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Education - Elementary Schools

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority offers a range of quality curriculum-based outdoor and environmental education programs to classroom teachers and their students. Descriptions of our programs are below, if you don’t see what you are looking for check our other education pages, or contact our education team at educate@crca.ca

Location

Programs take place at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (2 km north of Hwy. 401, Division Street, Kingston) for regular programs.

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

  • $8.00 per student attending for all regular half-day programs.
  • $5.00 per student attending from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board or the Limestone District School Board. (These boards pay a $3.00 per student subsidy).
  • $1.00 extra per student for Maple Madness Programs
  • A minimum fee of $105.00 applies to all groups (less $3 per student attending from the Algonquin and Limestone School Boards).
  • Please bring cash or a cheque made payable to the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority on the day of your visit.

Booking Instructions

Our conservation education programs can be booked at any time by by e-mailing the Education Department of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority at educate@crca.ca or by calling at (613) 546-4228 ext. 251 or toll-free (613 area code) 1-877-956-CRCA (2722).

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

We can accept two classes for most of our programs. We encourage schools to bring two classes to save on bussing costs and reduce greenhouse gases.

Cancellation

A minimum of seven (7) 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 $50.00 will be charged.

Education staff will contact your school by 8:00 a.m. if we need to adapt the program in case of inclement weather or 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 e-mail educate@crca.ca call our office at (613) 546-4228 ext. 251 or toll-free (613 area code) 1-877-956-CRCA (2722) ext. 251.

Program Dates

Fall Programs – September 19 to December 2, 2016 (The last date for Insects Alive and Marsh Mysteries is October 7, 2016)
Winter Programs – January 16 to February 24, 2017
Maple Madness – March 1 to March 31, 2017 (Note: No other programs are available during this time period)
Spring Programs– April 10 to June 16, 2017 (The first date for Insects Alive is May 8, 2017)

Links to the Curriculum

All of our education programs were developed to meet objectives in the Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 – 8: Science and Technology, Ministry of Education and Training. We also have programs which meet objectives in Mathematics, Social Studies, History and Geography, and Health and Physical Education.

Our programs accommodate various grade levels and are designed to be a springboard for action and understanding. Many of our programs are adaptable to different grade levels or to a different focus. The programs offered strive to be relevant to learners so that they can connect to the natural world through their head, heart and hands.

About our Staff

Stana and Angela have over 20 years combined experience teaching pre-school to adult aged learners in outdoor education settings. All our staff have current first aid and CPR certification.

Program Descriptions

Each program is designed for specified grade levels and curriculum requirements.

Our programs can accommodate split grades and two classes except where indicated.

Programs are listed here in alphabetical order. If you have any questions, please call us at (613) 546-4228 ext. 251.

Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) Programs

Awesome Animals: Birds or Mammals (Grade 2) Science and Technology – fall, winter or spring
We’ll provide a fun, introductory puppet show and a chance to get up close and personal to true taxidermy animals by focusing on either cool local birds or mysterious local mammals. Students will take part in hands-on activities about the changes and adaptations that animals experience. Your class will leave with a greater awareness of human impacts and our role to take care of all living things.

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 seasonal 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.

Insects Alive (Grades K- 2) Science and Technology – fall and spring
Your students will learn what makes an insect an insect through a fun puppet show and human to insect transformation. They will also have an opportunity to experience live capture and release of insects in a field area. Students will have the opportunity to appreciate the valuable role insects play in the environment.

Kinderscience – Fall, Winter or Spring (Junior and Senior Kindergarten) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
By using their senses, students will experience seasonal changes and basic needs of living things. Puppets, hands-on sensory exploration exploration activities and games will guide the children into discovering more about the season they are visiting in.

Leaves, Roots and Beyond (Grade 3) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
Your grade three students will focus on seasonal changes and adaptations through plant stories. 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.

Maple Madness (Grades K – 2) Social Studies, Science and TechnologyMarch 1 to March 31 ($1.00 extra per person)
The visit begins with an introduction to the sugar bush by our famous puppet friends. Students ride to the bush in tractor-drawn wagons, where they experience an age-appropriate discovery of historic and modern methods of making maple syrup. The trip includes a taste of liquid gold!

Maple Madness: Early Settler Style (Grade 3) Social Studies, Science and Technology – March 1 to March 31 ($1.00 extra per person)
Students ride back in time to the bush in tractor-drawn wagons, where they are guided through the making of maple syrup by the First Nations Peoples to early settlers to modern day. The students will experience the chores that the youth would have done long ago.

Mapping “Tree-sure” Hunt (Grade 1) Social Studies, Health and Physical Education – fall, winter and spring
Puppets introduce the idea of a special treasure map where students use basic map-reading skills to go on a nature “tree-sure” hunt on the trails. Students come to understand seasonal plant and animal connections.

Mapping it Out (Grades 2 & 3) Social Studies, Health and Physical Education – fall, winter and spring
Students will learn all about map reading through a warm up mapping activity a trail map reading adventure. Each activity allows students to use their new skills to discover some of the Conservation Area’s secrets.

Marsh Mysteries (Grades K – 2) Science and Technology – fall and spring
Puppets introduce students to the members of the wetland community and the basic roles they play. Through a visit to the marsh students will act as gentle giants and take part in a hands-on live capture and release of wetland animals on our boardwalk.

Nature in Winter (Grades 1 & 2) Science and Technology – winter
Students will take a winter adventure with a dramatic twist, following the 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.

Secrets of Spring (Grades 1 & 2) Science and Technology – spring
Following the storyline of an animal, students will go on a spring hike. Guided through the animal’s eyes, they will explore the reawakening of plants and animals such as wildflowers, frogs and the return of the birds. They will learn about adaptations and changes through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Snowshoe Excursion (Grade 3) Health and Physical Education – winter
Your class will enjoy a snowshoe lesson and tour over marshes and through fields and forests. Learn about snowshoeing techniques, the history of snowshoeing and look for signs of winter plants and animals. Snowshoe rental fee is $7.00 per person in addition to the regular program fee. (Limited to one class per visit due to equipment)

Ski Lessons (Grades 3) Health and Physical Education – winter
Bring your class out for cross-country ski lessons! The ski rental cost is $10.00 per student in addition to the regular program fee. (Limited to one class per visit due to equipment available)

Water Cycle Journey (Grade 2) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
The program begins with an introduction to the main components of the water cycle – evaporation, condensation and precipitation. Through games, exploration, weather signs and lore, your students will come to understand the importance of the water cycle and the seasonal effects of the weather on plants and animals.

Winter Survivors (Grade 3) Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology – winter
Half price for January! Special deal for February – contact educate@crca.ca
Explore the winter wilderness and learn through tracking and observing animal signs and plant adaptations what it takes for winter survival. Your students will also learn basic winter survival skills.

Junior and Intermediate Programs

Biodiversity Bonanza: Birds, Insects or Mammals (Grade 6) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
Your class will experience a visual presentation and an opportunity to get up close and personal to taxidermy animals. 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 the biodiversity around us.

Ecosystem Interactions (Grade 7) Science and Technology – fall and spring
Students will be introduced to the importance of ecosystems and define such terms as biotic, abiotic, niche and the levels within food chains. Through a dip-netting activity in a marsh ecosystem, they will examine examples 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 can have as humans within them.

Home Sweet Home: A Habitat Adventure with a Twist  (Grade 4) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
Through role-playing as either a plant or an animal, each student explores marsh, field and forest habitats in this program adapted from 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. Students will leave having a better connection and understanding of the importance of protecting various habitats and the creatures that inhabit them.

Instincts for Survival (Grades 4 – 8) Science and Technology – all seasons
This physically active simulation game helps students to understand environmental niches, animal adaptations, energy flow, and predator-prey relationships by role-playing the life of a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. This game is completed with a discussion of how people and limiting factors, such as natural disasters impact on ecosystems.

Maple Math (Grades 4 -7) Mathematics, Social Studies, History and Geography, Science and TechnologyMarch 1 to March 21 ($1.00 extra fee per person)
Students experience the sugar bush through our historical stations. Ranging from aging trees to determine diameter: each grade has a specific opportunity to put their basic math skills to use to help better understand the importance of math in farmers in the sugar bush.

Orienteering: Map and Compass (Grades 4 – 6) Social Studies, Geography, Health and Physical Education – fall, winter and spring
Junior students learn the basic parts of a compass, how to find north and to orient their map. The students are put to the age-appropriate challenge of using a map and compass to find their way on the trails.

Orienteering: Taking a New Bearing (Grades 7 & 8) Geography, Health and Physical Education – fall, winter and spring
Intermediate students review basic parts of a map and compass and take their skills to a new level by learning to read a bearing and putting it to use in the great outdoors.

Snowshoe Excursion (Grades 4 -8) Health and Physical Education – winter
Your class will enjoy a snowshoe lesson and tour over marshes and through fields and forests. Learn about snowshoeing techniques, the history of snowshoeing and look for signs of winter plants and animals. Snowshoe rental fee is $7.00 per person in addition to the regular program fee. (Limited to one class per visit due to equipment)

Ski Lessons (Grades 4 – 8) Health and Physical Education – winter
Bring your class out for cross-country ski lessons! The ski rental cost is $10.00 per student in addition to the regular program fee. (Limited to one class per visit due to equipment available)

Wet and Wild Water Systems (Grade 8) Science and Technology – fall, winter and spring
Students will become familiar with the use and importance of water within the watershed they live in. Through water activities, a game, and outdoor exploration, students will leave with a greater awareness of human impacts on water.

Winter Survivors (Grade 4-6) Health and Physical Education and Science and Technology – winter
Half Price for January! Special deal for February – contact educate@crca.ca
Explore the winter wilderness and learn through tracking and observing animal signs and plant adaptations what it takes for winter survival. Experience the various habitats and biodiversity that Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area has to offer. Your students will also learn basic winter survival skills.

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. Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area has a variety of habitats including wetland, field and forest.

There are also great recreation facilities including picnic areas and a 14 km trail system which is groomed for cross-country skiing during the winter. There are two warming huts, a bonfire pit and privies located beside the reservoir. The entrance fee for groups to use our facilities is $3.00 per person. There is an additional charge for equipment rentals.

You must make a group booking to use our facilities by calling (613) 546-4228 ext. 222. To book an education program, please call (613) 546-4228 ext. 251.

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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