School Malaise Trap Program
Developed by the Education and Outreach team at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph, the School Malaise Trap Program has been providing a unique educational opportunity to Canadian students since the spring of 2013.
The School Malaise Trap Program runs during the spring and fall of each year. Each participating school receives a program package, educational materials, and a Malaise trap to collect insects in their schoolyard for a specified two-week period. The specimens are sent back to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) where they are identified through DNA barcoding, and a report package of the results is sent to each school.
The School Malaise Trap Program’s goal is to encourage students to explore, question and understand the world around them – starting with their own schoolyard. Students are introduced to the life of a biologist and the exciting science of DNA barcoding through comprehensive lesson plans which address multiple specific expectations across elementary and secondary curricula.
Although interest in the School Malaise Trap Program has grown rapidly since it began, our capacity remains unchanged. Each year we strive to involve as many schools as BIO’s resources allow. As resources diminish, we are asking for support from generous donors so that we may keep the program alive!
Your contributions will go a long way:
As a thank you for your generous donation, each donor will receive a signed thank you card from the School Malaise Trap Program Team! Also for those who donate: