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).
Students will explore both our farm and pond, meeting the animals that live in each environment. Through age appropriate activities, students will learn about each animal’s adaptations, habitats and lifecycles.
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.
Students will develop an awareness of the forms in which water and air are present in the environment. Using age appropriate work sheets to record their observations, students will rotate through a series of stations such as: wash and dry laundry, dig a well, use a pump, investigate the effect of temperature on living things (hibernate, migrate).
In this inter-active game, the students will role play water droplets as they go through the water cycle. Markers identifying the four stages of the water cycle and uses of water are set in a large wooded playing area. As a water droplet, the student must find all four stages of the water cycle and two uses of water. As they proceed through the water cycle, they are pursued by other students deemed to be - ‘Nasties’, agriculture and industrial pollutants. The students will emerge with a clearer understanding of the stages of the water cycle and the positive and negative impacts of human activities on water in the environment.
Students will learn basic mapping skills then use these skills to follow a primary map on the Niagara Escarpment. On their mapping adventure, students will find markers, match pictures of wildlife and answer related questions. Students will work in pairs with parent helpers who will be strategically located at boundary points.
Using ramps (inclined planes), toy cars, levers, measuring tapes, screwdrivers, pulleys, wedges, weights, different size wheels and axles, and construction of a ‘balloon’ car, students will rotate through activity centres to explore the workings and forces affecting simple machines.
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.