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Kids' n Nature School Outreach Program

Available Dates Calendar

Thank you for your interest in our FREE Kids 'n Nature School Outreach Program.  For more information, please scroll down to read about our curriculum-based programming.

How to Book a Program

1) Familiarize yourself with the programs we offer by reading the information below.  More detailed information is available in our downloadable info pack.

2) Check our available dates calendar at the top of this page.  Choose some possible dates for your in-class and/or in-park programs.  A green box indicates the full day is available, a yellow box indicates a half day is available, a blue box indicates that date is not available.  Please be advised that our programming is available between May 10 and October 6, 2017

3) Click on the sign up button below.  Have your dates and school contact information ready.

 

4) Wait for an email from us to confirm your booking.

 

Kids ‘n Nature School Outreach Program

Kids 'n Nature is an exciting approach to educational programming that will encourage children to understand and care for our region's rich biodiversity – investigating how ecology works, why biodiversity is important, and why its preservation affects humans individually and collectively.

A new element to this program is problem-solving – a hands-on teaching approach to address the new Ontario Science and Technology curriculum focused on Science, Technology, Society, and the Environment.

The Kids 'n Nature program has been developed and funded by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park, in cooperation with Presqu'ile Provincial Park. The program was launched in 2010, the United Nations' International Year of Biodiversity, and it coincided with the completion of the Marsh Boardwalk project.

Our programming explores: food chains, habitat health and interconnectedness, species and habitat sustainability, human benefit, and stewardship.

Program Delivery

The Kids 'n Nature program aims to create an understanding of biodiversity through a rich problem-based learning experience for students in Kindergarten to Grade 7 using two key elements.

First, an interpreter will visit the class during the in-school portion, to discover students' current knowledge and to present an interactive lesson on topics surrounding biodiversity, the environment, and Presqu'ile Park's specific examples of biodiversity.

Second, the in-park portion of the program lasts for approximately half a day and is offered during the spring and the fall.

Groups may choose to participate in the in-park and/or the in-school portion. Students will be provided with worksheets to help them with their mission during their visit to the Park.

The range of in-park programs will take place in the appropriate habitat chosen by the teacher. Each individual program is tailored to the specific expectations of grade-related Ontario Curriculum.

Through the authentic, problem-based learning experience, students will take away a connection to nature and an optimistic outlook on the relationship between humans and the environment.

Teachers may want to incorporate these into an assessment for their students. Pre-visit and post-visit activity sheets are also available for groups to use in their classroom.

Range of Program Topics

The Kids 'n Nature program concentrates on the biodiversity of Presqu'ile Provincial Park, using one of its five habitats as a teaching platform.

Each visit will cover one of the following habitat study areas:

  • the marsh
  • the forest
  • the dunes/tombolo/pannes
  • the meadowlands
  • the lake/beach habitats

Also, repeat visits can be accommodated to cover more than one habitat.

The following is a list of grades and topic areas to choose from:

  • Kindergarten: Caring for our Environment
    • While hunting for the ‘messy marsh visitor,’ students will identify how they can help plants and animals in the marsh. Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 1:  Characteristics of Living Things
    • Focusing on insects, students will recognize the features of living things and how their habitat meets their needs.  Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 2:  Growth and Changes in Animals
    • By examining different features of a habitat and specific animal needs, this program will focus on the way humans affect the environment and benefit from an animal’s existence.  Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants
    • Focusing on the many types of plants in a habitat, students will recognize the value of plant life as it provides not only food but shelter, nurseries, protection and clean water for animals.  Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
    • Students will evaluate the connections between various species in a habitat and identify what makes a habitat healthy.  Involves small group work.  Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 6: Biodiversity
    • Living things each have distinctive needs in order to survive.  Students will explore what happens when these needs are no longer met and how this occurs. Pond study or scavenger hunt included.
  • Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment
    • In small groups, students will determine what a specific species requires for survival and how it is affected by other species, including humans.  Pond study or scavenger hunt included.

Custom Programs

If you would like a program designed to your specific needs, please contact us. Programs are able to be tailored to include different topics and information in order to accommodate your unit and lesson planning. 

We will attempt to accommodate your request and classroom visits can be arranged.

Sponsored by The Friends

The Friends of Presqu'ile Park are generously sponsoring the Kids 'n Nature School Group Programs, making your visit FREE!

Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation to, within, and from Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Any additional vehicles, such as parent volunteers travelling in their own vehicle, are responsible for their own entry into the Park.

Our Nature Interpreter

Our interpreters are students or graduates with teaching experience and solid in-field knowledge about the Park and its local region. They are supported by Park Staff, facilities, and interpretive material.

Teachers' Testimonials

'Thank you Friends of Presqu'ile!  It is wonderful to be able to offer a quality program to my students at no charge.  I know this program is supported by the volunteer work of The Friends.  Thank you!'

'I loved the in-class visit.  It gave the students a preparation for the Park visit.  The boardwalk was great - lots of great information en route.'

'A fantastic 'hands-on' learning experience.  Our experience was excellent.  We were very pleased with our classroom visit and our visit to the Park.'

How to Book a Program

1) Familiarize yourself with the programs we offer by reading the information below.  More detailed information is available in our downloadable info pack.

2) Check our available dates calendar at the top of this page.  Choose some possible dates for your in-class and/or in-park programs.  Please be advised that our programming is available between May 10 and October 6, 2017

3) Click on the sign up button below.  Have your dates and school contact information ready.

4) Wait for an email from us to confirm your booking.


Helpful Resources:

information package

student reminder page

park trail map

park trail information

Jobes' Woods Trail Guide

Owen Point Trail Guide


For inquiries, please contact us via e-mail: kidsn.nature@friendsofpresquile.on.ca 

Between May and October, please telephone our Kids 'n Nature Interpreter at 613 475 1688,  Ext 3.

 

 

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