Learning the Land

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In this activity, learners will take a step back and learn the history of the land they live on, and the people who used to live on it. This activity is meant to give learners greater knowledge about and appreciation for to the history of the land we live on as well as the indigenous peoples who historically call these places home. This activity requires an internet connection as well as some additional crafting materials such as paper and drawing materials. Using a map of their city/township, learners will create there own example map of there favorite place (such as their local science museum) and compare there knowledge of the places property with the traditional borders of the indigenous peoples that lived there using the website native-land.ca. Extensions are also included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Physical or virtual maps of the land you live on
  • Internet access and device
  • Paper
  • Drawing materials
  • Clear Tape (packing tape is best)
  • Metal Spoon
  • Ruler (Optional)
  • Magnifier (Optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society

Informal Categories

  • Citizen Science
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Life and Science at Home


  • All rights reserved, Museum of Life and Science, 2021