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So much more than just dinosaurs!

The interactive, inquiry-based programs at the Jurassic Forest and Learning Centre will take students and teachers back in time to discover prehistoric flora and fauna, while highlighting the beauty and diversity of the modern forest ecosystem. The educational programs at Jurassic Forest were designed to meet Alberta Curriculum targets for Grades 1-7. Students will explore the forest using skills of observation, investigation, and discussion to foster an appreciation for the natural history of the earth and the amazing organisms of the past and present.

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All programs at Jurassic Forest are led by our Interpretive Guides, dedicated to sharing their passion for natural history, earth and environmental science, and education with your students. Field trips will journey down the Jurassic Forest Discovery trails to learn about prehistoric and modern animals and plants, through hands-on activities, interpretive talks, and/or games. All tours include age-appropriate dinosaur information, integrated with the specific lesson plans for each grade level, and can be tailored to fit any specific learning goals for your class.

General Dinosaur Component

All students will travel back in time to learn about amazing prehistoric creatures, including dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and mammal ancestors. Your interpretive guide will discuss the behavior, diets, habitats, and specializations of these ancient organisms, comparing and contrasting with modern animals.

 

Grade-Specific Components

All Grade 1-7 programs include a curriculum-specific portion, integrated into the entire program.

Grade 1: Seasonal Changes Students will use their senses to explore the forest and observe the effects of seasonal changes on the plants and animals of the area. Your guide will also discuss how organisms must adapt to changing environmental conditions for survival.
Grade 2: Animal Diversity Students will discover the diversity of animals in prehistoric and modern ecosystems, and the role of small and large animals in the food chain.
Grade 3: Life Cycles Students will gain an understanding diversity of animal life, and of the changes that occur during the life cycle of different animals, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and insects.
Grade 4: Paleontology in Alberta Students will discover prehistoric Alberta, including the dinosaurs that once roamed the province, the geology of the region, and the global importance of the fossil sites in Alberta.
Grade 5: Wetland Ecosystems Students will observe the diversity and complexity of a wetland ecosystem, and discuss the importance of wetland areas to both modern and prehistoric organisms.
Grade 6: Trees and Forests Students will explore a forest ecosystem, learning about the diversity of trees and plants in the area, and the importance of forests to the many organisms that make a forest their home.
Grade 7: Fossil Formation and Paleontology Students will discuss the conditions required for fossil formation, different types of fossils, and their importance for our understanding of ancient life on Earth.

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