LSLBO educators specialize in developing and delivering fun, hands-on, educational programs to people of all ages!
Every year thousands of people take part in our environmental education programs on topics ranging from migration to amphibians and everything in between. We want to share our expertise with you so our educators have been busy developing new on-line lesson plans and resources for teachers and parents this spring. We hope that you enjoy them.
New Virtual Programs for students!
This year, we have adapted some of our most popular winter fieldtrips for virtual delivery as students were unable to visit us at the Boreal Centre. Check out these very engaging programs for your students!
Grade 1: Seasonal-Mix-up: There’s a mystery at the Boreal Centre! Join our educators for a virtual program that will transform your students into Forest Bureau of Investigation nature detectives. This fun, interactive presentation includes a food, water, shelter discussion and introduces five different strategies that plants and animals use to survive the winter.
Grade 2:” Hot and Cold Temperatures. Did you know that Chickadees actually get smarter in the winter? Black-capped chickadees are the winter survival superheroes of the boreal forest. Meet Charlie the Chickadee and some of her friends to learn about their incredible adaptations to survive our cold winter temperatures. Program includes an introductory video on Chickadee winter survival adaptations, 40 minute interactive virtual presentation for your classroom, plus an optional science experiment
Grade 6:” Melvin the Moose Murder Mystery. – new online murder mystery developed by the Lesser Slave Forest Education Society and the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory
There has been a death in the forest! As a member of the Forest Bureau of Investigation, you will use your finely-honed detective skills, visit the crime scene, study all the evidence, interview the suspects and analyze forensic results from the crime lab. This on-line mystery allows kids to work their way through the clues, eliminate the suspects and figure out who killed Melvin! The mystery is in 5 parts (5 Google forms) and each part takes approximately 15-25 minutes to complete so you and your students can work through it at your own pace.
All About Birds for KIDS!
CSI Mystery: The Case of the Extra Egg (K to Grade 3)
Calling all birding sleuths! We have a mystery to solve and need your help. Can you solve the Case of the Extra Egg? Download your case file here. Then watch the interactive video to solve the crime and let us know who you think the culprit was. Thank you to Lesser Slave Forest Education Society for adapting this program!
How to be a Bird Scientist (Grade 1)
We are missing all the students at the Banding Station this year. So we have created a virtual program that allows students to ‘visit us’ and learn about our migration monitoring while learning from home. The program consists of a short video that explains “what is a bird” and goes through what our bird scientists do at the LSLBO during migration monitoring. Them they get a chance to have virtual tour of the station to meet our bird banders and see some live birds. There is also a G1 Human Banding activity that can be printed off so that kids can “band” someone in their family as well as a Wingspan Handout
“Tour” the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory…then ask the scientists your questions!
Take a virtual tour of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory and learn about how we monitor the migratory birds at Slave Lake. Then have your kids or students ask our researcher their questions or send us your bird pictures. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer them right back! We can’t wait to hear from you.
- LSLBO Banding Lab Tour: Learn how our researchers capture the songbirds at our banding station and what types of things we can learn from them before we let them go again.
- LSLBO Overview Video: Learn about all the bird conservation programs at the LSLBO and how they help our birds.
- Looking for an exciting career in Environmental Science? Experience a Day in the Life of our Bander in Charge, Robyn Perkins and find out why she loves her job so much!
BIRDING RESOURCES: Looking for some resources to help you and your children bird watch? Download our LSLBO Bird Checklist that lists all the birds that we have ever observed at our station on Lesser Slave Lake. as well as our LSLBO Where and When Bird Checklist that will tell you when the different bird species will be arriving at Slave Lake and how common those birds are.
Nature Scavenger Hunts for Kids:
Kids love scavenger hunts and they are a wonderful way to engage your family or students with nature. So check out some of the scavenger hunts that have been developed by our educators!
- Using Our Senses Scavenger Hunt
- nature bingo
- Photography Scavenger Hunt-spring: head out with our digital camera or smart phone…and see what they can find. You will be amazed at their creativity
New On-Line Teacher Resources from the Lesser Slave Forest Education Society
With the cancellation of our school fieldtrips due to COVID-19 last spring, staff with the LSFES and LSLBO adapted these fieldtrip lesson plans into on-line learning resources for students and teachers: Check them out!
GRADE 1- We have created a lesson in seesaw for grade 1 students to match the animal to their habitat. You can view and save the lesson to your classroom by clicking here
On-Line “Ready to Go” Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers
Download “ready to go” Elementary Lesson plans from Grade 1 to 6 that were developed in partnership with the Lesser Slave Forest Education Society! These curriculum based programs are full of activities, ideas and resources to connect your students with the Boreal Forest. Thank you to the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta for helping to fund the development of these great programs!
- Grade 1- Needs of Plants in the Boreal Forest
- Grade 2- Underground Insect Safari
- Grade 3- Animal Lifecycles with Animal Lifecycles Powerpoint Presentation
- Grade 4- Natures Recyclers
- Grade 5- Wetlands Lesson Plan with Wetlands Classroom Powerpoint Presentation
- Grade 6- Trees and Forests Lesson Plan with Trees and Forests PowerPoint Presentation
Check out our newly developed Boreal Forest Science Kits for Junior and Senior High Students
Forestry is more than just managing the trees! There are a lot of demands on the boreal forest. It provides jobs, it must sustain healthy wildlife and plant communities and it is home to many indigenous communities. To maintain a healthy and sustainable boreal forest, foresters must consider all of these needs when they are coming up with a plan. The Boreal Science Kits introduces secondary students into some of the real-world challenges of forest managers and how they work with other stakeholders to “Balance the Boreal”. All of these science kits include detailed lesson plans, student worksheets handouts, as well as many hands-on activities for students.
1. Species at Risk
Curriculum Links: Science 7,9,10,14, 20 Bio 20, 30
The Boreal Forest may have abundant resources, but there are some species of wildlife that are experiencing significant population declines due to habitat loss or other environmental impacts. Through completing a case study on one of Alberta’s Boreal Species at Risk, students will gain an understanding of what it means for wildlife to be at risk, specific factors that may be contributing to their decline, and how the Species at Risk Act helps to ensure that we maintain healthy wildlife populations in the Boreal Forest.
- View our introductory video
- Download and print our entire lesson plan kit including lesson plans, worksheets and species at risk fact sheets.
- Download and print the “Survive or Perish” board game in colour (page 1 and 2) or black and white (page 1 and 2) The board game prints best on 11×17 paper. Instructions for the game are here.
2. ILM Science Kit (Integrated Land Management)
Curriculum Links: Social 10, 30
We need the boreal forest for many things including economic prosperity, social values such as recreation, cultural traditions, and healthy habitats for water, wildlife and plants. Developing plans that incorporate all of those needs is a real challenge. Students will learn about integrated land management (ILM) and how it is used to reduce our ecological footprint within the Boreal Forests of Alberta. Students will also examine land use responsibilities both as an individual and as being part of a community: identify conflicts that can occur on the landscape, learn that there are consequences for each decision made as well as understanding that there is a method to assist the decision-making process.
- ILM Kit Teacher Lesson Plan
- ILM Science Kit – Student Worksheet
- ILM Science Kit – Answer Sheet
- Download the App that accompanies this lesson plan:
3. Balancing the Boreal: Indigenous Traditional Use and Sustainable Forest Management
Curriculum Links: Social 10 & 30
Explore some of the ways that Indigenous rights-based interests are incorporated into forest management activities in the boreal forest. This social/ science kit focuses on the concept of Indigenous traditional use and will provide resources including a 25 minutes video and a student problem solving activity to guide classroom discussions about Aboriginal traditional uses and boreal forest management.