Water & Aquatic Life

The programs help the Okotoks education community address sustainability issues and give students, teachers, administrators, and staff the ideas and resources necessary to take initiative at four levels of action: in the classroom, in the school, in the community, and in the home. The Town of Okotoks offers both field trip opportunities and educational presentations for kids and youth of all ages. From waste management solutions to caring for the Sheep River watershed, kids will learn about their impact on the earth and how to be mindful caregivers of our planet.

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

This interactive map shows wetlands in Canada including their specific wetland types: Bog, marsh, fen, swamp, or shallow/open water. 

 

Wetlands 101 features eleven 5-7 minute videos regularly updated with the most current information about wetlands and Alberta’s policies. Students will receive a certificate of completion for obtaining a minimum of 80% on each of the chapter quizzes. Alternatively, students have the option of taking the course for “fun” with no evaluations after viewing each video. So sit back, plug in your headphones, and get ready to learn about some of Alberta’s most valued ecosystems!

Topics explored during the course can be found here

ChangeMakers is a community/network providing learning opportunities, events, social connection, and a platform to grow your network and champion ecojustice for all. 

Climate Game Changers is an interactive resource to help guide climate learning for students, adults, and teachers. With a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of learning, and ways to take climate action. 

Bring Nature Home Toolkit for parents, students, and teachers to support outdoor and wildlife education. The tool lets you filter activities by Grade and Topic.

Forest Stewards provides information about the relationship between fires and forests, logging, and hydrological processes. 

CPAWS also has an action project map to discover what actions are being taken by students around Alberta in order to preserve the integrity of our parks and protected areas. Have you done any projects recently? Add your actions to the map!

Launched in April 2017, Call of the Wetland challenged Calgarians to regularly monitor 52 urban wetlands for amphibians as an indicator of wetland health. After three seasons, data collection ended in August 2019. A Story Map was created on ArcGIS Online to tell the story of Call of the Wetland and show initial results. Use the maps with your students to discover amphibians in Calgary's wetlands and the locations they have been spotted. 

This data will be used to inform land development and management decisions. 

Stay tuned for more results to be added about the environmental conditions in Calgary's wetlands. 

Teachers can create an account for free on Skype in the Classroom and request virtual field trips for their class! Field trip topics include animals, ecology and conservation, and history and culture. Search by subject, age group, and location. 

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.

The Elbow River Watershed Partnership provides a list of student resources exploring topics relating to responsible management practices, agriculture, forestry, and water. 

They also highlight excellent teaching resources relating to water quality, ground water, and storm water. 

Be sure to also check out the stewardship activities that students can do to conserve our watersheds. 

 

Nutrients for Life provides a library of resources for teaching sustainable agriculture and soil science to middle school and high school students in Canada. The webpage includes detailed downloadable lesson plans, an investigation for high school students into water quality challenges in Lake Erie, FREE posters that you can order for your classroom which include the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, and online games to help reinforce concepts. 

Project WET provides water education in the form of activity booklets, storybooks, educators guides, maps and posters, and activity kits.