Ideas for Teachers
Active and Safe Routes to School
The program is primarily parent-driven but there are many opportunities for involvement of students through classroom activities that link to the Ontario Curriculum.
Ducks Unlimited Canada - Take Action
Find out more about DUC education programs like Project Webfoot, Greenwing, Interpretive Centres and Wetland Centres of Excellence.
Hinterland Who's Who
This website gives you in-depth descriptions of wildlife, discussions on issues, actions that you can take to help wildlife, and educational materials that teachers and group leaders can use.
The Tree Canada website has lots of information about trees, including an interactive exploration of Canadian trees and a description of each provincial and territorial tree. There's a section for teachers too.
This fun, hands-on, environmental education experience is designed for Kindergarten to Grade Six. It's a unique classroom activity that introduces students to important grade-appropriate topics in science, ecology, social and environmental studies.
Recycle Cell Phones for Conservation
The Toronto Zoo provides 100% landfill free cell phone recycling services to individual schools, community groups, corporate environments and many other partners across Ontario.
Battery Recycling Stations
Collecting rechargeable batteries is easy as 1-2-3 and it's free! Participate in this easy and free way to keep toxic waste from entering landfills.
TRCA Environmental Education Programs
Toronto and Region Conservation is a leader in environmental education. Bring your class to one of the unique facilities or invite Watershed on Wheels Program staff into your classroom.
This program helps students develop ecological literacy while engaging in practices to become environmentally responsible citizens. Developed and run by school boards, this program also helps improve school building operations to reduce environmental impacts.
Peregrine Project School Visit
A biologist from the Canadian Peregrine Foundation will give students a presentation on peregrines and brings along a peregrine to show.
Bring Back the Wild School Program
An integrated education and action program all about biodiversity. The goal is to teach students about biodiversity loss in an engaging and interactive format and provide them with tools to help animals at risk across Canada.
EELink - Environmental Education on the Internet
Links to teacher education resources, classroom resources, professional resources and international environmental education programs.
Green Teacher Magazine
This quarterly magazine for educators is full of ideas and activities that can be used to teach youth about environmental issues.
Environmental Earth Angels
Environmental programs linked to the curriculum, including educational modules, in-class labs and materials for students to make a positive impact on the environment.
This diagram would be suitable for high school teachers preparing lessons on watersheds and on protection of source water.
The Ripple Effect: Source Water Protection Video
This captivating short video covers where our drinking water comes from, what happens to water before it gets to our taps and other water related topics. The video is appropriate for high school and late-elementary school students.
Conservation Ontario Environmental Education Facilities
This link is to a page that provides a map and inventory of environmental education facilities in Ontario. It might be useful for teachers planning field trips.
Children's Water Education Council
This is an organization dedicated to educating students about water conservation, protection, and ecology. They have many activities that teachers can do with their classes.
Bring Back the Salmon
The Atlantic Salmon Classroom Hatchery Program is a five-month hands-on lesson on Atlantic salmon and the biodiversity of the Lake Ontario watershed. Salmon raised in classrooms will be released into local streams.
Ontario Curriculum-Based Experiential Education for Grades 1-12
Toronto and Region Conservation's team of educators has compiled a list of resources that can be used in the classroom. Whether your goal is to enhance a trip to a field centre or teach an in-class lesson, these resources can help.
Eco-Kids Earth Day Canada
Want to do something to help our planet? Get busy with these exciting hands-on activities and fun, ready-to-go projects that help your community and the environment.
Professional Development for Teachers
These workshops can be held at Toronto and Region Conservation Educational facilities, allowing deeper exploration of certain topics than might be possible in a school setting.
Toyota Evergreen School Ground Greening Grant
Grants of up to $3,500 for schools, up to $2,000 for daycares. Apply for funding to help your school create an outdoor classroom to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.
Walmart Evergreen Green Grants
Grants of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,750 are available (up to 50% of the total project budget). Projects supported through include, but are not limited to: native planting initiatives, invasive species removal, community food gardens, youth-based and intergenerational projects, wildlife habitat restoration, aquatic stewardship projects, environmental workshops and educational events, community skills sharing workshops, and projects serving underserved communities.
RBC-Evergreen Watershed Champion Award
The RBC-Evergreen Watershed Champions Award recognizes classes that demonstrate learning about their local watershed and who take action to care for it. For the 2013-2014 school year, nine awards are available: 1 Canadian Award (Grades K-9) - $3,500; 4 Regional Elementary Awards (Grades K-6) - $2,500; 4 Regional Intermediate Awards (Grades 7-9) - $2,500