a The Learning Garden: July 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Field Work: Okanagan Lake

With temp at the garden at 39C, students held observations and discussions on mountains and beaches, lakeside.

Deep thinkers

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Get Real.

Great Horned Owl Spotted in the Forest Beside the Learning Garden. July 30, 2009.

Photos: Aaron Volk

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bird Houses

Students build bird houses, look cool doing so.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Field Work: Mill Creek

Students go into Cool Forest and write nature observations based on Environmental Education philosophy.

Students in the woods somewhere.

A student is writing behind this fallen tree.

Students write poems standing in the Cool Creek

Nature. Cool.

This year the Environmental Education graduate students observed many new species of wildlife that have moved to the Learning Garden, and to the pond - as a result of the human noise, construction, and disappearance of natural area around them.

Yes - after all these years - a turtle in the Learning Garden.
(Thanks for waiting, Mike B).

Deer at rest.

Painted Turtle, species at risk: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/list.htm

Thanks to Amanda Kehler for the photos.

Eco-Lesson Plans & Resources

Eco-Lesson Plans and Resources

Environmental Learning and Experience Guide and Curriculum Map
• http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/environment_ed/
• Incorporate environmental learning into lesson plans for all ages and subjects

Wild BC - www.wildbc.org
• Free resources and lesson plans. Extensive climate change program for grades 4, 7, and 10-12.

Climate Change Education - www.climatechangeeducation.org
• Lesson Plans for K-12 in all subject areas

Ecokids - www.ecokids.ca
• Free lesson plans and activities, plus annual Eco Challenge contest

HSBC Clean Air Achievers – www.cleanairachievers.ca
• Grades 6-9; register online, track and learn about travel emissions and your class will have 2 visits from a Canadian champion (Olympian, world champion, etc.)

Pembina Institute Green Learning - www.greenlearning.ca
• Elementary and high school lesson plans on energy and the environment

Sierra Club of BC - www.sierraclub.bc.ca/education
• Lesson plans for K-8, sustainable high school program, other great resources

WWF Schools for a Living Planet - http://schools.wwf.ca/
• Lesson plans for grades 3-8 on a variety of environmental and wildlife themes

Zero Footprint Kids - www.zerofootprintkids.com
• Calculate your carbon footprint then follow the links for great resources


Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Alliance - www.osca.org
• Environmental educators provide exciting programs on local habitats, wildlife, and the interaction between humans and the environment

City of Kelowna ECCO programs - http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page1051.aspx
• Classroom and field presentations on important environmental topics
• Tons of fun and FREE programs for all ages

BC Sustainable Energy Association - www.bcsea.org
• Climate Change Showdown: classroom workshop for grades 5 & 6
• Contact booking@bcsea.com or 778.785.3951 for more information

Green Street - www.green-street.ca
• An excellent search tool to find local environmental programming
• Lesson plans for all grades and funding information

Sierra Club of BC - www.sierraclub.bc.ca/education
• Curriculum linked programs for all grade levels

Wild BC - www.wildbc.org
• Wildlife and environmentally themed workshops by local environmental educators

Information helpfully supplied by: Kate Bergen, Climate Action Facilitator, BC Ministry of Environment - Youth Climate Leadership Alliance. Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen