Saturday, May 30, 2015

Where can I find resources for...

Air Quality and Climate Change



Online resource - Planet Protector Academy - Dreamrider Theatre Productions. "The Planet Protector Academy is an interactive classroom-based program for grades 3 to 6 that is proven to help communities meet their climate, energy, and transportation goals."


In-class - Climate Change Showdown - BC Sustainable Energy Association. "The Climate Change Showdown is an interactive environmental workshop and contest for students in grades 4 to 7. In each 90-minute workshop, our Environmental Educators use storytelling, a fun DVD and games to build on students’ knowledge of climate change."

Online resource - Climate Justice in BC: Lessons for Transformation Grades 8 -12

"Are you looking for new ways to teach about climate change and social justice? Frustrated with models that stop at changing light bulbs and driving smart cars?

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Teachers’ Federation have teamed up to create free classroom-ready materials that help students engage with the two great inconvenient truths of our time: climate change and rising inequality. And we don’t stop at small-scale personal choices, climate justice looks to how we can re-imagine the systems around us to make a better life for everyone."

Transportation


HASTe - Hub for Active School Travel. Promote walking and cycling to school.

TravelSmart by Translink "TravelSmart helps people make better travel choices by offering tips and tools on cycling, walking, carpooling and taking transit across Metro Vancouver. You can find us at community events, providing workshops at schools and businesses or getting the conversation started on our blog."

Water


Field Trip - Visit the Coquitlam or Seymour Watershed. Cost includes transportation. Grades 4 & 5. Grade 8 and 10 programs available at Seymour-Capilano Water Treatment Facility. Call 604 432 6359 or email : watershed.ed@metrovancouver.org

Programs - Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster:

Inspired by the River - Grades K-6
Living Dinosaurs - Grades K-7
From Pollution to Solution - Grades 2-5
Whose Job Is It Anyway? - Grades 2-5
Fraser Trade Brigade - Grades 4-7
Our Bones Are Made of Salmon - Grades 4-7
The Trading Trail - Grades 4-7
Taking the Pulse of the Fraser - Grades 6-9

Earth and Soil

Website - Earthquakes at Natural Resources Canada - maps show regional earthquake data and safety information

Book (Teacher) - Vancouver, City on the Edge. John Clague and Bob Turner. "Rocks, landforms, volcanoes, the Ice Age, earthquakes, landslides & water issues in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia".

Energy Conservation

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. Presented by Canadian Geographic and Shell.

Programs - Electricity, Safety and Conservation by BC Hydro. Grades K, 1-3, 6, 8-12.

Gardens and Outdoor Classrooms


Waste Management

Movie - The Clean Bin Project, 2010. Filmed in Vancouver. A local couple strive to live without producing any garbage for one year.

Movie - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie. 2014. Can be streamed from the Knowledge Network.

Field Trip - Metro Vancouver Facilities Tours. Seymour-Capilano Water Treatment Facility, Waste to Energy Tours, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours. Contact the Sustainability Education Coordinator at 604 432 6200 or email teacher@metrovancouver.org




Wildlife, Ecosystems and Habitat Enhancement



Field Trips - Metro Vancouver Parks. Programs are typically 2 hours long and cost $70 for every 15 students. For example, a class of 1-15 students costs $70, 16-30 students = $140 etc.

Grades given below are suggestions only. Any of our programs can be adjusted to suit the age level of your group.
  • BFF: Big Friendly Forest Pre K - Gr. 1
  • Curious About Creatures K - 7
  • Ecosystem Safari Gr. 3 - 4
  • Nature Explorers Pre K to K
  • Pond Peeking K-4
  • Salmon Rainforest Gr 2 - 6
  • Seashore Sleuths K - Gr. 4
  • Signs of the Season Pre K - Gr. 1
  • Tiny Transformers K - Gr. 2
  • Wonderful Water Gr. 2 - 5

Guest Speaker - Bear Aware (Wild Safe BC) - contact your municipality.

Resource - Burke Mountain Naturalists. Links to Stewardship groups, wildlife rescues etc. BMN recently published a very nice nature guide for local parks aimed at children. You can download it, or request free copies!

Program - Nature and Climate. Sierra Club BC. Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Volunteer Opportunities - The Lower Mainland Green Team. Remove invasive plants, plant native species, tend gardens and pick up litter at a green space near you!

Wild BC teacher workshops - Project Wet, Project Wild, Get Outdoors and Growing Up Wild

Wild School Program Kits - to accompany your favourite activities from Project Wild!

Programs - Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster:

Inspired by the River - Grades K-6
Living Dinosaurs - Grades K-7
From Pollution to Solution - Grades 2-5
Whose Job Is It Anyway? - Grades 2-5
Fraser Trade Brigade - Grades 4-7
Our Bones Are Made of Salmon - Grades 4-7
The Trading Trail - Grades 4-7
Taking the Pulse of the Fraser - Grades 6-9



First Nations



Program - Our Bones are Made of Salmon. Fraser River Discovery Centre. ProD workshop based on school program available. "The workshop will include a storytelling film and hands-on exploration of fishing replicas. Educators will learn about Aboriginal peoples' relationships to the Fraser River and hear valuable lessons from our Advisory Committee about the inclusion of Aboriginal learning strategies in the program."


Food Systems


Movie - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie. 2014. Can be streamed from the Knowledge Network.



Celebrating and Promoting our Success


BC Green Games by Science World - celebrate, promote and win prizes!

SEEDS Green Schools Canada. Registration is now FREE.

Coquitlam Environmental Achievement Awards. Nominate a Coquitlam teacher! Or get someone to nominate YOU :-)

Grants





All of the Above



Magazine - Clearing: A Resource Journal of Environmental and Place-based Education. FREE! Supporting the Pacific Northwest.

Magazine - Green Teacher . "Our quarterly Green Teacher magazine offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future, practical articles and ready to use activities for various age levels, and reviews of dozens of new educational resources."

Ask for a free sample... (I have sample copies)! By subscription, or included in an EEPSA membership. Also available in French.

EEPSA - The Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association. "EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education supported by the BCTF." Available on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources for Rethinking"Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. It provides teachers access to lesson plans, curriculum units and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. We call this learning Education for Sustainable Development or ESD.

Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories in Canada"

Also in FRENCH!

Ressources pour Repenser.  "Le répertoire Ressources pour repenser, un projet de l'Education au service de la Terre, fournit aux enseignants un meilleur accès à d'excellentes et de pertinentes ressources en matière de l'éducation pour le développement durable.

L'éducation pour le développement durable (ÉDD) intègre les sphères écologique, sociale et économique à travers un apprentissage actif, pertinant et interdisciplinaire.

Chaque ressource mentionnée dans Ressources pour repenser a fait l’objet d’un examen par un enseignant d’expérience; les ressources ont aussi été associées aux résultats d’apprentissage pertinents pour chacun des territoires et chacune des provinces au Canada."

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