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COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

Wild Voices programs are cancelled for April 2020 through June 2020 due to full and partial school closures in BC.  In the coming months we will be planning ways for the Wild Voices program to restart in September 2020, including new options for online learning with our Wild Voices programs as a new bookable option for our Wild Voices programming.

For online learning in May and June 2020 we encourage you to check out the Wild Voices Online presentation series!  More information and registration can be found at cbeen.ca/wild-voices-online.


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Potato Power!: Biodiversity & the Power of Potatoes

Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study
Duration3 Hours
LocationGroundswell Community Greenhouse, Invermere

This program is only available in the Columbia Valley

About the Program
The program explores the basic necessities for plant life, how potatoes are part of a much larger food web with producers, consumers, and decomposers, and how even just amongst potatoes there is much diversity. Students will have a chance to try a few different potatoes, learn about the parts of a potato and why potato eyes grow (search for the sun's thermal energy). Students will then get their hands in the dirt by planting potatoes outside of the greenhouse. The program involves interactive lessons, games, taste testing, discussions, and the planting of many potatoes! Be prepared to be outside for the entire duration.

Curriculum Connections Include:
Big Ideas:
1) Science - Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
What is biodiversity? Why is biodiversity important in an ecosystem?
2) Science - Thermal energy can be produced and transferred.
What can be a source of thermal energy? How is thermal energy transferred between objects?
3) Socials - could explore the history of potatoes from Peru if requested.
4) Career Education - strong communities are the result of being connected to family and community and working together toward common goals.

About the Community Educator
Jessie enjoys getting students working in school gardens as she believes it is vitally important for people to understand where their food comes from, what is entailed in growing food, and allowing people to experience growing their own food to empower them. Jessie has enjoyed taking kids outside for years, formerly as a teacher & Trex leader, and now with Wildsight & CBEEN.

Ask Jessie about program connections - how this program could be linked in with community service, foods/cafeteria class, Take Me Outside day, or a potato harvest event!

Jessie King

Title: Educator

Address: Invermere, BC

Curriculum Links:
Tags:Ecosystems / Wildlife, Sustainable Living, Food
Grade Levels:Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD6

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