Cathy Grant

Outreach Education Instructor

905 579-0411 ext. 108

Email: cgrant@cloca.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exploring Habitats & Communities (2 hours)

During a guided walk, students will have a chance to explore various habitats, from wetlands to forests, found in our Conservation Areas. Magnifying glasses will be used by students to discover how local animals are adapted to their habitat and interconnected within their community.  Students may also have the opportunity to explore our learning furs or a pond habitat with dip-nets.  

Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area 

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Purple Woods Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Lynde Shores Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Location Options for Program with Pond Exploration

Enniskillen Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Coyote Cache Survival Game (2 hours)

 

Your class will be transformed into a population of coyotes as students work together in packs to find a den site, avoid the lurking cougars, and collect enough food to feed their new pups.  This interactive role-playing game will introduce students to the diet, adaptations, and vocalizations of this common wildlife species.  Food chains and human impacts will be discussed.  Students may also have the opportunity to explore various habitats through a guided walk.

Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (all year)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Wetland Habitat Discovery (2 hours)

 

As students engage in wetland exploration using dip-nets, they will discover the diversity and adaptations of animals that live in our pond habitat.  Human impacts, food chains, interrelationships, wetland habitats, and the importance of wetlands will be explored through various outdoor activities and games.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options for Program 

Enniskillen Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

 
Orienteering with Map & Compass (2 hours)

After learning the basics of compass use, students will be given an aerial orthophoto map and the opportunity to explore the conservation area's orienteering course.  Each orienteering course is composed of hidden markers that can only be found by carefully using the map and compass.

Curriculum Connections

Health & Physical Activity

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (all year)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Purple Woods Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Watershed Walk with Project WILD Games (2 hours)

 

As they explore different habitats through a guided walk, students will gain an appreciation of the importance of a healthy watershed and how their actions impact the ecology of their local watershed.  Project WILD based games and activities will give students the opportunity to become familiar with populations, food chains and human impacts on natural communities.  The goal of this interactive program is to encourage students to become more ecologically aware citizens. 

Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (all year)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Purple Woods Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Nature Art (2 hours)

With natural objects as their medium and the forest as their studio, students will have the opportunity to collaborate and create as they collect and assemble art with nature, on nature, in nature.  This creative opportunity will benefit students of all artistic abilities as it allows for a variety of creative expressions.  The program will conclude with a student guided tour of the group's newly created ephemeral gallery.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (Oct-Feb)

Purple Woods Conservation Area (Oct-Dec)

In Your Backyard (In-school, 1 hour)

If you have access to a natural area near your school, then this program is for you. This is a customized program for schools within our watershed. It is a great way to introduce students to the natural world around them. Teachers can request specific themes and topics (e.g. habitats, plants, or animals).  Schools are requested to book a minimum of 2 morning or 2 afternoon classes.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Schools must be within the CLOCA watershed and have access to a natural area.

Winter's Coming: Nature Walk with Holiday Craft (2 hours)

Come create and explore with us!  In this program you will make a seasonal craft as well as explore our forests and meadow.  Different habitats, animal winter survival strategies, and the importance of conservation will be experienced and discussed on a guided walk with activities.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Option

Enniskillen Conservation Area (Nov-Dec)

 
Snowshoeing (2 hours)

Students will go on a walk through different habitats on snowshoes. During this 2 hour program students will develop an appreciation for our natural world and enjoy playing our environmentally themed games. This program was made possible by Mountain Equipment Co-op and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  Class sizes limited by number of snowshoes available.  

 

Curriculum Connections

Health & Physical Activity

Science & Technology-Habitats & Communities

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (Jan-Feb)

Snowshoeing (In-school, 1 hour)

Discover the schoolyard in a whole new way. Education staff will come to your school for a 1 hour snowshoe experience. Schools are asked to organize a minimum of 2 morning or afternoon classes. This program was made possible by Mountain Equipment Co-op and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  Limited to 45 small snowshoes (Kindergarten – Grade 3), 30 medium snowshoes (Grade 4-6), and 30 large snowshoes (Grade 7-8). 

Curriculum Connections

Health & Physical Activity

Location Options

Schools must be within the CLOCA watershed.

Sugar Bush Tour (Maple Syrup, 1 hour)

Students will travel through time to learn about the history of maple syrup, from its discovery by Indigenous Peoples, to the changes made by European Settlers, to our current methods. Other topics include how trees produce sap, tapping methods, and the importance of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Tour Times

9:30-10:30 AM

10:45-11:45 AM (pancake lunch option available)

1:00-2:00 PM (pancake lunch option available)

Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology-Habitats and Communities

Location Option

Purple Woods Conservation Area (March-April)

 
 
 
 

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