Elementary Environmental Education Programs

Whether students are learning with hands-on classroom exercises or spending time outdoors, CPAWS Southern Alberta education programs empower youth to understand their true connection to nature.

Book a Program

The elementary education programs for grades 2 to 6 are listed below. Once you choose the program(s) you would like to participate in, fill out the booking form HERE


Take the Action Challenge

Students learn how to effectively design and complete an environmental action project.

Grades: 2-6

Curriculum Connections: As requested by the teacher. 

Classroom Program

Action learning projects involve students tackling an issue or problem, or, in the context of the environment, working to improve an environmental setting. They are inquiry based projects that allow students to build a deeper understanding of curriculum, while engaging in a current issue and making a positive difference in the world. In this interactive session, CPAWS SAB will lead students through a brainstorming and planning session for their action project. By the end of the session, the class will have chosen an issue and have a plan of action to tackle it. Your finished project can be entered into the CPAWS Environmental Action Challenge Contest.

Length: 30-60 minutes

Availability: September-June

Program Fee: FREE when combined with any CPAWS SAB program (30 minutes after the end of a classroom session or a conference call). As a stand-alone program, this session costs $100-$140 plus GST per class - depending on the number of classes booked.


Species at Risk Investigation 

Students will learn what they can do to protect the plants and animals that are disappearing in Canada.

Grades: 2-5

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

CPAWS will come to your classroom and guide your students on a journey to become Environmental Detectives. Get ready to investigate the complex case of local species at risk!

Length: Two 60 minutes sessions plus an extra 30 minutes to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-June

Program Fee: $100-$140 plus GST (for 2 one hour sessions) per class - depending on the number of classes booked.

Interpretive Hike

Take learning outdoors with a guided hike. Explore local Alberta species at risk while hiking in their natural habitats. A CPAWS interpretive guide will bring curriculum to life through outdoor games, activities and stories. We recommend hikes for grade 3 and higher.

Length: 4-6 hours in the field plus a bonus conference call to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-October and May-June

Program Fee: $250-$275 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked

For hike locations, requirements and logistics: Learn More.


Water Rangers

Students learn about the importance of water and watersheds.

Grades: 4-5

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

Take a virtual journey down the Bow River. Learn about the importance of water in our lives and how you can become a Water Ranger!

Length: Two 60 minutes sessions plus an extra 30 minutes to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-June

Program Fee: $100-$140 plus GST (for 2 one hour sessions) per class depending on the number of classes booked.

Interpretive Hike

Discover a whole new world in a wetland! Collect and analyze water samples and learn about the different organisms that live in these unique habitats.
                                 
Length: 4-6 hours in the field plus a bonus conference call to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-October and May-June

Program Fee: $250-$275 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked

For hike locations, requirements and logistics: Learn More.


Stories in the Snow

Interpretive Snowshoe Program

Discover dynamic and dramatic stories of the past and present while snowshoeing along a beautiful wilderness trail. Create your own stories about the surrounding Alberta winter landscape, play games and discover the wonder of Alberta’s wildlife and ecosystems.

Grades: 4-6

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 4: Science - Plant Growth and Change
  • Grade 5: Science - Weather
  • Grade 6: Science - Evidence and Investigation; Trees and Forests                            

Length: 4-6 hours in the field plus a bonus conference call to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: Tuesdays-Wednesdays, February-March 

Program Fee:  $675-$700 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked. This includes snowshoes for 25 kids delivered to and picked up from your school by Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals.

Without snowshoe rental: $250-$275 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked.

For snowshoe locations, requirements and logistics: Learn More.


Trees and Forests

Discover the exciting world of Alberta forests and why they need your help. 

Grades: 6

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

Explore local tree species and investigate the struggles and successes they face in our local environments. Begin with tree biology and branch out to discover:

  • how forests change over time
  • what their ecosystems are
  • the ecological importance of trees and forests

Length: Two 60 minutes sessions plus an extra 30 minutes to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-June

Program Fee: $100-$140 plus GST (for 2 one hour sessions) per class depending on the number of classes booked.

Interpretive Hike

Walk among the giants and discover the important role of various plants in the forest ecosystem. Students will participate in hands-on identification as well as other topical activities and games.
                                 
Length: 4-6 hours in the field plus a bonus conference call to brainstorm and plan an action challenge project. 

Availability: September-October and May-June

Program Fee: $250-$275 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked

For hike locations, requirements and logistics: Learn More.

Did you find a program you would like to book? Fill in the booking form HERE.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Environmental Education Department at education@cpaws.org, or call 403-232-6686.

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