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Elk Island National Park

Grade 5 - “National Treasures & Wetland Wonders”


Students discover life in the bog during the Grade 5 Wetland Wonders program.
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  • Program Type – Guided Hike (3.5km) and Workshop
  • Location – Astotin Lake Area and Lakeview Trail
  • Program Length – 3 Hours 
  • # of Participants – 30 per class, 2 classes per day (max.)

Grade 5 students participate in a full day of discovery in the “National Treasures & Wetland Wonders” program. These modules take Canadian geography beyond the political divisions and introduces students to the terrestrial eco-zones that shape Canada’s landscape. Students explore the wonderful world of wetlands found in Elk Island National Park as they can participate in field studies at two very different wetland locations. Classes choose 2 of the 1-hour long modules to explore Elk Island with the help of an interpretive guide!

National Treasures

Oh Canada! National Treasures introduces students to the diversity of Canadian geography, natural resources and the role of Parks Canada in preserving the wonders of Canada. Students work together as they take part in high-energy geography puzzles and games!

“The Bog” Field Study

If this is a wetland…where is the water? Explore this question with Parks Canada staff as they lead this 1 hour field study of a bog ecosystem. Through experiments and activities, students study the characteristics of this type of wetland and how it relates to the diversity of wetlands in Elk Island!

“The Living Waters” Pond Field Study

Get out of the classroom and get your hands dirty! This module connects students to a marsh wetland where they learn about the characteristics of marshes and examine the relationships between species in this rich ecosystem through demonstration and activities. Students even get to discover the creatures that call the pond home up close.

Alberta Education Curriculum Links

Grade 5 Social Studies:

a) Value Canada’s physical geography and natural environment
b) Appreciate the environmental significance of national parks and protected areas in Canada
c) Appreciate how the land sustains communities and the diverse ways that people have of living with the land
d) What are the differences and similarities among the geographical regions of Canada?
e) How are Canada’s National Parks and protected areas important to the sustainability of Canada’s natural environment?

Grade 5 Science:

a) Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland ecosystem and the interactions within and among them
b) Recognize and describe one or more examples of wetland ecosystems found in the local area
c) Identify some plants and animals found at a wetland site, along with their adaptations to wetland life and their roles in a wetland ecosystem
d) Identify the roles of different organisms in the food-web of a pond: producers, consumers and decomposers
e) Recognize that changes in a part of an environment have effects on the whole environment