Classroom Mini Marsh

Registration for Spring 2023 Classroom Mini Marsh is now CLOSED. 

What is the Classroom Mini Marsh Program?

Since 1993, the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) have offered Classroom Mini Marsh kits free of charge to schools across the Hamilton Harbour watershed. The kits include a mini-marsh care guide, curriculum-linked activities, native marsh plants, a bowl, gravel, and a snail.
 Students will plant the shoots in the gravel bowl, maintain the water level, and watch their Mini Marsh grow. At the end of the school year the kits are returned to RBG for planting in Cootes Paradise marsh, connecting students with the restoration of this Hamilton wetland. 

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
2023 Program Materials 
Classroom Mini Marsh Background Information 2023  
A Healthy Wetland Activity Sheet 
Complete the Pattern Activity Sheet 
Snail Comic Activity Sheet 
Plant Growth Stages Activity Sheet