Educational Resources

Find science activities, lesson plans, videos and more to help children and teens learn about science and technology.


Melting icebergs

Ask A Scientist: get answers to your environmental questions

Do you have a question about air pollution, weather, climate change, plastics, birds, butterflies, polar bears, caribou, or any other issue our scientists work on?

Activity Books

Discover an exciting collection of science games, experiments and activities!

Latest: Activity Book 7

Science is all around us and can be discovered, explored and used in so many ways! This new Activity Book showcases the diversity of the world of science through activities in health, energy, environment, agriculture, meteorology, astronomy, the living world and much more!

Canadian Science - History and Achievements

The History of the Geological Survey of Canada in 175 Objects

The History of the Geological Survey of Canada in 175 Objects (1842-2017)
175 objects tell the story of the Geological Survey of Canada and its contributions to the development of Canada since 1842.

Canada's Extended Continental Shelf Program

Canada's Extended Continental Shelf Program (2003-2016)
Canada is a coastal state with a large continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles (M) from shore. In 2003, Canada embarked on a history-making project to define the outer limits of this continental shelf in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Resource links

Title Organization Description Type of Resource
Northern lights Canadian Space Agency Information about auroras, AuroraMAX observatory, tips on how to view and photograph auroras, photos and videos. Activities, Maps
How to see the Space Station from your backyard Canadian Space Agency Did you know that you can see the International Space Station (ISS) in the night sky as it passes over your area at a distance of approximately 400 km from Earth? Activities, Maps
Learn about the Moon Canadian Space Agency This section of the website will help you learn more about the Moon Activities, Lesson Plans
Canadian Space Ambassadors Canadian Space Agency The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) would like to get as many Canadians as possible excited about space. Giving them direct contact with space specialists is the best way to do so. On this page, you can find Canadian Space Ambassadors available to speak at your space-themed events across Canada. Activities
Inviting an astronaut or a speaker Canadian Space Agency Part of the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA's) mandate is to inspire future generations of Canadians to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. What better way to do that than through our astronauts Jeremy Hansen, David Saint-Jacques, Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and Joshua Kutryk? They are fantastic speakers and great role models for young and old alike. Activities
Printables Canadian Space Agency Printable materials from colouring sheets to 3D models Activities
Digital games and activities Canadian Space Agency Digital games and activities Activities
Activities and experiments Canadian Space Agency Hands-on learning activities and experiments Activities
Videos Canadian Space Agency Search hundreds of videos by astronauts and experts on a variety of topics Videos
Image gallery Canadian Space Agency Posters, infographics and images Images
Junior Astronaut - educational activities Canadian Space Agency Junior Astronaut - Activities for elementary and secondary students Activities
Download CFIA’s trading cards Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA Superheroes - Become a CFIA superhero! We need your help in the fight against our worst enemies Activities
Activities for Junior CFIA scientists Canadian Food Inspection Agency Junior CFIA scientists - At CFIA, we work to keep Canada's food safe and plants and animals healthy. It's a big job, so we're always looking for more helpers, no matter their age Activities
Agroclimate impact reporter Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada View agroclimate impact maps created using data provided by our volunteer reporters. Join our volunteer network and share the climate conditions and emerging risks in your area. Maps
Agroclimate maps Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada View static maps of current and historic agroclimate conditions in Canada and explore the maps using an interactive application. Maps
Air Quality Health Index Learning Stations Environment Canada Educators can choose from six 30-minute learning centres for their grade 5 or 6 students, building skills in literacy, communication, reflection and problem-solving. Developed directly from provincial and territorial curriculum documents, topics include ways to prepare for and predict various weather and/or air quality conditions, how media, peers and family affect decisions, outdoor safety, and environmental health issues. Lesson Plans
Annual Review of Agroclimate Conditions Across Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Access archived annual reports from 2013 to 2017. Maps
Astronomy Videos Canada Science and Technology Museum Learn more about Astronomy with this series of short videos. These videos, created in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, showcase artifacts from our collection. Videos
Bees: A Honey of an Idea Canada Agriculture Museum The virtual exhibition Bees: A Honey of an Idea explores the essential role bees play in the pollination of many Canadian food crops. Visit the exhibition to find out about different types of bees, life in the hive, beekeeping and pollination. Or try out recipes, crafts and activities all about bees. Activities
Canada's Physical Activity Guides Public Health Agency of Canada Healthy lifestyles promote growth and development in young people, fight disease and make all Canadians stronger and more energetic. Guides
Canadian Drought Monitor Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada View and explore monthly maps and data showing the extent and intensity of drought across Canada using a variety of interactive tools. Maps
Canadian Ice Service Environment and Climate Change Canada By using aircraft reconnaissance and remote satellite technology, the Canadian Ice Service monitors sea ice conditions in Canadian waters. Maps
Canadian Marine Weather Environment and Climate Change Canada You can access the marine forecasts and buoy reports for any region in Canada at this site. Maps
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Videos Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Check out the CNSC videos explaining the nuclear sector in Canada, and how it remains safe through our regulations. You can explore our "Ask an Expert" video playlists, or catch up on past Commission hearings and meeting presentations. Videos
Canadian Soil Information Service Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Find our national soil database, our soil survey reports and printed maps, as well as the land use management and planning tools developed to assist in land assessment and decision making. Maps
Canadian Weather Radar Environment and Climate Change Canada See current weather radar maps for any area of Canada. Maps
Canadian Wildland Fire Information System - Maps and Reports Natural Resources Canada Find current hotspots, forecasts of fire danger, fire behaviour and much more in this comprehensive site that covers all of Canada. Updated daily. Maps
Drought Watch Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada View timely maps and information on weather and climate relevant to the agricultural sector in Canada. Find current and historic weather and climate maps and view agroclimate impact maps. Access information on drought severity and extent, livestock tax deferral designations, and learn about ways to help manage your farm during drought conditions. Maps
Environmental Indicators Environment and Climate Change Canada The interactive mapping application enables you to quickly explore Canada’s local and regional environmental indicators using multiple accessible map and data formats. Maps
Exploring Earth: An out-of-this-world view of our planet Canadian Space Agency Space provides a unique vantage point to appreciate Earth from a distance and gain perspective on its beauty, fragility and history. Exploring Earth brings you on a learning journey about the amazing science of how the Earth works using photos taken by David Saint-Jacques from space and georeferenced on an interactive world map. Lesson Plans
Fields of Science Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Welcome to our Fields of Science page – where you will learn about Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) scientists and how they make sure the food you eat is safe, high quality, and produced in sustainable ways. Videos, Activities
Fluwatch - Maps Public Health Agency of Canada Use these maps to monitor influenza activity across Canada. Searchable by date and region. Maps
GeoGratis Natural Resources Canada Distributes geospatial data about Canada. The data is available for free. Maps
Geospatial products Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Get interactive agriculture-related maps, geospatial data and tools to help you make better decisions for environmentally responsible yet competitive agriculture. Maps
Healthy eating resources Health Canada Food guide snapshot, healthy eating recommendations, recipes, tips and resources. Activities
Junior Astronauts Canadian Space Agency Our country is part of the NASA-led Lunar Gateway program, and the Junior Astronauts campaign will allow Canadian youth to test their skills and knowledge, understand how they can play a role in this important endeavour and get excited about space and science. Lesson Plans
Just for You - Educators Health Canada In addition to the popular Canada Food Guide, Health Canada publishes many teaching resources and kits that can be used by educators to promote good health practices. Lesson Plans
Let's Not Take Water For Granted - A Resource Guide Environment Canada Find lesson plans about water covering subjects like clean water, how water is used as a resource, water conservation and how climate change might affect water use. Lesson Plans
Maps and Geography Statistics Canada Use these interactive, thematic and reference maps to find Canadian statistics and census data according to subject or geographic location. Includes an illustrated glossary. Maps
Maps of nuclear facilities Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Canada is one of the few countries possessing a complete functional infrastructure for the entire process of nuclear fuel production and power generation. The CNSC has been successfully regulating this industry for 50 years. See the locations of CNSC-regulated nuclear facilities on the map. Maps
Plant hardiness zones of Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Connect to a geospatial application that outlines the different zones in Canada where various types of trees, shrubs and flowers will most likely survive. Maps
Satellite Imagery and Air Photos - Educational Resources Natural Resources Canada Over the past decade, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (formerly Canada Centre for Remote Sensing) has developed several comprehensive sets of remote sensing training materials. Tutorials are available on a variety of topics including the fundamentals of remote sensing, radar remote sensing, polarimetry and satellite data reception. These materials are available in English and French. Lesson Plans
Stewardship and Sustainability Lesson Plans for Intermediate Grades Fisheries and Oceans Canada Click on the lessons to download and print plans, background information and student handouts for each lesson. Lesson Plans
Stewardship and Sustainability Lesson Plans for Primary Grades Fisheries and Oceans Canada Click on the lessons to download and print plans, background information and student handouts for each lesson. Lesson Plans
STREAM TO SEA for Secondary Grades Fisheries and Oceans Canada Stream to Sea - Helping students becomes aquatic stewards Activities, Lesson Plans
Teacher Zone Canadian Museum of Nature Bring nature into the classroom, or learn about it at the museum, with this collection of lesson plans, tours, glossaries, videos and activities covering biodiversity, native plants, climate change and much more. Lesson Plans
Teachers' Centre of the Virtual Museum of Canada Government of Canada Visit this site for lesson plans, online educational games for kids, and fun learning activities from Canada's museums. Lesson Plans
The Atlas of Canada Natural Resources Canada A dynamic and comprehensive national collection of maps and related geographic information. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Energy Natural Resources Canada In Canada, there are diverse and reliable sources of energy: oil, natural gas, hydroelectricity, coal, nuclear (uranium), solar, wind, tidal and biomass. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Forestry Natural Resources Canada Canadian forests play a primary role in the ecology, culture and economy of our country. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Geology Natural Resources Canada Geology includes the study of the earth’s crust, its structure, the chemical composition and the physical properties of its components. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Mining and Minerals Natural Resources Canada Rocks are composed of minerals. Each of the thousands of minerals found in the earth’s crust contains a specific combination of elements in specific proportions. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Population Natural Resources Canada According to Statistics Canada, Canada's population in 2011 was estimated to be 33 476 688. This represents a growth of 5.9% since the 2006 estimate of 31 612 897. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - The North Natural Resources Canada Canada's north is a vast area, the three territories alone, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories, encompass approximately 40% of the total area of Canada. Maps
The Atlas of Canada - Water Natural Resources Canada Overall, Canada may be considered a freshwater-rich country: on an average annual basis, Canadian rivers discharge close to 9% of the world's renewable water supply, while Canada has less than 1% of the world's population. Maps
Topographic Maps Natural Resources Canada The National Topographic System (NTS) provides general-purpose topographic map coverage of Canada. Maps
What is Hydrography? Fisheries and Oceans Canada Discover hydrography, the science and mapping of lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. Maps
World Ozone Monitoring and Mapping Environment and Climate Change Canada Provides the most recent full-day global total ozone map, and other ozone maps. Maps
BioKits Environment and Climate Change Canada Explore Canada’s biodiversity through the BioKits, a series of fun outdoor activity guides. Activities
Ask a scientist Environment and Climate Change Canada Get answers to your environmental questions Activities
Extraordinary Arctic Canadian Museum of Nature Explore the natural history and natural science of the Arctic through some of our exhibitions, projects and exciting scientific discoveries. Activities
Activities to Enjoy at Home Canadian Museum of Nature A wide variety of activities to enjoy at home (or anywhere) from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Activities
Learning Portal Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Welcome to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s learning portal for educational resources on nuclear and radiation safety and science. Activities
Choose science - Resources for parents Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Seven simple things you can do to encourage your kids in STEM Activities
Space posters for your classroom Canadian Space Agency Download and print five space posters for free to decorate your classroom. Activities
Educational activities Canadian Space Agency Fun things to do at home or in the classroom, colouring books, a game and quizzes. Activities
Giant maps Canadian Space Agency Giant maps of Canada to better understand the role of Earth observation satellites. Maps
Tomatosphere Canadian Space Agency An educational project that involves studying the germination of tomato seeds after they have been to space. Activities
Educational resources for elementary schools Canadian Space Agency Safety in orbit, working in space, the spacesuit and biological survival systems. Activities
Educational resources for secondary schools Canadian Space Agency Orbital mechanics and attitude control systems, safety in orbit and working in space. Activities
Tell Me About Ingenium Canada Find the answers to commonly asked questions about sound, astronomy, illusions, wearable technology and much more! Activities
Try This Out Ingenium Canada Go ahead…DO try this at home! You don’t need a fancy lab to be a scientist. Explore science and technology in your own home with fun hands-on activities and science experiments. Activities
Online Resources for Science at Home Ingenium Canada When you can't come to the museums, we bring the museums to you! Activities
Plant health hero activity book (Age 5-8) Canadian Food Inspection Agency The intent of this activity book is to teach young learners about the basics of plant health in Canada and how they can participate in protecting our amazing natural plant resources. Activities
Plant health hero activity book (Age 9-12) Canadian Food Inspection Agency The intent of this activity book is to teach young learners about the basics of plant health in Canada and how they can participate in protecting our amazing natural plant resources. Activities