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Welcome to Beyond Tiffin Edu​cation!​

Beyond Tiffin Education are online lessons to help families explore nature during COVID-19! Whether you family is are beginner, intermediate or novice nature explorers, there is something here for everyone! All you need is nature, like your backyard or a safe ​green space in your neighbourhood. 

For a nominal fee of $5/lesson (or $20 for 5), you will have access to vide​o lessons, activity descriptions and modelling with applicable pdf. files, and you'll have exclusive access to Club Beyond Tiffin where you'll be able to share your adventures, pictures and ask questions! 

Beyond Tiffin Education will be held on Google Classroom with new lessons will be launched every Friday.
Whether your backyard is big or small, there are always places to explore and discoveries to make. So bring your spoon for digging and your wildlife detective eyes and we can discover all sorts of interesting things together!​

For questions or more information, please email events@nvca.on.ca​

​​May 1st - Backyard Discoveries and Beyond

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Join environmental educator Naomi in her backyard. She's going to show you how to explore her backyard so you can explore yours. Sometimes, all we need is a little patience and focus, along with our senses of sight and sounds to find the smallest element of nature.​​

Curriculum links which can be supported by this lesson include:
Grade 1 - Needs and Characteristics of Living Things/Seasonal Changes
Grade 2 - Growth and Changes in Animals
Grade 3 - Soils in the Environment/Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4 - Habitats and Communities


Price: $5
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May 8 - Citizen Science

 
​​Citizen Science is a modern way to learn about nature. With a cell phone in hand and certain apps already loaded onto your phone, you can go out and explore nature and learn the names of any plant or animal you come across.
It is not just a naming game. Once you know and recognize these species you will feel more at home in nature and better understand the web of life and species interdependence.
In this lesson, NVCA's environmental educators Naomi and Maegan will teach you all about citizen science. 
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Maegan will show you how to use Seek and iNaturalist, two apps to help identify natural things around you.
To celebration Backyard Birding Blitz Month, Naomi will share different activities for identifying birds. 

Did you know that birding is the oldest form of citizen science? The project has been around for over 120 years!

Curriculum links which can be supported by this lesson include:
Grade 1-Needs and Characteristics of Living Things/Seasonal Changes
Grade 2-Growth and Changes in Animals/Air and Water in the Environment
Grade 3-Soils in the Environment/Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4-Habitats and Communities
Grade 6-Biodiversity
Grade 7-Interactions in the Environment
Grade 8-Water Systems

Price: $5

Flower petals floating on a river

​May 15 - Land Art

Using a creative process, children will create an ephemeral work of art outside in their backyard, or beyond. Using the work of Andy Goldsworthy for imagining and generating ideas, youth will plan and explore their creativity.


This lesson applies to all grades in the curriculum

Price: $5
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Water bug

May 22 - Life in the Pond

Learn how to go pond dipping with a hand held net. Don't worry, you don't get dipped in the pond, just your net does. You can find out what lives in your local pond, creek or puddles and learn why these creatures are so important. For older children, we will explain the science behind determining water quality.

Curriculum links which can be supported by this lesson include;
Grade 1-Needs and Characteristics of Living Things/Seasonal Changes
Grade 2-Growth and Changes in Animals/Air and Water in the Environment
Grade 3-Soils in the Environment/Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4-Habitats and Communities
Grade 6-Biodiversity
Grade 7-Interactions in the Environment
Grade 8-Water Systems

Price: $5
Register here
Native Flowers

May 29 - Native Plants and Pollinators

All around us are native, non-native and invasive plants. Have you ever wondered how they are different and why it might matter? Learn about some of our local varieties and how they are adapted to the habitat they are found in. As well, we will discuss the various parts of a plant and how you can identify them on your own.

Curriculum links which can be supported by this lesson include;
Grade 1-Needs and Characteristics of Living Things/Seasonal Changes
Grade 3-Soils in the Environment/Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4-Habitats and Communities
Grade 6-Biodiversity
Grade 7-Interactions in the Environment

Price: $5​
Register here​​
Get 5 lessons for $20
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