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All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates of:

– $150 (1-1.5 hr in class or outdoor program)

– $250 (half-day field study)

– $350 (full-day field study)

Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program (with up to $250 in bussing cost reimbursement) for their classroom in the school year. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available for the 2020-2021 school year to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the 2020-2021 school year we have a COVID-19 policy in place.  Teachers booking programs are expected to read this plan in advance of their program to understand our policies and practices around offering programs this year.  Questions about the policy may be directed to the Wild Voices Program Manager at wilvoices@cbeen.org


The Wild Voices team is carefully planning for a safe return to working with students and teachers.  Our booking system is open for teachers to begin planning and scheduling with educators.

At this time we ask teachers to request booking dates from October 5, 2020 onwards to allow time for us to prepare based on needs as they emerge in September.  We also ask that teachers ensure that a program does not violate their school and/or district policies before booking.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to confirm program suitability and communicate needs and questions to the Community Educator.


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Exploring Local Species at Risk

Bookable Type(s) Outdoors (approx 1 hr) Half Day Field Study Online Presentation (approx 1 hr)
Duration2.5 Hours
LocationIdlewild or Elizabeth Marsh, or similar small lakes or large ponds/marshes.
Contact This Presenterwrehab@hotmail.com or call 7785174377

About the ProgramTeaching students awareness of species at risk, concerns and biodiversity. Students participate in a Citizen Science research study which will help scientists and biologists collect data used to further assist the protection and management of species at risk studies in our area. Students will learn to begin to recognize similarities and differences between species at risk that are non native and native to our area, particularly focusing on native amphibians and invasive species. They will learn basic biology/ecology/life cycles/ of each species that are located here in Cranbrook area. This program is a Citizen Science Research survey that involves collecting, observing, investigating, recording and identifying species. Can be done till mid October and start in early Spring.

• Students will utilize skills with their senses in visual and auditorial.

• Participate in a nature walk survey for toads, turtles, salamanders and newts, invasive bull frogs, vegetation and looking for juveniles.

• They will learn similarities and differences between species. Basic features and identification.

• Learn about local species at risk and lifecycle stages.

• Discuss facts, threats and ways how you can take action to protect these vulnerable species.

• The importance of habitat protection and how to create a healthy habitat.

• How to limit the spread of some invasive species and the impact they have on native species populations.

• Taking part in interactive game playing by learning what happens when invasive species are released into the environment.

• Learn how to identify species at risk and invasive predators.

• Basic ecology/biology of each species at risk.

Materials You Will Need to BringPlease bring teachers,student and adult clip boards!! pens and guide books or pamphlets of bird id if you have them. Student binoculars. Team vests for 2 groups.
Please ensure the students are prepared for outdoor time with appropriate clothes hat , boots, insect spray, snack and water to drink. I appreciate having student names written on name tags/stickers so I may address them.

About the Community Educator
I am an Applied Biology Technician and environmental educator. Delivering engaging creative lessons of citizen science bioblitz studies to children in nature through science based education and modeIing techniques. I am very passionate about the outdoors and love to share my ideas to children so it may one day spring that interest in them to become a biologist someday. I have lived in the East Kootenays most of my life and belong to many societies that conserve and restore, ecological integrity in our communities and beyond. I have a very strong background in native plant biology and wildlife/amphibian surveying. I want to bring back the excitement and curiosity about the environment that all children should have and give them a sense of wonder what's really out there.

Patricia Meldrum

Organization: Independant outdoor environmental educator

Title: Applied Biology Technologist

Address: Cranbrook, BC

Curriculum Links: ARTS/ MATH/ SCIENCE/PHYSICAL ED. Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy that is an important part of healthy living. • Grade 6 Make observations in familiar or unfamiliar contexts. • Grade 5 Demonstrate a sustained curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest. • Grade 4 Collect simple data • Grade 3 Classify familiar animals according to their similarities and differences in appearances, behavior and life cycles. Arts connect our experiences to the experiences of others, creative experiences involve an interplay between exploration, inquiry and purposeful choice. The likelihood of possible outcomes can be examined, compared and interpreted. Living things are diverse can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems. • Grade 2 Water is essential to all living things and it cycles through the environment. Visual arts are unique languages for creating and communicating. Numbers to 100 represent quantities that can be decomposed into 10s and 1s. Living things have life cycles adapted to environment. Skills can be developed through play and designs grow out of natural curiosity. Classify familiar animals according to similarities and differences in appearances, behavior and life cycles. • Grade 1 Engagement in arts creates opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play. Objects and shapes have attributes that can be described, measured and compared. Living things have features and behaviour’s that help them survive in their environment. Skills can be developed through play and designs grow out of natural curiosity.Classify organisms, objects and events. • Grade K Plants and animals have observable features. Repeating elements in patterns can be identified. People connect to others and share ideas through the arts. Skills can be developed through play and designs grow out of natural curiosity. Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
Tags:Other, Outdoor Skills, Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water, Climate Change
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Grade Levels:Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD5

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