Classroom Mini Marsh

Registration for 2022 is CLOSED.   

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. 

Curriculum Links

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

2022 Resources for Teachers

Mini Marsh Background Information and Care Instructions 
Classroom Activity Pages