Reduce your footprint
Strathcona County believes that, through education, current and future generations will respect and conserve natural resources by making informed choices. Choose from the following programs or work with a programmer to develop one that will work well for your class.
Waste education program
- “Waste in Our World” comes to you! (Grade 4)
Students learn about waste management and reduction through an interactive presentation, a class Kahoot and take-home activities.
- Green Routine Gurus
We can turn your students into Green Routine Gurus! Complete with their own badge and certificate, we help the students teach their peers about the importance of the Green Routine at school.
- Little Green Library
Borrow a bundle of books all about taking care of the environment from our Little Green Library. The books are free to borrow; we will drop them off and collect them. Three packages to choose from.
- Take a Tour!
Visit the Broadview Enviroservice Station and the HodgePodge Lodge for a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at how we recycle household hazardous waste, electronics and other materials. Kids will make a craft out of recycled materials in the HodgePodge Lodge. This program is free.
Water education program
- Yellow Fish Road
Learn how we can keep our stormwater ponds and wetlands healthy.
- From wastewater to wetlands
Discover the importance of conserving water and protecting wetlands with simple actions we can do in our homes, backyards and parks. Learn where our water comes from, where it goes and how wetlands play a large role in water quality treatment.
- Global and local water use
Students learn about water availability around the world and in Strathcona County. Activities encourage students to take water conservation actions in their own homes.
- Tapped Out (Grades 8 to 12)
Students learn the journey water takes from rivers to our taps. Activities encourage students to re-evaluate their understanding of where water comes from.
Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness
At varying intervals throughout the year, schools will have the opportunity to schedule presentations based on topic and age-appropriate key messages. Presentations are organized by grade level and will require larger areas such as the gym or library. Educational materials will be provided to each participant.
- Fire Safety and Prevention (October) - Kindergarten to Grade 6
In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, this presentation builds substantial fire prevention and safety key messages that are valuable at any age.
- 9-1-1 (April) - Grade 1
Students will learn what is considered an emergency, when it is appropriate to call 9-1-1 and what questions the 9-1-1 dispatcher will ask.
- At Home Alone (December and June) - Grade 5
There is no “right” time for your child to be left alone in the home; the child must feel comfortable with the situation and feel ready for the responsibility. The At Home by Yourself program covers a variety of topics including general safety, the value of 9-1-1, dealing with different types of emergencies, potential hazards in the home, and some brief first aid.
School Personnel Presentations
Presentations for school personnel are available throughout the year upon request.
- Emergency preparedness and home - school safety presentation
Are you and your family prepared to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours? This presentation is aimed at teachers (perfect for a staff meeting) where we will discuss what emergency preparedness is and how you and your family can get ready.
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
Learn how and when to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and what to expect when calling 9-1-1. This presentation is aimed at teachers (perfect for staff meeting).
Community Safety Education
RCMP and Enforcement Services
RCMP members and Enforcement Services peace officers and staff are excited to interact with students to co-create a healthy and safe community.
- Guard of Honour
The ceremonial Guard of Honour is available to commemorate significant events at school-wide assemblies. Contact GuardofHonour@strathcona.ca for availability and more information.
- Traffic safety
Geared towards high school students, Peace Officers will speak to classes about the importance of operating vehicles safely. Presentations include answering questions about speeding, stunting, noise and vehicle modifications. Call 780-449-0170 (choose option 2) for more information.
- Bike safety
Cycling is a great way to get exercise; plus, it's a fun and healthy way to travel. Peace Officers will show students the hand signals and share the importance of helmets and road safety.
If you wish to have a Community Peace Officer attend your event, please contact Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170.
RCMP Safety Education Presentations
- Police Pals - Preschool to Grade 4
Students will learn about police officers and their role in the community. An RCMP officer will touch on seasonal safety tips, police uniforms and equipment (including a police vehicle demonstration).
- READ IN Week - Preschool to Grade 3
RCMP and a special seasonal guest will attend your classroom to read a story that promotes student engagement. This presentation takes approximately 30 minutes and allows students the opportunity to meet a local RCMP officer and share the joy of reading.
- Safe Halloween - Preschool to Grade 3
Students are reminded how to be safe on Halloween. An RCMP member will attend for a fun and interactive experience. We can tailor this program anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
- Sports Challenge
Have your school sports team play against the RCMP and Enforcement Services members in a friendly and exciting sports game.
If you wish to have an RCMP member attend your event, please contact Community Policing at 780-467-7741.
School garden program
School gardens are a place where students can learn about growing and eating healthy food. Through hands-on learning, teachers help students connect with the plant life cycle, while learning about seeds, soil, sun, water, bugs and weeds.
Each participating school receives two raised garden beds, soil and seeds (courtesy of Salisbury Greenhouse) to get started, with opportunity for expansion over time.
School gardens inspire creativity and wonder. Kindergarteners learn that fresh- picked spinach is sweet and tasty and that good nutrition helps grow muscles. High school students incorporate growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs into their culinary arts program. In the fall, harvest soups made with root vegetables are ways teachers and students celebrate growing food.
Are you wondering how to start or expand a school garden program at your school? Visit strathcona.ca/schoolgardens for more detail.
Strathcona County Museum
Come learn the stories of Strathcona County. Students will discover the County’s past and present through interactive activities, artifacts, photographs, games, and oral histories. Our programs explore the County’s events, land and people, allowing students to learn where they fit within our local history.
Exhibits and visible labs become the classroom during facilitated curriculum-based activities, giving learners a holistic understanding of the stories that shape Strathcona County. Students will engage with hands-on history and see their world through the eyes of a museum.
- School programs for kindergarten to Grade 6 (field trips or in-class)
- Guided tours
- Online teacher and student resources
- Summer camps
- Seasonal events
We also offer a wide variety of adult programming throughout the year. From wine tasting to lectures, there’s always lots to see and do at Strathma.