Elementary and Middle School Programs
NEW! Nature and Climate
What is the Coastal Temperate Rainforest? Why is it important for salmon, bears, and cedar trees? And why are these important for you, me, and the rest of the world?
These are the questions we explore in our Nature and Climate programs for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
Our NEWEST program series encourages students to learn about and feel connected to some of BC’s most unique and globally important ecosystems: Coastal Temperate Rainforests. These are incredibly vibrant places rooted in the huge amounts of rain that fall on coastal peninsulas, fjords, and river valleys each year.
Let us join your class on a 90 minute journey of interactive activities to learn about the landscapes, wildlife, and human communities that are a part of resilient Coastal Temperate Rainforests. We will also learn why resilient Coastal Temperate Rainforests are part of a healthy global climate!
Going Wild! Teaching about Wild Products from B.C.’s Coastal Temperate Rainforest:
Going Wild! is a program based on an educator’s guidebook that came from a collaborative partnership between Coastal First Nations Turning Point Initiative, Sierra Club BC and the Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University.
Initially designed for Grade 4-7, we have adapted our delivery so that it is relevant and appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. With more interactive and hands-on projects, this program shares the cultural and natural history of our coast and explores human-nature relationships.
The program uses activities from the guidebook to help students gain knowledge of wild products, ecosystem dynamics, stewardship of the forest, human relationships with nature, Coastal First Nations ecological/cultural appreciation, economic impacts of wild products, consumption patterns, and entrepreneurship. Our interactive presentation is designed to fit curriculum requirements in addition to actively engaging students with the unique ecosystem many of us call home! This is a one-visit program.
Curriculum-linked, Going Wild! helps students create an ecological mapping project for their community. This is a one-visit program.
Over the past 16 years Sierra Club of BC has offered many other educational programs.
While not part of our educational programming for 2014-2015, resources from these programs can be used as inspiration for teachers and other educators interested in Environmental Education. Find resources for past programs, including:
Temperate Rainforest Ecosystem Education (TREE)
- Journey through the Rainforest (grades K-2)
- Weaving Wildlife Webs (3-4)
- You, Me, and the Trees (5-7)
Pluviale et l’intendance environnementale (PLUIE)
- Une aventure dans la foret pluvial tempérée (m - 2e)
- Les toiles de vie sauvage (3e - 4e)
- Toi, moi, et les arbres (5e - 7e)
- Jump Aboard the EcostewardSHIP! (k-2)
- At home with the Rockfish (3-4)
- BC Ecoprovinces (5-6)
- Okanagan Adventurers (k-2)
- Bunchgrass, Bighorns, and Burrowing Owls (3-4)
- Interior Explorers (5-7)
Climate Change Education Program
- Me and You and CO2 (4-5)
- Passport to the Carbon Cycle (6-8)