In 2009 the Lessons in a Backpack (LIAB) program was developed in partnership with teachers and other educators. Each year, GBBR staff reach 700+ students directly with LIAB programming, and hundreds of other students are reached through the participation of their teachers. 10 schools on the coast use the lessons regularly, but other areas have also adapted or used the program.
Currently, there are 33 units for grades 1-10. Each meets Ontario science curriculum standards, are full of hands-on experiments and activities, focus on environmental science phenomena that can be observed in the school yard, contain background information, a set of core activities, additional resources and extension ideas, and hold opportunity for inquiry based learning.
Lessons are designed to engage children in making personal connections with nature and in thinking critically about human impact. There are resources and extension activities in each lesson, so teachers can continue with key messages.
Nearest city or town: Parry Sound
Project start date: January 1, 2009
Project focus: Education / Outreach
Project contact: Delaina Arnold