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.
Potato Power!: Biodiversity & the Power of Potatoes
|Bookable Type(s)||Half Day Field Study|
|Location||Groundswell 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:
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!