Clean Schools

Fun – and aligned to your curriculum!

Each of our Clean Schools feature cross-curricular, participatory and interactive workshops and take a solutions-based approach to addressing environmental issues. These programs help young learners develop solid foundations of environmental knowledge and empower them to make changes in their communities.

By promoting critical thinking, student engagement and a holistic view of the human-nature connection, we strive to expand and enhance environmental knowledge, values, and commitments of youth.

Clean Schools Programs

Clean Climate School

Climate Change

Geared toward Grade 7 and 8 learners
Curriculum alignment: Greenhouse effect, oceanographic evidence of climate change, thermal properties, albedo effect

In-Person workshops

Clean Climate School helps young learners develop solid foundations of climate science knowledge and empower them to make changes in their communities. Through participation in interactive workshops, Grade 7 and 8 learners explore the scientific basis of climate change, using hands-on activities that build their understanding of carbon dioxide in our environment, the greenhouse effect, the albedo effect, and more.

This program consists of a half-day workshop with experiments and activities as well as opportunities for student-led inquiry and exploration. We will do our best to work with the time you have available in your classroom!

Duration: Half-day workshop in a classroom environment.

Fees: There will be no fees for Nova Scotian schools and groups in the 2022-2023 school year.

Virtual workshops

Through participation in a series of four interactive webinars, Grade 7 and 8 learners will develop solid foundations of climate science knowledge, with a focus on the current and projected impacts of climate change – as well as how youth around the world are responding to these great challenges.

This program is delivered over four 1-hour webinars which can be completed daily (all in one week), or at times that work for your class over the course of a few weeks. Optional action challenges are provided to teachers.

As part of this program, teachers receive additional resources to support learning in and outside the classroom. These include videos, mini projects and experiment demonstrations designed to help youth build critical thinking, citizenship, research and teamwork skills and competencies.

Duration: Four 1-hour webinars.

Requirements: Classrooms and groups can join the webinar via laptop connected to a screen at the front of the class, on individual devices with headphones, or a mixture of the two.

Fees: There will be no fees for Nova Scotian schools and groups in the 2022-2023 school year.

Program options

Clean Climate School: Science in Action

In order to take action on climate change, we need to know what it is, why it’s happening and how it will impact the planet. In this 2-hour in-person workshop, learners will gain foundational knowledge on the science behind climate change – using probe ware, conducting experiments, exploring simulations and using two-eyed seeing to consider Mi’kmaw evidence of a shifting climate. Participants will capture their learning through a fun, creative climate challenge!

Clean Climate School: Solutions in Action

Solutions to climate change are out there – happening right now! In this 2-hour in-person workshop, learners make connections between climate impacts and real-world solutions, and discover how climate solutions can solve more than just climate change! We’ll use two-eyed seeing to consider sustainability (Netukulimk) and learn about other youth taking leadership on environmental issues. Learners will use their own skills and interests to act on an issue that is important to them.

 

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Clean Energy School

Geared toward Grade 6 learners
Curriculum alignment: Renewable energy, clean technology, electricity

Clean Energy School helps young learners explore the science of electricity and energy. Through participation in interactive workshops, Grade 6 students learn about a variety of renewable energy sources and are led to reflect on the choices they make and the advances in technology that are having positive environmental impacts. Learners are able to explore wind and solar energy through hands-on experimentation; and are introduced to geothermal energy, biofuels, marine technology and other emerging fields!

This program consists of a half-day workshop with experiments and activities or a full-day workshop that also features a deeper dive into one of the topics covered – as well as opportunities for student-led inquiry and exploration. We will do our best to work with the time you have available in your classroom!

Duration: Half-day workshop OR 1.5hr Virtual workshop

Fees: There will be no fees for Nova Scotian schools and groups in the 2022-2023 school year.     

Languages: English 

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Clean Water School – Streams


Geared toward Grade 7 and 8 learners
Curriculum alignment: Watersheds, the water cycle, habitat assessments, abiotic and biotic ecosystem components, water quality monitoring, two-eyed seeing

Clean Water School is a three-part, experiential education program for young learners that takes place in the natural environment.

Our Stream Edition of the program helps teach Grade 7 and 8 learners about watersheds and the impacts humans have on them, while showcasing various scientific and water-related careers. It also introduces learners to lab and field skills, scientific observation methods and the concept of two-eyed seeing.

There are three main parts to Clean Water School – Stream Edition:

Field Day Foundations Virtual Workshop

The first part is a virtual workshop, where Clean Educators introduce learners to the important concepts and skills that they will need to know for the program.

Field Day

The second part is a field day where learners get the chance to use their new knowledge and skills to be a “water scientist” and collect data from their local watershed.

This involves conducting chemical tests on water samples, collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates (bugs), looking at the features of the stream and determining potential human impacts.

Taking Action

The last part of the program invites the class to undertake an action project with a focus on the health of a watershed near their school, their neighborhood or another community. Some projects may be eligible for a Clean Climate Action Grant!

Once all three parts are complete, each member of the class receives a “Clean Water School Certificate” from Clean Foundation.

Duration: 1 hour virtual ‘Field Day Foundations’ workshop, then a Field Day excursion to a river near the school.

Chaperones: To run this program, chaperones in addition to the teacher and Clean staff will be required. We strongly recommend 2-3 chaperones per class group (max 30).

Fees: There will be no fees for Nova Scotian schools and groups in the 2022-2023 school year.

Availability: September-October 2022 and Spring 2023 (weather dependent)

 

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Clean Water School – Coastal

Geared toward Grade 7 and 8 learners
Curriculum alignment: Ocean and coastline health, human impacts on ecosystems, climate change, two-eyed seeing, ocean careers

Clean Water School is a three-part, experiential education program for young learners that takes place in the natural environment.

Our Coastal Edition of the program helps teach Grade 7 and 8 learners about shorelines and coastal areas and the impacts that humans have on them, while showcasing various ocean-related technologies careers. It also introduces them to lab and field skills, scientific observation methods and the concept of two-eyed seeing.

There are three main parts to Clean Water School – Coastal Edition:

Field Day Foundations Virtual Workshop

The first part is Field Day Foundations virtual workshop, where Clean Educators introduce learners to the important concepts and skills that they will need to know for the program.

Field Day

The second part is a field day where learners get the chance to use their new knowledge and skills to be a “coastal scientist” and collect data from the ocean’s edge.

This involves making detailed observations of coastal zone features and evidence of processes such as erosion, as well as examining the shoreline for evidence of human impacts.

Taking Action

The last part of the program invites the class to undertake an action project where they focus on the health of a coastal area near their school, their neighborhood or another community. Some projects may be eligible for a Clean Climate Action Grant!

Once all three parts are complete, each member of the class receives a “Clean Water School Certificate” from Clean Foundation.

Duration: 1 hour virtual ‘Field Day Foundations workshop’, then a Field Day excursion to a coastal area near the school.

Chaperones: To run this program, chaperones in addition to the teacher and Clean staff will be required. We strongly recommend 2-3 chaperones per class group (max 30).

Fees: There will be no fees for Nova Scotian schools and groups in the 2022-2023 school year.

Availability: September-October 2022 and Spring 2023 (weather dependent)

 

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