Grade 6

Porcupine Grade 6The Junior Wildlife Ambassador Program is an outreach education program, whereby members of WRSE go into Edmonton and area elementary schools to educate students on the importance of wildlife in our community and help empower each student to take action in their own community.

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Grade 6 – “Trees, Wildlife & My Community”

Linking directly to the Trees and Forests unit, “Trees, Wildlife & My Community” is an interesting and enjoyable 60-minute investigation into the interactions between trees and the numerous wildlife species that students find in the boreal forest and in their own backyard. Because most of the wildlife patients the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society receives each year are injured due to human-related activity, this program helps students gain the tools to make a difference and lessen their impact.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why trees and forests are valuable
  • Recognize interactions between trees and numerous species of wildlife
  • Identify the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees
  • Identify how human development impacts wildlife and what actions they can take to minimize our impacts on wildlife
  • Identify how human development affects trees and wildlife and the actions individuals can take to minimize that impact

Grade 6 – “Healthy Backyards”

This interactive 60 minute presentation focuses on living with urban wildlife – giving general information about wildlife in Edmonton, encouraging the students to think critically about the public’s role with wildlife, empowering them to do their part for wildlife in the community, and increasing awareness of the impacts human development can have on wildlife. This program illustrates the human-wildlife interactions that happen when the line between “City” and “Wild” becomes blurred, and provides students with tools necessary to ensure these interactions are positive.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop skills of critical thinking in regards to living with urban wildlife
  • Re-evaluate personal opinions about urban wildlife
  • Recognize that sometimes decisions need to be made outside of personal opinions in order to achieve positive outcomes for the community at large
  • Recognize evidence of animal activity and use this evidence to investigate wildlife activity.
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