Resources for Parents

Environmental Education Activities and Resources to Support Home-Based and Distance Learning

Parents, we want to support you as you adjust to the changes brought along by classes being cancelled and social distancing. Over the next few months, we will be populating this page with resources that may be of use to you as you help your kids learn from home.

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Outdoor Activities to Connect Your Children to Nature 

These days, so many of us are at home with our kids; there has NEVER been a better time for us have some outdoor fun with them and help them get to know their home place and connect to nature in their own backyard. Here is a quick list of some of our favourite resources to use with your kids in your own backyard:

Five Minute Field Trips (Grades K-6) - This is an activity guide that is chock-a-block full of simple and fun outdoor games and activities that you can do right out your back door. We think these would work with most Alberta children: why not start with Nature Trust Walk (pg. 4), Un-Nature Trail (pg. 5), or Make-a-Park (page 12). This resource is brought to you by the Calgary Zoo, the Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and authors Sue Arlidge and Gareth Thomson.

Become a Backyard Detective (Grades 4-6) - One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get outside, be curious, and ask questions!  This activity provides some guiding questions and resources to help your kids unlock their curiosity and explore the natural world around them. 

Articles on Connecting Kids to Nature

Nature Can Be as Engaging as Video Games — How to Help Kids Fall in Love With the Outdoors (Grades K-6) - Scott Sampson encourages parents to help kids fall in love with nature just like he did: through direct experience. He recommends three steps that we — along with the children in our lives — can take to connect with nature. You don’t need to go to a national park to help your kids fall in love with nature; a walk around the block can be enough. Tech also doesn’t have to be the enemy. Instead, use it as a tool to enhance their awe.