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Ecology Field School

Recommended for Grades 4 - 12

New focus on community building solutions

In this program, your students will:

  • Use real world skills and techniques of our research scientists on our local beaches
  • Be introduced to the many environmental factors that influence the health of local ecosystems
  • Understand how scientific research and conservation measures are intimately linked

Changing tides, pounding waves, and competition for food and space are among the few factors that challenge intertidal animals’ ability to survive. In Stanley Park, we are in a unique position to learn more about these amazing animals and how we can keep our ecosystems healthy.

In this program, students will discover who lives in our backyard, explore the amazing adaptations that allow animals to survive, and get a hands-on look at the skills and tools that marine scientists use on a daily basis.

Ecology Field School encourages students to explore how scientific investigation can play a major role in preserving marine life, how our actions have an impact on the world around us, and how every individual can contribute to the well-being of our natural environments.


NOTE: This program is conducted entirely outside. Please prepare your class and chaperones to dress appropriately for spending time outdoors and at the beach (e.g. hats, sunscreen, jackets, beach appropriate footwear etc). Our work near the shoreline may result in wet feet! Wearing water-resistant shoes or rubber boots is highly recommended!

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Intertidal Exploration

Program Details

Availability

April 11 - June 22, 2018
Type: Outdoor Program
Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 2 hours

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Fee Information

$18 per student

One teacher/chaperone is admitted free for every five students booked.
A 25% deposit is required to make a booking.

Class Size

Classes require a minimum of 20 students to register. The maximum capacity of the class is limited to 32 students.

Activities and Lesson Plans

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Learning Outcomes

These programs support the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the B.C. Ministry of Education's new Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and the Aquarium's conservation mission.

Grade 4
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Make observations and living and non-living things in the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Collect simple data (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Sort and classify data and information using drawings or provided tables (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify questions about familiar objects and events that can be investigated scientifically (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify some simple implications of their and others' actions on the environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 5
  • Make observations in familiar or unfamiliar contexts (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Observe, measure, and record data, using appropriate tools, including digital technologies (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify possible sources of error (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Suggest improvements to their investigation methods (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify some of the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 6
  • Make observations in familiar or unfamiliar contexts (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Observe, measure, and record data, using appropriate tools, including digital technologies (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify possible sources of error (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Suggest improvements to their investigation methods (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify some of the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 7
  • Survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment (Science: Content)
  • Observe, measure, and record data, using equipment, including digital technologies, with accuracy appropriate to the task (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Reflect on their investigation methods, including the adequacy of controls on variables and the quality of the data collected (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify possible sources of error and suggest improvements to their investigation methods (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 8
  • Observe, measure, and record data, using equipment, including digital technologies, with accuracy appropriate to the task (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Use scientific understandings to identify relationships and draw conclusions (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify possible sources of error and suggest improvements to their investigation methods (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Demonstrate an awareness of assumptions and identify given information and bias in their own work … (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 9
  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions, including increasingly abstract ones, about the natural world (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Evaluate their methods and experimental conditions, including identifying sources of error  (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Demonstrate an awareness of assumptions, question information given, and identify bias in their own work and secondary sources (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 10
  • Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions… about the natural world (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Describe specific ways to improve their investigation methods and the quality of the data (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 11
  • …use appropriate investigation methods, including field work… to collect reliable data (qualitative and quantitative) (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment…to systematically and accurately collect and record data (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Describe specific ways to improve their investigation methods and the quality of the data (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Express and reflect ona variety of experiences, perspectives, and worldviews through place (Biology: Curricular competencies)
  • The survival of all living things on Earth is dependent on biodiversity (Environmental Science: Big Ideas)
  • Healthy and sustainable ecosystems support biodiversity (Environmental Science: Big Ideas)
  • Biodiversity: complexity of life, processes shaping diversity, ecosystem components and interactions (Environmental Science: Content)
  • Healthy and sustainable ecosystems: ecosystem functions and services including benefits and limits of biodiversity, humans as agents of positive change on systems including conservation, restoration, and protection of ecosystems, responsible personal and community actions… (Environmental Science: Content)
  • Analyze the impact of human activity on ecosystems, and assess the effectiveness of selected initiatives related to environmental sustainability (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Analyze how our thinking, choices, and behaviour affect ecosystems, now and In the future (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Infer the effects of natural phenomena and human activities that either contribute to or challenge an ecologically sustainable environment (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
Grade 12
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Describe specific ways to improve their investigations methods and the quality of the data (Biology: Curricular Competencies)
  • Healthy systems are interconnected, resilient, and adaptive (Environmental Science: Big Ideas)
  • Healthy and sustainable global systems support life (Environmental Science: Big Ideas)
  • Everyone has the ability to develop sustainable practices that impact a system, a community, and themselves (Environmental Science: Big Ideas)
  • Interconnectedness of global systems: energy, water, land, climate (Environmental Science: Content)
  • Human and other influences on natural systems: evidence of change and sustainability, issues, long-term trends and future scenarios, environmental ethics and responsibility (Environmental science: Content)
  • Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Experience and interpret the local environment (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Assess the impacts of a local, regional, or global issue (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Infer the effects of natural phenomena and human activities that either contribute to or challenge an ecologically sustainable environment (Environmental Science: Curricular Competencies)

 

 
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