Cathy Grant

Outreach Education Instructor

905 579-0411 ext. 108

Email: cgrant@cloca.com

Biodiversity in Nature (2 hours)

While walking through different habitats, students will have the opportunity to explore and appreciate the diversity of living things while recognizing the roles and interactions of individual species. Students will also be introduced to local invasive species and learn how humans impact biodiversity.  There may also be the opportunity to explore our learning furs or a pond habitat with dip-nets.  

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (all year)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Purple Woods 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 characteristics of this common wildlife species as will as its natural community.  Food chains, conservation, and human impacts will be discussed.  Students may also have the opportunity to explore the biodiversity at Enniskillen Conservation Area through a guided walk.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (all year)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Alien Invaders: Impacting Biodiversity (2 hours)

While walking through different habitats, students will discover the difference between native, non-native and invasive species.  Students will be introduced to various local invasive species and learn how these alien invaders are impacting habitats as well as the characteristics that enable them to become such incredible trespassers.  Depending on the season, this program may include garlic mustard (invasive species) removal.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Location Options

Enniskillen Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Heber Down Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Purple Woods Conservation Area (fall/spring)

Orienteering with Map and 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)

Geodash (2 hours)

This program will introduce students to the world of GPS and Geocaching. Students will learn the technology behind GPS, the limitations of this technology, and how to use a hand-held GPS. Students will then have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by completing a navigation course.  They will use a set of preloaded waypoints to find hidden markers encrypted with Morse code and will need to find all the markers to decipher the puzzle.

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 natural communities through a guided walk, students will gain an appreciation of the importance of a healthy watershed and learn 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 ecological relationships and human impacts on those relationships.  The goal of this interactive program is to encourage students to become more ecologically aware citizens. 

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

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: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

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, animals, invasive species or biodiversity).  Schools are requested to book a minimum of 2 morning or 2 afternoon classes.

Curriculum Connections

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

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 your students 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: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

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 guided walk program, students will develop an appreciation for our natural world. 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

Science & Technology: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

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 & Technology: Biodiversity

Health & Physical Activity

Location Option

Purple Woods Conservation Area (March-April)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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