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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.
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
• Habitats and Communities; People and Environments
• Interactions in the Environment
• Water Systems
Resources for Teachers
Mini Marsh set up and care instructions
Cootes Paradise Marsh fact sheet