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SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is proud to provide educational opportunities to local school districts on wildlife and environmental issues.  Our education volunteers offer a variety of learning experiences in the classroom and on-site at NIWRA.

To request a school program: CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT AND SUBMIT APPLICATION ONLINE 

Please Note: Dates submitted are requests only and will be confirmed based on availability by email or phone call from our administrative staff.

 

Our In-School Programs are designed to compliment school curriculum and the following B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum connections are made:

  • Kindergarten Observation; Characteristics of Living Things
  • Grade 1 - 2 Observation; Needs of Living Things; Classification; Animal Growth and Changes
  • Grade 3 - 4 Investigation; Comparison; Animal Adaptations & Habitats
  • Grade 5 - 7 Hypothesizing; Problem Solving; Bio-diversity; Ecosystems
  • Grade 8 - 10 Optic; Animal (Raptor) Vision
  • Grade 11 - 12 Animal Biology and Ecology


IN-SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (not available at this time)

Owl In the Classroom

  • Available only from October - March
  • Minimum group of 15 students to a maximum group of 30 students per presentation
  • Presentation by NIWRA education volunteers will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Suitable for all grades
  • 100% of presentation cost ($100 + tax, travel mileage) is funded by FortisBC* for the 2016-2017 school year until funds are depleted (not including pellet dissection)

This is our most popular program; it combines a discussion of what makes owls fascinating and efficient birds of prey (hunters) using one of our glove-trained Barred Owls as a live example.

We begin with a brief video showing the operation of the Centre (school to provide DVD player/screen) followed by the live owl presentation and then the optional pellet activity.  Please note there is an additional fee of $15 for this optional pellet dissection activity, that is not included under the funding.  The activty provides the opportunity for students in Grades 4+ to become junior biologists by dissecting regurgitated owl pellets in order to discover what our owls had for dinner. 

The Bear Facts

  • Available only from October - March
  • Minimum group of 15 students to a maximum group of 30 students per presentation
  • Presentation by NIWRA education volunteers will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Suitable for all grades
  • 100% of presentation cost ($100 + tax, travel mileage) is funded by FortisBC* for the 2016-2017 school year until funds are depleted 

This program describes NIWRA's Black Bear Rehabilitation Program. We talk about how bear cubs are orphaned, how they get to the Centre and how we feed and rear them until they are old enough to return to the wild. We explain the vital importance of rearing orphaned cubs in isolation from people and why this is crucial to their survival. A DVD (school to provide DVD player/screen) showing bear cubs arriving at the Centre and their progress from helplessness to eventual release illustrates the care and attention needed to ensure their successful return to the wild.

This is followed by a comparison of the three species of bears in Canada, utilizing claw, fur and skull biofacts and visuals of body shapes to demonstrate how the bears have adapted to different habitats and dietary habits. We conclude with a discussion of how humans affect bears on Vancouver Island and how we can better coexist with bears.


CLASS TOUR at NIWRA

  • Available only from March 15 – October 15
  • Minimum group of 15, Maximum group of 60 students per tour
  • Tours will take approximately 60-90 minutes
  • Experienced NIWRA volunteer guide for each 10 – 15 students
  • 50% of students' admission funded by the Randy Pinck Education fund for the 2016-2017 school year until funds are depleted
  • Adult supervisors are admitted free at a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children.
In 2010, a generous donation was made to our Centre in memory of Randy Pinck. Mr. Pinck had a strong passion for eagles, and his family would like his love for wildlife to be shared with school-aged children on Vancouver Island.

TOURS WILL DESCRIBE

  • what happened to the animals on display
  • why they are being kept at the Centre
  • what lessons can be learned from these animals
  • the natural history of the animals in captivity
 

ONLINE RESOURCE FOR YOUR CLASSROOM 


Watch and use Animals Among Us in your classroom for FREE!

This 21-minute video can be divided into 4 categories, or presented in its entirety.
Topics include:

  • What to do when you find a fawn
  • What to do when you find a baby bird on the ground
  • Invasive Species  - Leave Bullfrogs where they are
  • What makes a good pet?    

Thanks to NIWRA and an anonymous donor