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​​​Complimentary Presentations

Interactive presentations and demonstrations with 3D watershed models

Splash! All About Wa​ter​

Grades: JK, SK, 1
Length: 30 minutes
Seasons: All
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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 & 6
Length: 40 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: 5, 6, 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! 

Climate Change and Sustainability

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 60 minutes
Seasons: All



In this interactive presentation, students learn more about how climate change is affecting the Lake Simcoe watershed and the ways in which more sustainable communities can be created through research, low impact development and innovation.

Living around Lake Simcoe

Grades: Adult ESL and New Canadian Learners
Length: 60 minutes
Seasons: All

In this interactive presentation, participants learn about the history of the conservation authority, the value of Lake Simcoe, and the role that everyone has in keeping our watershed healthy.
 

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
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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: 1.5 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
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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: 2 hours 
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.

Harnessing the Sun

Grades: 5
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: All



Students will get “energized" by participating in a variety of interactive games and experiments related to solar energy.  Through an inquiry based activity of building solar ovens, students will gain a hands-on appreciation for the importance of energy conservation in our communities.

Diversity of Life

Grades: 6
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: All

Through inquiry based learning, students will more closely examine the diversity that exists between and amongst groups of animals.  Students will explore common links and interesting adaptations that animals have based on form and function through the variety or artifacts and materials set up into self-discovery learning stations.

Wonderful Water Systems

Grades: 8
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: All

Students will investigate the hydrologic cycle in an interactive game where they become a water drop and move throughout a watershed.  They will examine further the human impacts on water by conducting chemical testing and analysis of a local water sample and explore how we might minimize these impacts to our watersheds.

Investigating Invasives

Grades: 7 – 12
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: All

Through role-playing simulation games, students will learn more about invasive species and how they affect local ecosystems and the plants and animals within these habitats. Students will also have the opportunity to look for invasive species on their schoolyard through the use of identifications keys and resources.
 

Dip! Dip! Hurray!

Grades: JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
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Students will explore the amazing critters that we find in local streams, pond or the lake.  Samples of these amazing creatures will be placed in observation buckets for students to view and interact with.  These animals can also tell us a lot about the quality of the water as a natural habitat.

Aquatic Environmental Assessment

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring

Students will explore the benthic aquatic organisms that we find in local streams, pond or the lake.  Samples of these amazing creatures will be placed in observation buckets for students to view and identify.  Water quality will be assessed using these samples.  Students will also look at water quality by conducting water chemistry testing and analysis.  Ideas of human impact through storm water runoff will be explored.

Plankton Lab

Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: All

Students will get to explore, through hands-on microscopy, the amazing world of plankton.  Structures of both plant and animals cells can be explored through investigating live samples of phytoplankton and zooplankton that are pulled from a local tributary or pond.  Identification keys and resources will be provided for students to discover what types of plankton they are observing.

Sprouting Seeds

Grades: 1 – 12 (Science)
Length: 1.5 hours in late March/early April (visit 1)
            1.5 hours in late May/June (visit 2)
Seasons: Spring

Students learn about the links between habitat, watersheds and human health. During our first visit, students will set up starter gardens for growing native aquatic or terrestrial plants in their classroom (plant species to be determined by local site conditions). These plants help to absorb excess nutrients, filter run-off, and provide food sources for animals. During our second visit, students will also have the opportunity to install their plants and enhance a local ecosystem.​
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Yellow Fish Road™

Grades: 4 – 12
Length: 2 hours
Season: Fall and Spring
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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.  LSRCA is an official delivery partner of this Trout Unlimited national program.​