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Outdoor Programs – Junior/Intermediate
Endangered Species Game (Grades 4–6)
This active game introduces students to the Endangered Species of Ontario. A positive effect on students’ value system, and attitudes towards the environment, ecology and wildlife will be instilled.
Major Concepts: endangered species, loss of habitat, reasons for depletion
Relevant to Science and Technology: Habitats and Communities (Gr. 4), Interactions Within Ecosystems (Gr. 7)
Boots, Birds and Bugs (Grades 4–6)
Aquatic food chains and adaptations are emphasized in this hands-on pond community investigation. Students dip their nets into the pond and identify the life forms they discover.
Major Concepts: wetlands, predator/prey relationships, food chains, adaptations, life cycles, metamorphosis, resource management, dam structures
Relevant to Science and Technology: Habitats and Communities (Gr. 4), Diversity of Living Things (Gr. 6)
Nature in Flight (Grades 4–6)
Winged animals, insects, birds and bats are used to examine flight. Adaptations allowing these animals to fly and the unique spaces they fill within their habitats will be discussed. Properties of air and the characteristics of flight will be identified and human impacts on winged animals will be explored.
Instincts for Survival (Grades 4–10)
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, elements, camouflage, and the various influences of humans.
Major Concepts: predator/prey relationships, food chain, life cycles, adaptations, interdependence of living things, population ratios, human impact on ecosystems, habitat, niche, wildlife management
Relevant to Science and Technology: Habitats
Geocaching (Grades 3–10)
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using a Global Positioning System Receiver (GPS) and longitude and latitude coordinates to find hidden caches. During the 2 hour program, students will be taught how to mark and hide a cache. Students will then use the learned knowledge to locate hidden geocaches.
You may choose to stay for an ALL DAY GEOCACHING ADVENTURE: Older grades can search for published geocaches. Following the morning program, students spend the afternoon searching for published geocaches at the 135 ha Conservation Area. Two program fees apply for full day activities.
Relevant to Social Studies: Map, Globe and Graphic Skills and various Science Life System strands.
Conservation in Crisis – with GPS Technology (Grades 6–8)
The state of the environment is a serious problem in our world today. Loss of habitat, pollution, erosion, and climate change are only a small portion of the problems we face. The Conservation Authority’s role in finding solutions to these problems will be explored through outdoor activities and a self-guided hike using GPS receivers. A short introduction to the GPS units is included.
Major Concepts: ecosystems, wetlands, natural forest areas, acid rain, vegetation types, erosion
A Bug’s World (Grades 6–8)
Investigation of vertebrates and invertebrates highlights this hands-on biodiversity study. Students collect and classify animals from two different habitats to observe the complex diversity of life. Examination of the organism, its community, and how the abiotic parts of the ecosystem allow a greater understanding of the animal and its role within the ecosystem.
Major Concepts: identification of vertebrates and invertebrates, animal adaptations, classification, habitats
Relevant to Science and Technology: Diversity of Living Things (Gr. 6), Interactions Within Ecosystems (Gr. 7)
Orienteering (Grades 4–8)
With compass and map in hand, students find their way through a designated course. Students learn the basic parts of both a map and a compass and how to use them together in order to orient themselves.
Major Concepts: map reading, natural features, direction, vegetation, land forms, distance, area, magnetic field, linear movement
Relevant to various geography, health and physical education requirements
Wild, Wild, Wetlands (Grades 7–8)
What is the value of a wetland? Students will explore this question through a guided hike and a hands-on wetland ecosystem study. Students will discover that plants, animals, and abiotic factors all play a vital role in the health of the ecosystem. Habitat, flood control, erosion, pollution, climate change, and ecosystem services will all be discussed.
Relevant to Science and Technology: Interaction Within Ecosystems (Gr. 7)