Inside Education is now offering no-cost wetland field programs across Alberta!

These curriculum-connected programs will explore local wetland ecosystems through a series of hands-on activities including pond dipping, water chemistry, and plant/animal identification!

We are no longer accepting requests for field programs for the 2021-22 school year. We will open requests for next year soon, so subscribe to our newsletter and check back again!

  • Length: 2 hours
  • Location: We will work with you to find a local natural area or stormwater pond near you
  • Cost: This program is no-cost! 
  • Transportation: Schools are required to provide their own transportation

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Inside Education is now offering no-cost wetland field programs across Alberta!

"Best Wetland program around! The kids always enjoy the day and take something away that they didn’t know prior to the visit! Well done!!"

- Jenna Otway, teacher, Niton Central School

Available Programs

Grade 5

Wetland Ecosystems
The best way to learn about wetlands is to visit one! Let us guide your class through the wetlands unit and experience these unique ecosystems firsthand. The program includes station activities and everyone will have a chance to pond dip for aquatic invertebrates.

Themes: wetland types, aquatic invertebrates, wetland plants, stewardship, plant and animal identification, and adaptations 

Grade 8

Freshwater Systems
Use local wetlands to connect to a larger discussion about provincial fresh water, watersheds, and the role we all play in ensuring healthy water for the environment, society and economy. Your class will also have the opportunity to sample water to contribute to an Alberta-wide citizen science initiative.

Themes: Alberta’s water resources, water quality, human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, aquatic monitoring for invasive species, and citizen science

Grade 11

Aquatic Study
Take your aquatic study to the next level by adding data to a province-wide water quality monitoring program. This field program will serve as an introduction to a larger aquatic study where students will formulate their own questions and use qPCR technology to evaluate ecosystem health.

Themes: watersheds, water monitoring, aquatic biodiversity, aquatic invasive species, connections between science and technology to the healthy people and healthy watersheds, DNA, citizen science, water use, and biological contamination

Inside Education’s work brings us to all corners of the province, as such, we acknowledge the Indigenous people who lived among and traveled through the land in the area currently known as Alberta. The relationship the Peoples of Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 and Alberta’s M├ętis people have with the land is founded on a deep respect for the environment. This connection forms the foundation of our personal responsibility for the stewardship of our natural resources, a connection Inside Education strives to foster among students and teachers through our diverse programming. Inside Education is a registered charity #101894319RR0001

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