BOOK A WILD VOICES FOR KIDS PROGRAM!
All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.
This school year, the first 200 teachers to become CBEEN members were guaranteed one complimentary program! If you have an active CBEEN teacher membership from the fall, you can still redeem your complimentary program with bussing reimbursement up to $250.
At the present time, we are no longer distributing complimentary programs for new members, however, all programs are available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.
Landscape Ecology Through the Eyes of a Porcupine
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About the Program
For your class I offer several possibilities--
- Readings from “The Porucpine Who Would” which often expands into shared story telling about animals and their behavior. It can also be used for writing/reading/art exercises. Depending on weather, this can easily be taken outside.
- Outdoor play to explore what landscape ecology is in the school yard. This has the possibilities of becoming a mapping exercise with awareness on the hazards of roads/trains for animal migrations along with some solutions; a plant identification session; or “what is a watershed?' and how stream/river riparian zones are key passage ways for life.
- Light and/or dreams.... Excerpts from the story are read and expanded outside to experience the affects of light – discussions on hibernation and other animal seasonal adaptations, and why southern aspects of the landscape are often essential for rearing young. We dream, do animals dream? What is the difference between a night dream and a day dream? How does the main character's dream affect the story plot? How do our dreams affect our actions? Our world?
I will happily adapt my presentation to your class. Please let me know what your preference for focus is and we can put together a fun, learning experience.
About the Community Educator
Claudette Burton is a naturalist and writer who lives on old orchard bench-lands above Kootenay Lake. She has written a children's story about porcupines, mountain caribou, and the need for connective safe corridors across our landscape for wildlife to thrive. This is a 'fractured' fable of a porcupine who needs to leave her remote valley to find a mate. Filled with accurate biology as well some mystical events on the way.
"I would have liked more information to be provided to the students, or more engaging activities for them to participate in, or more consolidation of what they did do once the time was wrapped up. I would have liked if some of the educator's book was read to the students. I didn't feel like my students came away with much new information, and that most of them have probably run around outside pretending to be birds/squirrels before, and that they weren't really aware of why we played that game (ie. what they were learning by doing so). I really liked and appreciated the educator, but feel there could have been more structure to the time we spent together. " - Sarah Keenan