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Mac Johnson Wildlife Area Education Programs



Education at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

The CRCA provides curriculum-based conservation education programs for elementary and secondary school students at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (7 km north of Highway 401) in Brockville. Our facilities include a heated Nature Centre with washrooms and 532 hectares (1314 acres) of mixed forest, fields, pond and wetland. During the winter, a natural skating rink is maintained on the pond when conditions permit. There are 11 km of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Times

All regular programs are two hours in length and are available both mornings and afternoons. Start and end times are flexible to adapt to bussing schedules. We encourage full day visits where you and your class can take in two education programs or journey on your own through the Conservation Area.

Fees

  • $6.00 per student attending for all regular half day programs.
  • A minimum fee of $100.00 applies to all groups.
  • Please bring cash or a cheque made payable to the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority on the day of your visit.
  • Cancellation fee is $30.00 (see cancellation policy below).

Booking Instructions

Our conservation education programs can be booked at any time by e-mailing edmjwa@gmail.com or by calling Brenda Graham at (613) 923-1526.

Please send a detailed message including your name, school, grade, class size, proposed dates and choice of program. We will confirm either by phone and e-mail. Note the dates of availability for each program.

Cancellation

A minimum of seven working days notice is required for cancellation to allow us time to contact groups from our waiting list. If the CRCA is notified of the cancellation less than seven days in advance of the scheduled visit, a cancellation fee of $30.00 will be charged.

Education staff will contact your school by 8:00 a.m. if we need to cancel due to severe weather. There will be no charge for a cancellation made due to severe weather conditions. Please dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing.

If you have any questions please call Brenda Graham at (613) 923-1526.

Make a Day of It

Combine your program with other great activities for a terrific day in the outdoors. Or do your own education program. Our education staff would be pleased to provide you with program ideas. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area has a variety of habitats including wetland, field and forest.

There are also great recreation facilities including picnic areas, an 11 km trail system and a skating rink on the pond during the winter. There is a warming hut, a bonfire pit and washrooms located beside the reservoir and parking lot. The entrance fee for groups to use our facilities is $2.00 per person.

You must make a group booking to use our facilities by calling (613) 345-1990. To book an education program, please call (613) 923-1526.

Program Dates

  • Fall Programs – September 19 to December 2, 2016
    (The last date for Critters and Minibeasts, Merry Metamorphosis, Pond Community, Pond Water Ecology and Soils in the Environment is October 7, 2016)
  • Winter Programs – January 16 to February 24, 2017
  • Spring Programs – April 10 to June 16, 2017
    (The first date for Critters and Minibeasts, Merry Metamorphosis, Pond Community, Pond Water Ecology and Soils in the Environment is May 2, 2016)

Program Descriptions

Each program is designed for specified grade levels and curriculum requirements. See below for a summary. Any changes to the curriculum will be accommodated in our programs. Programs are listed below in alphabetical order, if you have any questions, please call us.

Primary School Programs

Critters and Minibeasts (Grades K to 2) Science and Technology – fall, spring
Through live capture and release, students identify and classify common insects and various adaptations, life cycles, and food chains. Students will have the opportunity to come to appreciate the valuable role insects play in the environment.

Featuring Fall (Grades 1 & 2) Science and Technology – fall
Through the eyes of an animal, students will go on a dramatic adventure following its autumn journey. They will learn about adaptations and changes of the featured animal. The children will discover the changes taking place as all of the animals and plants prepare for winter through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Kinderscience (Junior and Senior Kindergarten) Science and Technology
By using their senses, students will experience seasonal changes, life cycles and basic needs imagining themselves as different animals. Puppets, hands-on sensory exploration activities and games will guide the children into discovering more about the season they are visiting in.

Leaves, Roots & Beyond (Grade 3) Science and Technology – fall, winter, spring
Your students will focus on the seasonal changes in plants and how soils are connected to them. Through hands-on activities and exploration, your class will come to understand the importance of plants and healthy soil for all living things on the planet.

Merry Metamorphosis (Grades K-3) Science and Technology
This program focuses on the life cycles of different animals that live in the pond, such as various species of frogs. through puppets, a game and live pond dipping capture and release, students will get to know animals large to small that live in the pond community.

Nature in Winter (Grades 1 & 2) Science and Technology
Students will take a winter adventure with a dramatic twist, by following a story of a featured animal and its survival in winter. Participants will discover the importance of animal adaptations through hands-on activities. They will learn how to use keen observation skills to look for signs of tracks, scat and nibbled twigs.

Spaces and Places: Map Reading (Grades K-3) Social Studies and Physical Education
This is a basic introduction to map reading. Several fun activities will be conducted to help young children understand a map and its symbols. Students will complete two simple orienteering courses.

Water Cycle Journey (Grade 2) Science and Technology
Puppets introduce your class to the main components of the water cycle: the sun, clouds, wind and rain. Disguised as water droplets, your class will go on a water cycle hike through the field and forest. Through a game, drama, weather stories and exploration, your students will come to understand the importance of the water cycle and the seasonal effects of the weather on plants and animals.

Junior & Intermediate Programs

Biodiversity Bonanza (Grade 6) Science and Technology – fall, winter, spring
Your class will experience a visual presentation and an opportunity to get up close and personal to animal skulls or other animal specimens depending on the chosen focus. Through various outdoor activities, students will come away with an understanding of basic classification systems and the importance of the biodiversity of animals. Your students will also leave feeling better connected and ready to act in ways to help protect biodiversity around us.

Biosphere Hike (Grades 4 to 6) Science and Technology
The Thousand Islands-Brockville-Kingston area has been designated the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Come on a guided hike and discover what a biosphere is and some of the unique features of this area. Caring for nature and the proper use of outdoor areas are stressed.

Ecosystem Interactions (Grades 7) Science and Technology
Students will be introduced to the importance of ecosystems and define such terms as biotic, abiotic, niche and the levels within the food chains. Through a dip-netting activity in a marsh ecosystem, they will examine samples of consumers and producers. Within a forest ecosystem, by role-playing in a game, students will experience the needs of animals and the impacts of limiting factors. Students will leave with a better understanding of their connections to ecosystems and the positive impacts they as humans have within them.

Home Sweet Home (Grades 4) Science and Technology – fall, winter, spring
Through role-playing either a plant or an animal, each student explores marsh, field and forest habitats in the program developed by the Institute for Earth Education. Students are introduced to the basic needs of the plant or animal they become, why they are important, and some interesting facts about their adaptations. This habitat exploration wraps up with an exciting dramatized twist where students apply information learned.

Instincts for Survival (Grades 4 to 8) Biology – Science & Technology – all seasons
In this simulation game, students assume the role of a local mammal. Biological concepts such as predation, competition, food webs, reproduction, and conservation are taught in a fun manner.

Orienteering – Part 1 (map reading) (Grades 4-8) Social Studies, Geography and Physical Education
The emphasis in this program is upon map reading skill. Students will be taken through a progression that includes memory, line and score orienteering.

Orienteering – Part 2 (using a compass) (Grades 4-8) Social Studies, Geography and Physical Education
Students will be introduced to the orienteering compass, learn to take a bearing and to follow a bearing to find a given point. Through games and activities, students will practice compass skills. Students already familiar with the orienteering compass will be challenged to use their knowledge along with map reading to follow a demanding course.

Pond Community (Grades 4 to 6) Science and Technology
This program allows the students to examine the interrelationship between non-living things, plants and animals in a pond community. With the activities in this study, we hope to develop a respect for life, an awareness of the interdependence of living things and an understanding of pond food chains.

Secrets of Succession (Grade 9) Science and technology
Students will visit three areas where secondary succession is evident; a pond environment, a meadow, and a forest clearing. They will observe and record the succession of new plant life in each of these environments. Students will also observe an example of primary succession of lichens and mosses on glacial boulders and the example of bio-invasion of purple loosestrife in the wetland.

Snowshoeing (Grades 4-8) Physical Education
This program involves a brief classroom introduction to snowshoe construction and styles used by native groups. This is followed by a practical session on basic snowshoeing skills and a cross-country trek to gain an appreciation of the winter environment.

Wet & Wild Water Systems (Grades 8) Science and Technology – fall, winter, spring
Students will become familiar with the use and importance of water within the watershed they live in. Students assess the health and pollution level of the pond through sampling the living organisms present and testing water samples. Through water activities, a game and outdoor exploration, students will leave with a greater awareness of human impacts on water.

Secondary School Programs

Conservation – Instincts for Survival (Grade 9) Biology – academic/applied
In this simulation game, students assume the role of a local mammal. Biological concepts such as predation, competition, food webs, reproduction, and conservation are taught in a fun manner.

Interactions Within Ecosystems – Succession (Grade 9) Biology – academic/applied
Students will visit three areas where secondary succession is evident; a pond, a meadow and a forest clearing. They will observe and record the succession of new plant life in each of these environments. Students will also observe an example of primary succession of lichens and mosses on glacial boulders and the example of bio-invasion or purple loosestrife in the wetland.

Pond Water Ecology (Grade 9) Biology – Academic/Applied
After a brief introduction to the food chains of the pond, students assess the health and pollution level of the pond through sampling the living organisms present and testing water samples.

Map and Compass: Orienteering Grade 9 Geographics: methods of Geographic Inquiry & Communication; Grade 11 Geographics: The Geographer’s Toolkit – workplace; Grades 9 to 12 Healthy Active Living Education – open
Paired with a good map, a compass can help you find almost any place you want to go. This program will challenge your students intellectually and physically. The skills of orienteering can last a lifetime and introduce students to the joys of outdoor recreation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Us

1641 Perth Road
P.O. Box 160
Glenburnie, Ontario, Canada
K0H 1S0

Telephone: (613) 546-4228
Toll-free Telephone (613 area code): 1-877-956-CRCA (2722)
Fax: (613) 547-6474
E-mail: info@crca.ca

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