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Outdoor Programs

Education through Exploration

Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators are dedicated to building relationships between youth and their natural world. These programs are typically offered at a conservation area during any season. Please note that some outdoor programs may be limited to certain conservation areas and only available during certain seasons.

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Outdoor Programs (Updated Autumn 2019):
Levels

PRIMARY 
Living World Walk 

Come along on this sensory hike that will explore how seasonal changes affect our local plants and animals.  

Animal Adventures 

Students will explore local animals by learning about their unique characteristics, life cycles, and other adaptations.  

Puddles and Pollywogs 

Students will explore the river or stream and use nets to collect aquatic critters. Share in a story and/or game to finish the day’s investigation. *Ask about programming modifications which do not allow students to enter water 

Growing Soils 

Learn about growth and changes in plants and soils in different environments. Use trowels to investigate soil properties in forest, field and areas impacted by human use.

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JUNIOR 
River Ramble

Explore your local watercourse to discover what lives in it or nearby. Discover what these plants and animals tell us about the water quality. *Ask about programming modifications which do not allow students to enter water 

Habitats and Communities in Your Community. 

Explore a local conservation area and learn about different habitats and the plants and animals that call them home. 

Fantastic Fossils 

Travel back in time and discover what Southern Ontario looked like 400 million years ago. Explore the rocks and fossils in the museum, then hike through history into the Ausable Gorge in search of fossils. Each student may bring home one fossil. *Ask about programming modifications which do not allow students to enter water 

Backyard Biodiversity 

Students will explore a variety of ecosystems to learn how they are similar and different. Benefits of biodiversity and causes of biodiversity loss will be discussed through games and activities.   

Go Wild Survival 

See the animal, be the animal! Students play the role of mammals in this active food web game and discover how energy is transferred through an ecosystem. 

Species at Risk 

Learn why some species struggle for survival while others thrive. Explore the natural and human-related factors affecting these plants and animals. (Free for autumn only. Busing subsidy available for schools in the Ausable River Watershed)

Eco-Dynamics (Team Building) 

Teach your students the importance of leadership and group dynamics using the natural environment.  

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INTERMEDIATE 
Fantastic Fossils

Travel back in time and discover what Southern Ontario looked like 400 million years ago. Explore the rocks and fossils in the museum, then hike through history into the Ausable Gorge in search of fossils. Each student may bring home one fossil. *Ask about programming modifications which do not allow students to enter water 

Go Wild Survival 

See the animal, be the animal! Students play the role of mammals in this active food web game and discover how energy is transferred through an ecosystem. 

Species at Risk 

Learn why some species struggle for survival while others thrive. Explore the natural and human-related factors affecting these plants and animals. (Free for autumn only. Busing subsidy available for schools in the Ausable River Watershed)

Eco-Dynamics (Team Building) 

Teach your students the importance of leadership and group dynamics using the natural environment.  

Local Water Systems

This multi-part program includes a classroom presentation on watershed science and hands-on inquiries to demonstrate how water can be polluted; a field trip to a local river system to investigate what lives in the water, chemical properties of water and what each reveals about water quality and the health of the watershed; and a tour of your local wastewater/drinking water treatment plant. Ausable Bayfield Conservation encourages students to develop a service learning project in your community! 

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Questions?

If you have questions please contact Denise Iszczuk or Nina Sampson, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Educators via our staff directory.

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