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.

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

Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Forest - Edmonton & Area

Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

FULL for Spring 2018! Now taking requests for Spring 2019.

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. 

If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator Natalie Graveline 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

We have no more remaining space for Spring 2018!

You can request a program for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 here.

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 Catherine Ohler 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 Spring 2018 and Fall 2019!

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 2018!

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

SPECIAL EVENTS at HUESTIS

Spring Tree Planting Event - May 2018 - Elementary school students are invited to join the Huestis Demonstration Forest partners for a special tree planting and education event. This fun-filled day will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations, education stations and of course you'll get to try your hand at tree planting. Sign up your class here.

CTF / CTS Special Harvesting Event September 2018 - 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! Sign up your class here.

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 2018.

If you have any questions about our field study at the Huestis Demonstration Forest please contact program coordinator Natalie Graveline 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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Jumpingpound is full for Spring 2018, you can add your school to the waitlist here. We are currently taking requests for Spring 2019.

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 Catherine Ohler 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 1-888-421-1497.