Canadian Geographic Education
geographic engagement
among Canadians

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The Great Trail

At a glance
In this activity, students will:

  • Learn about the human and physical geography of Canada;
  • Become familiar with The Great Trail and the opportunities it offers to Canadians;
  • Understand the practice of citizen science;
  • Develop fundamental geographic inquiry skills and practice common techniques used in geography; and 
  • Experience the intersection between humans, nature and technology.

Big ideas
Canada is blessed with unparalleled geographical beauty. From the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland to the Nicholson Peninsula in the Northwest Territories, and everywhere in between, we are presented with countless opportunities to connect with nature and learn from our surrounding environment. Right now, there is a grassroots movement in Canada to profile its human and natural elements by way of citizen science projects that focus on the collection, analysis and dissemination of data. This data is invaluable to researchers studying human-environment interactions, but also to Canadian citizens concerned with the protection and preservation of Canadian nature and wildlife.

Outdoor learning, geography, social science, science

Grades 4 - 12

Time needed
One to three class periods

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