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1 Teacher s Handbook Programs and field trips available at the BC Wildlife Park or at your school! E Conservation through Education

2 Education at the Park The BC Wildlife Park was first established in 1965, and for the past 51 years we have been promoting our motto Conservation through Education. By booking an Educational Program with the Park, you will not only have the opportunity to meet wildlife up close and personal, but your students will be learning more about the world around them and you will be helping them become ambassadors for their planet. EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR In response to the new curriculum guide, we have completely restructured our programs to be grade specific as mandated by the Ministry of Education. For those schools wanting a more general, non curriculum based program, we will also offer several classes and an educational tour to meet those needs. OUTREACH PROGRAMS We are able to deliver some of our educational programs at your school! Imagine learning about BC s wild creatures in the comfort of your own classroom. We offer our outreach programs to you from September until the end of April on Mondays, Wednesday or Thursdays. EDUCATION PROGRAM FEES: $5.00 PER STUDENT SEPTEMBER TO APRIL -MINIMUM $ % GST $6.00 PER STUDENT MAY & JUNE - MINIMUM $ % GST TEACHERS ARE ALWAYS FREE! *For every 3 students, 1 parent chaperone is admitted free of charge. Extra chaperones will receive 20% off admission rates. Please note that annual passes are not applicable to education programs for students. OUTREACH PROGRAM FEES $ PER PROGRAM PLUS THE COST OF MILEAGE TO YOUR SCHOOL (+ 5% GST)

3 HOW TO BOOK A PROGRAM BOOKING PROCESS & GUIDELINES ALL EDUCATION PROGRAMS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE! To book a program, first fill out a program booking form which can be found at the end of this booklet or on our website at Once your booking form is complete, please it to or fax it to When your program has been booked we will send you confirmation of your booking. Your reservation is not complete until you have received a confirmation! Booking requests will be processed in the order they are received. CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES If you must cancel or postpone an education program, please contact us at ext.226 or

4 EDUCATION PROGRAMS KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 30 MINUTES Turtle Tales NEW (Only available from October to March) Discover the lives of turtles through interactive story time and art! Meet a turtle up close and colour your very own painted turtle picture! Bees and Me Meet Betty Bee and learn about the most important pollinator of the world! Experience the life of a bee through interactive story time! Students will learn about what bees need to survive, their important jobs and how they are different from us! Furs, Feathers and Scales An interactive, hands on experience for students to examine different types of furs, feathers and scales. Learn where different animals live and what they like to eat! This program includes a snake encounter! The Bear Necessities Learn about bears interactively! Discover the different colours bears can be, what they eat and why they den for the winter! Play along by acting out how bears use their claws and learn the essentials of bear safety! GRADE 2 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES Wise about Water Every living thing needs water to survive! Learn about the water cycle and how to keep our water bodies clean for us and the creatures that live there! See a snake and a turtle up close and learn about how they depend on water for survival! Wild Life Cycles NEW (starting in October 2016) Learn about the life cycles of owls and snakes! Did you know that not all snakes lay eggs and that birds are full grown in only a few months? See an owl and a snake up close!

5 GRADE 3 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES Balancing Biodiversity - NEW (starting in October 2016) The Earth is a very diverse place! Learn how we can protect the biodiversity in British Columbia s ecosystems and how the BC Wildlife Park is keeping our grassland ecosystem more diverse and balanced by breeding burrowing owls! Animals in their Environment Learn how animals interact in their habitat and how everything is connected! This program focuses on food chains and the important links among species in their habitats. See two animals up close and learn where they fit on the food chain. GRADE 4 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES The Grassland Biome NEW (starting in October 2016) Did you know that grasslands cover less than 1% of British Columbia? Learn about the grassland climate and see two animals up close that call the grassland ecosystems home and how they survive! Awesome Adaptations How do animals survive in different environments? What kind of adaptations do they have to hunt and hide? Learn how snakes and owls have adapted to survive! Raptor Researcher Owls Meet two owls up close and learn how they sense their surroundings! How are they able to hunt and survive? What do raptors have that other birds don t and why are they so successful?.

6 GRADE 5 & 6 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES The Snakes of BC Did you know that there are 9 different snake species in British Columbia? Learn all about their body systems and how they interact with the environment around them! See two snake species up close! Radical Reptiles Reptiles are fascinating creatures! Learn about their body systems, survival adaptations and get an up close look at two reptiles! Raptor Researcher Owls Meet two owls up close and learn about their body systems! How are they able to hunt and survive? What do raptors have that other birds don t and why are they so successful? GRADE 7 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES British Columbia s Threatened Species What do animals need to survive and what happens when they can t find these things? This program covers what factors are causing populations of species in British Columbia to decline and what we can do to help save them! See two animals up close! GRADE 8-12 PROGRAMS LENGTH: 45 MINUTES British Columbia s Threatened Species What do animals need to survive and what happens when they can t find these things? This program covers what factors are causing populations of species in British Columbia to decline and what we can do to help save them! See two animals up close! The Snakes of BC Did you know that there are 9 different snake species in British Columbia? Learn all about their body systems and how they interact with the environment around them! See two snake species up close! Raptor Researcher Owls Meet two owls up close and learn about their body systems! How are they able to hunt and survive? What do raptors have that other birds don t and why are they so successful?

7 NON CURRICULUM BASED PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO GRADES 2-12 Encountering Wildlife Meet three exciting animals up close and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the nature of these fascinating creatures! Educational Park Tour Tour the Park with one of our friendly interpreters. Learn the stories of some of our resident animals and how they survive in their habitats! The Truth about Bears Bears are curious and smart animals! Learn how to identify grizzly and black bears and how they are different. Learn about what they eat and when they eat it, that they are not true hibernators and how to keep them out of our communities. Colour Crazy Animals have adapted to use colour in many ways! Learn about how certain animals use colour for mimicry, warning, confusion and camouflaging! See two animals up close! Come check out the Park s new grey wolves! They arrived at the Park during summer 2016!!

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