Let us inspire your students!

Using our award-winning approach to environment and natural resource education, our team of professional educators will bring current and curriculum-relevant programs to your school. Based on our pillars of multiple perspectives and critical thinking, we will engage students in a thoughtful exploration of Alberta’s environment, society and economy.

Submitting a booking request for your school is easy:

  • Browse the grade levels and topics below and select a program
  • Submit an online program request for your school, most of our no-cost school programs are 1 hour in length
    • AM bookings are available between 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • PM bookings are available between 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • An Inside Education educator will contact you one month prior to your requested date
  • Once presentation details are confirmed, you will be asked to submit a separate booking confirmation form to secure your presentation.
  • Please coordinate with other classes and grade levels.

Our 2016-17 school year is FULL. Please click the link to request a program for the 2017-2018 school year.

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To continue the conversation and take your lessons to the next level check out our supporting learning resources and teacher professional development programs.

Browse our program below to find themes, curriculum connections and more:

Elementary Programs

Get your students together for a session that will inspire environmental stewardship using curriculum relevant content! These programs are designed to be delivered in a multi-class format.

Gr. 4  - Natural Resources & Energy

Using Alberta’s natural regions as our map, we will explore natural resources and develop a deeper understanding of how we use and produce energy in Alberta and what we can do to conserve our natural resources.

Themes: renewable & non-renewable resources, Alberta’s natural regions, energy production, energy use, energy efficiency & conservation

Curriculum Connections:
* this presentation is well-suited to all students in grades 4-6 who are eager to learn more about what makes Alberta unique and be inspired to become environmental leaders in their schools!

  • Grade 4 Social Studies - Alberta: A Sense of the Land

Supporting Resources: Stewardship, Energy, Climate and You Education Kit, Petroleum Field Trip Videos, CARE/WISE education kits

Gr. 5 - Electricity and Energy

From wind turbines to coal-fired power plants our electricity landscape is shaped by natural resources. Examine electricity from a Canadian perspective and learn how electricity is made, moved and connected to how we live, work and play.

Themes: electricity from natural resources, electricity generation, transmission, electrical safety, climate change, electricity use and energy conservation, efficiency and stewardship

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 5 Science - Electricity and Magnetism

Supporting Resources: Electricity Education Kit, Stewardship Energy Climate and You Education Kit

Gr. 6 - Alberta's Forests

Investigate the multiple perspectives that shape a working forest without leaving your classroom. This inquiry-based program will discuss the social, economic and environmental values of Alberta’s forests, alongside key issues and innovations that are changing our forest landscape.

Themes: forest ecosystems, careers, climate change, sustainable forest management, forestry tools, forest products, multiple land use, traditional knowledge and stewardship

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 6 Science - Trees & Forests

Supporting ResourcesIt’s Our Forest Video Series & Teachers Guide, Guide To Common Trees & Shrubs of Alberta, Between the Stands Digital Poster & Teachers Guide, Tools of the Trade Kit

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Junior High Programs

Electricity Challenge  - A Solar Lantern Building Project

Take your students on a critical thinking evaluation of electricity and get the big picture on generation and consumption. This unique 1.5 hour program will engage students in meaningful energy education through action. The program includes an interactive presentation and solar lantern building workshop.

  • Evaluate sources of energy and investigate electrical technologies
  • Develop a global energy perspective and think critically to solve electricity challenges
  • Work together to build solar lanterns as part of the STAR EcoWorks Leading Light ® Initiative that will see lanterns sent overseas at the end of the school year.

*Due to the number of solar lanterns available we suggest a maximum of 50 students per workshop

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 9 Science - Electrical Principles and Technologies
  • STSE Emphasis (Science, Technology, Society, Environment)

Supporting Resources: Electricity Poster Kit, Energy Dialogues - Wind Energy

Agriculture in Alberta  - Cultivating Stewardship

Inside Education can help you bring important Alberta-relevant context to your grade 7 plants for food and fibre unit with a hands-on inquiry into key agricultural topics! Students will explore the who, what and why of agriculture in Alberta and the balance between a growing population and sustainable agriculture practices.

Themes: food production - crops & livestock, issues & innovation, sustainability, careers

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 7 Science - Plants for Food & Fibre
  • Career & Technology Foundations (CTF)

Supporting Resources: Running Water Poster Kit, Nutrients For Life Garden Grant, Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week

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Senior High Programs

Energy and the Environment - An Oil Sands Case Study

Using Inside Education’s Energy Dialogues resource we will explore the relationship between Alberta’s energy industry and our natural environment.

Themes: energy sources, energy production, technology, sustainable development, climate change, wildlife, careers & stewardship.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Biology 20
  • Science 10/30,
  • CTS: Natural Resources (NAT)
  • STSE Emphasis (Science, Technology, Society, Environment)

Supporting Resources: Energy Dialogues - Energy & Wildlife, Oil Sands Field Trip Videos

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School Events & Projects


Project Based Learning & Citizen Science Programs


IceWatch Education Program

Join Inside Education for this exciting school-based citizen science monitoring project for Edmonton Grade 5 schools! Connecting to Inside Education’s Climate Change Education Initiatives and the Alberta Program of Studies, the IceWatch program aims to develop understanding of weather, climate change and stewardship. With an emphasis on personal action through citizen science, this class based project will engage students in local issues while contributing meaningful data to a national citizen science database.

PlantWatch Education Program

Check out this exciting citizen science program that is perfect for implementing project-based learning into your grade 4 curriculum. Inside Education has put together a comprehensive program that is connected to the NatureWatch - PlantWatch program! Including no-cost professional development session, classroom presentation and field program your class will collect actual data to inform scientists across the country!

Clean Air Responsible Schools Program (C.A.R.S.)

Inside Education is excited to offer a unique climate change eduction program that includes a professional development opportunity, classroom presentation and school-based citizen science project!  C.A.R.S. is the perfect opportunity to implement meaningful project-based learning into your classroom - Learn more.

Nutrients for Life - School Learning Garden Grant

Did you know that you can receive a $500/$3000 garden grant from Nutrients for Life Canada? You can, it's easy and Inside Education wants to help. Connected to our new agriculture education initiatives have teamed up with Nutrients for Life to offer this program to K-12 schools in Alberta. Learn how you can get growing here.

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week

We have teamed up with Alberta Agriculture, Agriculture in the Classroom and Ontario Agri-food Education with support from Farm Credit Canada to bring a unique inquiry-based learning experience to Alberta classrooms. Exploring agricultural connections to key topics like climate change, innovation and careers during Canadian Agriculture Literacy week you and your students can link into tons of exciting learning opportunities. Learn more.


 

Do you need something unique for a specific unit of study, are you organizing an environment themed day at your school, looking for support for an student inquiry/action project? We can help!

Inside Education can tailor a presentation or workshop for your students on any of our educational themes including stewardship, climate change, environmental innovation and more.

Talk to us about your ideas by calling us at 780-421-1497.

An outdoor learning adventure!

Our team of professional educators will lead your students through an experiential, curriculum-connected field trip. Through hands-on participation, these fun programs encourage students to rediscover the ecosystems that exist in their very own backyards!

Inside Education field studies operate during May, June, September and October. These full- or half-day programs are available for grades 4-12 at various field sites across the province. Please refer to our Field Programs FAQ section for more specifics on how these programs run, including our busing subsidy and cancellation policy.

**Our 2017 Spring Season is full! Please click the links below to request a program for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Browse the programs below to find program themes, curriculum connections, online request forms and more:

Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Forest - Edmonton & Area

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Now booking Spring 2018!

Inside Education is excited to offer our award-winning forest education programs to Edmonton and area schools! This program allows students to explore and experience a local multi-use forest through an exciting full-day, curriculum-based program at the Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area.

A no-cost forest field trip, this program is offered throughout May & June and runs onsite from 10 am-2 pm. A $100/day busing subsidy is also provided. For more information please review our Field Program FAQ’s

Program Themes: Forest ecosystems, values of the forest, natural resource development, tree measurements, land use and multiple perspectives, sustainable forest management, careers, trees and their products, stewardship.

Available Programs:

Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests.  Curriculum Connections:  Plant growth and changes; Waste in our world; Alberta: a sense of the land

Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants, and use real forestry tools to explore a careers. Curriculum Connections:  Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations

Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources.  Curriculum Connections:  Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems

NEW! Jr. High Wildlife Program -  this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Interactions and ecosystems

Sr. High -  Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources - Forestry/Wildlife, Environment & Outdoor Education, Biology 20/30 Changes in living systems; Ecosystems and Population change

Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request.

Thank you for your interest in the Cooking Lake Forest Field Study. We are currently taking requests for Spring 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator Laura Pekkola by email or phone: 1-888-421-1497. Download directions to the Cooking Lake, Waskahegan Staging Area. 

This Inside Education program is offered in partnership with The Forest Resource Association of Alberta, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. and Alberta Environment and Parks.

Des Crossley Demonstration Forest - Red Deer & Rocky Mountain House Area

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We are currently taking requests for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Our programs offer a unique field trip experience with curriculum-based activities that expose students to the multiple values of a working forest. Des Crossley is located 25 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House.  Historically a research site, the demonstration forest is a quarter-section of forested land with a 2.5km maintained trail system.

A no-cost forest field trip, this program is offered throughout May & June/September & October and runs onsite from 10 am-2 pm. A $100/day busing subsidy is also provided. For more information please review our Field Program FAQ’s

Program Length: 10am-2pm

Program Themes: Forest ecosystems, natural resource development, tree and shrub identification, tree measurements, land use and multiple perspectives, careers, trees and their products, stewardship.

Available Programs:

Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests.  Curriculum Connections:  Plant growth and changes; Waste in our world; Alberta: a sense of the land

Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants and use real forestry tools to explore a unique forestry career. Curriculum Connections:  Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations

Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources.  Curriculum Connections:  Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems

NEW! Jr. High Wildlife Program -  this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Interactions and ecosystems

Sr. High -  Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources, Biology 20/30 Changes in living systems; Ecosystems and population change

Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request

Thank you for your interest in the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest field program. 

If you have more questions about our field study at the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest please contact Jayme Nelson by email or by phone 403-263-7720.

Download directions to the Des Crossley Demonstration Forest

This Inside Education field program is offered in partnership with Sundre Forest Products/West Fraser, Repsol Canada, Alberta Conservation Association, Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta and the Government of Alberta.

Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation - Grande Prairie

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Now booking for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018!

Inside Education is pleased to offer a unique field trip experience at the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation in Grande Prairie. This half day, curriculum-linked field study provides and exceptional outdoor learning experience for grades 4-12. The Evergreen Centre is a 14-acre plot of boreal forest located 3 km south of Grande Prairie that showcases various techniques and technologies for natural resource development in the area.

Programs Themes: Land use and multiple perspectives, natural resource development (including oil & gas, forestry, and renewable energy), best practices and innovations, careers, stewardship.

Available Programs:

Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests.  Curriculum Connections:  Plant growth and changes; Alberta: a sense of the land

Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants, and use real forestry tools to explore careers. Curriculum Connections:  Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations

Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources.  Curriculum Connections:  CALM -  Career Development, Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems

Jr. High Wildlife Program -  this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Gr. 7 Interactions and ecosystems, Gr. 9 Biological Diversity

Sr. High -  Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources, Biology 20/30 Changes in living systems; Ecosystems and population change

Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request

Thank you for your interest in the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence & Innovation field program. 

*A busing subsidy is available for this program

If you have any questions about our field study at the Evergreen Centre please contact Andre Morson by email or phone at 780-421-1497.

This Inside Education Program is offered with the support of TD Friends of the Environment, Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta, Weyerhaeuser Canada, Repsol Canada, Alberta Conservation Association, Encana Corporation and the Government of Alberta

Huestis Demonstration Forest - Whitecourt Area

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Now booking Fall 2017!

We host forest education programs at one of our newest sites, the Huestis Demonstration Forest located near Whitecourt, Alberta. This program allows students from the area to explore a unique working forest through an exciting full-day, curriculum-based program.

A no-cost forest field trip, this program is offered throughout September and October and runs onsite from 10 am-2 pm. A  busing subsidy is also provided to help offset travel costs. For more information please review our Field Program FAQ’s

Program Themes: Forest ecosystems, natural resource development, tree measurements, land use and multiple perspectives, careers, trees and their products, stewardship.

Available Programs:

Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests.  Curriculum Connections:  Plant growth and changes; Waste in our world; Alberta: a sense of the land

Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants, and use real forestry tools to explore a careers. Curriculum Connections:  Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations

Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources.  Curriculum Connections:  Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems

NEW! Wildlife Program - offered to junior high school classes this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Interactions and ecosystems

Sr. High -  Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources, Biology 20/30 Changes in living systems; Ecosystems and population change

CTF / CTS Special Harvesting Event September 26, 2017 - This is your chance to watch forest harvesting in action and have the opportunity to visit with operators. A perfect fit to enhance any curriculum that highlights careers, technology and Alberta's Forest Sector! This program will fill up quickly so get your application in soon!

Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request

Thank you for your interest in the Huestis Demonstration Forest field program. We are currently taking requests for Fall 2017.

If you have any questions about our field study at the Huestis Demonstration Forest please contact program coordinator Emily Drystek by email or phone: 1-888-421-1497.

For this program, Inside Education works in partnership with The Forest Resource Association of Alberta, Millar Western, and Alberta Environment and Parks.

Download a map to the Huestis Demonstration Forest

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Kananaskis Country

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Now booking Spring 2018!

The Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest initially opened in 1988 as part of the multi-use recreation area in Kananaskis Country. Inside Education offers a unique field trip experience with an exciting full day of curriculum-based programming that exposes students to the multiple values of a working forest. Location: ~ 50 Km west of Calgary

Program Length: 10am-2pm

Program Cost: $200 / class (max class size = 35 students)

Program Themes: Forest Ecosystems, natural resource development, tree and shrub ID, tree measurements, land use and multiple perspectives, careers, trees and their products, stewardship.

Available Programs:

Grade 4 – Explore the living cycle of the forest by studying plants, how they grow and the role of decomposition. Students will consider the forest as a natural resource and discover how people connect with local forests.  Curriculum Connections:  Plant growth and changes; Waste in our world; Alberta: A sense of the land

Grade 6 - Connect with the forest by examining the natural and human factors that shape the forest landscape. Students will identify our forest plants and use real forestry tools to explore a unique forestry career. Curriculum Connections:  Trees and Forests; Evidence and Investigations

Jr. High – Uncover the interactions in our forest ecosystems by exploring its symbiotic relationships, succession system, and soils along with traditional and modern human uses of our plants and natural resources.  Curriculum Connections:  Plants for food and fibre; Interactions and ecosystems

NEW! Jr. High Wildlife Program -  this new program will utilize our on-site wildlife cameras to consider how species move and interact in the forest with an emphasis on species at risk and natural development. Curriculum Connections: Environment & Outdoor Education; Interactions and ecosystems

Sr. High -  Compare old growth and new growth forests through a comprehensive plot study and explore the opportunities and challenges of a multi-use forest area. Curriculum Connections: CTS - Natural Resources, Biology 20/30 Changes in living systems; Ecosystems and population change

Please inquire if you would like more detail or have a special program request

Thank you for your interest in the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest field program.  

If you have any questions about our Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest field programs, please contact Kathryn Wagner by email or phone 403-263-7720.

Download Directions to the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest

Wetlands Studies

Inside Education works in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada to provide wetlands programming across Alberta. Each year Ducks Unlimited and their partner organizations fund the program for a limited number of classes across Alberta. Schools are selected by Ducks Unlimited and are not able to apply for this program at this time.

Inside Education will contact your school if it is selected to receive the wetlands program this year. If you have any questions, please contact Inside Education by email or by phoning 403-263-7720.