Note: Proper footwear, rubber boots or closed toed shoes, is essential for students, teachers and parent volunteers to maximize the learning potential and related enjoyment of these programs.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS (1 adult for every 5 students).
Students will rotate through a series of activity centres, designed to spark curiosity and encourage problem solving. Centres include but are not limited to: waterwheels, turbines, and pumps; windmills; stomp and air rockets; sail cars; tool time with hammers and nails; bubbles; and sensory boxes. This program promotes awareness of the natural/human-made environment and of the characteristics, function and uses of some common materials through hands on investigations and observations.
Students will explore both our farmland and beaver pond, meeting and interacting with the animals that live in each environment (feeding or petting farm animals, dipping nets into the pond to discover the creatures that live there). Through age appropriate activities, students will learn about each animal’s adaptations, habitats, and life cycles. Proper footwear (i.e. rubber boots) is essential for students, teachers and parent volunteers for this program.
This game of predator/prey survival, designed specifically for ages five to seven, allows children to role-play wildlife families. The children become baby animals while parent volunteers become animal parents. Each family (five children and one parent) travel around as a group searching for food, water, space, and shelter (markers placed in the playing area) and try not to become food for a predator family.
Let your class experience the history, production and taste of Maple Syrup. This is a half day program, starting with an interactive puppet show, followed by a hike through a Niagara Escarpment sugar bush. Combine with another program to make a full day adventure.
Students will actively take part in a series of inter-connected activities that explore our natural surroundings by using four of their five senses: touch, smell, sight, and hearing. This program aims to foster environmental appreciation within the students by encouraging a sense of wonder and respect of nature through first-hand experiences.
This program exposes students to the basics of mapping and signs of wildlife in the forest. Students will use a map to find markers around a room before moving outside to find markers using a larger map which leads students along the picturesque trails of Highlands Nordic.