At Home With Nature: TRCA e-Learning

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is introducing fun e-Learning videos, activities, and resources that will help families deepen their understanding and appreciation of nature, ecology, and cultural heritage — all from the comfort of home!

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e-Learning Schedule: Upcoming Events

May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm Online Webinar - Ages 6+
Listen to the sounds of spring! Learn about Ontario’s frogs and toads and how to identify them by their unique calls. Afterwards, try creating the calls at home and building a toad shelter for the...
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Online Facebook - Ages 8+
#AtHomeWithNature There would be no plants without healthy soil to nourish them! On Wednesday, May 27, “Chef Chris” will be live streaming to teach us about the ingredients that go into creating the perfect soil....
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Online Webinar - General Audiences
Whether you are growing vegetables for the first time, or getting back into it, this presentation will cover the why, where and how of growing your own vegetables. It will include a breakdown of cool...
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Online Facebook - General Audiences
#AtHomeWithNature From oats to machines – on Thursday, May 28 we’re broadcasting live from The Meadoway to share what it takes to prepare the soil beneath a hydro corridor to become a thriving meadow! A...

 

Resources: Families, Kids & General Interest

This is where you’ll find companion resources for our #AtHomeWithNature virtual and online learning presentations, along with ideas to continue your learning and create fun activities to keep everyone busy!

Check back regularly as we continue to add resources.

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UNBELIEVABLE BEAVERS
For Ages 8+
Unbelievable Beavers
e-Learning Resource

Beavers are unique creatures with a very special role in our ecosystems! “Busy as a beaver,” they say — but busy doing what? Let’s find out!

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READY, SET, BIOBLITZ!
For General Audiences
Ready, Set, Bioblitz!
e-Learning Resource

A Bioblitz is a fun way to get a sense of the amazing diversity of living creatures in your yard, on your street, or anywhere! The idea: Look for as many living things as you can! Consider sending the information on what you find to a project like iNaturalist or eBird where scientists can use it for their research!

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INDOOR NATURE WALK
For Kids Only!
Indoor Nature Walk
Facebook Video

Stand up and get some exercise while staying indoors! Come along on a short nature walk with Raya Papaya and explore the outdoors right in your living room — using your imagination!

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Raya Papaya leads youngsters on an indoor nature walk

 

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MICROPLASTICS
For Ages 10+
Microplastics:
e-Learning Resource

Microplastics: tiny but dangerous! Fill out this worksheet to learn more about what microplastics are, and how they enter our environment.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BUDS!
For Ages 8+
Getting to Know Your Buds!:
e-Learning Resource

Get to know the buds of your local trees. Learn how to identify different trees by looking at their buds, and find out what makes these often overlooked parts of a plant different from each other.

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LEAFY LESSONS
For Ages 8+
Leafy Lessons:
e-Learning Resource

Did you know trees are the world’s largest plants, covering approximately one-third of the Earth’s land surface? Learn about their fascinating world! Identify the parts of a plant, discover the keys to photosynthesis, and more!

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LICHENS
For Ages 8+
Learn About Lichens:
e-Learning Resource

Lichens are living creatures all around us, but where do we find them? This package will teach you about what a lichen is, the story they can tell us about the environment, and how to identify some of the most common types.

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THE WONDERS OF WATER
For Ages 7+
The Wonders of Water:
e-Learning Resource

Did you know more then 70 percent of the earth is covered by water? Come learn with us about the wonders of water! Discover where we find water, and explore our planet’s water cycle.

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GERMINATION – IT’S IN THE BAG
For Ages 6+
Germination:
e-Learning Resource

Learn how to germinate seeds, in a fun and visual way, and find out how students have been helping to green up The Meadoway.

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FROG WATCH: Webinar
For Ages 6+
Frog Watch:
e-Learning Resource

Listen to the sounds of spring! Learn about Ontario’s frogs and toads and how to identify them by their unique calls. Afterwards, try creating the calls at home and building a toad shelter for the garden!
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SIGNS OF SPRING
For Ages 6+
Signs of Spring:
e-Learning Resource

Check out the video, then fill out the worksheet to explore signs of spring and the changing seasons. Activities include: Word Scramble, Nature BINGO, ‘Signs of Spring’ Challenge, and more!

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MEADOWAY MAGIC
For General Audiences
Meadoway Magic:
Facebook Livestream Video

Learn how to create a welcoming environment for birds and pollinators in your own backyard! Topics include: replacing turf grass with native plants, and the benefits of leaf piles and leftover winter scrub.

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MEADOWAY ECOLOGY
For General Audiences
Meadoway Ecology:
Facebook Livestream Video

Learn how planting native plants in The Meadoway is restoring an ancient food web and ecosystem. Topics include: How native and non-native plants differ from each other, and why native plants are so important to the meadow ecosystem.

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