marshes.

This interactive map shows...

Outdoor Activities Searchable Database

Toronto Outdoor Education Schools has put together a searchable database of outdoor education activities for all grades and subject areas. 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Book and Discussion Guide

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass,...

Calgary Captured: Identifying Wildlife in Calgary

Calgary Captured is a multi-year wildlife monitoring program run in partnership with the City of Calgary, Miistakis Institute, Friends of Fish Creek...

Leap Into Action: Environmental Action Guide

Leap Into Action! was created by the BC Conservation Foundation and Wild BC for teachers and is full of lesson plans to help prepare, inspire and support...

Ophea: Outdoor Education Toolkit

The Outdoor Education Toolkit for Grades 9-12 by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) provides guidance, tips,...

Indoor Play When You Can't Go Outside

How to Make the Most of Indoor Play When You Can't Go Outside is an article with advice, activities, and links on how to bring...

Bob's Solar Power Hobby Site

Bob is passionate about solar power, the sun, and renewable energy. He previously worked in the field of electricity and integrating renewable energy sources to increase reliability of the electric grid. Now retired, he has created...