Outreach & Education Programs
Our goal is to educate the public in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and surrounding areas on the benefits of wildlife coexistence. We believe that wildlife not only has intrinsic value but provides real and tangible benefits in the form of a balanced ecosystem and bringing together the local and regional community of all people. Everyone has a stake in a healthy environment. We need fish in our lakes; animals in our forests, and birds in our skies.
Book one of our Wildlife Ambassadors today!
Looking for something to really stand out at your next event? Book our interactive touch table: Pelts, skulls, specimens. Tactile exploration of wildlife science and identification for all learners. Topics for discussion include feeding types (herbivore vs. carnivore) and animal identification, and much more!
How about a wildlife book reading and discussion? One of our trained Wildlife Ambassadors will read an age-appropriate wildlife story and facilitate an engaging discussion related to the topic of interest. Past examples included: the impact of forest fires, urban sprawl, wildlife/human encounters, among many others!
Is there a cost? No! We do not charge anything for our presentation as our organization is volunteer driven though we always value those who donate or cover mileage expenses for our volunteers!
At Kawartha Wildlife Centre, we pride ourselves on engaging with the next generation of wildlife health advocates. As such, we value the opportunity to share our knowledge in your classrooms. We relate to much of the curriculum in the Understanding Life Systems for the Grade 1-8 Science curriculum and the Biology stream for the Grade 9-12 Science Curriculum.
Some examples of some big ideas:
Grade 1: Plants and animals, including people, are living things; Different kinds of things behave in different ways; all living things are important and should be treated with respect; changes in daily and seasonal cycles affect living things
Grade 2: Animals have distinct characteristics; there are similarities and difference among different kinds of animals
Grade 4: plants and animals are interdependent and are adapted to meet their needs from the resources available in their particular habitats, changes to habitats (whether caused by natural or human means) can affect plants and animals and the relationships between them
Grade 6: Biodiversity includes diversity of individuals, species, and ecosystems, humans make choices that can have an impact on biodiversity
Grade 7: Ecosystems are made up of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements which depend on each other to survive; human activities have the potential to alter the environment. Humans must be aware of these impacts and try and control them.
Grade 9: Sustainable ecosystems and human activity
Grade 11: Diversity of living things, evolution, animals: structure and function, anatomy of mammals
There is also a strong intersection in the value and importance of understanding wildlife science and its context in Social studies, History and Geography due to the implications to the fur trade, colonization, indigenous culture and the relationship between people and environmental for Canada over the centuries.
Adult Group Sessions
Interested in wildlife science? A talk from an expert? Learning animal identification techniques for birds and mammals? Do you have a topic of interest?
Please let us know and we can determine a workshop that fits your needs.
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