Calgary Board of Education

 
Environmental Learning

Curriculum Integration

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photoSocial Goals

  • increased opportunities for imaginative play;
  • provide a landscape that is relevant, equitable, and accessible to all students. Regular play equipment can only accommodate a small number of children and discriminates by age and psychomotor ability;
  • provide students with private, relaxing places to be alone or with friends;
  • reduced vandalism;
  • increased student ownership as students develop pride that their actions do result in change. By empowering children to take positive action in shaping their school environment, they have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to contribute toward solving some of the social and environmental challenges facing humanity.

photoEducational Goals

  • involvement with an easily accessible, hands on, cross-curricular tool;
  • promotion of land stewardship; creating active interest in the local environment;
  • hands-on experience with environmental learning rather than textbook learning;
  • working more closely with community
  • experiencing success, fun, and accomplishment;
  • more opportunities for play;
  • feeding human curiosity about the natural world;
  • building a sense of place;
  • providing plant and animal habitat;.
  • providing an urban oasis

photoEnvironmental Goals

  • increasing the awareness of native habitats and plants; increased awareness of native plant propagation methods; increased awareness of different habitats suitable for attracting local wildlife;
  • increased biological diversity on the restored site;
  • exposure to ecologically friendly gardening habits. Naturalized plantings replace traditional high maintenance landscapes with native plants that are better adapted to local soils, and climate and usually require less watering, pruning and fertilizing;
  • the provision of creative play environments that encourage interaction with the natural world;
  • provide opportunities for urban-based families to interact with wildlife;
  • provide schools with opportunities to participate in "plant rescues" to salvage plants that will be destroyed due to development.