Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

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Canada's Parks

In the first couple months of school, the weather is perfect to get outdoors and in tune with nature. Environmental education is valuable for students since it brings them outside of the school building and into natural classrooms where hands-on, experiential learning can stimulate their minds.

Kejimkujik National Park

Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site invites visitors to explore its 4000-year-old history through its forests, lakes, rivers, bogs and coastal barrens. The area is also rich with Mi'kmaw history and visiting groups can learn more through a guided tour of the park's 500-plus petroglyphs (stone-carved stories and drawings). The Park is also home to an enchanting forest of some of Nova Scotia's oldest trees that remain untouched by human development. Day tripping students can experience the unique habitat through guided walks and activities offered by natural history interpreters.

Conservation Halton

Conservation Halton offers field trips for all grades at Crawford Lake and Mountsberg Conservation Areas. Various activities are offered, such as 'Nature Play', filled with hands-on exploration, 'Owl Prowl', where students learn all about owls, including their adaptations and habitats, and 'Instincts for Survival', a very active program in which students take the roles of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in a terrestrial ecosystem. Others include, 'Climate Change S.O.S, Archaeology: Putting the Pieces Together, and 'Environment & Us'.

My Parks Pass

Take your students to explore the natural wonders of Canada's national parks or national historic sites. As a classroom trip organized through your school, the My Parks Pass program allows all Grade 8/Secondary 2 students, including split classes, to receive free admission to 44 national parks, 168 national historic sites, and 4 national marine conservation areas located all over Canada throughout the year. …

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