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Environmental Education

Click on the workshop subjects listed below or scroll down the page to find specific descriptions of each workshop. 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.

Please Note: our workshop request form links are currently down for updating. To request a workshop, please email us at: iue@douglascollege.ca.

Citizen Science

  • Natural Pest Management - Biological Control ('Pest-Eating') Insects
  • Pollination - Bees and Other Critters

Ecological Adventures

  • Nature Walks
  • Stream Health (Benthic Invertebrate Study)
  • Stream Health (Water Quality and Chemistry)

For Younger Participants

  • Hibernation
  • Native Plants
  • Rocks and Minerals

Wildlife

  • Night Wings - Bats of British Columbia
  • Feathery Friends
  • Fantastic Frogs

Workshop Descriptions: Download our workshop brochure (pdf format)

Citizen Science

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. 

Natural Pest Management - Biological Controls

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. 

Pollinators - Bees and Other Critters

In these workshops, participants learn about the importance of pollinators and how they support food production and urban gardening. Follow-up activities may included:

  • Pollinators Surveys
    • learn how to count and report on pollinators in the garden
  • Bee House Making
    • construct a bee house for solitary, non-stinging, 'hairy-belly' (mason and leafcutter) bees to keep
  • Bee House Winterization
    • often a follow-up to bee house making, participants learn how to clean their bee houses and care for the bee pupae until spring

Ecological Adventures

Nature Walks

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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Benthic Invertebrate Study

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. 

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Water Quality and Chemistry

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. 

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For Younger Participants

Hibernation

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. 

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Native Plants

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. 

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Rocks and Minerals

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. 

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Wildlife

Night Wings - Bats of British Columbia

Meet "Betty the Bat," our expert puppet, who helps debunk myths and shares secrets about these amazing flying mammals. This workshop may include the construction of bat boxes for participants to keep or other activities congruent with available supplies and participant needs.

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Feathery Friends

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.

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Fantastic Frogs

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.

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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