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Animal Survival Instincts - Exploring our Wild Side (available in Kimberley and Cranbrook only)

Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study
Duration3 Hours
Locationnearby greenspace or park
Contact This / home 250-427-2608 cell 250 432-9983.

This program is available in Kimberley and Cranbrook only.

About the Program
Students will explore the various strategies animals use to survive in the wild, in particular, coping with temperature changes. This program is offered as a half-day field study for intermediate and middle school students.

Thermal energy will be the underlying theme of this presentation. Students will discuss ways animals cope and survive in various temperatures and understand the basic differences in ectothermic and endothermic animals. Students will also learn how torpor and hibernation benefit endotherms. Some of the strategies explored will be, the use of insulation to stay warm, reducing their surface area to stay warm, the storing of food when plentiful, altering their activity and traveling with purpose. Students will work together to come up with other strategies animals might use to survive. We will walk to a local forest wherein students will work together to build wilderness shelters and learn methods to stay warm or cool in a survival situation. All materials for shelter building and learning about thermal energy will be provided and "Leave No Trace" ethics will be employed.

About the Community Educator
Patty Kolesnichenko has worked for over 20 years teaching Outdoor Education at the Boyne River Natural Science School, the Nor West Outdoor Centre in Ontario and St Patrick High school's Outdoor Program in Yellowknife. Patty has also run her own adventure tourism and education business "Wolfsong Adventures" in the Northwest Territories. Patty is in her element when teaching outdoor education and enjoys helping young people find meaningful connections to their natural environment.

Organization/School: Outdoor Educator

Title: Outdoor Environmental Educator

Address: Kimberley, BC

Curriculum Links:
Tags:Outdoor Skills, Ecosystems / Wildlife
Seasons:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Grade Levels:Independent, Middle (7-9), Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD6, SD5


See 5 testimonials.
"Love Patty's energy and ways to redirect and focus the learning for the students." - Danny Bartraw
"Patty read the group really well, and had them moving around a lot. She also noticed how well they worked on the shelters and provided extra time for them to engage fully in this activity." - Natasha Burgess
"Students always love learning outdoors!" - Laurie Neeve
"Patty had an energy that was contagious. She kept the students interests and knew when a change of pace was needed." - Deanna Boss
"Patty is very knowledgeable, works very well with students, great insight and activities created to engage children. My kids didn't want a recess break because they were so excited in their learning that took place! She is awesome." - Ricki Thomson

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