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Classroom Mini Marsh

Age Range: 5 – 14
Grades: K – 8

What is the Classroom Mini Marsh program?

Bring a bit of Cootes Paradise Marsh into your classroom with our Classroom Mini Marsh kits! Since 1993, BARC has offered Mini Marsh kits to local schools.

These kits are available free of charge to teachers across the Hamilton Harbour watershed. Kits include native marsh plants, a bowl, gravel, and a snail.

Students plant their 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 are returned to Royal Botanical Gardens for planting in Cootes Paradise Marsh, connecting students with the restoration of this Hamilton Harbour wetland. 

Teachers are provided with curriculum-linked activities to share with their students, including details about the restoration of Cootes Paradise Marsh. Approximately 300 classes participate in this program each year!

Curriculum Links

Kindergarten: Science and Technology

Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

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 5: Responsible Citizenship 

Grade 6: Biodiversity

Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment

Grade 8: Water Systems

Register for the Classroom Mini Marsh

Fill in the registration form and we’ll be back in touch with you with next steps.

Registration for 2024 is now CLOSED. Please check back next year!

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Have Other Questions?

Please contact Hannah Mackey, our Education and Outreach Coordinator with questions and inquiries.