Join Inside Education &
the City of Edmonton
for the PlantWatch Program

A school-based citizen science monitoring project

This is a no-cost program open to GRADE 4 teachers in Edmonton

Connecting to Inside Education’s Climate Change Education Initiatives and the Alberta Program of Studies, the PlantWatch program aims to develop understanding of local flora, traditional uses, plant growth, and climate change. 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.

Click here for more information on the National PlantWatch program.

What’s Involved

1. Teacher Professional Development Workshop

This half-day PD session will introduce the program and a presentation by a local expert will expand your knowledge base.

2.  Inside Education Classroom Presentation & Field Study

Using Inside Education’s approach of interaction and inquiry, students learn about a myriad of objectives from the Grade Four Science Topic: Plant Growth and Changes. Then the class transitions outside for a guided field study to learn about the local flora. No adventure into the outdoors is complete without a couple games that tie in play and learning.

3.  Citizen Science Monitoring Project

Schools get set up for their citizen science project during the field study component of the classroom presentation. Once they know which local plants to monitor, they track the plants as the weather warms, looking for the date of first bloom. Observations will contribute to a national database monitoring bloom times.