External Educational Resources

Ontario’s Back to Nature Network is a growing and diverse group of organizations uniting to build capacity to get children outside more often.  The development of the network is a response to Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods in which he coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe how a lack of nature connection is contributing to rising rates of obesity, attention deficit disorder and emotional issues amongst children. http://www.back2nature.ca/

The Biodiversity Research Centre Comprehensive site for educators, educational program ideas, glossaries of terms, access to further links and resources, and a virtual library. http://www.biodiv.ca/

Bring Back the Wild: Looking for ideas on how to bring biodiversity into your educational programs? Check out Earth Rangers’ – Bring Back the Wild – a fun & interactive program all about biodiversity! The Program Includes: curriculum linked activities & resources all about biodiversity, an amazing show with live animal ambassadors, an initiative in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada where kids can raise funds to help protect one of four animals across Canada. http://www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources/

Canadian Journal of Environmental Education A refereed annual publication seeking to further the study of environmental education by providing a forum for researchers, scholars, practitioners and post-secondary students. http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/

Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication A national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning. They produce a quarterly magazine geared towards helping educators enhance environmental and global education. http://www.eecom.org/

Canadian Wildlife Federation Education resources designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth leaders, park naturalists, and other conservation educators. http://www.cwf-fcf.org/en/educate/

Environment Canada Free educational resources to help educators bring the environment into the classroom or into group activities. http://www.ec.gc.ca/

Envirothon (Ontario Forestry Association) A challenging environmental competition that gets high school students working in teams to explore the outdoors and receive first hand experience in natural resource sciences. The theme for 2009 is biodiversity. http://www.ontarioenvirothon.on.ca/

GLOBIO: Where Kids Discover the World An educational non-profit organization focused on engaging 7 to 12 year old children in cross cultural dialogue and understanding and inspiring them to protect the diversity of life on earth. http://www.globio.org/

The Green Wave Join with students and educators around the world to plant native trees and water them on International Biodiversity Day, May 22nd, at 10:00, creating a ‘green wave” that will move around the planet! http://greenwave.cbd.int/en/about-greenwave

Journey North View the migrations of Monarch Butterflies, Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds, and Whooping Cranes in real time, and access tons of information, newsletters, activities and lessons – sign up to become part of this incredible, interactive journey. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

The Biodiversity Collection: Resources for Educators Produced by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), this publication reviews 47 of the best supplementary curricula related to biodiversity, and provides ordering information for each. It also includes an annotated bibliography that features general background information, children’s books and magazines, multimedia resources, web sites, and a variety of other resources focused on biodiversity issues. http://old.naaee.org/programs-and-initiatives/guidelines-for-excellence/materials-guidelines/biodiversity-collection-resources-for-educators/

Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. (OAFE) provides high quality, objective, and relevant agriculture and food related learning materials and services for Ontario educators to enhance the learning experiences of students in Ontario classrooms. http://www.oafe.org/

Ontario EcoSchools Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12.  Its focus is on helping school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible and reduce the ecological footprint of schools. Have a look at their Biodiversity Education Factsheet. http://www.ontarioecoschools.org

OMNR Link to Resources Annotated biodiversity links by category: elementary students, high school students, college/university/adult, and other. http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Biodiversity/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_167647.html

Nature’s Calling Environmental Education The Nature in the Classroom program provides curriculum-based units for Grades 2, 4 and 6-7; Lessons in a Backpack – experiential curriculum based outdoor learning units for Grades 1 thru 12; engagement –shoreline clean-ups, tree planting; nature appreciation – nature hikes, bioblitzes, Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival. http://www.naturescalling.ca/

Resources for Rethinking Exemplary, peer-reviewed resources on a number of sustainability topics. Go to Search by Theme, look under Ecosystems and click on Biodiversity. http://www.r4r.ca/

Step Outside: Your Guide to Nature’s Events Step Outside, published two to three times per month, is a compilation of seasonal happenings that can be used to bring nature into your classroom, or your class into nature. These guides cover specific events related to plants, animals, weather and the stars, often taking place just outside your school, and include links to images or videos, calls, additional information, and useful programs or activities. http://www.resources4rethinking.ca/en/step-outside

Youth Accord for Biodiversity  http://www.biodiversitymatters.org/index.html This accord was developed at the Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity http://www.biodiversitymatters.org/symposium_09.html in Ottawa, July 2009, by 100 Grade 6 to 12 students from 9 countries.  Youth can sign the accord, join a Facebook group and get engaged in biodiversity protection and enhancement.

iBiome – Wetland
With Professor Bio as your guide, we invite kids come explore the wetland habitat and all the amazing species within. Build unique bio domes from scratch and interact with their fascinating food webs through immersive game play. Use what you learn to make your bio domes flourish with life. iBiome – Wetland was selected as the Gold Award Recipient from the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. http://www.springbaystudio.com/sample-page/environmental-games/ibiome-wetland/

DIY Pollinator Nests
DIY Bumblebees nests, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TktfNX2RcHU
DIY Solitary bee nests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWwH3Dy-JIo

Our Incredible World
Teachers, Our Incredible World (www.incredibleworld.ca) offers free, multimedia, curriculum resources for grades 4 to 11 on biodiversity, wetlands, species at risk and more.  Check out the latest series: The Woodland Caribou, filmed on location in Ontario’s boreal forest. The Our Incredible World video series, lesson plans, games and fact sheets provide a great resource for teachers to easily deliver the Ontario curriculum and are a fun way for students to learn about science.

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