YYC Young Citizen Scientist Program
Imagine inspiring students to collaborate with real scientists. That's what this is about. There is no better classroom than in nature itself. The YYC Young Citizen Scientist program takes students outside, making scientific observations in the natural world, and submitting these observations to assist the work of professional scientists.
Getting students involved in citizen science supports their learning in many ways. Some of these include:
- Strengthening their scientific literacy in both the scientific method and scientific observation skills
- Building on their natural curiosity to foster a connection to place, as well as a heightened interest in the natural world, leading to an increase in environmental stewardship
- Moving science outside of the merely theoretical, by contributing their work to meaningful scientific research that has real world impact
Green Calgary delivers the introductory program, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) offers a practical, outdoor component. There are three YYC Young Citizen Science programs being offered:
- Birds (grades 3 and 6)
- Pollinators (grades 3 and 6)
- Urban Wildlife (grades 7 & 9)
Please note that the grades shown above are recommended as the program links to the Alberta curriculum, however can be tailored to other age groups.
Part 1 delivered by Green Calgary (can be delivered in-school or virtually)
Part 2 delivered by CPAWS (we will coordinate this booking with CPAWS on your behalf).
Each program costs $150, or $200 in total if booking parts 1 and 2.
Connect to nature through technology and inquiry. A curated collection of resources and 10 DIY curriculum-linked lesson plans to bring science to life.
Choose your theme from birds, pollinators and urban wildlife.
Kits cost $100 for a 2-week rental.