Our ‘Land, Food and You’ science education program helps support teachers in fostering excitement and a sense of responsibility in their students regarding local and global food-system issues. This program also offers high school students the opportunities to learn more about the Faculty and our programs, as well as meet current LFS students to learn more about how their learning would look and feel if they chose to come to LFS for their post-secondary studies.
Our outreach team of LFS students will work with you to customize the learning experience that is best for you and your students: a combination of a high school presentation, a UBC Farm tour or a hands-on workshop.
Visit the UBC Farm
We are lucky to have the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm in our own backyard. Our team of Student Ambassadors can lead your group on a tour to learn more about:
The exciting research happening at the Farm
How LFS students engage with the Farm in their classes
The UBC Farm’s Indigenous initiatives when you visit the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people
If you have students interested in learning more about the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and our programs, our LFS Student Ambassadors will visit your school, or host you on campus, to give an engaging presentation. They can cover topics such as:
If you want a hands-on learning experience for your students, let our Learning Outreach Coordinator work with you to leverage our Faculty’s expertise in topics such as food security, climate change, and preventive nutrition to engage students in workshops and experiences that connect to and enhance their learning of the high school curriculum.
Examples of workshops include:
High School Courses
Soil Monolith Activity
Ideal for Grades 9-12 and for students with basic knowledge of geographical landforms (i.e. what is a glacier).
Science 9/10, Environmental Sciences 11, Earth Sciences 11, Life Science 11, Geology 12, and Physical Geography 12.
Students learn about monoliths – preserved soils – and how the earth is constantly creating soil from different parent materials. Discover how to tell with visual cues if a soil was formed where there was once a glacier, a river, or an ocean!
Soil Texturing Activity
Ideal for Grades 9-12 and for students with basic knowledge of physics (cohesion/adhesion) chemistry (molecules break down and change form) and biology (certain organisms help organic matter decay).
Science 9/10, Environmental Sciences 11, Earth Sciences 11, Life Science 11, Chemistry 11/12, Geology 12, and Physical Geography 12.
Students will learn about the soil beneath their feet. What it is composed of, and how those components interact. Soil is a lot more complex than one might think. Students will then get their hands dirty (or soil scientists would say – “soily”), and feel there difference between different soil samples.
CO2 Emissions Activity
Ideal for grades 10-12 and for students with some knowledge of Carbon and Nitrogen atoms and the different forms they can take (example: sugar and CO2, DNA and nitrogen gas).
What does a car and fertilized soil have in common? Increased CO2 emissions! Learn about how microbes and plant roots respire and release CO2 from the soil, and how this can impact climate change. Learn how temperature, nutrients, and water content in the soil can affect the rate of CO2 release.
Food Microbacteria Activity
Ideal for grades 10-12 and for students with some knowledge of microbiota and cellular function, or pathogens.
Science 9/10, Food Studies 9/10/11/12, Environmental Sciences 11/12, Earth Sciences 11, Life Sciences 11, Geology 12, and Physical Geography 12.
Students will discover the tiny beings that can cause big problems in the food industry, and learn about why food safety is so important. This lab involves compound light microscopes, examining bacterial plates, and bacterial slides with yogurt, ecoli, etc.
Any high school class including but not limited to: Social Justice 12, BC First Peoples 12, Economics 12, Chemistry 11/12, Social Studies 9/10/11, Anatomy and Physiology 12, and more.
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What students had to say about their experience with Land, Food and You:
“It was intuitive and a great learning experience. My hands got messy and I liked the squishy soil. Overall the workshop was quite fun.”
– Comments from student participants, 2019 Monolith Workshop
“I appreciated this lab so much. [I was] able to use lab stuff in a space where adults trust me, [and] it was very interactive and hands-on. I learned more about microorganisms and how they can [affect] food.”
– Comments from student participants, 2019 Food Microbiota Workshop