Education for Kids

Supporting kids to explore riparian areas can be a creative, hands-on, experiential learning opportunity.

Some Beneficial Management Practices for educating kids about Riparian Areas include:

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Create opportunities for kids to ask questions and investigate riparian areas through hands-on experience

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Understand the environmental issues within riparian areas

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Facilitate ways for kids to take action and help improve riparian areas near their homes by joining a shoreline cleanup, planting project or shoreline restoration

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Explain the seen and unseen systems at work within a riparian area (the human-environment interactions, the living and nonliving things in a riparian area and the functions and values of a riparian area)

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Seek out environmental education programs from local organizations to attend with your students or kids.

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Promote what you’ve learned: talk to a friend, neighbour, or share your experiences on social media using #ABWater

USEFUL RESOURCES

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Resource Hub

Environmental education resources, that lists field trips & classroom programs, professional development & grants.

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Teacher Resources

This poster and guide for teachers showcases science, technology, stewardship, innovation, and issues relating to watersheds. For students in grades 7-11.

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Education resources

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s wetland education program offers free lesson plans, action projects and downloadable resources.

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Citizen Science

AVAMP is a citizen science program that allows participants to learn about and conserve the amphibians in their communities by reporting frog, toad, and salamander observations. 

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Species ID

Learn to identify the fascinating critters that live in Alberta's wetlands and ponds!

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Board game

This board game teaches children in grades 2-6 about the important links between fish, livestock, landscape, and healthy riparian areas.

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Board game

A board game designed for children ages 7-12+. Help Moopher travel to the sea while learning about your place within the Saskatchewan River Basin and how your actions can influence the greater watershed.

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Discovery Guide

Introduction to Alberta's wetland classifications and biodiversity, created for Alberta Science Network classroom presentations; includes facts, images and further resources.

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School Contests

Kids can enter a contest to answer what they can do to improve their watershed. A chance for both the winning participants and their school to win money.

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School Programs

This hands-on program allows students to learn through real-world science as they collect macro-invertebrates, measure water and land data and consider local environmental impacts.

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Web resources

Learn about wetlands in Alberta. This website provides resources, stewardship ideas, conservation and protection information.

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Story map resource

A story map of Calgary’s rivers, riparian areas and watershed protection. Tells the story of the creeks, streams and rivers that flow to and through the City of Calgary.

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Interactive simulator

An interactive digital game to understand the process of sustainable planning to balance land-uses such as agriculture, oil and gas and forestry with ecological integrity