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Scroll down the page to find specific descriptions of each workshop or click here to view a pdf file of our current workshops. Thanks to our funders, the workshops are free and can be adapted for groups of all ages (including adults).
Please fill out the workshop request form to arrange a workshop for your class, club, or group of friends today. Note for teachers, some workshops may require additional adult supervision (provided by you) depending on the activity and the age of your class. It may also be possible to combine your class with another if you and your coworker prefer. Again this depends on the specific workshop, students' age and work space etc. If you wish to combine classes both teachers still need to submit individual request forms, just mention who you want to combine with and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Acting as 'citizen scientists,' participants gain hands-on experience in data collection and environmental monitoring while contributing data to our UNIBUG Project. The User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG) is an ongoing, seasonal, scientific research project that engages people in learning more about the ecology of urban gardens with a focus on beneficial pollinating and biological control ('pest-eating') insects.
Following an experimental design, participants in this workshop help us to learn more abut the plants that can be used to attract biological control insects to urban gardens. Ideally set in a school garden or similar space, monitoring activities for this workshop take place over several weeks. IUE staff give an introductory presentation about biological control insects, provide support and training, and bring all needed supplies.
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In these workshops, participants learn about the importance of pollinators and how they support food production and urban gardening. Follow-up activities may included:
These walks may take place at a nearby natural area, e.g. forest, wetland, creek, or they may explore urban habitats around the participants' own homes. Nature journals are provided to record observations and learn how to view the world like a true ecologist.
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This workshop examines and often overlooked part of aquatic ecosystems - the tiny critters that live on the bottom. Participants learn the importance of these animals as well as what these critters tell us about the health of the water.
A look at a number of water quality parameters, e.g. pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, with discussions on why these factors are important for stream and wildlife health.
Designed for preschool to early primary school children, this workshop includes our "Guess Who Sleeps Here?" activity, hibernation craft, and game to teach children about how some animals adapt to winter.
Popular with our younger participants (up to about Grade 3), this workshop allows children to learn about local forest plants through the examination of photos, cones, tree rings, and other props while taking an imaginary walk through the forest with puppets "Gita" and "Michael." We end by playing our giant Native Plants board game.
This workshop includes a story on where rocks come from, handling actual rocks and minerals, and creating a "pet rock" to take home. The presentation can be adapted for participants from preschool to Grade 4.
Meet "Betty the Bat," our expert puppet, who helps debunk myths and shares secrets about these amazing flying mammals. This workshop includes an age appropriate craft or trivia game.
A look at birds that are common in the Lower Mainland and how they have adapted to different niches. This workshop includes creating nesting bags or bird boxes for participants to keep
What is an amphibian? Why do frogs sing? What is their life cycle? Learn about these amazing animals through a presentation and follow-up activities which are chosen to be age-appropriate for participants.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Biological Control Workshop by Jaycee Clarkson (IUE); Making Bee Houses and Nature Walk by Veronica Wahl (IUE); Benthic Invertebrate Study and Water Quality and Chemistry by Sean White (used with permission); Hibernation, Salmonberry, Pet Rock, and Bat House Construction by Veronica Wahl; Steller's Jay by Walter Siegmund, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (Wikimedia Commons); Red-legged Frog by Veronica Wahl