EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Lead by our qualifies staff, our quality programs fit into the Ontario Curriculum requirements and can be adapted for all ages and abilities. Below is a list of the programs we offer to visiting groups. Custom designed programs are also available upon request. Programs lengths can be tailored to suit the groups age and abilites and the trip length. 

ENVIRONMENTAL

Understanding our impact and role in our natural environment is an essential part of our programs at the Ecology Centre. Gain a better understanding and appreciation for our natural world and learn how you can have a positive influence on our environment. We can all live by the M.A.D.E. principle (Make a Difference Environmentally)

General Ecology

Explore the relationships between biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) components in an environment. Understand the importance of various ecosystems and their key components. Games and hands on activities will be used to explore key concepts. 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Animal Ecology

What are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores? Play games and activities to explore concepts such as animals adaptations, predator/prey relationships, carrying capacity, and population dynamics. Learn about some of the common animals of the area.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Winter Ecology

Students will take part in snow experiments and play games to discover animals adaptations that help them with winter and the significance of snow in a winter environment. 

Season: Winter

Forest Ecology

Use real forest tools (clinometers, calipers etc) to study the forest. Collect data on tree height, width and species to determine the health of a forest ecosystem. Learn about the importance of forests in our every day lives and understand key terms such as sustainable, renewable resources and silviculture systems.  

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Wetland Ecology

Take advantage of some of the unique wetland areas around the Canadian Ecology Centre. Discover the importance of these areas and the abiotic/biotic interactions which are taking place. Learn about how wetlands are used in alternative ways, such as landfill construction.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Water's Going On?

Through games and activities students will explore te effects of environmental and human influences on our water supply.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

River/Stream Study

Students will investigate the health of local water systems and learn different sampling and data collection methods. These include collection and identification of Benthic Macro Invertebrates, chemical testing (ex. Dissolved Oxygen and pH), and physical properties (velocity, temperature, etc.). 

Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall

Program Length: 2-3 hours

Soil Ecology

"Don't treat soil like dirt!" Discover the different soil types, what lives in the soil and the role of soil in our environment. Look at how different soil types can affect such things as tree plant growth, agriculture, landfill construction and more. 

Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Geology Rocks!

Investigate the physical properties of rocks and minerals through hands-on activities and experiments. Explore the surrounding area for evidence of past and present geological processes, and learn about how geology affects our daily lives.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Weather

Learn about the importance of climate and how various weather conditions affect our environment. How is climate change impacting our daily lives, and what does it mean for our future?

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

REprogram

Students will tap into their green conscience and explore ways they can make a difference environmentally. Through games, activities and discussion, ideas of conservation, resource management, and lifestyle changes will be explored.  Add an environmental craft to this program for some added fun.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Environmental Crafts

Recycled paper, nature journals, bark rubbings... the possibilities are endless. 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1/2 - 1 hour

TECHNOLOGY

Technology is a part of our everyday life. All of us, especially our youth, are growing accustomed to an increasingly digital society. Here at the CEC we embrace technology and incorporate it into our educational programs.

Introduction to GPS

Using GPS, explore the foundations and power of this useful spatial reference tool. Lean how GPS works and try your new skills outdoors. Challenge yourself to a GPS treasure hunt! 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-3 hours (2+ hour program includes use of topographical maps)

Level: Grade 4+

Introduction to GIS

Learn how computers, using the GIS program, can use GPS and spatial data to create a map. Create a souvenir map that includes all key map components and photo inserts. 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Level: Grade 6+

GPS & GIS Certification

Through the National Greencheck Certification Program, students can acquire a certifcation to add to their resume. These courses focus on basic map and compass skills, and how it applies to GPS technology. Explore the greater applications of GIS with more intensive courses. Learn how GIS can be used to analyse data and solve environmental problems. Excellent certifications that are recognized by colleges/universities and many workplaces.

Additional Cost: $22/participant for GPS (includes field guide) and $14/participant for GIS

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 6-8 hours

Level: Grade 9+ and SHSM students

Digital Photography

Compliment your hiking program with a digital photography session. Learn the basic tools to help you get a great shot of nature and even learn how to explore a more creative side of digital photography.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 hour

OUTDOOR SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES

Being active and outdoors is an integral part of any environmental education program. We believe that environmental education is more than just knowing the classroom material. Developing a strong environmental ethic is all about surrounding yourself with nature and finding lifelong activities that support a healthy respect for oneself, each other and our environment. Our many outdoor skills and activities are focused on personal goals, challenges and team work.

Wilderness Survival

Explore various survial skills such as fire starting, shelter construction, knots and "leave no trace" camping. Learn the basic human survival needs and apply your skills in a quest for survival. An excellend team building program.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 - 3 hours

Orienteering

This program can be done in conjunction with GPS or as a program on it's own. Learn how to use a topographical map and compass for navigation. Complete our orienteering course around the CEC or draw your own!

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 hour

Hiking

Many trails surrounding the Canadian Ecology Centre are available for short or longer say hikes. Enjoy the scenery while walking through beautiful forests. This program can be combined with Ecology, Forestry, Geology and Digital Photography.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 - 3 hours

Snowshoeing

Explore a winter wonderland on snowshoes. Combine this program with such programs as Heritage, Ecology, Digital Photography!

Season: Winter (snow dependent)

Program Length: 1 - 3 hours

Levels: Grades 4+

Biking

Explore the beauty of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park on a safe and exciting bike tour. This program can be combined with other programs such as ecology and forestry.

Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall

Program Length: 2 - 3 hours

Level: Grade 7+

Canoeing

Learn the fundamental canoe and paddling skills on our historic waterways. Ask about full-day or multi-day canoe trips.

There is an additional cost for this program.

Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall (based on water temperatures)

Program Length: 2 - 3 hours

Level: Grade 7+

Requirements: A swim test is required prior to canoeing.

Swimming

With our qualified lifeguards enjoy a swim to cool off after a warm and busy day of activities. 

Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall (based on water temperature guidelines and policies)

Program Length: 2 - 3 hours

Requirements: A swim test is required.

HERITAGE

Experiencing physical and visual connections with historic places is an important part of understanding and appreciating past events. Rich with Canadian History, our location in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park allows us to offer a unique experience being located on the main route of the historic fur trade. 

Voyageur Heritage

 

Learn about the local history in our voyageur program. Bake traditional bannock bread around a warm campfire, hike along a historic portage trail, play games and learn about the voyageur lifestyle. Pair this program with a hike or snowshoe!

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 - 2 hours

Fur Trader Game

Live like a voyageur in this fun and exciting game. Trade European goods for furs and practice your bartering skills. Be the best fur trading team to win the game! Pair this with our Voyageur heritage beforehand to get the full experience!

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 2 - 3 hours

Program Requirement: Groups of 15 or more.

EVENING PROGRAMS

The fun does not end when the sun goes down!

Campfire

Songs, skits, riddels and stories. It will be a campfire to remember. Feel free to bring snacks!

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Creatures of the Night

The night is alive... Owls, frogs, bats etc. come out of hiding. Play games to explore why some animals are more active at night and what adaptations they use to survive. Complement your program with night vision monoculars. 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1-2 hours

Wolf Howl

Do wolves really howl at the moon? Discover the secret lives of wolves and participate in a group wolf howl! 

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 hour

Hand Drumming

Create a rhythm of your own using a variety of hand drums (djembe, doumbek and konga) and shakers.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 hour

Legends of the Sky

The night sky has been used for centuries for navigation and for storytelling. In this activity, students will have the opportunity to create their own legend and constellation using tea lights.

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1/2 - 1 hour

Space Science

Discover the wonders of space and space exploration. View the night sky through telescopes, binoculars, night vision and/or tablet phone technologies. Lean how to identify common constellations in the night sky and unlock the mysteries of the universe.

Season: early Spring, late Fall, Winter

Program Length: 1 - 2 hours

Requirements: This program weather dependent, and can only be offered during certain times of the year when the sun sets early enough.

CUSTOM PROGRAMS

Let our qualified teaching staff work with you to develop an educational experience tailored to meet your unique needs. We can incorporate offsite field trips, guest speakers and special projects and assignments into your programs to help you to enhance your students learning. We can help you with specific curriculum units and culminating activities in an engaging and experiential learning environment. Contact our Education Coordinator today to discuss your enhanced educational experience.

SHSM PROGRAMS

Are you a SHSM lead/teacher looking to compliment your programs with unique experiences and training? We have worked with many SHSM programs across Ontario to develop programs that meet their needs, including ICE training, GPS/GIS certification, Tree & Plant ID, Project Wild/Below Zero and many more! Contact our Education Coordinator today to discuss how we can help!

SKI TRIPS

Looking to compliment your school trip with a downhill skiing experience! We have partnered with Antoine Mountain to bring you one of a kind program opportunities that combine the best education experience with the best skiing experience. Contact us to find out more about how to book your one of a kind ski trip!