Discovery Centre

Here are some of our favourite “in-house” and other environmental education resources…activities, games, organizations, wildlife identification and information, wetland fun, and then some….We hope you enjoy.  We will update and add things regularly…

 

These resources offer a variety of links that are great for parents (families, kids) and/or adults.  For specific resources for kids, please go to our Just for Kids page.

 

 

KCDCS Resources

We created some Wildlife Checklist (wetland and backyard versions), Scavenger Hunts and Nature Quizzes.  We will add more resources, so check back regularly!  If you have any suggestions of what you would like see or comments on the available resources please contact us.

 

Wildlife Checklists

 

Backyard Wildlife Checklist

 

This Backyard Wildlife Checklist can be used to identify some common wildlife that you might see in your neighbourhood and various places in the Valley.

 

This is a robust list, but please try to find things that are not on this list and share it with us!!

 

Upload your findings to our Facebook page!

Discovery Centre Backyard Wildlife Checklist

 

 

Backyard Bird Checklist (Kid Friendly)

 

This Backyard Bird Checklist can be used to identify some common bird species you might see in your neighbourhood.  A kid friendly checklist!

 

Pictures help you to identify these 10 common species.

 

Upload your findings to our Facebook page!

Discovery Centre Backyard Bird Checklist (Kid Friendly)

 

 

Wetland Wildlife Checklist

 

This Wetland Wildlife Checklist can be used to identify some common wildlife that you might see in while exploring the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area in the spring and the fall

 

This is a robust list, but please try to find things that are not on this list and share it with us!!

 

Upload your findings to our Facebook page!

Discovery Centre Wetland Wildlife Checklist - Spring Discovery Centre Wetland Wildlife Checklist - Fall

 

 

Wetland Bird Checklist (Kid Friendly)

 

This Wetland Bird Checklist can be used to identify some common bird species you might see when you are exploring the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area in the spring.  A kid friendly checklist!

 

Pictures help you to identify these 10 common species.

 

Upload your findings to our Facebook page!

Discovery Centre Wetland Bird Checklist (Kid Friendly)

 

 

Scavenger Hunts

Wetland Scavenger Hunt

Bring along this fun scavenger hunt as you explore the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area wetland (or any wetland in your neighbourhood)!

Discovery Centre Wetland Scavenger Hunt

 

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Coming Soon!

 

Nature Quizzes

We will feature a variety of quizzes about all kinds of nature related topics…

Check out the quizzes below!

 

Discovery Centre Turtle Quiz Discovery Centre Wonderful Wetlands Quiz Discovery Centre Osprey Quiz Discovery Centre Invasive Species

 

Other Activities and Games for Families

We want to provide you with some links to fun and educational nature-based activities from other awesome organizations.  These can be done at home or while you are out adventuring in nature.  Especially now, in a time where we are practicing social and physical distancing, we hope some of these resources will help you to connect with nature…

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Lessons and activities for grades K-12

Science and Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids – Weekly Activities (K-12)

Cornell Bird Sleuth Explorer Guidebook

 

Babble Dabble Do

STEAM Activities

 

Science World

Backyard Biodiversity

Includes: Neighbourhood Exploration, Backyard Sensory Map, Food Web Game, Insect Investigation, Birdfeeders

Butterfly Feeders

Create a Creature

 

HCTF Education

Outdoor Projects and Lessons

Some ones to check out: Get Outdoors Handbook, How to Make a Dip Net, Pond ID Cards

 

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

5 Minute Filed Trips

Includes such fun activities as: Sound Map, Make a Park, Nature Words

 

Children and Nature Network

Supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world.

10 Nature Activities for Families By Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods

Free toolkits, reports, infographics and advocacy tools is designed to help you or your organization connect children, families and communities to nature.

Free Toolkits

 

Resources for Rethinking

Exemplary classroom resources reviewed by teachers for teachers

 

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Transforming Canada’s education system through innovative programs that empower youth and educators to create more sustainable communities.

 

Green Learning

Free online education programs about energy, climate change and green economy that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world.

 

Plant a Seed Day

Collection of favourite family-friendly planting tips, activities, and recipes to share so you can enjoy Plant a Seed Day wherever you find yourself this year.

 

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree helps develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment, builds their skills and ability to make informed decisions, and encourages them to take personal responsibility for sustaining the environment and our quality of life that depends on it

Activities for Families

Nature Journalling

 

WildSafe BC

The WildSafe Ranger Program is intended to introduce students to the concept of human-wildlife conflict and encourage them to take an active role in reducing human-wildlife conflict at home by helping their families identify backyard wildlife attractants.

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has put out some Activities and Resources for Adults that keep you connected to nature. The online resources to learn more about Canada’s wildlife and habitats, and their conservation. It includes: podcasts, recipes, nature documentaries and DIY plus fun nature inspired reading lists.

PS – There’s a Kids Corner too!

 

Bird Identification and Reporting

 

eBird

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology – All About Birds

Bird Identification and Live Cameras!

 

Environmental Education (EE) Organizations

REGIONAL

Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education Initiatives (KBEE)

The goal of the KBEE to better support students’ understanding of their local environment and empowering thoughtful action, through learning that is outdoor, experiential, place-based and place-conscious.

 

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

CBEEN is the regional network for environmental education in the Columbia Basin.

Our organization supports a community of engaged and effective environmental educators by connecting them to resources, information, professional development, and networking opportunities.

 

PROVINCIAL

Environmental Educators Provincial Specialists Association (EEPSA)

EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation

 

Global Environment and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC)

GEOEC is an interdisciplinary specialist council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Our mission is to provide resources and venues for dialogue and networking, as well as to promote quality professional development for Alberta teachers in the areas of global, environmental and outdoor education.

 

FEDERAL

Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)

Canada’s only national, bilingual, and charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning. We strive to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate… which means we’re engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy and sustainable future.

 

Interpretation Canada

Interpretation Canada is a community that supports, engages, and inspires those involved in the field of heritage interpretation in Canada.

 

INTERNATIONAL

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

As a force multiplier for environmental education, NAAEE is committed to promoting excellence in the field and expanding the reach and impact of our collective work. Through signature programs, advocacy, conferences, and other activities, NAAEE works with partners across North America and beyond, to advance our mission of accelerating environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more sustainable future.

 

Wetland Link International (WLI)

WLI is a support network for wetland education centres that deliver engagement activities on site. The project is led by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, UK, and has 350 members over 6 continents.

 

Useful Organizations

WildSafe BC

Invasive Species Council of BC

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society