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Program Registration

Please fill in the form below and submit to reserve a time and date for your program.  This form must be filled separately for EACH program (ie. you must fill it out once to reserved your in-class visit and fill it out again by clicking on another date for your in-park visit.)

When multiple classes from one school ask to participate on the same day, each teacher participating must submit a reservation for the time block desired.  

 

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Teacher Information

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Class Information
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IMPORTANT
By filling out this form you are reserving the date and time slot you chose on the calendar for ONE program.
What type of program do you desire ON THIS DATE*
IMPORTANT: You can only reserve ONE TIME SLOT on ONE DAY with this form. Please fill out ONE of the sections below (EITHER in-class or in-park, depending on what program you want on the day you picked on the calendar. ) You MUST CHOOSE ANOTHER DATE on the calendar if you want to book another in-class/in-park program.)

OPTION 1: In-Class Visit (FREE!)
Our interpreter comes to your classroom! Program sessions are 30 to 60 minutes in length, including interactive activities.
Enter Information for the Location of the In-Class Program
Request Your Time for an IN-CLASS VISIT
Please select the Program you wish:
Another Participating Class from Your School
We can offer 2 IN-CLASS programs in a half day. If another class from your school wants an IN-CLASS VISIT on the SAME DAY as you, we MUST have the name and email address of the other teacher so we can link your plans. If we are unable to communicate with the other teacher, we cannot offer their class a program.
Other class' requested program:


OPTION 2: In-Park Visit (Daily Vehicle Fee applies)
Your class comes to Presqu'ile! Program sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours in length, making up half a day. We have 1 interpreter so we can only accommodate 1 class at a time. If bringing 2 classes, plan on spending the whole day.
***If you are a group from Hastings Prince Edward DSB, please be aware that we are considered a High Care Excursion Site (as all Ontario Parks are) and you will be require extra paperwork and extra time for approval from your superintendent. Please avoid the disappointment of having to cancel your trip by completing your paperwork early.***
How will you arrive at the park and pay the Daily Vehicle Pass fee?*
Please select the Program you wish:
Programs are offered at different locations. Choose your preferred location below.
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School Outreach Availability Calendar

Bookings are now being accepted for September and October 2019. 

Please follow the "How to Book a Program" instructions to register.


 

 

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.

 

Program Delivery

IN-CLASS VISIT:  BRINGING PRESQU'ILE TO YOUR CLASSROOM

Our interpreter can come to your classroom for an interactive talk and to prime students for a field trip.  The activities provided can be scheduled for 30 to 60 minutes. 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:

Grade Program Title

Program Description

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.

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

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. 

 

Program Cost

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 and $15.50 per car.

Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation to, within, and from Presqu'ile Provincial Park. 

 

Payment

Payment for entry to the park is collected upon arrival at the Main Gate.  Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted at the gate.  Schools wishing to pay by cheque can submit this to program staff.  Cheques should be made to the Friends of Presqu'ile 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 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 available between May 6 to June 27, September 9 to October 18, 2019

4)  Consideration for fall visits:  Please be aware that that waterfowl hunting occurs in isolated areas in the park between September 28 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 to the Friends of Presqu'ile Park.


Helpful Resources to Download:

Kids 'n Nature Information - full package - includes driving directions

Kids 'n Nature information poster

Student Trip Information Page to send home

Trip Preparation Information - park rules, what to bring, washrooms, lunch facilities

Safety Information - water, ticks, poison ivy, fall waterfowl hunting

Free Time Activity Suggestions

Park Trail Map

Park Trail Descriptions

Jobes' Woods Trail Guide

Owen Point Trail Guide

Fossil Identification Handout

Activity Page:  Fossils

Activity Page:  History


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