Resources for educators
Resources to enhance curriculum material
Exploring by the seat of your pants: Take your class on live virtual field trips to learn about science and conservation. These interactive tours, to some to the earth’s most remote places, will get your students excited and curious about the world around us. (Grade level: 3-8)
Climate Kids: online site to teach kids about climate change and tips on what they can do about it through interactive games and quizzes (Grade level: 3-8)
Becoming Junior Scientists: Watch this video to learn how to become a junior scientist. Grab a notebook to write down your answers as Environment and Climate Change Canada’s scientist Monica Granados reads her illustrated story.
Eddie the Puppet Road Tours: Bring Eddie, the loveable cat puppet, into your class to teach students how to keep their neighbourhoods clean, as well as the importance of clean air, renewable energy and conservation. (Grade level: Kindergarten-3)
Ocean Plastic Education Kit: Get this curriculum, including handouts to increase students’ awareness of their plastic use and how their actions have a direct impact on the environment around them. (Grade level: 2-11)
GreenLearning: Free online education programs about energy, climate change and green economy that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. There are also professional development resources to further your own knowledge about environmental sustainability. (Grade level: 3-12 and Post-Secondary)
Be the Change – Earth Alliance: The Student Leadership for Change contains a comprehensive suite of experiential and project-based curriculum material to inspire youth to connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. Students will learn to connect local solutions to global issues by taking specific, measurable actions with their classmates and families. The suite is also available in French and Distance Learning formats. (Grade level: 6-9)
Eco Canada: A collection of e-books, guides, webinars, short videos and brochures about environmental careers and employment. (Grade level: 9-12)
Greenways Land Trust school programs: Greenways Land Trust focusses on stream and land stewardship. Their school programs focus on learning about environmental issues and how to tackle them. Contact the organization for more information on their school programs.
Earth Rangers: Sign up for school assemblies to learn about protecting biodiversity and conservation initiatives across Canada. Join their club or enhance your existing eco-club with free materials, track achievements online and participate in Club Missions. Get interactive, hands-on activities to broaden the scope of environmental education in the classroom (Grade level: 1-8)
Earth Rangers Eco-Anxiety app: This app helps youth reduce their anxiety over climate change impacts by teaching them to pursue climate action. Fun online activities are paired with activities such as battery recycling drives and shoreline clean up to engage kids offline. Available for download on iOS and Android. (Grade level: 3-8)
Climate Action Kit: Empower students to tackle climate change while learning important digital skills. This kit allows students to work through a variety of experiential learning challenges to design and prototype a solution using the BBC micro-bit. (Grade level: 4-8)
Hinterland Who’s Who (Canadian Wildlife Federation): Lesson plans and programs to help students understand the impacts humans have on our environment, and how they can help to conserve Canadian wildlife. Students will learn conservation concepts such as biodiversity, sustainability, ecosystem conservation, and endangered species recovery. (Grade level: K-12)
EcoSchools Canada: Get your school certified by engaging students to take environmental actions in the classrooms. (Grade level K-12)
20/20 The Way to Clean Air School Program: Resources for teachers and students to help deliver an energy-conservation curriculum in a fun and engaging way. Participation in 2020 provides support towards EcoSchools Canada certification.
Get involved: youth climate organizations
Student Energy: This global charity aims to build the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future.
Youth Climate Labs: This non-profit organization designs, pilots and scales projects that empower youth to tackle climate change (Ages 18-30)
Canada Service Corps: Canada Service Corps gives young Canadians the chance to participate in meaningful volunteer service projects that have positive impacts in communities across Canada. Not-for-profit organizations across Canada offer service projects in different communities, and based on different themes, like climate and environment, or building democracy. Young Canadians can also get micro-grant funding to lead their own service project.
Climate Action Fund: Up to $3 million is available each year for climate action projects that raise awareness of climate change and encourage others to take meaningful climate action. Eligible applicants include students, youth between the ages of 15-30, Indigenous peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses and research and educational institutions.
The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market. Check out the YESS for green jobs and opportunities!
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