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Programs are half-day unless indicated otherwise. Select two programs that complement your classroom study for a rewarding full day of fun and learning. The grade(s) stated below each program name are strongly linked to the Ontario curriculum. We will work directly with you to combine or modify programs to meet your needs.

Reservation Procedure

Call the Environmental Education Program Coordinator at 705-424-1479 x.280 to select a date and discuss program availability. Then fill out a booking form and either fill it out and submit it online, or print and send it to the Program Coordinator either by fax to 705-424-2115 or by e-mail to outdoored@nvca.on.ca.

Programs

A Cub's Life
Kindergarten to Grade 2
(year round)
In this modified Instincts for Survival game, animal families (led by an adult) must meet their survival needs while eluding predators and human influences. As students role-play a specific wild animal in a natural setting, they are introduced to many ecological principles such as predator/prey relationships, food chains and the concept of energy flow within an ecosystem. 
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers acting as animal family leaders

Air and Water in the Environment
Grade 2 & 3 (spring/fall)
In this interactive program, students develop a better understanding of the importance of clean air and water for all living organisms, including humans. Through experimentation, hands-on activities and role-playing exercises, young scientists will investigate the characteristics of air and water, identify sources of water in the natural environment and learn how air and water impact our weather and energy systems.  In addition, students will assess the impact of human activities on our environment and will be introduced to the efforts of Conservation Authorities in watershed management and conservation.
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers to assist in facilitation of activity stations

Birds, Beavers and Bugs
Grades 2 & 3 (spring/fall)
Through hands-on investigation and exploration of natural habitats at Tiffin (e.g. pond, field and forest), young biologists will identify the characteristics of the main groups of wildlife, examine life cycles of various animals, and investigate how animals adapt to their environment and/or changes in their environment, including seasonal responses. Students will recognize the survival needs of wildlife and gain a better understanding of the ways in which people can help or harm other living things.

Early Settler Life
Grade 3 (fall/winter/spring)
Looking at various roles within a pioneer village, students will gain an understanding of how early settlers created their own food, shelter and clothing using resources from the natural environment. On a guided hike, students will learn the dependence of pioneer settlements on local plant and wildlife populations. A snowshoe hike is available, weather permitting.

Focus on Forests
Grades 3 & 4 (all seasons)
After viewing the animated Dr. Seuss classic film "The Lorax" and discussing its conservation message, students will investigate the structure, ecology and importance of trees through a variety of grade appropriate activities. A thorough examination of the components of the forest ecosystem will give students a deeper appreciation of the significance of the forest as a wildlife habitat.

Life in the Pond
Kindergarten to Grade 2 (spring/fall)
Following an interactive introduction to pond ecosystems, students will explore the fascinating world within ponds as they dip net in search of aquatic life. Through hands-on discovery and other age-appropriate activities, students will investigate and identify the survival needs and life cycles of various pond plants and animals. By sharing their discoveries at the Tiffin "Zoo", students will have an opportunity to compare common characteristics and the amazing adaptations of pond creatures for life under water. Students will be encouraged to share their thoughts on how humans can help to maintain a healthy environment.

Lost in the Woods
Grades 1 to 3 (all seasons)
Based on a short film of the same title, this program introduces young explorers to basic wilderness survival/life skills. Through a discussion of the film, students will review ways to prevent becoming lost and the measures they can take if they find themselves alone in the wilderness.  In this program, students will learn how to be better prepared for outdoor adventure and will develop their map-reading abilities through a short, orienteering scavenger hunt.  The importance of survival kits and how to stay warm and dry through appropriate dress and shelter building will also be emphasized. If time permits, students will have an opportunity to assemble their own mini-survival kits.

Maple Syrup
Kindergarten to Grade 3 (Monday, March 4th until Friday, April 4th, 2014)
As a half-day program, this modified "Focus on Forests" program introduces students to the ecology of the maple tree and the production of maple syrup.  An experiential tour of a working sugar bush displays the First Nations, pioneer and modern-day methods of making maple syrup through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.  Students will also be given an opportunity to develop their map reading skills by participating in our maple sugar bush orienteering scavenger hunt.
*There is also a one-hour tour option for a cost of $5 per student.

Nature Discovery Hike
Kindergarten & Grade 1 (all seasons)
After identifying the location and function of their sense organs, children will explore nature through experiential activities aimed to heighten awareness of the world around them. Students will also compare the use of senses in various animals and investigate ways in which animals respond and adapt to their environment and to seasonal changes.

Nature's Art Room
Grades 1 to 3 (spring/fall)
On a guided hike, students will gather appropriate natural materials to incorporate into their own artistic creation. Once back at the Learning Centre, students will combine their natural materials with human-made items to create their own masterpiece. This program aims to instill an appreciation of the natural world while further developing age-appropriate skills in the Visual Arts. 

Seeds, Weeds and Wildflowers
Grades 3 & 4 (spring/fall)
Students will explore the world of plants and their incredible adaptations to various habitats including woodlands, open fields and wetlands.  Participants will learn to identify the major parts of plants, how to classify plants and the importance of plants to both wildlife and humans.

Soils in the Environment
Grade 3 (spring/fall)
Students become soil specialists as they investigate soil through first-hand observation and exploration. Using a variety of hands-on activities, students will identify and compare physical characteristics of various soil types found in different habitats (i.e. forest, field).  Young scientists will also examine the various biotic and abiotic components of a soil ecosystem and will observe and record information on plant and animal life.  The importance of soil and the dependency of all living things on soil will be reinforced.
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers to help facilitate activity stations

Splash - Water in the Environment
Grade 2 (all seasons)
Following a short, animated movie that details the life of a water droplet, students embark on their own journey through the water cycle. Through this active, role-playing game, students will identify the forms in which water is present in the environment, realize the importance of water in their daily lives and better understand how water becomes contaminated. Students will be exposed to the efforts Conservation Authorities in watershed management and conservation.

Winter Wildlife
Grades 1 to 3 (winter)
This program introduces students to the main groups of animals, their characteristics, habitats, tracks, and traces. Students then become wildlife detectives, looking for signs of wildlife in their natural habitats. Adaptations of wildlife to survive the winter will be emphasized while trekking through the woods on snowshoes, weather permitting.

ORIENTEERING

Animal Amble
Kindergarten & Grade 1 (all seasons)
Grouped with an adult leader, students are challenged to find pictures of animals along a well-marked interpretive trail. Students will match and record symbols on the markers and respond verbally to questions related to the animal highlighted at each location. This fun, orienteering scavenger hunt further develops students' understanding of wildlife and their habitats while introducing them to basic map reading skills.
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers to assist with supervision of children

Bird - O
Grades 2 & 3 (all seasons)
In this program, students are introduced to basic map reading skills through a series of progressively challenging activities.  Beginning with an orienteering exercise in and/or around the Environmental Learning Centre, students will gain the confidence and skills necessary to locate pictures of birds along a well-marked interpretive trail using their own maps. In addition, students will participate in a variety of indoor, hands-on stations, highlighting the characteristics and unique adaptations of our feathered friends. If time permits, students will also have an opportunity to play Bird-O bingo: using bird calls to identify different bird species on their playing cards.
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers to assist with supervision of children

Bug-a-Boo
Grades 1 & 2 (all seasons)
In this program, students are introduced to basic map reading skills through a series of progressively challenging activities.  Beginning with an orienteering exercise in the Environmental Learning Centre, students will gain the confidence and skills necessary to locate pictures of insects along a well-marked interpretive trail in small groups with an adult leader. Students will match and record symbols on the markers and respond verbally to questions related to the insect highlighted at each location. This fun, orienteering scavenger hunt develops students' understanding of insect life while providing a hike around Tiffin's beautiful wetland habitats.
* This program best succeeds with an average of 5 adult volunteers to assist with supervision of children 

 


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