Wetland ecosystems are home to more 600 species of wildlife! Through the Wetland Ecosystems Program, students will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of wetland ecosystems. This program is designed to meet NS Dept of Education curriculum outcomes in Grade 7 Life Science and Grade 10 Science.
During this program, students will investigate components of our local ecosystem, identify and classify organisms as producers, consumers, and decomposers, while exploring over 50 species of animals that represent various levels in an ecosystem. Students will discover the interaction amongst water plants, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
The program begins in our classroom with a brief introduction to the components of an ecosystem such as biotic and abiotic factors, and trophic levels. Students explore a series of wetlands before using dip nets to search for pond life. Students learn to identify various invertebrates and investigate the role of biodiversity in wetlands determining the health of an ecosystem.
After the introduction activity, students participate in a guided tour of the park. While applying their skills and knowledge, students learn interesting information about the animals in the park and their various roles within ecosystems. Students may see primary consumers such as moose, beavers, and Sable Island horses. Students may see secondary or tertiary consumers including cougars, bears, and wolves.
Following the guided tour, students return to the classroom where they share their experiences with one another and review their collected data.
Groups have the option of having lunch in the classroom or from May 15 to Oct 15 groups can use our picnic/playground area.
For a summary of this program including curriculum outcomes, download our Printable Teacher's Guide