The Centre offers a number of wetland and nature educational programs for students from grade primary to university.
Grades 2 to 4 – Project Webfoot
Project Webfoot is Ducks Unlimited Canada’s elementary school program, linking specifically to the Grade 4 to 6 curricula in jurisdictions across Canada. The program gives students the opportunity to connect with nature inside and outside the classroom.
Our classrooms hold up to 60 students, and each session takes about three hours to complete. Shorter one- or two-hour guided sessions are also available.
Grade Primary – Using your senses
Exposing children to different settings is important to help them understand the world. Int his program, we take students on a walk around the park, where they can use their senses to explore nature. They’ll also learn how wildlife species like bald eagles, cougar, deer and wolves use their senses in different ways.
Grade 1 – The needs and characteristics of living things
This program compares how animals meet their needs in the wildlife park, where they’re taken care of by humans, to how they would in the wild. We’ll explore how different species of wildlife communicate, and how they change from season to season.
Grade 2 – Animal growth and changes
Antlers, cocoons, furs, bird nests, and sea shells: In this program we’ll talk the different methods animals use to take care of their young. Students will be given the chance to comment on the care of the animals in the park, and to talk about whether or not the animal’s needs are being met.
Grade 2 – Adaptations
In this program, students investigate the relationship between the environment and different animals’ behavior and bodies. Students will observe wildlife at the park and learn about their physical characteristics, like a beaver’s webbed feet on the beaver, the snowshoe hare’s seasonal fur changes, and an owl’s camouflage.
Grade 4 – Species at risk
Loss of habitat is the number one reason species become endangered. In this class, students find out about species at risk by walking around the park and learning how to recognize some animals, like the peregrine falcon and the American marten, at risk in Nova Scotia. Students will later get the chance to learn about species at risk around the world in the classroom.
Grade 4 – Habitat
Students will learn how to identify the components of habitat, recognize how humans and wildlife depend different types of habitats, and how a loss or change in habitat can affect us all.
Grade 6 – Biodiversity
In this class, students learn about interdependence in ecological systems, including how different species depend on one another for survival as predators and prey. Students will also learn species’ names, and how living things adapt in changing environments.
Grade 7 – Wetland ecosystems
In this class, students get the chance to explore our wetlands, and learn how water plants, invertebrates, birds and mammals interact with each other. Students got critter dipping, share their finds with the groups, and brainstorm how to keep our wetlands healthy.
We also offer off-site classes, which meet curriculum requirements, delivered by instructors anywhere in Nova Scotia from September to April.
The programs meet curriculum requirements. Using wildlife artifacts owned by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, we bring the wild to you. We do not, however, stress live animals by bringing them to the classroom.
We offer half-day programming (two hours) for $150, or full-day programming (four hours) for $200. These are restricted to single class-sized groups. We can make arrangements to cover two classes at a school in one day to share the cost.
For information about the classroom program contact Sue Penney at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us (902) 758-5316.