There are a lot of educational materials, activities and guidelines already published and available on-line, many of them linked to Canadian provincial curriculum outcomes. One of the best ways, though, to fill your toolbox is to share ideas with colleagues and co-workers and to attend workshops, such as those provided by the Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick and organised through Learning Outside. We invite you to share your favourite materials and activities, along with any tips, tricks and tools on our Facebook page or by emailing us.
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What’s Going On? – key points from the Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 Report for the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone.
Available in French, great for French language or immersion classes, in addition to use by francophone schools, this website includes a series of videos that takes viewers on a fascinating trip through New Brunswick’s magnificent natural ecosystems.
Twelve videos introduce topics such as salt marshes, nature in winter, the Acadian forest, dunes, wildflowers and mushrooms, migrations, and floodplains.
There are also photo galleries, quizzes and resource links. Filmed in partnership with TFO Media Group, this is an inspiring, beautifully produced educational resource.
Nature NB has educational materials including kits, posters and identification guides (frogs and birds) available on their website. Nature NB also gives hands-on workshops / presentations and coordinates Young Naturalist Clubs.
Nature NB is also the provincial coordinator of the NatureWatch citizen-science programs: FrogWatch, WormWatch, IceWatch and PlantWatch.
By identifying frogs or worms or by observing and recording the timing of seasonal events, such as the freezing / thawing of local water bodies and the flowering of certain plants, you and your class provide scientists with the data they need to help track populations of species and changes in our weather patterns and climate.
This group has done great work introducing biodiversity into the schoolyard and growing food at several schools.
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NATURE TRUST OF NB
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SPECIES INFO CARDS
Green Teacher has a great magazine, plus articles, activities, webinars and books.
Resources for Rethinking provides lesson plans, curriculum units and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through interdisciplinary and action-oriented learning.
Step Outside – Your Guide to Nature’s Events, published two to three times per month, is a compilation of seasonal happenings that can be used to bring nature into your classroom. The guides detail specific flora, fauna and climate events, which are often taking place just outside your school.
Natural Curiosity – Resources for Teachers
Natural Curiosity: Building Children’s Understanding of the World through Environmental Inquiry / A Resource for Teachers – a teacher resource focused on Environmental Inquiry, and how to bring inquiry-based teaching practices into the classroom. A guide for elementary school teachers to making both the content and process of learning about the world more engaging and relevant to their students.
The WWF Schools for a Living Planet program includes free, curriculum-linked lesson plans and classroom activities for elementary teachers.
The David Suzuki Foundation’s Connecting Youth with Nature guides have free lesson plans for K-Grade 8 teachers. Each lesson includes classroom and outdoor components, step-by-step instructions, and ideas for taking lessons further. The guides will be available in French in spring/summer 2015.
Additional resources include information on curriculum development, programs in Canada, and perception of risk.
Child & Nature Alliance – Canada: a growing network of organizations and individuals, which promotes collaboration across all sectors in support of outdoor play and healthier children and families.
Back to Nature Network
David Suzuki Foundation
FOREST SCHOOL CANADA
TAKE ME OUTSIDE
CHILD NATURE ALLIANCE
The Center for EcoLiteracy is a nonprofit that advances ecological education in K–12 schools; lots of teaching resources and activities that are available for download in PDF form.
The Center for Environmental Education (CEE), Unity College, Maine: works with K-12 schools to address climate change issues and to cultivate healthy lifestyles. Resources include ‘Blueprint for a Green School’ and a very well-organised ‘Curriculum Library.’ A wealth of easy-to-use resources.
The Child and Nature Network (co-founded by Richard Louv) website has all kinds of information, from research and publications, to activities for families and teachers, to events and news.
eRiding, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Local (education) Authority, UK: a collection of resources, lesson plans and tools that enable a wide range of users to access top quality teaching and learning materials, targeted at specific audiences from the world of learning.
This website also has great information and photos on school grounds and gardens.
International School Grounds Alliance – a global network of organizations and professionals working to enrich children’s learning and play by improving the way school grounds are designed and used.
CENTER FOR ECOLITERACY
CHILD & NATURE NETWORK
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL GROUNDS ALLIANCE
Your Environmental Trust Fund at Work