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2012-2013 Educational Program

Offer your students stimulating and educational experiences by participating in activities at the Biosphere!

The Biosphere’s educational program offers a range of activities adapted to the needs and interests of elementary and high school students and teachers.

Through play, experimentation and creation, students develop their teamwork, cooperation and problem-solving skills and learn to apply them to environmental protection.

These activities can be carried out at the Biosphere, at your school or in the field.

About the Biosphere

Architectural symbol of Expo 67, the Biosphere is a unique structure, located in the heart of Montréal in Parc Jean-Drapeau. As the only environment museum in North America, the Biosphere's mandate is to encourage citizens to take action and get involved in environmental issues. In addition to its general public programming and special events, the Biosphere develops educational and awareness-raising products for a diverse clientele across Canada and is a recognized clearinghouse for environmental information.

At the Biosphere

Housed in Richard Buckminster Fuller’s magnificent geodesic dome, the Biosphere offers you a variety of activities tailored to your group’s various ages and interests. Explore one or many themes, including meteorology, biodiversity, water and responsible consumption! The Biosphere also suggests you spend a day in this wonderful location by combining two activities to learn more about the environment! Biosphere activities are available to groups of 15 or more. Reservations are required.

Choose the activities for your age group...

At the Biosphere
ActivitiesAgesDates
The Eel Squad4 to 6Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
Water Explorers6 and 7Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
Urban Naturalists6 to 12Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
The Secret of Gilgamesh8 and 9Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
The Circle of Life8 and 9Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
On the Water Trail10 and 11Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
Nature Works!10 and 11Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June
The Biosphere...à la carte!6 to 18Sept-Dec. and Feb.-June

 

The Biosphere at Your School
ActivitiesAgesDates
A Change in the Air12 years and olderSept.-June
One World, One Planet!12 years and olderSept.-June
Drop by Drop12 years and olderSept.-June
Variety Is the Spice of Life!12 years and olderSept.-June

 

In The Field
ActivitiesAgesDates
BioKits6 to 12Sept.-August
Adopt a River10 to 18Sept.-August

The Eel Squad

The Eel Squad

Ages: 4 to 6
Theme: Discovery of the Aquatic ecosystem
Duration: 90 minutes







An eel (puppet) from The Eel Squad guides youngsters along the waterways from their house to the river. The eel reveals the wonders and friends of water, but also explains that the waste that is being discharged into the water is damaging its habitat. Together, youngsters and the eel look for ways to clean up its home.


Water Explorers

Water Explorers

Ages: 6 and 7
Theme: Nature discovery
Duration: 90 minutes







The activity is led by a modern-day fur trapper who teaches the children to respect nature while they take on three challenges, gaining knowledge of water and aquatic ecosystems. Throughout their visit, children collect amulets to add to their explorer necklace.


Urban Naturalists

New! Urban Naturalists

Ages: 6 to 12
Theme: Biodiversity
Duration: 90 to 120 minutes







This guided excursion will allow you to observe and discover some of Île Sainte-Hélène’s biodiversity! Participants are invited to explore nature through their senses.  Remember to bring hats, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing and footwear for this outing.


The Secret of Gilgamesh

The Secret of Gilgamesh

Ages: 8 and 9
Theme: Meteorology
Duration: 90 minutes







King Gilgamesh seems to control the weather. One day, his friend Enkidou persuades him to reveal his secret to the people of Uruk. In the course of the activity, students learn about the usefulness of various weather instruments, the water cycles, several extreme weather phenomena as well as various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Ages: 8 and 9
Theme: Biodiversity
Duration: 90 minutes







In this activity, students will explore the beauty of biodiversity as well as the many relationships that exist between all living things and their habitat. By exploring Canadian biodiversity, they will discover its richness and complexity and understand the factors that influence life in a wetland. The discoveries made throughout this activity allow for a better understanding of the importance of preserving the diversity of life.


On the Water Trail

On the Water Trail

Ages: 10 and 11
Theme: Water use
Duration: 90 minutes







Interpretative guides encourage students to learn about the economic and social importance of the St. Lawrence River. Following the Water Trail at the Biosphere, students see how humans have altered the river over the years, and they are introduced to the environment-related issues of navigation, responsible consumption and access to drinking water.


Nature Works!

Nature Works!

Ages: 10 and 11
Theme: Nature
Duration: 90 minutes







Throughout the activity, students will discover the relationships that exist between different animal and plant species and human beings. In a laboratory setting, they will learn more about biomimicry by exploring how science imitates nature. Students will also reflect on the impacts of human activity as well as the various actions they can undertake to preserve nature.


The Biosphère... à la carte!

The Biosphere... à la carte!

Ages: 6 to 18
Theme: Optional
Duration: 90 minutes







The Biosphere offers guided tours adapted to your group's ages and interests. Our "à la carte" option allows you to combine a number of Biosphere activities, including science activities, exhibitions, films or conferences (usually offer outside locations).


"Soutenir l'école montréalaise" (Support Montréal's Schools) Program

This program of the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec (Quebec Department of Education, Recreation and Sports) is intended for Montréal disadvantaged schools with the aim of giving them better access to cultural institutions.

Find out whether you are eligible by visiting: www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/ecolemontrealaise

The Biosphere at your school

The Biosphere offers, all accross Canada, four free thematic presentations by videoconference or on site at your school. An expert facilitator explores an environmental theme with students in a lively setting. Conferences at school are also available in some regions.

For more information, please visit the Biosphere at your school page.

In the field

Students can also participate in concrete observation and ecoaction projects in their classroom. They collect data from their natural habitat or observe their own life habits with a view to making changes to them.

Image of the Urban BioKit

BioKits

Ages: 6 to 12
Theme: Biodiversity
Duration: 90 to 150 minutes







Want to get moving and set off on an adventure? Wherever you are, out in nature or in the city, the Biosphere offers you entertaining ways of exploring Canada’s rich biodiversity.

Choose from a family of BioKits and explore biodiversity in urban areas, the Canadian wilderness as well as the Trans Canada Trail.

Their purpose is to engage you in learning about the value of local natural areas and biodiversity and to empower you to help protect these areas.

The following BioKits are now available: Nature, Urban, Trans Canada Trail, Montréal, Halifax, Sutton, Vancouver and, in the fall, Edmonton and Ottawa.

To download PDF versions, or for further information, please visit: www.ec.gc.ca/biotrousses-biokits


Image of Adopt a River

Adopt a River

Ages: 10 to 18
Theme: Water
Duration: 25 hours







Using basic scientific equipment, students learn about the characteristics of their river by studying its physicochemical and bacteriological properties. They also learn to collect and identify macro-invertebrates, which are excellent biological indicators of water quality. These activities help students understand their environment and identify actions they can take to improve it. Training and scientific support provided.

This project is coordinated by the Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau.

Information and reservations: www.pjse.ca