Nature & Biodiversity

The iBiome series of educational STEM games invites kids from grades 3 to 8 to have fun while learning about environmental science. They’ll create their own habitats, try virtual experiments, and retain science-based curriculum through experiential learning. Whether they’re taking climate action with iBiome-Changing Ice, diving into marine biology with iBiome-Oceans, or uncovering wetland biodiversity with iBiome-Wetland, the iBiome series will make their screen time count towards an eco-mindset that they’ll continue to nurture for life.

The Calgary Urban Forestry Map is an interactive tool that allows users to zoom in and find out what tree species are in our city. Students can also use the search tool to search by address or place. 

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 nature. The website includes articles on outdoor activities and getting kids outside, and recommendations for books and resources.

There are two Ecohappiness Project books:

Stories in the Schoolyard (K-4) invites students to step outside and find delight in the ordinary, wonderful ways nature's stories unfold right in their own schoolyard. This active place-responsive program will support students to foster a sense of belonging in nature at the same time as sparking their curiosity to learn more. In this program, we'll become better acquainted with that tree in the corner of the field that's almost been forgotten. We'll also follow along with the adventures of Gary the Goose as he finds courage in face of fear. Program includes: a puppet story, imaginative sensory play, Indigenous connections, group poetry writing, and lots of active movement.

We Can Too! (Gr. 2-4) invites students to notice how nature expresses itself in cycles. We will look for examples of natural cycles in the schoolyard and follow the adventures of Cate the Caterpillar as she transforms from caterpillar to butterfly. This program encourages students to develop a growth mindset and to discover their own unique gifts. Program includes: a puppet story, musical poetry, Indigenous connections, active movement, and a printable growth mindset resource. 

These flashcards provide easy to follow one-pager activities for different seasons. 

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. 

Inside Education offers free environmental & natural resource education in the form of grants, lesson plans, activities, videos, teacher guides, toolkits, classroom and field programs, youth summits, and professional development for all grade levels in a huge variety of topics and subject areas!

Climate Change and Me is designed for elementary school and also available in French. This video series covers a variety of topics including: Greenhouse effect, biomes and ecosystems, the hydrological cycle, the role of plants in the fight against climate change, sources of energy, and the waste cycle.

Students of all ages will become engaged in Eco-Games in their schoolyards. They involve scavenger hunts, secret codes, ecological literacy and sparks for further inquiry and action. There are 15 Eco-Games available for FREE download. Watch the youtube videos to learn how to set up the Eco-Games. 

Childhood By Nature's Mini Guide to Winter Nature provides images and information about the adaptations that animals have to survive in winter. The booklet also contains activities for students, such as identifying local birds.