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​Outreach Education

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Our experienced education staff will come to your school to deliver engaging curriculum-connected programs to your students. There are a variety of programs to select from. Our Complimentary Presentations​ are interactive and include demonstrations with 3D watershed models. If you are looking for extended learning experiences with a variety of engaging hands-on activities check out our Experiential Programs. Through our Environmental Education Programs we offer opportunities to study local ecosystems and engage in positive environmental actions.

 Programs

Complimentary Presentations

Interactive presentations and demonstrations with 3D watershed models



Splash! All About Water

Grades: JK, SK, 1
Length: 30 minutes
Seasons: All
In this interactive presentation, students learn about the exciting journey water goes on from the clouds all the way to lakes.  Students will also learn how our actions and behaviours can pollute our water or can help keep it clean – it’s all about making the right choices!

Wetland Wonders

Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Length: 45 minutes
Seasons: All
In this interactive presentation, students learn why wetlands are important to our environment, who lives there, what threatens their health, and how we can help preserve these vital areas for everyone to enjoy.

Getting to Know Our H20

Grades: 7, 8
Length: 50 minutes
Seasons: All
In this interactive presentation, students learn that we all need water to drink, swim, fish and boat. Could it ever run out? Where does it come from? Where does it go?

Everything Flows Downstream

Grades: 9, 11, 12
Length: 60 minutes
Seasons: All
In this interactive presentation, students learn about the Lake Simcoe watershed and our own local ecosystems. They’re astonished to discover that the lake not only provides our drinking water, it also takes our sewage!​

Experiential Programs

​Extended learning experiences featuring a variety of engaging hands-on activities



Feathered Friends

Grades: JK, SK
Length: 1.5 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
Students will explore a local habitat space (school yard or nearby green space) and discover what lives there.  Deeper investigation will allow students to learn more about local birds and what they need to survive. Students will experience, through a hands-on activity of making a birdfeeder, how they can show respect and care for these animals.

Goodbye Butterflies?

Grades: JK, SK, 1, 2, 3
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
Students will explore species that are at-risk for extinction in Ontario as well as helping them to understand the threats that some of our present practices impose upon wildlife.  A role playing game (using the school yard or local green space) will help them further understand these impacts with particular focus on Monarch butterflies.  Students will experience, through a hands-on activity of making a mini wildflower garden, how they can show respect and care for butterflies.

Rock Hounds

Grade: 4 
Length: half day (indoors) 
Seasons: all 

As “rock hounds”, students will examine different types of rocks and minerals, and learn about their characteristics and properties through a series of lab experiments. They will discover that rocks and minerals are useful for many things and that their characteristics help determine their use. By examining the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition, students will develop an understanding of the changing landscape and the ways wind, water and ice reshape it. Rock hounds will explore ways in which humans can both prevent changes to the landscape and adapt to these changes.


The Spice of Life

Grades: 6
Length: 2.5 hours
Seasons: All
Students will learn how life on earth, even in its boundless variety can be classified based on commonalities and differences.  They will more closely examine the diversity that exists between and amongst groups of animals.  Using an array of artifacts, students will discover common links and interesting adaptations that animals have based on form and function.

Environmental Engagement Programs

​Opportunities to study local ecosystems and engage in positive environmental actions



Aquatic Plants

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Length: 1.5 hours in March and 2.5 hours in June
Seasons: Spring
Students learn about the links between habitat, watersheds and human health. Classes will be responsible for growing native aquatic plants in their classroom. These plants help to absorb excess nutrients and heavy metals, which improves the water quality in the streams, rivers, wetlands and ultimately Lake Simcoe. Students will also have the opportunity to install their plants and enhance a local ecosystem. Now accepting applications for our 2017 program!  Please contact Dana Eldon for an application package.

Yellow Fish Road

Grades: 4 - 12
Length: 2 – 2.5 hours
Season: Fall and Spring
The Yellow Fish Road™ program was developed by Trout Unlimited Canada. During an interactive presentation students will learn about storm water pollution that shows how storm drains are linked to local water bodies. Students will also participate in painting local storm drains with yellow fish symbols and distributing educational leaflets to homes in the neighbourhood. This will help raise awareness about protecting local water bodies and storm water pollution.

Watershed Discovery Days

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Half day and full day experiences available
Season: Fall and Spring
During this field day program, students have an opportunity to rotate through a series of hands on and interactive learning stations, such as water chemistry testing, aquatic invertebrate sampling, wildlife identification and exploration and environmental enhancement activities such as tree planting, invasive species removal, etc. (subject to appropriate site availability).