Human Impacts on Ecosystems (Wetlands) (ENG/FR)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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When you go for a walk in a forest, meadow or wetland, is it the same as it was 100 years ago? Probably not. Discover how humans have impacted this critical wetland and the consequences to the environment then and now. With the help of Google Earth, we'll locate the stressors on Cootes Paradise Marsh (Class 1 Wetland) to discover how the interrelationships of the vegetation, water quality and wildlife have been affected. Can you suggest ways to help restore this wetland? We'll investigate what RBG is doing. Programs in French and English; please note language preference in 'comments' box of CILC request form.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
Invoices are emailed out at the end of the month that the program happens. If you need it sooner, please let the provider know.
Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


45-60 minutes for 7th-12th grade

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of a what a wetland is.
2. Explore the types wetlands and their functions.
3. Determine what the five main human impacts are on an environment - historical prospective.
4. Brainstorm what could be done to restore or mitigate these impacts
5. Discover that RBG is doing.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers


The participant will:
- recall the characteristics and functions of a wetland ecosystem
- explore the dependence on the plants of that ecosystem
- evaluate the importance of water quality
- identify and predict the stressors
- engage in a discussion on the impact of humans on the wetland ecosystem

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 9-12 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2C 6-8 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2C 9-12 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS4D 6-8 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 9-12 -- Biodiversity and humansAll grades: A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
A2: Understanding about scientific inquiry;
E3: Understanding about science and technology;
G1: Science as a human endeavour.
NS.5-8.3: Life Science:
C1: Structure and function of living systems;
C2: Reproduction and heredity;
C4: Populations and ecosystems;
C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms;
F2: Populations, resources and environments.
NS.9-12.3: Life Science:
C4: Interdependence of organisms;
C5: Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems;
C6: The Behaviour of Organisms.
F4: Environmental Quality
F5: Natural and Human-induced Hazards

State Standards

Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment
Grade 9: Biology - Sustainable Ecosystems; Sustainable Ecosystems and Human Activity
Grade 11: Biology 11 C: Environmental Science;
Science W - Human Impact on the Environment
Grade 7: Interactions and ecosystems
Grade 8: Freshwater systems
Grade 10: Science 20: Changes in Living Systems