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

Grade Eight 

Grade 8 Programs

Note: Proper footwear, rubber boots 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).

Wayfaring (Map Work – no compass)

Students will participate in a wayfaring program building on team and map work skills as they venture through three progressively challenging levels of maps. Students will only advance after successful completion of each stage.

Compass Orienteering

Students will learn the basic design and parts of the compass. After reviewing the 360 degrees in a circle, North, South, East and West, students, will use a compass to plot a short, basic four-point course. This course will then be mapped (sketched) and shared with another group. Increasingly longer and more complex courses will be plotted and mapped, depending on the level of the students.

Survival on the Niagara Escarpment

Students will play a role in the food chain as it may occur on the Niagara Escarpment. Our version of the survival game shows the interdependence of all organisms within a local forest community. It examines food chains, food webs, and shows the concept of energy flow within an ecosystem. Students will experience both the struggle all organisms on the escarpment must go through, and the impact humans can have on wildlife populations, food chains, and ecosystems.

Team Dynamics

This program consists of co-operative games that promote leadership, trust, verbal/non-verbal communication, problem solving and team skills.

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.