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Cougars, wolves, bears oh my!

The iconic  coastal carnivores of British Columbia play an important role in the health of our ecosystems, but also as important symbols in First Nations culture and perspectives with animal images found throughout indigenous art, stories, and traditions.  When we understand and take care of B.C's wildlife and the habitats in which they are found, our health, economy and planet benefits too! 

+Program description

Learn about B.C.’s coastal carnivores and help save the Great Bear Rainforest! Students learn about the many roles these carnivores play in our ecosystem, as symbols in First Nations culture and stories, and the Great Bear Rainforest, a habitat in which many are found. Students use their investigative skills and enter the animal kingdom to understand what it's like to be an animal living in BC, the threats they face and how to help protect them. Proceeds from this workshop will be donated to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation's initiative to protect these coastal carnivores permanently in the Great Bear Rainforest.

+ Details

Grades: K-7
Location: Programs available in Delta and New Westmisnter, BC
Duration: 75 min in-class workshop; 2 hour outdoor field trip.

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:

  • Plants and animals have observable features (K)
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Gr. 1)
  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment (Gr.2)
  • 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)
  • Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Gr. 5-6)
  • Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things (Gr. 7)

Curriculum competencies (K-7):

  • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world
  • Make exploratory observations using their senses
  • Experience and interpret the local environment
  • Recognize First Peoples stories, songs, art, perspectives and resources as sources of information
  • Discuss observations
  • Identify simple patterns Identify questions to answer or problems to solve through scientific inquiry
  • Communicating ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways
  • Contribute to care for self, others and community through personal or collaborative approaches
  • Transfer and apply learning to new situations