Classroom Education

“These experiences enrich the learning of our students and cannot be replaced by reading aloud picture books and videos alone. Your resource is a valuable tool for our school…”
-Jasmine Pilling, Teacher, Cedar Drive Elementary

Wetlands are unique ecosystems consisting of squishy soil, beautiful plants, and charismatic animals like the Western Toad. They are fantastic places to explore and learn but sadly not everyone has a wetland in their backyard. Let us bring the wetland to you!

The Wetlands Education Program has taught thousands of children across the province through hands-on activities and presentations on all things wetland. Starting at $50 per hour, BCWF staff will visit your classroom and educate children on these often-misunderstood systems that are unfortunately disappearing from the landscape. Below are some activities and topics offered by the Wetlands Education Program:

  • Animal Dress Up: Hand-crafted wings, shells, and masks will transform each student into a unique wetland species. Little Brown Bat, Belted Kingfisher, and Coho Salmon are just 3 of the 25 individual species available. Through storytelling, students will learn about food webs and how fragile they can be.
  • Aquatic Invertebrates of BC: Children will be delighted to see what “creepy crawlies” lurk in the wetland waters. The Wetlands Education Program will bring in live invertebrates and teach students about their unique life cycles, diets, and even their varied methods of breathing. For a more interactive feel, students can even collect their own invertebrates (Age-dependent).
    (note: As this activity features live invertebrates it is season and location dependent)
  • BC’s Wetland Mammals: Using real skulls and fur from beaver, fox, otter and much more, learn cool facts about BC’s mammals, about the different four types of teeth, and how skulls can tell you about an animal’s life history.
  • Build your Own Wetland: A great activity to get your hands dirty! After learning what a wetland is, why not make one yourself? Use clay, sand, rocks, and sticks to create a miniature habitat for your chosen animal.
  • Interactive Watershed Model: Humans can impact watersheds through a variety of ways including forestry, draining wetlands, and even building schools! This interactive model will have students pour water through impacted and non-impacted watersheds to see how human activities affect flooding and water quality.
  • Introduction to Wetlands: What is a wetland? What lives there? Is a marsh a wetland? Why are wetlands good? Learn the answers to these questions and more through and introductory presentation. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see the carnivorous Pitcher Plant living in our “Bog in a Jar”!
  • Invasive Species Model: This model features realistic recreations of BC’s wetland plants and animals. One side features native species like Western Painted Turtle and Pond Lilly, while the other features non-native species like Yellow Flag Iris. Students will be able to search for more subtle differences between the two sides
  • GPS Training: Use handheld Global Position System units in a scavenger hunt, make symbols with GPS “tracks”, and mark waypoints. A great introduction to geocaching!
  • Wetland Design: Think your schoolyard could use its very own wetland? Why not have the students help design one? Great for older, science-based classes.
  • Wetland “Jenga”: A colourful, jumbo recreation of the classic tower game. Students will be able to see how invasive species can lower ecosystem stability. Learn the names of wetland species and where they fit in the food chain. The older the students, the higher the tower can be created!

Detailed description of each activity coming soon.

Does Your School Have Access to a Wetland?
Let us know and we can incorporate it into our lesson!

More Information
The Wetlands Education Program is based out of the Lower Mainland, but may be able to visit your school in conjunction with one of our adult workshops, which take place all over the province. To see a list of upcoming workshops click here.

For more information on school visits, contact the Wetlands Education Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For information on hosting a Wild Kidz Camp or Go Wild! Youth for Conservation camp, contact the Youth Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.