BOOK A WILD VOICES FOR KIDS PROGRAM!
All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.
Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program for their classroom in the school year. Teacher members can redeem their complimentary program with bussing reimbursement up to $250. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available annually to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What Can We Learn From Animals About Survival?
|Bookable Type(s)||Half Day Field Study|
|Location||nearby greenspace or park|
|Contact This Presenteremail@example.com / 250-427-2608|
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.
"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