Lesson Plans

The Outdoor Education Toolkit for Grades 9-12 by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) provides guidance, tips, safety considerations, and checklists for before and during outdoor education activities. The toolkit also includes lesson plans, conversation starters, and reflection activities.

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

ENERGYminute provides lesson plans for Grade 9 and Grade 7 science relating to sources of electrical energy, renewable and nonrenewable energy, environmental impacts, and conservation. 

The Wild Center provides a list of climate change education resources for students, teachers, and the public. They also have a Youth Climate Summit Toolkit to support organizations in starting their own Youth Climate Summit. 

Ocean Networks Canada provides a rich bank of resources for teachers and students to introduce and explore different themes and concepts of ocean science.

The Indigenous Games for Children Resource is a collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities to help introduce or reconnect children to recreational and sport activities that reflect the rich cultural heritage of our Indigenous peoples across Canada. 

The Niitsitapiisini Teacher Toolkit comes in two parts. The Blackfoot Culture section of the toolkit provides an overview of the culture and history of the Blackfoot people. This section introduces teachers to the Blackfoot world and how it has changed and adapted over the centuries. The Learning Resources section informs teachers of the protocols involved in teaching First Nations students, provides access to instructional units and a list of additional resources. The units are designed to compliment and extend the Virtual Exhibit web activities and include cultural and historical resources, activities and assessment strategies.

Energy. A topic that can divide, puzzle, inspire. Future Energy Systems is a research program out of the University of Alberta studying all aspects of the energy transition. Future Energy Systems researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are making home-learning resources available for students of all grade levels, as well as for members of the public. Content includes lab tours, at home experiments and crafts, mini talks, full lectures, storytimes with associated worksheets, and The Energy Adventures of Tommy and Remi, an educational children's book series! Register for weekly notifications of new videos and access to all content. 

Earth School by TedEd is a collection of short videos and lessons organized by the following topics:

  • The Nature of Our Stuff
  • The Nature of Society
  • The Nature of Nature
  • The Nature of Change
  • The Nature of Individual Action
  • The Nature of Collective Action

The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley has downloadable lesson plans about wildlife, conservation, and climate change for Kindergarten to Grade 9 science and social studies curriculum. They continue to improve these plans, including an ongoing collaboration with the Nakoda Youth Council to weave together Indigenous and Western perspectives and will continue adding lessons to the page. The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley truly welcomes teacher input and feedback for improving these resources. 

Furthermore, the Biosphere Institute is excited to visit teachers' digital classroom through your preferred online platform. They are happy to deliver short presentations in topic areas related to climate change, sustainability, and human-wildlife coexistence and are happy to work with teachers on a one-on-one basis to meet their classroom needs. Explore the programs here. Teachers can email education@biosphereinstitute.org to book a program or to reach out with any questions.

Another program is WildSmart, which teaches residents and visitors to live smart with wildlife. Programs include bear spray training sessions, wildlife awareness talks, classroom programs and interactive booths for youth, families, outdoor educators, people employed in the recreation and tourism industry, and outdoor recreationalists.