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Our Local Biodiversity

Workshop at the Museum

Diane Pathy © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: grades 6 and 7
Quebec: secondary cycle 1.

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 3, 2017 – June 14, 2018
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $9 per student (tax not included)
  • Second workshop on the same day: $4 per student (tax not included)
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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This workshop allows students to discover the importance of biodiversity in a specific habitat through a variety of hands-on activities and scientific questioning.

Students examine real preserved specimens of fish found in the Rideau River and learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify them.

They work in teams to analyze data collected from museum researchers and using the scientific method they assess the health of the Rideau River.

They examine human impacts on biodiversity, and identify ways to preserve the biodiversity in this local ecosystem.

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

Secondary Cycle 1

Mathematics, Science and Technology


  • Competency 1: Seeks answers or solutions to scientific or technological problems.
  • Competency 2: Makes the most of his/her knowledge of science and technology.

Essential Knowledges / The Living World / Diversity of Life Forms

  • Demonstrate that each species has its ecological niche.
  • Observe changes in the diversity of life forms in a given habitat.

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