Outdoor Learning

Ghost Watershed Alliance Society offers in-class presentations and facilitates field trips focused on watershed education for students in Calgary and Area. Programs promote stewardship of Alberta’s important headwaters by giving students opportunities to investigate models, visit the Ghost River and participate in citizen-science.

Located near Hinton, William A. Switzer Provincial Park provides field trip programs and in-class presentations for Grades K-6. Topics include wetlands, forests, art, animals, and bugs. 

Girls on Ice Expeditions take place in remote wilderness environments every summer for 12 days and are open to girls age 16-17 to apply. They are tuition-free and interweave science, art, and wilderness travel to inspire future leadership, curiosity, confidence, and success.

 

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists. We do this by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe.
 

Visit their youtube channel to watch past livestreams.

The Leg Up Foundation Education Program, in partnership with Nutrien, presents the GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION© School Tours Education Program. The school tours program features highly interactive sessions geared toward the grades 4-6 curriculum that focus on agriculture, wetland ecosystems, horse anatomy, horse health and welfare, equine history and the importance of bees to our ecosystem.

Programs take place in May and June each year.

Nature Canada has a number of downloadable resources. From a scavenger hunt to tips on how to help nature in you area, these resources offer ways to get outside and connected with nature.

The Geological Bumblebee Program is an outreach program led by Dr. Katherine Boggs from Mount Royal University in Calgary that combines geology and biology. The program consists of learning about bee species in local areas and taking action to help conserve them. During the first classroom visit in spring, students construct bumblebee boxes, and the program then takes students on a field trip to a local natural area to install the boxes. Geology of the local area is explored as well, and students investigate what geology tells us about the place we live and how it was formed. 

In fall, the programs takes students back to the park to collect the boxes and see if they were used by bumblebees.

 

Please contact Dr. Katherine Boggs if your class is interested in taking part in the program: kboggs@mtroyal.ca

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education YouTube channel is a resource for teachers wanting to get inspired and inspire their students to take action. The channel features a variety of short video clip success stories of student-led action projects. 

Full Circle Adventures provides field trip programs for Grade 5 and 7 students in various parks within or just outside of Calgary. Students will learn about traditional uses of plants, human impact, and different world views. 

Two Wheel View provides the Earn-a-Bike (Bike Club) program to Grades 7-12. Each week participants receive a healthy snack, play games and discuss the daily lessons in both character (community, leadership, self-esteem) and bike mechanics (fixing a tire, gear adjustments, chains, brakes etc). They have the opportunity to use tools and disassemble and reassemble bikes every week, and get their own bike through this program.