Colours in Nature (Eng/ Fr)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Ever wonder why flowers are the colour that they are?  How do the insects know when to visit the flowers? Why are Monarch butterflies orange and black? Do the colours on birds tell us anything about them?  We’ll use live (seasonally dependent) and preserved specimens as well as images and videos to explore and appreciate some of these natural ways  of communicating. 

This program is
offered in both English and French. If you would like it in French, please note
that in the Comment box of the 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 depending on grade level

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Art, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

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

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites that cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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. Discuss the children's observations while outside exploring the rainbow.
2. Discuss what we see compared to how animals see.
3. Discover different ways animals use colour to warn, trick or advertise.
4. Review various colour strategies using Table (attached) - consult with teacher
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore how animals and plants communicate using colour
- compare what animals see to what we see
- engage in a discussion about the importance of adaptations
- list three examples of how colour is used by plants and animals

Standards Alignment

National Standards

United States: National Science Standards: K-4
Life Sciences Standards: K-4, 5-8
Science as Inquiry
• A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
o Ask a question about objects, organisms and events in the environment
Life Science
• C1: The characteristics of organisms
• C3: Organisms and environments
Developing Student Understanding
• F4: Changes in environments
5-8 Life Science
• C1: Structure and function of living systems
• C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals
2.2: Observe and compare the physical characteristics and the behavioural characteristics of a variety of animals.
2.4: Observe and compare changes in the appearance and activity of animals as they go through a complete life cycle.
2.5: Investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment, using various methods
3.2: Describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment

Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants
2.2: Observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants
2.5: Investigate a variety of ways in which plants meet their basic needs
3.2: identify the major parts of plants and describe how each contributes to the plant’s survival within the plant’s environment.

Grade 6: Biodiversity
3.2: Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communities and the physical landscapes that support them
3.3: Describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species