First Steps … Into Nature



This program takes students on their first field trip to the natural world. The program is designed to create curiosity and interest in the outdoors. The students will participate in a journey of discovery in and around The Fluvarium. During their exploration the students will gain an understanding of the needs of plants and animals.

Exploring Living Things!

This program takes Kindergartens on their first field trip to the natural world. Join our environmental educators on an investigation of the living and non-living components of the areas in and around The Fluvarium. What makes a plant a plant? How are animals different? What do all living things need to live? These and other questions are raised as your class begins “Exploring Living Things!”

Freshwater Babies!

Students will explore The Fluvarium and the surrounding grounds, searching for baby animals, learning their respective names and where they live through a song and a “bug sweep”. Enjoying the spring air, they will hike to the outside homes of songbirds, ducks and foxes, and see alevin (baby trout) through The Fluvarium windows!

Jack Frost and His Freshwater Friends!

Students help ‘Jack Frost’ search for the freshwater plants and animals that seem to ‘hide away’ whenever he comes to play. Through this program, your Kindergarten students are introduced to native flora and fauna in their winter state and discover how these plants and animals are able to survive the coldest of seasons.

Pre – Post Activity

Jack Frost’s Bird Friends: When the coldest months arrive, birds could sure use a little extra help. In this activity, students will help birds find enough food to survive the winter months ahead.


Grade One

Alive and Living

As the seasons change and the natural world awakens from its wintry sleep, children in Grade One will take part in an inquiry of living things around and inside The Fluvarium. Interactive, group based activities focused on characteristics and basic needs of organisms, with a special focus on the life cycle of a common freshwater invertebrate.

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Move Like an Animal: Animals can fly, crawl, swim and more! In this activity students will act out how animals move to meet their needs.

Seasons of Change

Students experience the outdoor environment first hand, becoming aware of the daily and seasonal changes that occur. Hands-on, station-based activities and guided discussions promote discovery as the Grade One students relate to their environment and the relationships that exist in nature’s cycles.

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Seasonal Snapshots: Animals and people act differently depending on the seasons. In this activity, students will make a collage of human and animal activities during each season


Grade Two

Cycles of Life!

SPRING! A time of change. As this season of renewal begins, Cycles of Life focuses on growth and development of some common freshwater animals. Outdoors, students will explore the area surrounding The Fluvarium and make observations about the animals that are naturally present. Inside, students observe and describe the changes in freshwater invertebrates, fish and amphibians.

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Frog Life Cycle: Frogs’ basic needs for food and shelter change as they go from tadpole to adult. In this activity, students will compare their needs through drawings and descriptions.

Springing Out – Where is my baby? Babies of different animals often have special names. An insect baby may be called a larva or a nymph. In this activity, students will match the names of baby animals to their parent.

Springing Out – Who is Missing? Different animals go through different life stages to grow into adults. Students can check their understanding of life cycles of insects, amphibians and fish by matching life stage cards to the various life cycles.

Water, Air, Everywhere!

Students will examine two of the most important elements that sustain life: Water and Air. Hands-on, station-based activities examine the elements of water and air and how humans and other organisms use these resources. They will investigate the pollution of water through misuse and our attempts to clean it.

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Water Conservation Poster: Water directly affects the health of plants, animals and humans. Students will track and graph their water use and discuss and depict ways to conserve water.

Water States and Wonders

Students build on their understanding of the three states of water: solid, liquid, and gas, and investigate other interesting properties of this wondrous substance, such as water surface tension. Outdoors, the students gain hands-on experience in the use of thermometers in a practical measurement of air and water.

Pre-Post Activity

States of Water Characteristics: Water is a great way to explore the three physical states of solid, liquid and gas. In this activity, students brainstorm words to describe water and group words linked with each state.


Grade Three

Nature’s Structures

Humans are not the only living organisms that build things: animals in the natural world are the original engineers. This program focuses on the structures built and used by the animals in and around The Fluvarium. Students will investigate the ways in which these structures are built and the materials which are required to do so.

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Nature’s Building Materials: Animals use lots of natural materials (rocks, branches, bark, leaves, and grass) to build their homes, nests and cases. In this activity, students will investigate the properties various natural materials and how animals join them together.

Spring Into Plants!

What makes plants grow? Through hands-on, station-based activities students will investigate different plant parts and their functions. Students will also be introduced to aquatic vegetation and their role and importance in the freshwater world.

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Seed Collage Art: Seeds come in various shapes, sizes, and colours. In this activity, students will classify seeds and use them to colour a picture.

The Real Dirt on Water!

Through hands-on, station-based activities, students will examine the relationship between soil and water as they investigate the effects of absorption, drainage and erosion. In doing so, your Grade Three students will discover that soil and water do not always mix!

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Soil Critters: Animals have an impact on our soils. In this activity students will discuss what these impacts are and display where these animals are in relation to the soil.