Grade 7-9

Grades 7-9

The 33rd annual Mayor's Environment Expo will run virtually May 30 to June 3, 2022 and in-person May 31 to June 1, 2022.

See the listings for this grade range below. In-person sessions are on the left and virtual sessions are on the right.

Download the 2022 Teacher’s Manual for detailed information about both the virtual and in-person Expo.  Join the mailing list to receive updates and registration information. 

Have questions about the Mayor’s Environment Expo? Contact expo@calgary.ca

Don’t forget to complete the event registration form

Although the Expo is free and open to everyone, we request teachers register to ensure space in workshops and for security purposes. 

The deadline for in-person registration is May 23, 2022. You can register for virtual events right up until the start of each session.

In-person

The Arusha Centre

Rockin the Free Power

These sessions explore the wonderful world of energy! Through audience participation, live electric guitar and singing, we will explore electricity production, magnetic induction, and active transportation themes. Specific curriculum connections include energy efficiency, energy transformations, climate change, electric motors and magnetic induction.

These sessions allow students to better understand how energy is produced, the importance of conserving energy and innovating energy systems, and real life solutions to current energy and climate concerns, and are customized for each age group!

Suitable for Grades 7 - 9

Calgary District Heating Inc.

Tours Calgary District Heating Inc

Join Calgary District Heating Inc for a guided tour with a behind- the- scenes look at how they generate and distribute thermal energy and electricity to the East Village and Downtown Core.

Situated on the corner of 9th Ave and 4th St SE in the East Village, the district energy centre is the heart of an energy network that consists of over 6000 metres of underground insulated pipes bring centralized heating to nearly 6 million square feet space across downtown. District energy allows for an entire district or community to be heated from one central location, resulting in greater efficiency and fewer emissions than conventional heating systems.

The underground network of pipes carries thermal energy, in the form of hot water, to be used for space heating and domestic hot water to customers including City Hall, New Central Library, PLATFORM,  Studio Bell, Arts Commons, Hilton Hotel, Telus SKY and Intact Place. Just name a few.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7

Calgary Stampede

Design a sustainable future

The session will combine many of the Calgary Stampedes education programs and will guide participants through the creation of their own Stampede Poster. The challenge: Create a Stampede poster that shows a sustainable Calgary in the year 2050. This will take many forms depending on the audience, from virtual canvases to in-person painting but the challenge remains the same.

Throughout the session, we will provide sustainability thoughts and examples from the Journey 2050 program, OH Ranch program and the sustainability initiatives used at the Stampede.

Suitable for Grades K - 9

City of Calgary Recreation

Mobile Adventure Playground

Join us for a self-directed  program that use loose parts and natural materials to inspire active and creative play, and connect people, young and old.

Play spaces have been chosen to meet the needs of creative, imaginative, nature-based and self-directed play that are vital to children's cognitive, emotional and social development.

Onsite play ambassadors will be on site to inspire play.

Suitable for all ages

CPAWS Southern Alberta

CPAWS: Explore Parks!

What is the true story of parks in Alberta? Dive into the stories of Alberta’s protected and unprotected wild spaces, from Indigenous Nations' longstanding, reciprocal relationships with land to current day campaigns championing de-colonialization and ecojustice. Through a many-eyed seeing approach, explore your place within nature and the fight for ecojustice.

Suitable for Grades 7 - 9

Cree8 Calgary

Traditional Indigenous Drumming, Songs and Storytelling

Chantal shares Traditional Drumming, Songs, Storytelling, Indigenous Culture, History and Traditional Teachings. Storytelling is what connects us as all people and is an aspect of all songs, Chantal shares the stories and teachings behind the songs, breaking down each song to learn together. Drums carry powerful significance in Traditional Aboriginal culture. Drums are used for healing, ceremony, and celebration, and each song and drum beat carries the messages and intentions of our Ancestors. Drums are a traditional instrument found in all indigenous cultures throughout the world.

Chantal will share stories of how the drum came into being. Participants will learn about the hides in relation to the Medicine Wheel and how the drums and drumsticks are made. Chantal shares the significance and history of various drum weaving styles in connection to the nations and lands they originated from, the culture behind each style, and how each style teaches us lessons we can relate to our own lives.  Chantal will also share the significance and teachings behind drumsticks, and how to properly and respectfully, honour, care for, maintain and play our drums. Together we will, drum, sing, learn songs and hear the stories behind them from several Nations including Cree, Ojibwe/Anishinaabe, Blackfoot, and Cherokee. Traditional Hand Drums will be provided for use.

Suitable for all ages


Smudging & Medicine Wheel Teachings

The Medicine Wheel and Smudging are an integral part of many First Nations and Indigenous cultures throughout Turtle Island. Chantal shares the Teachings, Stories, History and Science behind Smudging and the Medicine Wheel.

Smudging is a sacred way to cleanse, balance, understand and connect to Mother Earth. The medicines used honour the teachings of Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel. We honour and value each medicine is part of the Medicine Wheel that balances and sustains us. We will gain a deeper understanding of the balance and stories for each direction and Plant.

Each individual may have a stronger connection to a particular medicine or direction depending on what is needed in their life at the time. Chantal delves into the science behind the Medicines and explains how every Nation has their own unique way of looking at and learning from the Medicine Wheel.

Although traditions, medicines and stories may be slightly different depending on the Nation, Region or individual sharing the teachings, the message is always of balance and healing. Chantal will share the importance of protocol and how to harvest medicine sustainably and respectfully. Chantal will explain the significance and balance of the Smudge, why we do it, the science and story behind it as we Smudge together.

Suitable for all ages

Green Calgary

Waste Buds

What happens after you throw your waste away? In Green Calgary’s NEW ‘Waste Buds’ workshop participants will compete in a waste-sorting relay game, discover what happens to their recycled and composted materials, and work in teams to find ways to eliminate waste! Students will end the session by making a craft from recycled materials.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7

Hands On Growing

Hydroponics 101: Fun & Effective Food Growing for a Rapidly Changing World

As our world is increasingly affected by crop losses, price spikes and global pandemics due to our changing climate, food security is a growing concern… even here in Canada. Our children deserve to know that greater food independence is not only within our reach, it is mentally healthy, prosocial, nutritious and fun! Just one issue: Canada is not the sort of place one can garden all year round! This is where hydroponics comes in.

Join Hands On Growing as we discuss how climate change is affecting how food reaches our dinner table, followed by an introductory course on home hydroponics, including a live demonstration, that will leave audiences confident and energized about growing food at home.

Suitable for Grades 5 - 9

Living Soil Solutions

Worms at Work

Get up and personal with these hardworking squiggly wriggly critters.  The students will learn the difference between Dirt and Soil and its importance to all humans.  Diving into how worms are used for composting and all the things the worms need for us to provide them with a comfortable home.

Suitable for Grades 5 - 8

Nature Calgary

Backyard Bird Sounds: Come hoot, chirp, cheep, and drum with us

Birds are noisy!  Let’s get noisy with them! Students will learn to describe bird sounds bird sounds using words, phrases, pictures, and sounds.  Each student will have the chance to get noisy and make the hoots, honks, chirps, cheeps, squawks, quacks, and drums using their lung power, whistles, and found objects.  We’ll also play a few games to get students ready to get outside and know who’s making all those wonderful sounds and why!

  • By then end of the webinar, students will…
  • be able to describe and remember bird sounds
  • experience the joy of making bird sounds themselves
  • learn why birds make different sounds
  • learn about some free apps that will help them identify birds sounds in the wild

Suitable for Grades 3 - 9

Prospect Human Services

Vermicomposting

Through interactive displays and activities, students will learn what belongs in their city compost bin and what does not. Each group will participate in a hands on activity to create a vermicompost bin to take back to their classroom with the knowledge of how the compost is created, how to care for the bin, and the benefits of using the vermicomposting.

Suitable for Grades 6 - 9

Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation

Citizen Science - Golden Eagles

Since 1992, each year twice annually in Kananaskis Country, volunteer citizen science and general public observers watch the migration of several thousands of raptors, significantly Golden Eagles -- a world unique bird watch site.    This project is related to outdoor conservation and environmental education.  The long-term and on-going nature of the Golden Eagle migration count furnishes an invaluable data-set that provides insight into the trends of eagle numbers, as indicators of the ecosystem health.

Suitable for Grades 5 - 8

University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

UCalgary Future Cities Now - NEXT Calgary

This design and city building camp for students of all ages explores ideas and visions for Calgary. We all have opinions, and together, we can build them into images shaping what the city could look like in the future. Participants will take part in group activities, be guided through a decision-making process, and create a collective urban vision for Calgary. 

This session is a NEXT Calgary initiative.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 9

Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society

Darken the Night - Importance of Dark Skies for Nocturnal Environments

The workshop is an exploration of the nocturnal world and its wildlife inhabitants through the lens of the impact of light pollution with actions to improve the health of these environments. Students will learn about the ecological importance of dark skies for nocturnal wildlife and delve into some of their biological requirements. Artificial light at night (light pollution) has a significant impact on the health and behaviour of wildlife and humans including disruption to our circadian rhythms.

Students will learn about the many impacts on the nocturnal environment and will gain an understanding of light abatement and actions (including citizen science activities) that can be taken within their community to affect change. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of dark skies for a healthier environment for all.

Suitable for Grades 3 - 9

Online sessions

Alberta Tomorrow

Visualizing Past and Future Growth in the Bow River Watershed with Alberta Tomorrow

Can it be sustained AND maintain environmental health?"  In this session I will demonstrate our simulator, www.albertatomorrow.ca, and show how the Bow River Watershed has changed in the past and may change in the future as a result of our activities on the land.

We will time travel back to 1910 and forward to 2050 to see how the land has changed.  Student will be challenged to create their own plan for the Bow River Watershed that balances environmental and social economic indicators.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 9

Break The Divide Foundation

Apathy to Empathy to Action - Break The Divide

This session will discuss the importance of environmental empathy from a youth perspective. Abhayjeet Singh Sachal will speak about travelling to the Canadian Arctic and founding Break The Divide Foundation at the age of 14. The focus of the presentation will be on youth engagement in environmental issues, the importance of nuance in discussions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the necessity to unite to take climate action.

Abhay will discuss Break The Divide’s emphasis on dialogue among youth around the world and the necessity of real conversations in a time of polarization and apathy. He will end with a message about the importance of taking action on the climate crisis in an empathetic way - both towards oneself and to those around.

Suitable for Grades 6 - 12

Calgary Stampede

Design a sustainable future

The session will combine many of the Calgary Stampedes education programs and will guide participants through the creation of their own Stampede Poster. The challenge: Create a Stampede poster that shows a sustainable Calgary in the year 2050. This will take many forms depending on the audience, from virtual canvases to in-person painting but the challenge remains the same.

Throughout the session, we will provide sustainability thoughts and examples from the Journey 2050 program, OH Ranch program and the sustainability initiatives used at the Stampede.

Suitable for Grades 7 - 12

City of Calgary – Climate and Environment

Climate Change and Calgary

Climate change impacts all of us. It’s a complex challenge that can seem overwhelming, but the solutions don’t have to be!

This presentation, delivered by members of The City of Calgary’s Climate Program team, will explore what climate change means for our city and our people.

This session, which is 45 minutes long, will explain how The City is preparing for climate change risks and impacts and will empower students to take action on climate change. There will be time for questions at the end.

Suitable for Grades 7 - 12

City of Calgary - Water Resources

Climate, Water, & Us

Geared for grades 7-12, students in this virtual workshop will examine the intricate relationships between climate, our water resources, and our day to day lives. Starting off simple, the basics of climate and of our watershed will be briefly reviewed to ensure a mutual understanding of these foundational concepts. Next will be a deeper dive into how climate both directly and indirectly impacts our water resources, relating it to lived experiences and how we perceive our water resources.

This will introduce a discussion around the importance of integrating mitigation alongside adaptation, providing practical examples of how the City of Calgary has incorporated these concepts into various water related projects. This presentation will culminate in resources to help familiarize students with what climate resiliency can look like both at home and at school.

Suitable for Grades 7 - 12

Ever Active Schools

Active and Safe Routes to School: Give Students the Right Tools and They Will Lead Change

Calling all student leaders!  Tired of the daily traffic jam around your school at drop off and pick up times? Spend 45 minutes with Ever Active Schools as we walk you through the comprehensive Active and Safe Routes to School toolkit that will help you increase active and sustainable travel in your school community.  Tie your shoelaces. Change is here.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 8

Ghost Watershed Alliance Society

Against the Current: The Story of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Alberta

By looking at threatened westslope cutthroat trout as a local case study, students will gain an understanding of how human activities affect ecosystems and how these impacts are monitored and assessed. In this live, interactive session, students will be introduced to the biology of this native trout species, the threats to its survival and a summary of federal and provincial recovery efforts.

Real world examples of restoring fish habitat in the Ghost Watershed will be showcased. Teachers will have access to an accompanying teacher resource that includes a slide deck and student activities. 

Suitable for Grades 7 - 9

Resources

Green Calgary and CPAWS Southern Alberta

Science for Young Citizens: Urban Wildlife!

Science for young citizens inspires students to build connections to nature through the use of technology! This introduction to citizen science will help students discover the important role that each species plays within an ecosystem, and how this delicate balance can be disrupted by human activity and our changing climate.

We will find out how we can submit our animal and plant sightings to citizen science apps to contribute to real-world science!

Suitable for Grades 7 - 9

Inside Education

Natural Regions Stewardship Trip

Taking care of Alberta’s landscape is no small task, so climb aboard the Steward Ship and take a virtual tour of Alberta’s natural regions! Using mini case studies, we’ll introduce some of the challenges each region faces as our climate changes, and highlight some innovative ways Albertans are answering the call for adaptation and mitigation.

We’ll also touch on scientific inquiry, understanding natural processes of our ecosystems, and looking at the geological history that shaped our landscape and created our rich diversity of natural resources. Great for Grades 4-7!

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7

Parks Canada

Banff National Park - Conservation Quest

Students choose the path through this interactive virtual quest to find animals that Parks Canada protects in Banff National Park. Their choices could lead to surprising discoveries, side quests, disaster, or success! This program uses real-time online polling and quizzes to direct the story. Conservation Quest is filled with fun facts that encourage curiosity, exploration, and protection of the natural world. 

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7

Parcs Canada

Parc national Banff: La quête de la conservation

Au cours de cette quête virtuelle interactive, les élèves choisissent le chemin à suivre pour trouver des animaux protégés par Parcs Canada dans le parc national Banff. Leurs choix pourraient mener à des découvertes étonnantes, à des quêtes secondaires, à un désastre ou à une réussite! Pendant cette séance, nous aurons recours à des sondages en ligne en temps réel et à des tests-éclair pour orienter le récit. L’activité « La quête de la conservation » est remplie de faits amusants qui incitent à la curiosité, à l’exploration et à la protection du monde naturel.

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7

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