These programs are like exciting adventures for kids, helping them learn about nature and our environment in fun ways. In Eco-Crafting, they can make Clay Flower Bowls, Nature Imprints, and Bird Seed Mandalas, unleashing their creativity while connecting with nature's beauty. Recycling activities, like Brainstorming Sessions, Paper Making, and Upcycled Containers, show them how to be eco-friendly problem-solvers. Through Planting, they'll grow outdoor and indoor gardens and create Seed Bombs, discovering how plants and biodiversity work. And when they Connect With Nature by practicing Honourable Harvest, Nature Journaling, and Nature Label Walks, they'll develop a deep respect for the environment and mindfulness. These programs make learning about the environment a blast, helping kids become eco-superheroes with creativity, problem-solving skills, and a strong bond with nature


Clay Flower Bowls

Learning Objectives: use of clay, parts of a flower.

Terminology: petal, leaf, stem, roots. (for older students, stamen & carpel)

Description: Students form a pinch pot from clay and sculpt it to look like a flower, including all the different parts. Can be painted at a later date. 

Materials: clay, water (in bowls), paint (optional)

Nature Imprints

Learning Objectives: patterns in nature, how imprints are made

Terminology: imprint, air dry, composition, figurative vs abstract.

Description: Students gather nature items (leaves, pinecones, stones, etc) and organize them onto a clay slab to compose an image of their choosing. After gently pressing their items into the clay, the items are removed to leave behind their imprint. Students are encouraged to discover the differing patterns and textures in nature and to differentiate between figurative and abstract art. 

Materials: clay, water (in bowls), rolling pin, nature items

Bird Seed Mandalas

Learning Objectives:  how to help nature around us, local birds and their diets

Terminology: mandalas, patterns

Description: Students cover a base in almond butter to be used as an adhesive, and then apply bird seed in patterns to form a mandala. 

Materials: cardboard base, almond butter (or other peanut-free spread as needed), bird seed, string for hanging

Recycled Pots: 

Learning Objectives: recycling, types of plastic, alternatives to plastic

Terminology: recycling, gesso, colour palettes

Description: Students repaint old containers to reuse them as plant pots, pencil holders, etc. Students are encouraged to think through the colours they choose, keeping in mind complimentary colours, paint saturation, and the desired mood of their finished piece. 

Materials: Containers (iced coffee cups, yogurt containers, etc), gesso, paint, palettes, brushes, water (in jars), paper towels, tablecloths.


Three R’s Brainstorm

Learning Objectives: team work, waste reduction, creative exercise

Terminology: Reusing, reducing, recycling

Description: Students are broken into groups and given a piece(s) of recycling and must work together to brainstorm ways that item first be reduced, then how it may be reused, and finally how it may be recycled. Ideas are presented to the rest of the class, and discussed. 

Materials: Recycling items (milk carton, plastic bag, etc)

Paper Making:

Learning Objectives: paper making, recycling, awareness of paper waste

Terminology: mould, deckle

Description: Students shred paper that would otherwise be recycled and learn the process of making recycled paper. 

Materials: paper, water, containers, mould & deckle, towel, sponge, space to dry


Outdoor Garden: 

Learning Objectives: seed/seedling planting, soil composition, the five plant needs, where food comes from

Terminology: seed, seedling, soil, compost, germination

Description: Students plant seeds and/or seedlings outside. Types of plants are selected based on time of year and space available. Students are taught how to care for the plants, when to harvest, and the five needs plants have.

Materials: seeds/seedlings, soil, containers or garden bed, labels, trowels, watering can

Indoor Planters: 

Learning Objectives: planting, five plant needs, plants as decoration

Terminology: seed, seedling, soil, compost, germination

Description: Students plant seeds/seedlings in containers, and are taught when to water, how long the plants take to grow, and the advantages to growing plants indoors. 

Materials: seeds/seedlings, soil, containers, watering can

Seed Bombs: 

Learning Objectives: local pollinators, seed planting, five plant needs, reusing paper

Terminology: pollinators, germination

Description: Students mix seeds with shredded paper and form a ball that can be planted later. Students discuss the importance of pollinators and the best conditions for planting seeds.

Materials: paper, water (in bowl), seeds, towel

Label Nature Walk 

Learning Objectives: plant identification, research skills

Terminology: identification, local plants, invasive species

Description: Students walk around and each choose a plant to identify. Once identified, the plant is labeled for other visitors to enjoy. 

Materials: labels, writing utensils, string.


Honourable Harvest

Learning Objectives: leave no trace, humans as a part of nature, team work

Terminology: honourable harvest, leave no trace, contract

Description: Students work in groups to draft a list of steps that can be taken by humans to protect nature. The indigenous teaching of the Honourable Harvest and the Leave No Trace principles are explained. As a class, a contract to have a better relationship with nature is drawn up and made to hang in the school. 

Materials: paper, writing utensils

Nature Journaling

Learning Objectives: observation skills, plant identification, teamwork

Terminology: local plants, pollinators, maple, oak, spruce

Description: Students walk in nature, filling out a nature journal with observations that will help them identify local plants and animals. 

Materials: nature journal, writing utensils

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