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Our Local Biodiversity

Workshop at the Museum

Diane Pathy © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: grade 6
Quebec: elementary cycle 3.

No need to travel to faraway rainforests to study biodiversity! In this workshop, Ottawa's own Rideau River will become our biodiversity laboratory.

Students will analyze real scientific data to learn about classification, interrelationships between species and the importance of biodiversity in maintaining resilience in ecosystems.

They will examine human impacts on biodiversity and identify ways to preserve the biodiversity of this emblematic ecosystem.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).


  • October 2, 2018 – June 13, 2019
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $1 per student, in addition to museum admission (admission: $8.50)
  • Tax is not included
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 6

Science and Technology
Life Systems: Biodiversity

Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • Analyse a local issue related to biodiversity, taking different points of view into consideration, and propose an action that can be taken to preserve biodiversity.

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Investigate the organisms found in a specific habitat and classify them according to a classification system.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on Earth.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 3

Science and Technology
Living Things: Systems and Interactions

Interaction between living organisms and their environment

  • Describes how animals meet their basic needs within their habitat  

Interaction between humans and their environment

  • Describes the impact of human activity on the environment (e.g. use of resources, pollution, waste management, land use, urbanization, agriculture)

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