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Secondary School Programs

Our Secondary 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.


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.


  • $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 Programs  – Sept. 18 to Dec. 1, 2017 (last date for Wetland Conservation is Oct. 13)
  • Winter Programs –  Jan. 15 to Feb. 23, 2018
  • Spring Programs –  April 16 to June 20, 2018 (first date for Wetland Conservation is May 7)


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:

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 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 and be reminded how grounding it can feel to spend two hours outside.

Map & Compass: Orienteering

(all seasons)
Grade 9 Geography: Methods of Geographic Inquiry and Communication
Teams of students are sent off with a map and compass to navigate the trails. This program will challenge your students intellectually and physically. Even with the growth of technology, the skills of orienteering are an essential life skill especially in a wilderness setting.

Instincts for Survival

(all seasons)
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 ecosystem.

Wetland Conservation

(fall & spring)
Grade 9 Biology – Academic/Applied
This program guides students to classify wetlands, their importance and the relevance of positive and negative human impacts. In designated teams, students will have an opportunity to challenge themselves on our trails with plant identification and to create food chains through live dip-net capture and release of wetland organisms.


Cross-Country Ski Lessons

Grades 9, 10, 11&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

Grades 9, 10, 11&12 Healthy Active Living Education – Open
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 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 & Compass: Orienteering

(all seasons)
Grades 9, 10, 11&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 using a map and compass to find their way. The skills of orienteering can last a lifetime and introduce students to the joys of outdoor recreation.

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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