Our first 2 EcoKITS are ready to test out!
What is in an EcoKIT?
The PSPS EcoKITS are a selection of : books, puppets, replica (scat, skulls, footprints), reference and nature walks guides, identification and exploration tools, and on-line links and resources to help educators teach their students about Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Each EcoKIT focuses on one ecosystem in the Park; Forest, Pond, Bog and Stream. We are working with the Musqueam Nation to include hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language translation, as well as cultural concepts and knowledge throughout the EcoKITS.
Who is the EcoKIT designed for?
The EcoKITS are designed for educators working with pre-school to grade 4 students. This includes daycares, pre-schools, elementary schools, resource centres, after-school care and drop-in centres. The EcoKITS are intended for a mix of in-class and place-based learning in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. However, the majority of the EcoKIT can be used in any park, since the Pacific Spirit Regional Park may be difficult for some groups to access.
How does the EcoKIT work?
The educator submits a request form to the Pacific Spirit Park Society Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator arranges a 6 week loan period for the group to use the EcoKIT. The educator then explores the materials and resources to curate their own lesson plans. This allows each group to adapt the EcoKITS to meet the interests and needs of their group. Each EcoKIT includes a Teacher Guidebook, which provides suggestions to get started and support the new BC Ministry of Education curriculum objectives for science.
General Flow of EcoKITS:
- Discover what trees, plants and wildlife live in the ecosystem
- Learn about the top species-at-risk and invasive species in the ecosystem
- Understand the key treats to the ecosystem
- Find out how PSPS is helping to reduce those threats to the ecosystem
Where can I pick up the EcoKIT?
The EcoKITS are available at the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Centre at 4195 West 16th Avenue, by appointment. On occasion, the EcoKITS may be able to be delivered or picked up depending on the location and timing.
When will all the EcoKITS be finished?
The EcoKITS will change and evolve as new materials are developed and updated. The next big step for the EcoKITS is for us work closely with the Musqueam in order to weave knowledge and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ more deeply into the EcoKITS. This will take some time, but in the meanwhile the Bog and Forest EcoKITS are ready for use. Since these EcoKITS are in the testing phase, participant feedback is very important and greatly appreciated by our curriculum development team.
Click here to sign out the Forest or Bog EcoKIT and email our Program Coordiantor, Laura Cottle, at firstname.lastname@example.org