Classroom Mini Marsh

Registration is now CLOSED. All Mini Marsh Kits are SOLD OUT for 2019.

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What is the Classroom Mini Marsh Program?

Since 1993 the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) have been offering Mini Marsh kits to local schools. Kits include instructions, different types of rooted marsh plants, a bowl, gravel and a snail. These kits are available free of charge to teachers across the watershed and beyond. Teachers are provided with information to share with their students, including details about BARC, the Remedial Action Plan, and the restoration of Cootes Paradise. Participating classes plant the shoots in the gravel, maintain the water level in the bowl, and watch their Mini Marshes grow. At the end of the school year the plants can be returned to the RBG Nature Centre for planting in Cootes Paradise marsh, connecting students with the restoration of this Hamilton Harbour ecosystem. Students can also book a program at the RBG and plants the Mini Marshes themselves -  Approximately 300 classes participate in this program each year.

Why Bring a Marsh Into Your Classroom?

The Classroom Mini Marsh can assist teachers in meeting student learning expectations in the Science and Technology component of both the elementary and secondary curriculum. 

Classroom Mini Marsh Curriculum Guides:

Kindergarten • Science and Technology
Grade 1 • Needs and Characteristics of Living
Grade 2 • Growth and Changes in Animals; Air and Water in the Environment 
Grade 3 • Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4 • Habitats and Communities; People and Environments 
Grade 6 • Biodiversity
Grade 7 • Interactions in the Environment
Grade 8 • Water Systems