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Outdoor Programs – Just For High Schools
Forest Inventory (Grades 9–12)
Using biotic and abiotic forest indicators, students analyze the health of two distinct survey sites – a mature forest and a plantation. Students explore the definition of a forest, its complexity and fragility; as well as the ‘value’ of a forest based upon differing perspectives. A culminating hands-on restoration activity is available on request. Topics discussed include resource management, habitat restoration, species inventories, indicators of biodiversity, the role of plants in the ecosystem, invasive species and human impact on the environment.
Curriculum Links: SNC1D, SNC1P, SBI3C, SVN3M, SVN3E, CGC1P, CGF3M, CGR4M, CGR4E
GPS Training and Geocaching (Grades 9–12)
Uses and applications of GPS units allow students to develop spatial technology skills and navigate the Conservation Area while marking waypoints, elevation, and developing routes. You may choose to stay for an ALL DAY GEOCACHING adventure. Following the 2-hour morning program, students spend an additional 2 hours searching for published geocaches at the 135-hectare Conservation Area. Two program fees apply for full day activities. (4 hours)
Curriculum Links: CGC1D, CGC1P, CGO4M
NEW! Healing Hike (Grades 9–12)
Research continues to grow connecting time spent in nature with human health. Studies have shown that time spent in the forest is connected to an improvement in physical health and mental health. Join us for a ‘healing hike’ where a nature guide leads the group through a series of awareness building, stress-reducing activities allowing students to experience these benefits first-hand. Students record heart rate, breathing rate and stress rates before and after the hike to add a measurable component to the experience.
Insects vs. Humans (Grades 9–12)
Students receive an introduction to the world of insects. Hands-on specimen collection provides an opportunity to expand perspectives while teaching insect identification, classification, specialization and diversity. Emphasis on the relationships between humans and insects; links are made with agriculture, pollination, medicine, water quality, climate change, biomimicry, and ecosystem services. A discussion of both positive and negative impacts allow students to examine their own relationship with insects.
Curriculum Links: SNC1D, SNC1P, SBI3U, CRG4M, CRG4E
Instincts for Survival (Grades 9–12)
‘Survival of the Fittest’ is the harsh law required for the balance of nature. This simulation game teaches students about animal interdependencies, predator/prey relationships, disease, food pyramids, trophic levels, adaptations for survival as well as the power and responsibility of human beings.
Curriculum Links: SNC1D, SNC1P, PPL1O, PPL20
Introduction to GIS (Grades 9–12)
Spatial Technology Skills are developed through field data collection and analysis. Using a pre-set problem, students will discuss GIS criteria, build data sets, complete GIS analysis, determine output and make a final decision following their analysis. A simple introduction to QGIS programming demonstrates the use of data collection. GPS training is a prerequisite – both the “GPS Training” and “Introduction to GIS” programs can be chosen for a full day of activities.
Curriculum Links: CGC1D, CGC1P, CGO4M
Stream Assessment (Grades 9–12)
Students are led through an on-site stream investigation and are taught to analyze the chemical, biological and physical characteristics of the stream. Discussion focuses on the health of the stream based upon chemistry, benthic macroinvertebrate populations, signs of erosion and streambank stability. Historical information on the stream is shared and the students learn causes for current stream conditions. They are encouraged to brainstorm potential ways to lessen human impact and improve stream health in the future.
Curriculum Links: SNC1D, SNC1P, SVN3M, SVN3E, CGC1P, CGF3M, CGR4M, CGR4E