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Billy's Natural Environment

Workshop at the Museum

Tania Arbic © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: senior kindergarten, grade 1
Quebec: kindergarten, elementary cycle 1.

In this hands-on workshop, students learn all about Billy the Beaver and help him find his way home.

They follow Billy on a cross-Canada adventure where they meet his animal friends and learn about their basic needs and adaptations that help them survive in different habitats.

Students gain an awareness of natural habitats through observation and discovery, and by building a beaver habitat themselves!

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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Students learn about Billy the Beaver through experiential discovery.

They participate in a multimedia story about Billy the Beaver and help him find his home.

They discover various habitats across Canada and learn about the basic needs of the animals that live there; they will also try building a beaver habitat themselves.

Curriculum Links—Ontario


Science and Technology

Overall expectations

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and care for the natural world.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the natural and human-made environment through hands-on investigations, observation, questioning, and sharing of the findings.

Exploration and experimentation

  • Demonstrate an awareness of local natural habitats through exploration and observation.

Grade 1

Science and Technology

Understanding Life Systems—Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • Identify personal actions that they themselves can take to help maintain a healthy environment for living things, including humans.

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Investigate and compare the basic needs of humans and other living things, including the need for air, water, food, warmth and space, using a variety of methods and resources.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Identify environment as the area in which something or someone exists or lives.
  • Identify the physical characteristics (e.g., size, shape, colour, common parts) of a variety of plants and animals.

Curriculum Links—Quebec


Competency 1: Perform sensorimotor actions effectively in different contexts

  • To broaden his/her repertoire of actions.

Competency 5: Construct understanding of the world

  • Exercise thinking in a variety of contexts.
  • Organize information.
  • Describe his/her learnings.

Competency 6: Complete an activity or project

  • Become involved in the project or activity, drawing on his/her resources.

Elementary Cycle 1

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency: To explore the world of science and technology

  • To learn to use simple tools and procedures.
  • To become familiar with scientific and technological ways of reasoning and doing things.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things

  • Animal's adaptation to its environment.
  • Foods of domesticated and wild animals.

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