View from a Canoe: Exploring a Coastal Temperate Rainforest

Virtual field trip video, grades 3–8



Can you imagine a place with 100 million acres of forest and 30,000 miles of coastline? It exists. The Emerald Edge is home to the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest, and is more than 800 years old. Take your students on a virtual field trip led by Tsimka Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, to explore this beautiful landscape that stretches from Washington State to Canada’s Coastal British Columbia to Southeast Alaska, and find out how nature and people are interconnected.

Your students will learn about the importance of conservation and stewardship of the land by indigenous people. Plus, they’ll get to see the spectacular wildlife—orcas, salmon, bears, eagles, whales—that call this place home, and play a fun identification game throughout the trip. Glide through the water in a hand-carved canoe, while learning how canoes have connected people to each other and to the lands and waters of this breathtaking place—since time immemorial.

This video is an optimized recording of an event held on October 12, 2017.


Teacher Materials

Student Handouts

  • View from a Canoe: Nature Spy
  • View from a Canoe: Virtual Field Trip Log
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  • View from a Canoe: Vocabulary Graphic Organizer
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  • View from a Canoe Discussion Questions
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indigenous, sustainability, conservation, Native Americans, Canada, Emerald Edge, First Nations

Published October 2017, updated June 2018