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​​​​​​​Experiential Programs​​

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

​​​​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.​​​​​

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.​​

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.

Feathered Friends

Grades: JK, SK​
Length: 1.5 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
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Students will explore a local habitat space (schoolyard 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 schoolyard 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.

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.

Investigating Invasives

Grades: 7 – 12
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring

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.​​

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.
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Plankton Lab

Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: 2 hours
Seasons: Fall and Spring
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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.​​

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.​

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 grow​ing 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 sec​ond visit, student​s will also have the opportunity to install their plants and enhance a local ecosystem.​​​​​​​​

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.

Complimentary Presentations

Complimentary presentations are changing to a “Do-It-Yourself” delivery model in which presentations and associated speaking notes can be made available to any teachers so that they may share them with their classes whenever they would like. We anticipate having these available in early 2020. Please continue to check back for updates to release dates.​​