Secondary Environmental Education Programs

Students learn the true value of nature with hands-on classroom exercises and by spending time outdoors. CPAWS Southern Alberta education programs empower a new generation of Albertans to become leaders in environmental stewardship.

To Book a Program

The secondary education programs for grades 7 to 12 are listed below. Once you choose the program(s) you would like to participate in, fill out the booking form HERE.


Discover Parks! 

Explore the ecosystems and biodiversity of Alberta's protected and unprotected wild spaces.

Grades: 7-9

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

Discover park ecosystems and explore interactions between biotic and abiotic elements of the ecosystem.  Investigate the relationship between humans and the environment through a real-world case study.

Length: Two 60 minutes sessions

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 the wonders of Alberta parks! Learn about park ecosystems through stories, bio-facts and activities.

Length: 4-6 hours

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.


Alberta's Winter Playground

Interpretive Snowshoe Program

Take science outdoors for the day and join a snowshoe program. Snowshoe on a beautiful wilderness trail, play games and discover the wonder of Alberta’s wildlife and ecosystems. Experience amazing sights and sounds of Alberta winters via the quiet of snowshoes.

Grades: 7-9

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 7: Science - Interactions and Ecosystems; Plants for Food and Fibre
  • Grade 8: Science - Cells and Systems; Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
  • Grade 9: Science - Biological Diversity; Environmental Chemistry
  • Outdoor Education/Adventure-Tourism - winter survival/safety, stewardship, sustainability
  • Photography - natural processes, animal habits, perspectives, framing, skill practice

Length: 4-6 hours

Availability: Tuesdays-Wednesdays, February-March 

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

For snowshoe locations, requirements and logistics: Learn more.


Grizzly Bears Forever

Find out how grizzly bears function as an umbrella species in Alberta's wild spaces. Help protect grizzlies and you will help protect many species in the ecosystem.

Grades: 7-12

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

Explore the biology of the threatened Alberta grizzly bear and their habitat through stories, bio-facts and engaging activities. Learn about biological research, human impacts, staying safe in bear country and grizzly bear recovery.

Length: Two 60 minutes sessions

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

Explore the habitat of Alberta’s threatened grizzly bear. Learn about current research and human impacts on these incredible animals through stories, bio-facts and activities.

Length: 4-6 hours

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.


Fresh Water Ecosystems Discovery

Explore the world of fresh water and the life teeming below its surface.

Grade: 8

Curriculum Connections

Classroom Program

How much fresh water do we actually have available? Who is using fresh water and how? What lives in fresh water ecosystems? Dive in to these questions and more through interactive demonstrations, pictures, videos and case studies. Become a steward for Canada’s fresh water ecosystems.

Length: One 60 minutes session

Availability: September-June

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

Field Study

What are the characteristics of fresh water ecosystems? Discover the answer to this question and many more through site observation, sample collection, testing and exploring the surrounding forest.

Length: 4-6 hours

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.

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Biodiversity in Winter

Interpretive Snowshoe Program

Winter offers a unique opportunity to study Alberta's biodiversity and the balances and imbalances of the ecosystem.  Snowshoe through an Alberta ecosystem to investigate plant and animal population dynamics during the quiet of the winter.

Grades: 10-12

Curriculum Connections

  • Biology 20 - Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere; Ecosystems and Population Changes
  • Biology 30 - Population and Dynamics
  • Outdoor Education/Adventure-Tourism - winter survival/safety, stewardship, sustainability
  • Photography - natural processes, animal habits, perspectives, framing, skill practice

Length: 4-6 hours

Availability: Tuesdays-Wednesdays, February-March 

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

For snowshoe locations, requirements and logistics: Learn more


Aquatic Field Study

Explore ecosystem health through a comparative wetland study. Use modern field equipment to study water samples. Conduct a chemical analysis and use field guides to complete a biological analysis of water samples. Submit findings through a citizen science database to further experience the work of a field researcher and contribute to a databank of information about the quality of Alberta’s aquatic ecosystems.

Grades: 11-12

Curriculum Connections

  • Biology 20: Ecosystems and Population Change
  • Biology 30: Population and Community Dynamics

Length: 4-6 hours

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.

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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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