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School Watch: Green Spaces as Learning Places

EcoSpark is excited to launch a new program - School Watch!

What is School Watch?

School Watch is a free program where teachers learn how to lead citizen science projects with their students on school grounds. We deliver free teacher PD on curriculum-linked environmental projects such as tree inventories and pollinator surveys. This project allows students to contribute meaningful data while learning about ecosystem health, positive actions and environmental science in the community. Materials are focused on grades 6-12, but can be adapted for younger students.  
 
At teacher* workshops, we provide: 
  1. Hands-on resources for animating school ground greening projects
  2. Exposure to and training on different kinds of citizen science projects
  3. Follow-up staff support to plan and co-lead an outdoor education lesson with EcoSpark
  4. Opportunities to earn points towards your EcoSchools certification!

*While designed for teachers, workshops are suitable for anyone interested in connecting kids with outdoor education, space permiting.

  

School Watch Webinar

View the School Watch webinar (recorded live May 22nd, 2018) to learn about engaging citizen science projects that students can do outside on school grounds. Measure trees, survey birds, and more! Activities are ideal for grades 6-12, and easily modified for younger students. 

The teacher* webinar provides: 
  1. Links to online resources for animating school ground greening projects
  2. Exposure to and training on different kinds of citizen science projects
  3. Examples of citizen science activities teachers can plan with students

*While designed for teachers, the webinar is suitable for anyone interested in connecting kids with outdoor education.

 View the Webinar

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For more information, please contact:
Dana Buchbinder, Citizen Science Coordinator 
[email protected]
647-258-3280 x 2003
 

Thank you for your interest in School Watch! We hope to see you outside!

 

This project would not be possible without the generous financial support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and in-kind support from the York Region District School Board and Toronto District School Board Sustainability Office/EcoSchools.

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