Highlands Nordic - Ontario's Premier Cross Country Ski Centre
Ontario's Premier Cross Country Ski Centre

Grade One 

Grade 1 Programs

Note: Proper footwear, rubber boots (for Farm and Pond or when raining) or closed toed shoes, is essential for students, teachers and parent volunteers to maximize the learning potential and related enjoyment of these programs.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS (1 adult for every 5 students).

Farm and Pond Animal Study (Characteristics and Needs of Living Things)

Students will explore both our farmland and pond, meeting the animals that live in each environment. Through age activities students will learn about each animal’s adaptations, habitats and life cycles.

Leader of the Pack (Characteristics and Needs of Living Things)

This game of predator/prey survival, designed specifically for ages five to seven, allows children to role-play wildlife families. The children become baby animals while parent volunteers become animal parents. Each family (five children and one parent) travel around as a group searching for food, water, shelter and space (markers placed in the playing area) and try not to become food for a predator family.

Wayfaring (map work)

Students will learn basic mapping skills then use these skills to follow a forest trail on the Niagara Escarpment. On their mapping adventure, students will find markers, match pictures of wildlife and answer related questions. Students will be divided into groups with a parent helper for this program.

Energy in Our Lives

Students will rotate through a series of activity centres designed to help them explore everything from a water wheel, wind mill, sail boats, solar energy, electricity (how a flashlight works), to paper frogs powered by elastic energy. Parent helpers will be required.

Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures

Students become young architects, engineers and carpenters as they investigate structures and working systems at a variety of hands-on activity centres such as: cutting wooden blocks with real tools, build a K’nex bridge, and experiment with pulleys. Parent helpers will be required.

Maple Syrup/Pioneer Days (March 19th to April 29th, 2018)

Let your class experience the History, production and taste of Maple Syrup. This program starts with an interactive puppet show, followed by a hike through a Niagara Escarpment sugar bush then back to the centre for pioneer activities. 

General Information

  • All Programs must be reserved in advance and are designed as half-day sessions for a minimum of 15 students per program. Two half-day programs make an exciting full-day program.
  • Program runs rain or shine (unless extreme weather conditions are forecasted).
  • Supervisors are expected to remain with their group throughout the visit (program/lunch) and are responsible for discipline.