Your school can participate in a project that creates a planting site on your schoolyard. We have already fifteen P4C schools in Ontario and the growing network of sites with mini-climate change outdoor classrooms enable teachers to complement their curriculum. Additionally, since all our data is used and analyzed by Environment Canada, your school will be helping researchers to track climate change effects on new tree plantings.
This is a project in which the students measure trees in their schoolyard and this way they monitor the local effects of a globally changing climate. ACER developed a set of field activities and assessments as a second cross-curriculum program, using GPS coordinates to create a QGIS digitized map. It also enhances curriculum in mathematics, literacy, science and geography by involving core learning in grades 7-12; and it builds interpersonal communication skills as the project requires extensive teamwork by the students.
This program is a network of one-hectare plots, which demonstrate the effectiveness of local monitoring and reporting of environmental change in long-term forest biodiversity monitoring programs. Community groups are helped to establish their own one-hectare forest plot and taught to measure locally and report globally. This is an international program that uses standardized methods to better understand global ecology.