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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.

What makes an ecosystem healthy or unhealthy and how can we measure this? What do we stand to lose when our environment is degraded?

In this problem-based workshop, students recreate actual research by museum scientists using data collected for the Rideau River Biodiversity Project.

Classify real fish, interpret a map, make predictions, analyze data, produce a graph, evaluate results, and propose explanations. Build a big and healthy ecosystem with life-supporting services and see how it responds to loss of biodiversity.

Duration: 50 minutes.

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


  • October 1, 2019 – June 19, 2020
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Select Fridays:
    • November 22, 29
    • December 6, 13, 20
    • March 27
    • April 3, 17, 24
    • May 1, 8, 15, 22
    • June 12, 19
  • Workshop start times: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $1 per student, in addition to museum admission (admission: $9)
  • Tax is not included
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid program.

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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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