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Due to recent CBEEN program funding changes, we will now offer price options for Wild Voices for Kids programs.

Please select the price option that suits your needs, knowing that some schools don’t have access to the financial resources that others do.

We 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 that is delivering the program.

Do you have any question about the Wild Voices Program? Please connect with Mia at wildvoices@cbeen.org

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Turtle Truths


Bookable Type(s) In Class/School Yard (1 - 1.5 hr)
Duration1 Hour
LocationKikomun Creek Provincial Park, near Jaffray
Contact This Presenteraylabennett3@gmail.com

**Please note that this program takes place at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park**

About the Program
Students will learn about the Western Painted Turtle on a walk around one of Kikomun Creek Provincial Park’s smaller lakes, Hidden Lake. During May and June there are often painted turtles basking on logs and along the shore. This walk has several stops which include engaging, interactive demonstrations and activities to teach students about this fascinating species. The students will discover the history of turtles, learn about their traits and behaviours and what we can do help to protect this blue-listed turtles. The Turtle Truths program is between 1 and 1.5 hours in duration.

About the Community Educator
Ayla Bennett is an environmental educator who lives with her family in beautiful Fernie, BC and delivers educational programs throughout the Elk Valley.

Ayla Treadwell
(Educator: Standard)

Organization/School: self-employed

Title: Environmental Educator

Address: Fernie, BC

Tags:Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water
Seasons:Autumn, Summer, Spring
Grade Levels:Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD5

Testimonials:

See 55 testimonials.
"Ayla is fabulous. I feel she has a better presentation style than I do - and I have taught for over twenty years! She is calm, knowledgeable and professional." - Carolyne Zimich
"Ayla engaged the students very well and her calm demeanor kept them very calm. She did a great job of making the learning fun and very visual." - Karen Bedell
"Ayla has incredible skills in managing groups of students outdoors. She weaves together information in a way that engages and enthralled our students. Thank you!" - dawn deydey
"Ayla is a knowledgeable presenter and did a great job keeping the students engaged." - Elaine Swail
"Ayla did a great job of keeping the kids engaged and had excellent skills on refocusing kids who needed it. She was very knowledgable and make it fun!" - Anick Poulin
"She was absolutely fantastic!" - Michelle Lesage
"Ayla was excellent and did a fantastic job engaging the children." - Deleen Adams
"She was knowledgable and helpful. Able to answer all questions presented to her. " - Nicolle Sutherland
"Ayla was extremely knowledgable about turtles in the area and did an excellent job at engaging students and making her presentation fun for children at the grade 1 level!" - Anonymous
"I heard it was a a great program presented" - Tanya Kerkhoven
"Ayla is a great with children. We enjoyed her knowledge and calm ways to talk to kids. She sets clear expectations ahead of time and the kids are always enjoying her." - Michelle Lesage
"She was great. " - Carrie Heyde
"Ayla engages her students with her passion for turtles. She is extremely knowledgeable; her presentation is absolutley amazing. My students and I left with a wealth of knowledge about the Western Painted Turtle and an appreciation for nature." - Joanna Popoff
"Ayla was awesome, engaging and respectful of the variety of personalities that are present in my class. I really enjoyed her as a facilitator and would request her again and recommend her to others." - Paula Chardonnens
"Ayla is such a great presenter, even with young Kindergarten children. She has such gentle appropriate ways to gain their attention and keep them engaged. She is so positive and accepting of all the "Kindergarten" answers that sometimes aren't related to the question. Ayla is passionate about turtles and shares that passion with the kids in very engaging ways. " - Pamela Franklin-Cooper
"Ayla does a wonderful job! She contacted us before to set up a plan for the day and her presentation is awesome!" - Laura Grant
"Ayla Bennett is fabulous! She has a very gentle, respecful and firm manner of teaching. My normally loud, actice and chatty class listened quietly to everything she said. She is a dynamic presentor who had a perfect balance of activitive participation and quiet listening time. This is one of the best fieldtrips that I have ever attended and that's a huge compliment after 37 years of teaching." - Kayla Smaldon
"Thank you for a fantastic day! Our students were very inspired. They created awesome journal entries, great artworks of the painted turtle and still talk about the trip. I took my family for a walk to hidden lake as well. Thank you for sharing so much great info with our students. I shared with my own children-they were also in love with the painted turtles story. Thank you!!" - Kelly Henderson
"Great pacing during the presentation. Facts were given, time to observe, and walking around the lake to look for turtles in their natural habitat." - Anick Poulin
"Always!" - Carrie Heyde
"Ayla is passionate about her subject material. She provides visuals to support her teaching. Due to COVID, the parents got to dress as the turtle as she explained temperature changes and how it affects turtles vs a human. Ayla uses a calming voice and always speaks positively to the children. She asks questions that provoke thinking. "why do you think?" "What changes...?" Her explanations are simple enough for the children to understand while at the same time, adults walk away feeling like they have also been educated. Booking this presentation through Ayla is easy. She responds immediately and is helpful." - Joanna Popoff
"Ayla is an amazing Wild Voices Educator. She has a gift with children and makes the learning fun. Ayla has an interactive presentation with lots of interesting visuals. She adjusted the material appropriately for our grade level. It obvious that she is passionate about turtles and wants to teach others how to save them. My class thoroughly enjoys the Turtle Truth tour." - Kayla Smaldon
"Ayla knows her stuff. Speaks to the class in a way that makes everything more fun and interesting. Peaks their curiosity. Excellent kind management with students who needed direction." - Anick Poulin
"Ayla was super engaging, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. It has been wonderful to see her confidence and approach grow with students over the years (we have had her as our educator many times before). She has always been wonderful, but this was an exceptionally good presentation and it was very special for the students." - Tanya Kerkhoven
"Was an excellent job, personable with the students and knowledgeable." - Paula Chardonnens
"Was an excellent job, personable with the students and knowledgeable." - Paula Chardonnens
"I would recommend this field trip! Excellent time." - Lenore Emsland
"Excellent!!! 🙂 She even spoke French!! :)" - Ashley Filipe
"Excellent!!! 🙂 She even spoke French!! :)" - Ashley Filipe
"Thank you Aeyla for a fantastic presentation - very memorable experience!! Have a great summer!" - Kelly Henderson
"Great program! " - Danielle Rousseau
"Great program! " - Danielle Rousseau
"This was one of my favourite trips with Ayla! She was so knowledgeable and engaging. We all learned a lot about turtles in a hands-on fun way!" - ami barras
"Ayla was funny and related so well with my age group of kids. She has an excellent presence and calmness about her." - Anick Poulin
"Ayla Bennet is an excellent educator. She is highly informative and has amazing skills to fully engage students learning. She has a very calm and inviting manner that completely captivates student interest. Ayla's presentation is the perfect balance of quiet listening, oral discussion and student participation. I have been teaching for 40 years and would rank this as #1. This is the best fieldtrip that I have ever done and needs to be kept for students every year. This fieldtrip allows our students to get into the forest and observe turtles in their natural environment which is a rare opportunity and should be highly valued. " - Kayla Smaldon
"Love the Turtle truths program, if students had more hands on activities I felt like students may have been more engaged in the presentation." - Randi-Lynn Morrison
"Ayla offers a fantastic program instilling in students a responsibility to share the importance of protecting our environment. " - Kelly Henderson
"Ayla is wonderful with young students. She is very engaging and can manage students and keep their attention. " - Valerie Greenlee
"Ayla was engaging, knowledgable and funny!" - Cathryn Lennox
"AMAZING! Thanks Ayla!" - Ashley Filipe
"Ayla was great. I always enjoy her quiet and calm demeanor with the students. She is very passionate about what she does and shares her excitement with the kids. " - Connie White
"Ayla was engaging and was able to keep my very busy student's interest throughout her presentation. She was very knowledgeable and made her presentation age appropriate and fun." - Paula Chardonnens
"Although due to injury, I didn't get to participate; my TTOC thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. I have attended Ayla's presentation several times. " - Joanna Popoff
"This presentation is wonderful! Ayla works well with the students and keeps them engaged the whole time." - Jenna Blom
"I would like to be able to continue to experience this different classes and students. Hopefully, we will be able to continue this programming for our students and the future of our communities." - Lenore Emsland
"Ayla is great at addressing any behaviour issues in a positive yet firm matter. She is funny and engaging as a presenter. A favourite outing for sure!!!" - Anick Poulin
"Ayla is an outstanding community educator who is extremely engaging with young students. She used puppets and costumes and even did a magic trick 🙂 She was also very flexible and accommodating with our schedule for the day." - Pamela Murray
"Ayla is an outstanding community educator who is extremely engaging with young students. She used puppets and costumes and even did a magic trick 🙂 She was also very flexible and accommodating with our schedule for the day." - Pamela Murray
"It was my fourth time completing Turtle Truths but my first day with it in the rain and cold. Our presenter, Ayla, was awesome. She kept the kids engaged and found spots to sit and chat out of the rain and integrated warm up break when she saw the need. It was a great day. " - Cathryn Lennox
"Ayla did such an amazing job with this trip. We learned so much about turtles, their habitat and turtle conservation and got to experience the turtles in their natural habitat. " - ami barras
"I loved that the presenters made it interactive for the students and included them in the presentation and activities. She also made it relatable for the age group." - Dorina Kessler
"I was one of Ayla’s first groups doing turtle truths (at Elizabeth Lake). She has developed into a fun, engaging educator that the students can learn so much from. Thank you Ayla." - Sheila O'Grady
"I think this has been my 4th or 5th time booking with Ayla. She does a fantastic job connecting with students. Students are asked to be part of her presentation and have lots of opportunities to make observations and ask questions. She builds students desire to be keepers of the earth." - Kelly Henderson
"Ayla is amazing. She can predict and prevent and manage behaviour beautifully and is a true teacher!" - Tanya Meijer
"I was so grateful to have some French in the presentation as well! An excellent program" - Ashley Filipe

Program Price Options:

Due to recent CBEEN program funding changes, CBEEN will now offer price options for Wild Voices for Kids programs. Please select the price option that suits your needs, knowing that some schools don’t have access to the financial resources that others do. The following price options are available:

  1. Non-subsidized: Please select this option if you can access funds to pay the full price for this program. By selecting this option, this will allow us to offer more subsidized programs to those schools who don’t have the same support as you might. An unlimited number of programs are available at this payment level.
    • In class/school yard ~1-1.5 hours = $250
    • Half-day field study = $390
    • Full-day field study = $595
  2. Slightly Subsidized: Please select this option if you need a bit of support in paying for your program. CBEEN has secured some grant funding to support this option. An unlimited number of programs are available at this payment level.
    • In class/school yard ~1-1.5 hrs = $150
    • Half-day field study = $250
    • Full-day field study = $350
  3. Heavily Subsidized: Please select this option if you need a lot of support in helping to make programs happen in your school. CBEEN has secured funding to allow a limited number of classes to access two heavily subsidized programs/class/year.
    • In class/school yard ~1-1.5 hrs = $75
    • Half-day field study = $125
    • Full-day field study = $175
  4. Fully Subsidized: Please select this option if you have no means of accessing funding for a program. CBEEN has secured funding to allow a limited number of classes to access one totally subsidized program/class/year.

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