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Primary School Programs

Our Primary School Programs accommodate various grade levels, needs and are designed to be a springboard for action and understanding and strive to be relevant to learners so that they can connect to the natural world through their head, heart and hands. Our Conservation Educators have over 30 years of combined experience and enjoy working with young learners and passing on their love and extensive knowledge of nature and the outdoors. A description of the programs we offer is provided below. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact our education staff, we will do our best to accommodate you – educate@crca.ca or 613-546-4228 ext. 251.

Times

All regular programs are two hours in length and are available mornings and afternoons. The start and end times are flexible to adapt to busing 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 per student attending for all regular half day programs
  • $5 per student attending from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board or the Limestone District School Board. (These two boards pay a $3 per student subsidy)
  • $1.00 extra per student for Maple Madness Programs
  • Minimum $105 fee applies to all groups

Program Dates

  • Fall – September 18 to December 1, 2017 (Last date for Insects Alive and Marsh Mysteries is October 13, 2017)
  • Winter – January 15 to February 23, 2018
  • Maple Madness – March 1 to March 29, 2018 (No other programs are available during this time period, $1 extra per person)
  • Spring Programs – April 16 to June 20, 2018 (First date for Insects Alive and Marsh Mysteries is May 7, 2018)

Location

Programs take place at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of Hwy. 401 on, Division Street Kingston.

Booking Instructions

Education programs can be booked online at www.crca.ca/edbooking, by emailing the Education Department at educate@crca.ca or by calling 613-546-4228 ext.251 or toll-free (613 area code) 1-877-956-2722. We can accept two classes for most of our programs. We encourage schools to bring two classes to save on busing costs and to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Use our online booking form between Sept. 7 & Oct. 31 and you could win a special turtle themed gift for your classroom. You can book for any time of year, visit does not have to be during those months.

Cancellation Policy

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 working days in advance of the scheduled visit, a cancellation fee of $50.00 will be charged.

Education staff will make contact by 7:00 a.m. the morning of your trip if we need to adapt or re-schedule 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.

Programs Available:

Insects Alive

Science & Technology (Fall & Spring)
Your students will learn what makes an insect an insect through live capture and release and sensory activities that take place in a field and forest. Students will gain an appreciation of the valuable role insects play in the environment which includes their own backyards.

Kinderscience

Science & Technology (Fall, Winter & Spring)
By using their senses, students will experience seasonal changes. Hands-on sensory exploration activities, puppets and games will guide students to discovering more about the season they are visiting in.

Maple Madness

Social Studies, Science & Technology (March 1 to 29, $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!

Marsh Mysteries

Science & Technology (Fall & 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.

Featuring Fall

Science & Technology (Fall)
Students will go on an autumn journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Your class will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Insects Alive

Science & Technology (Fall & Spring)
Your students will learn what makes an insect an insect through live capture and release and sensory activities that take place in a field and forest. Students will gain an appreciation of the valuable role insects play in the environment which includes their own backyards.

Maple Madness

Social Studies, Science & Technology (March 1 to 29, $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!

Mapping Tree-sure Hunt

Social Studies, Healthy & Physical Education (Fall, Winter & 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.

Marsh Mysteries

Science & Technology (Fall & 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

Science and Technology (winter)
Students will go on a winter journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Students will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Secrets of Spring

Science and Technology (spring)
Students will go on a spring journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Students will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

NEW PROGRAM – Dramatized Animal Hike

Science & Technology (Fall, Winter & Spring)
Through the eyes of an animal, students will go on a dramatic adventure following its journey. Students will learn about the featured animal’s classification, life cycle and adaptations. From Salamanders to Owls, please feel free to ask for any local animal that will enrich your curriculum or allow us to suggest one for you and we will create a dramatized hike to suit your needs.

Featuring Fall

Science & Technology (Fall)
Students will go on an autumn journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Your class will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Insects Alive

Science & Technology (Fall & Spring)
Your students will learn what makes an insect an insect through live capture and release and sensory activities that take place in a field and forest. Students will gain an appreciation of the valuable role insects play in the environment which includes their own backyards.

Maple Madness

Social Studies, Science and Technology (March 1 to 29. $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!

Mapping It Out

Social Studies, Health and Physical Education (fall, winter and spring)
Students will learn all about map reading through a warm up mapping activity, followed by a trail map reading adventure. Each activity allows students to use their new skills to discover some of the Conservation Area’s secrets. Grade three students will be given greater independence for the trail portion of the program.

Marsh Mysteries

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

Science and Technology (winter)
Students will go on a winter journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Students will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Secrets of Spring

Science and Technology (spring)
Students will go on a spring journey learning about the seasonal needs, adaptations and changes of plants and animals. Students will discover these through a variety of sensory and hands-on activities.

Water Cycle Journey

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. They will gain an awareness of the seasonal effects of the water cycle on plants, animals and themselves.

Leaves, Roots and Beyond

Science and Technology (fall, winter and spring)
Through stories, exploration and games, your students will focus on the vital role that plants play in everyone’s lives. By connecting with plants large and small and the soil underworld, students will come away with a new appreciation of the importance of plants within the environment.

Maple Madness – Settler Style

Social Studies, Science and Technology (March 1 to 29, $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!

Mapping It Out

Social Studies, Health and Physical Education (fall, winter and spring)
Students will learn all about map reading through a warm up mapping activity, followed by a trail map reading adventure. Each activity allows students to use their new skills to discover some of the Conservation Area’s secrets. Grade three students will be given greater independence for the trail portion of the program.

Snowshoe Excursion

Health and Physical Education (winter)
Your class will enjoy a snowshoe lesson and travel over marshes (weather permitting) 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

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)

Make a Day of it!

Combine your program with other great activities for a terrific day in the great 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. There are two warming huts, a bonfire pit and privies located beside the reservoir and parking lot. Cross-country skis, snowshoes and skates are available to rent. 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.

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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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