Calling all budding #JuniorCFIA scientists

Calling all budding #JuniorCFIA scientists!

Have you ever felt sick after eating something?

Why is everyone constantly telling you to wash your hands?

It's not fall yet, so why are the leaves on that ash tree turning yellow?

Let's work together to figure out these answers (and more)! At CFIA, we work to keep Canada's food safe and plants and animals healthy. It's a big job, so we're always looking for more helpers, no matter their age.

If you're up for the challenge, complete the activities below. You'll be an expert in no time. We love to see young scientists in action. Share photos of your progress on social media using #JuniorCFIA and show us what you're up to!

Let's get started

Ask a grown-up before downloading these activities. From what we've heard, two minds are better than one, so find a partner and double the fun.

1. Be a Canadian plant health hero

Learn about things like how to help protect Canada's amazing natural resources, what a plant health villain is, and who Canada's first plant health heroes are. Two activity books are available, for ages 5-8 and ages 9-12.

2. Food safety

Why should you wash your hands before eating? Why is it important to quickly put away groceries? Why do you need to be careful when making lunches? Learn about food safety by completing this booklet filled with fun activities.

3. Canada's 10 least wanted foodborne pathogens

Help fight the bad guys! Learn their sneaky attack moves to better protect yourself and others from getting sick, then put your knowledge to the test.

4. Harvesting shellfish in Atlantic Canada

On land or off, food safety is always important. Decode how to safely harvest, store, handle and prepare shellfish.

5. Emerald Ash Borer: Find the beetle

Help us protect ash trees! A dangerous beetle is putting them at risk, but you have the power to stop this forest enemy.

6. Become a superhero

Finished all other activities? It's time to meet some of our most heroic scientists at Team CFIA. Get inspired and create your own one-of-a-kind trading card.

Ready for your first super-mission? Some CFIA heroes have lost their colours and need your help! Grab some crayons or markers and bring them back to life with this colouring book (PDF – 8 MB).

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