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The Air We Breathe, April 28, 2017

The Air We Breathe will get you outside and observing natural surroundings in a new way. You’ll learn about urban air quality issues and investigate the impact that air quality has on human health.

Why learn about air quality? Do you know what is in the air we breathe, or how we monitor air quality in the City? Understanding air quality can be simple, and there are many ways students can create their own inquiry projects and get outside to test to gather information.

What will I learn? The Air We Breathe will teach you to identify types of lichens, trees and common pests as well as about other air quality tests! Learn how to collect data and information about air quality, lichens and neighbourhood trees to investigate what the environment is telling you about the air we breathe! You will leave this workshop ready to guide your students in assessing the air quality and monitoring the trees in and around your own schoolyardm projects you can continue for years to come!


Lichen lookers

© Jacqueline Donnelly

This workshop will include:

  • Hands-on experience learning to identify and sampling southern Ontario’s 8 lichen indicator species at Rouge Park
  • The creation of a plant press, which you can use to help students learn to identify trees, teach taxonomy, engage students’ creativity and explore the biodiversity of your school grounds
  • An overview of primary and secondary air pollutants and the impacts of poor air quality on human health, as well as information about the City of Toronto and the Air Quality Health Index
  • Information about purifying your school’s air using natural indoor air filters, like aloe, spider plant, golden pathos and heart leaf philodendron
  • Learn about (and practice) the field skills necessary to monitor tree growth and health
  • A resource guide, USB key complete with presentations and additional resources, ready-to-use equipment, plus up to two hours of personal, follow-up support, to help you bring what you have learned to life at your school!

Are you a Toronto District School Board Teacher who requires release time? Indicate so on your registration form and we will contact you with the details.


601 Christie St., Suite 174

Toronto, M6G 4C7


Starts: 2017-04-28 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-04-28 16:00:00



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