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Looking to bring hands-on environmental education into your classroom? Look no further! We offer a variety of programming for learners from preschool to grade 12. Book a workshop at our teaching garden, or have Elora, our Child & Youth Education Coordinator come to you! Email Elora through filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page or call our office (250) 386-9676. Click here to download a PDF of the 2021 schools program brochure.

Garden Tour

Explore the Compost Education Centre Teaching Gardens and Demonstration Site! Meet puppets, live worms and fish and learn about composting, growing food and sustainability through touch, taste and smell. This exploratory and interactive tour is action packed!

1 hour

cost: $55

Corey’s Compost Story

Follow Corey (a friendly apple core) and Brownie (a helpful leaf) in this interactive puppet show as they learn about “browns” and “greens” and how to make compost in a backyard bin. Students will engage through song, movement and play in this fun story-based workshop. 

45 minutes

cost: $55

Wrigglers at Work

Learn the basics of composting by meeting fun puppets, and explore how red wriggler worms transform food waste into soil. Students will learn all about red wrigglers by creating a worm composting bin for your classroom to keep for continued learning! Follow resources for educators are provided. Option to harvest your bin in part 2 of our workshop.

1 Hour

$55/workshop + $40 worm bin and worms

Soil Superstars

Why is soil so important? This discovery-based workshop explores soil and compost up close while making connections to the role we play in maintaining soil health. This lively workshop includes puppets, song and movement. Students will also get the chance to meet live worms and learn about the amazing work they do for the soil! 

1 Hour

$55/workshop

Spectacular Seeds

Why are seeds so amazing? Explore the many shapes and sizes seeds come in and participate in a seed dissection to understand what’s going on inside of a seed, and how baby plants grow. Students get the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination, and learn through discovery. End the workshop by creating mini greenhouses to sprout bean seeds in your classroom!

1 Hour

$55/workshop

Sustainability Site Tour

Explore the Compost Education Centre Teaching Gardens and Demonstration Site, with explorations of composting, native plants and pollinators, veggie gardens, aquaponics, and more. The tour offers inquiry-based education and applied learning, relating our gardens to the world surrounding the students.

1 hour

cost: $55

Worms Eat my Garbage

Discover worms and the benefits of composting! Students will learn about the compost cycle and gain an understanding of worm anatomy while holding Red Wriggler worms. Putting their new knowledge to work, students will create a worm bin together to keep in your class for continued learning. Option to harvest your bin in part 2 of our workshop.

1 hour

cost: $55 + $40 worm bin

Soil Sleuths

Students will have a chance to use their critical thinking skills to investigate a historical case study to learn the importance of soil to healthy ecosystems and communities. Hands-on, discovery-based activities encourage students to unearth the many things soil has to tell us and explore what it means to be a soil steward. Introduce your students to composting, ecological stewardship, land degradation and more. 

1.5 hours

cost: $65

Bees and Blossoms

What is a pollinator? Why are bees so important? Learn about the importance of pollinators, explore little known facts about native bees and engage in hands on activity. Discover how to care for and protect native pollinators, and learn about their integral role in local ecosystems. End workshop by getting their hands dirty making a seed ball to support native bees.

1 Hour

$55/workshop

Sustainability Site Tour

Dive deep into the world of composting, native plants and pollinators, veggie gardens, aquaponics, and more with a guided tour of our Teaching Gardens and Demonstration Site. The tour offers a look into real life applications of sustainability practices and encourages discussion, critical thinking and reflection. 

1 hour

cost: $55

Composting Basics

Learn the basics of successful composting, the various techniques used to compost, as well as the importance of soil to our society and the earth itself. This workshop can include a hands-on component to determine the best composting system for your class or school, or can involve troubleshooting an existing compost system.

1-1.5 hours

cost: $65

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting is an ecosystem and composting system all in one! Alongside an intro to composting, this workshop will introduce students to the anatomy and reproduction of red wriggler worms, and the many ways to create and maintain an active composting worm bin. Dive deep into the world of worms and keep the worm bin for your classroom! 

1 Hour

$55/workshop + $40 worm bin and worms

Biodiversity Zine

Learn about often untold histories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour ecological stewards who have worked to increase environmental sustainability, steward their local ecosystems, and protect their lands. This educational zine comes with resources for educators and students to learn and reflect on how they can become ecological stewards in their own community.

Cost: Pay What You Can

Sustainable Lifestyles

This 50-page booklet is designed to encourage students to engage with environmental issues with critical thought. The booklet explores our social systems of inequality, oppression and greed to ask students how they can live in a sustainable way in their communities. Student’s are offered optional projects on categories of land, food and more. 

Cost: Pay What You Can

What do educators have to say about our school programs?

 

“It was very apparent that the kids, and their parents, thoroughly enjoyed the program. The day after the program I had one little guy, who attended the program, ask me to find him books on composting as his family were going to build a compost!”

 

“I liked how experiential the tour was for the children. The facilitator was skilled at maintaining the children’s attention and keeping them interested.”

 

“The CEC did an excellent job in keeping children’s’ attention during the presentation. She made it fun to learn about composting and worms.”

 


Child & Youth Education Inquiry

If you have any questions about our child & youth education programs or would like to book a program with us, fill out the form below or call Elora at (250)-386-9676.
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