Bookings for spring 2020 are now on hold during the park closure due to COVID-19.
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.
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.
IN-CLASS VISIT: BRINGING PRESQU'ILE TO YOUR CLASSROOM
Our interpreter can come to your classroom for indoor and outdoor interactive activities and to prime students for a field trip. The activities provided can be scheduled for as little as 30 minutes or for up to half a day. Teachers who choose the in-class portion in addition to their in-park visit report a greater depth of experience by their students.
IN-PARK VISIT: BRINGING YOUR CLASS TO PRESQU'ILE
A group visiting the park can choose to experience a program with our interpreter in the morning, afternoon or evening. Please allow 2 hours for a program (this includes time to get organized and a bathroom break.) Groups are welcome to spend the entire day at the park to enjoy lunch before or after the program and participate in a self-guided activity.
Schools sending two classes to the park on the same day should arrange for one class to experience a program in the morning while the other participates in a self-guided activity. Classes can then switch in the afternoon.
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 (our most popular location due to the pond study option)
- the forest (our second most population location)
- the dunes/tombolo/pannes
- the meadowlands
- the lake/beach habitats
The following is a list of grades and topic areas to choose from:
|Kindergarten||Caring for Our Environment||
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||
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.
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.
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.
Home educators, Girl Guides, Scouts and other youth groups are welcome! If you would like a program designed to your specific needs, or on an evening or weekend date, please contact us via email
Programs are able to be tailored to include different topics and information in order to accommodate your unit and lesson planning.
While there is no charge for the educational program itself, vehicles entering Presqu'ile will pay the park admission fee. Buses dropping off classes will still be required to pay admission. Current rates are $62.50 per school bus.
Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation to, within, and from Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
Payment for entry to the park is collected upon arrival at the Main Gate. Cash, debit, cheques and credit cards are accepted at the gate. Cheques should be made payable to "Minister of FInance."
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.
'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.'
1) Familiarize yourself with the programs we offer by reading the information above. More detailed information is available in our downloadable info pack.
2) Consider your desired program type, topic and location.
3) Check our available dates on the calendar at the top of this page. Please be advised that our programming is currently on hold during the park closure due to COVID-19. Groups wanting to visit in July and August should sign up via our Presqu'ile to You program.
4) Consideration for fall visits: Please be aware that that waterfowl hunting occurs in isolated areas in the park between September 26 and December 15 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Most hunting takes place at dawn and dusk and there is little activity mid day. The park is open and safe to use on these days but some groups prefer to visit on a Tuesday or Thursday.
5) To reserve a date:
- Click on an available morning (sometime between 8:30am and 12pm) or afternoon (sometime between 12 and 4) time slot. We can only accommodate 1 class during 1 time slot for an in-park program. We can accommodate 2 classes during 1 time slot for an in-class program.
- Fill in the registration form that pops up. This must be done separately for EACH in-class and/or in-park program.
- For evening or weekend requests, please make a special request via email
6) Wait for an email from us to confirm your booking.
7) Book your bus and arrange permissions. Please note that we are a "High Care Excursion" site for HPEDSB, so you will need superintendent approval for your trip.
8) Arrange how you will pay for the park admission fee - payable on arrival by cash, debit, credit card or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to "MInister of Finance."
Helpful Resources to Download:
Kids 'n Nature Information - full package - includes driving directions
Trip Preparation Information - park rules, what to bring, washrooms, lunch facilities
Safety Information - water, ticks, poison ivy, fall waterfowl hunting
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