Resources for Environmental Education

CPAWS believes in helping educators bring nature and environmental stewardship to life.

Free Resources for Educators

Bear Smart

Ecological Footprint

Nature Playbook - The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. It is meant to guide and inspire actions that all Canadians can take to connect a new generation with Nature. Pick up the Playbook. Plan your Plays. Make a difference.

Science, Grade 3-6:

  • Teacher’s Guide to Community; Environmental Action: This resource guides teachers through integrating action projects in the class.
  • An Uncertain Future: Students compare the historical and present distribution maps of several large carnivores in North America.
  • Animal Game: In this experiential outdoor game students assume the role of producers, consumers, or decomposers, to learn about food webs and chains.
  • Bat and Moth: A classic environmental education activity, where students discover what it’s like to be the hunter and the hunted.
  • Bio-What?: What exactly is biodiversity? Why is it important? Use these overheads to generate discussion.
  • Cougar and deer: Students learn about the importance of stealth and good listening skills in this enjoyable outdoor activity.
  • Five Minute Field Trips: This resource is for teachers wishing to do simple and enjoyable outdoor environmental activities on their school campus. This is a “greatest hits” compilation of our favourite activities.
  • How do Species Become Extinct?: Students will learn that loss of homes, or “habitat loss,” is the main factor that puts species in danger of extinction.
  • How we’re Connected: In this activity, students take a close look at their lifestyle choices, and the impact the choices have on the environment.
  • If the Earth were Small: This evocative poem by Joe Miller prompts listeners to wonder if we’d treat the Earth any different if it were only a few feet in diameter.
  • Mouse Roulette: In this active game students become owns  and learn about food chains, factors affecting feeding, and the random poisoning of the mouse food supply.
  • We’re all Passengers: The passenger pigeon was once the most numerous bird in North America - yet it is now extinct. Students learn how this happened and examine their thoughts and feeling about extinction.
  • Weird Webs: What happens when you remove a grizzly bear or a flower from an ecosystem or food web? Play this game to find out!
  • What does Endangered Mean?: This activity explains why species need their “special places” and what happens to them when these places are destroyed.
  • Who am I?: A fun-filled activity where students learn about the plants and animals found in a natural ecosystem.
  • A Perfect Pond Study: Use this lesson plan to help you lead your students through an exciting pond study
  • Plastic Bag Pond: This activity allows students to examine pond water up close, and will excite their curiosity and imagination about wetlands.
  • Water & Land Ecosystems: in this activity students make comparisons between aquatic and terrestrial species.
  • Wetland Pictionary: Pick a card, any card…and then draw it! This activity reviews wetland terminology in a creative way.

Social Science, Grade 3-6

  • Inventing the Future: This guide helps teachers and students think about the future and sustainability, through many inspiring, motivational and thought-provoking activities.
  • Take a Stand: Students think critically about some difficult questions and examine their own values as they “take a stand” on a difficult issue.
  • What about Shady Acres?: In this activity, students work through the process of municipal government to decide on the future of Shady Acres: will they preserve it, develop it, or learn to compromise?

Language Arts, Grade 3-6

  • Quote Poker: Students are given a “hand” of cards with environmental quotes written on them, to trade with their peers until they find the quote that they like best.
  • Why the Y2Y?: Students represent various stakeholders on the issue of conserving habitat for bears, illustrating the complexities.

Science, Grade 7-9

  • Bears of Banff: In this simulation game students assume the role of grizzlies as they try to meet their basic needs in a compromised ecosystem.
  • Disperse or Decease: Students play the role of species trying to disperse into new habitats, or deal with the consequences!
  • Ecosystem Enigmas: Students learn about the enigmas that occur when we try to manage a complex ecosystem. Find out why trees need bears and wolves!
  • Where is Sophie?: Using real GPS data points, students analyze a map to determine if Sophie, a real bear, is behaving the way a normal bear should.
  • Park Puzzle: How well do you know Alberta's parks? Play this matching game to test your students and yourself on our provincial parks system!

Science, High School

  • Keys and Webs: Students use dichotomous keys and build food webs in the Rocky Mountain Ecosystem.

Environmental Education Web Links

Web links to our favourite environmental education sites, organization webpages, research, adopt-an-animal websites, and more!

Grizzly Bears

Species At Risk

Action Challenges

Activities, Resources, and Presentations

Adopt a…

If you are interested in raising money to support conservation efforts of a specific endangered species, check out these sites:

Water

School Grants

Year end report


Contact Us

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

To see all our Environmental Education programs, go here to Learn More

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