Elementary Intermediate

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Introduction to Dichotomous Keys

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of taxonomy and the classification of living things (how, why). The concepts are reinforced through the creation and use of their own dichotomous keys, first in the class using a basic example and then outside using local plants.

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Introduction to Digital Microscopes

This activity will introduce the use of digital microscopes and teach the students to use them effectively. Will encourage students to see small details in their surroundings. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to wander the back yard with a magnifying lens, finding cool things to look at; especially insects. Speaking to others, I realized this is a common experience among many people, and possibly an important experience for sparking a life-long interest in nature.

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Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Caterpillars and Adults

This excellent reference guide to butterflies and moths of the Pacific Northwest contains pictures and descriptions of both caterpillars and adults for most of our common species. Produced in 1995 by the United States Department of Agriculture, this one is a keeper.

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Introduction to Intertidal Exploration

This lesson gives students a hands-on introduction to intertidal ecology.  Following an introductory classroom lesson, students go to the beach at low tide to explore the intertidal zone.

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Introduction to Entomology: The Collection and Observation of Insects

This lesson is an introduction to insects and entomology.  Students make their own insect traps, leave them out overnight and examine their catch the following day. A PowerPoint is also available to assist with discussion and to introduce Entomology to students using local examples. See the other files associated with this resource.

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Exploring Insect Movement and Behaviour

Lorquin's Admiral

Using real-life insects, students perform a series of experiments to see which environments or food the insects like best. Students learn about the mechanics of insect movement.

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Dendrochronology: The Study of Tree Rings

tree coring

This lesson introduces students to the study of tree rings, and provides hands on experience with survey equipment used in the forestry industry. This activity quickly became a student favorite and is now a lesson we repeat with each new group of students.

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The Resource Game

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This is a scavanger hunt for local resources where participants search for things that will help them survive in the wild. This game pairs well with a conversation about local first nations resource use.

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FUSSS - A Study of Forest Health

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Through observation and exploration, students learn easily observable indicators that can be used to measure the health of a forest ecosystem.

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