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Royal Botanical Gardens is rich in plant and animal life, including some of Canada's most endangered species. What makes some species become at risk while others thrive? We will explore the factors that affect the biodiversity of an ecosystem, the status of a species and what we can do about it. We'll discover what our turtles need to survive and how changes in their habitat have affected this species and what we are doing to restore their numbers and other species in the wetlands.

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By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

USD for American and other international schools
CDN for Canadian schools.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 in January. Book a program (for Jan - June 2017) before January 1, 2017 and pay the 2016 price - $130.

Lesson price is for groups of up to 35 students.
Invoices are sent out at the end of each month.
Payment is accepted in both currencies by cheque/check or credit card.


45-60 minutes for Grade 7-12

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners Post-Secondary Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

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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 12 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. What is a species at risk?
2. We briefly discuss what a wetland ecosystem is and its functions.
3. Identify some impacts on this ecosystem.
4. Introduce our turtle, its habits and discuss why it is at risk.
5. Use Google Earth locations to explore stressors and restoration efforts.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- discuss what a species at risk is
- examine how a wetland ecosystem supports a large diversity of plants and animals
- discover how an ecosystem can be impacted on by humans
- list five of the most common stressors
- engage in a discussion about Species at Risk and restoration efforts with our Species at Risk Biologist.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All grades: A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
A2: Understanding about scientific inquiry;
E3: Understanding about science and technology;
G1: Science as a human endeavour.
NS.5-8.3: Life Science:
C1: Structure and function of living systems;
C2: Reproduction and heredity;
C4: Populations and ecosystems;
C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms;
F2: Populations, resources and environments.
NS.9-12.3: Life Science:
C4: Interdependence of organisms;
C5: Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems;
C6: The Behaviour of Organisms.
F4: Environmental Quality
F5: Natural and Human-induced Hazards

State Standards

Science - Living Systems
Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment
Grade 9: Biology - Sustainable Ecosystems; Sustainable Ecosystems and Human Activity
Grade 11: Biology 11 C: Environmental Science;
Science W - Human Impact on the Environment
Grade 7: Interactions and ecosystems
Grade 8: Freshwater systems
Grade 10: Science 20: Changes in Living Systems