Photo by : Jeffrey Qi

Photo by: Jeffrey Qi

Ancient Giants

The coastal temperate rainforests of BC provide a world of discovery encompassing the highest biomass (total amount of mass of organisms) per hectare than any other ecosystem on earth! The largest intact temperate rainforest in the world is found in BC and embedded in the land is millennia of First Nations history, culture and livelihood.

These temperate rainforests are very rare and disappearing fast before our eyes. As the guardians of biodiversity, indigenous cultures and ecological processes as well as landscapes for a world of recreational and ecotourism opportunities, the worth of these coastal temperate rainforests to future generations is greater than ever. Students connect hands-on to their local environment and understand their roles in the bigger picture. 

+Program Description

What makes our temperate rainforests so unique? Students use their senses to understand the coastal temperate rainforests of BC, the history embedded within it and what makes it different from other ecosystems around the world. Through hands-on field investigations and exploration, students learn about the building blocks of our ecosystems and make the connections between plants, animals, humans and their important roles in the web of life.

+Details

All programs are tailored to suit each grade level
Grades: 3-7
Location: Programs available to Delta and New Westminster Schools Duration: 2 hours

Below are some big ideas and curriculum competencies that will be addresssed. You may contact us for a more detailed list for your grade if desired.

BIG IDEAS:

  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems (Gr. 3)
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment (Gr. 4)
  • Humans use earth materials as natural resources (Gr. 5)
  • Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Gr. 5)
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment (Gr. 6)
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time (Gr. 7)

CURRICULUM COMPETENCIES (Grades 3-7):

  • Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment
  • Experience and interpret the local environment
  • Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world and make observations
  • Collect simple data
  • Make predictions about the findings of their inquiry
  • Explore and pose questions that lead to investigations
  • Identify First Peoples perspectives and knowledge as sources of information