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Education Secondary Schools

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority offers a wide range of quality curriculum-based outdoor and environmental education programs to classroom teachers and their students. This page provides a description of our 2016-2017 school year programs. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please ask our education staff. We’ll do our best to accommodate you!

Location

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

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 and the Limestone District School Board. (These two boards pay a $3.00 per student subsidy).
  • 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.
  • Cancellation fee is $50.00 (see cancellation policy below).

Booking Instructions

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

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.

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 call our office at (613) 546-4228 ext. 251 or toll-free 1-877-956-CRCA (2722) ext. 251.

Program Dates

Fall – September 19 to December 2, 2016
Winter – January 16 to February 24, 2017
Spring – April 10 to June 16, 2017

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. Our outdoor ice rink can also be booked for a winter fun day. There are two warming huts, a bonfire pit and privies located beside the rink. The entrance fee for groups to use our facilities is $3.00 per person.

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.

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 and Information

Science Programs

Our two science programs were developed to compliment objectives in the Ontario Curriculum for Grade 9 science. The focus is on developing skills of inquiry and communication and relating science to technology, society and the environment.

Instincts for Survival(winter)
Grade 9 – Biology – Academic/Applied

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 an herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. This game is completed with a discussion of how people and limiting factors, such as disease, impact on natural ecosystems.

Wetland Conservation  (fall and spring)
Grade 9 – Biology – Academic/Applied

This program begins with a discussion of the environmental issues affecting wetland ecosystems, the different classifications of wetlands, and the importance of human impacts. We will be divided into groups that will test water, forecast the weather, dip for live wetland organisms and examine wetland flora at a designated wetland location at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.

Health and Physical Education Programs

All of our programs were developed to meet the objectives in The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 for Health and Physical Education. The programs focus on physical activity, movement and skills, active living and active participation.

Our winter programs depend upon suitable snow conditions.

Cross Country Ski Lessons (winter)
Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Healthy Active Living Education – Open

Bring your class out for cross country ski lessons. The cost is $10.00 per student for ski rentals, in addition to the regular program fee. For a full day of activity, add on a snowshoe excursion (see below). (This program is limited to one class per visit due to available equipment.)

Snowshoe Excursion (winter)
Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Healthy Active Living Education – Open

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 winter ecology. The snowshoe rental fee is $7.00 per student in addition to the regular program fee. (This program is limited to one class per visit due to available equipment.)

Map and Compass: Orienteering(all seasons)
Grades 9, 10, 11 and 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 to experience off trail activities using these tools. The skills of orienteering can last a lifetime and introduce students to the joys of outdoor recreation.

Geography Programs

Our programs are developed to meet the objectives in the Ontario Curriculum for Canadian and World Studies in Geography. The programs focus on human-environment interactions.

My Ecological Footprint (all seasons)
Grade 9 – Geography of Canada:Space and Systems; Geography of Canada: Human-Environment Interactions – Academic/Applied

Students will be introduced to the basic concept of the ecological footprint. Through hands-on indoor and outdoor activities they will examine their own footprint and compare our footprints to those of other cultures. By the end of the program the students will have a basic action plan to reduce their footprint and move towards living more lightly on the earth.

Map and Compass: Orienteering (all seasons)
Grade 9 – Geography: Methods of Geographic Inquiry and Communication
Grade 11
– Geographics: The Geographer’s Toolkit – Workplace

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.

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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