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The creators, builders and leaders of a more sustainable future can be found in the classrooms and playgrounds of our community. Conservation Halton offers education programs for students of all ages to learn at the parks, in schools and at home, virtually.

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Outreach Programs

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Climate change is a challenge without a precedent. It can feel overwhelming, but youth can make a difference with their skills, knowledge and experience! Conservation Halton launched the Green Space: Newcomer Youth Climate Forum in 2021 in partnership with RBC Tech for Nature. The program helps youth aged 14-29 learn more about climate change, gain practical skills to help their community to fight climate change, and make new friends. From November 2022 to June 2023, participants will gain volunteer hours and the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership roles in their local climate action initiatives through two monthly workshops. Participants will also be able to engage in projects designed to give them additional skills in environmental monitoring, technology and innovation. Topics will include:

  • Learn more about the current climate crisis, climate science, and its local and global impact
  • Learn how to use technology to collect and interpret environmental data
  • Participate in nature-based climate solutions (e.g., tree planting, invasive species removal, native seed collection)
  • Learn about native Ontario plants and animals through outdoor learning
  • Learn about government policies, laws, and initiatives related to climate action, adaptation, and mitigation
  • Explore career paths related to climate science and environmental monitoring

Also, you can contact sganesan@hrca.on.ca for more information.

The project is being completed in partnership with:

 

Applications for 2022-2023 are now open!

The Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) provides curriculum-linked education about all aspects of water through inquiry and investigation. The HCWF combines Ontario curriculum requirements and offers fun, hands-on learning activity centres that are displayed throughout the event in a natural outdoor setting. Nearly 60 interactive activity centres teach children about water conservation and protection, water health and safety, water science and technology, and water and society.


Field Trips

Conservation Halton Parks are the perfect location for field trips with a number of curriculum-linked programs and an experienced team of outdoor educators. Field trip programs can be provided for students in Preschool and Kindergarten, through to Grade 12.

(Please note that Crawford Lake programs are fully booked for Octobre and November 2022. Mountsberg programs are now fully booked for Octobre, November and December 2022.)

Grade Program Name Localisation Length Description Price Booking Info
Preschool Jeu de la nature Mountsberg 1.5 h Play-based learning belongs outside! Bring your class for a day of hands-on exploration and fun in the outdoors. Dress to get messy, we will be following the children’s lead as we explore all that the current season has to offer; be that frogs, snow, wildflowers, squirrel drays, or forts. This program aims foster curiosity and inquiry while letting kids be kids in the outdoors.

Program includes: facilitated free play in safe natural spaces with loose parts and lots of opportunity to explore!

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Preschool Maple Syrup Time Mountsberg 1.5 h A Mountsberg Classic! Take a wagon ride to the sugar bush to tap a maple tree, smell the boiling sap, and taste fresh maple syrup. We’ll learn all about the history of maple sugaring in Maple Town!

Program includes: puppet show (for ages K-gr.3), wagon ride, guided tour of a working sugar bush, tree tapping demonstration, maple syrup tasting

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Preschool Elf Academy
(Currently unavailable)
Mountsberg 1.5 h A special holiday program for schools and day care centres!
Bring your students for an unforgettable outdoor
celebration of the season. Explore holiday traditions with the
Mountsberg puppets then take a wagon ride to Mountsberg’s popular Christmas Town to search for love, hope, joy, and peace. Students enjoy tasty hot chocolate in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen followed by storytime with Santa Claus in his cabin in the woods!Program includes: puppet show, wagon ride, Christmas Town exploration, hot chocolate, storytime with Santa
$10/ student Submit Booking Request

Grade Program Name Localisation Length Description Price Booking Info
K- Grade 1 Jeu de la nature Mountsberg 1.5 h Play-based learning belongs outside! Bring your class for a day of hands-on exploration and fun in the outdoors. Dress to get messy, we will be following the children’s lead as we explore all that the current season has to offer; be that frogs, snow, wildflowers, squirrel drays, or forts. This program aims foster curiosity and inquiry while letting kids be kids in the outdoors.

Program includes: facilitated free play in safe natural spaces with loose parts and lots of opportunity to explore!

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
K- Grade 6 Maple Syrup Time! Mountsberg 1.5 h A Mountsberg Classic! Take a wagon ride to the sugar bush to tap a maple tree, smell the boiling sap, and taste fresh maple syrup. We’ll learn all about the history of maple sugaring in Maple Town!

Program includes: puppet show (for ages K-gr.3), wagon ride, guided tour of a working sugar bush, tree tapping demonstration, maple syrup tasting

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
K- Grade 3 Elf Academy
(Currently unavailable)
Mountsberg 1.5 h A special holiday program for schools and day care centres!
Bring your students for an unforgettable outdoor
celebration of the season. Explore holiday traditions with the
Mountsberg puppets then take a wagon ride to Mountsberg’s popular Christmas Town to search for love, hope, joy, and peace. Students enjoy tasty hot chocolate in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen followed by storytime with Santa Claus in his cabin in the woods!Program includes: puppet show, wagon ride, Christmas Town exploration, hot chocolate, storytime with Santa
$10/ student Submit Booking Request
K- Grade 3 Owl Prowl Mountsberg 1.5 h Come “nose to beak” with live owls native to Ontario. Learn about their fascinating adaptations, their habitats and homes, hear their calls, and feel their soft feathers and sharp talons.

Program includes: puppet show, live owls, guided tour of the wildlife walkway trail, bioartefacts.

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 3- 6 Snowshoe Adventure Crawford Lake 1.5h Begin your adventure with a brief introduction to the history of snowshoeing then suit up and hit the trails! We will travel fields and trails looking for animal tracks and other signs of living things. There are no shoes like snowshoes when it comes to exploring the winter landscape!

Program includes: snowshoe rentals, training on the use of snowshoes, guided hike featuring wildlife signs and tracks

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 3-6 Life in the Longhouse Crawford Lake 3h Students discover the rich First Nation’s heritage of our region as they explore a 15th century reconstructed Longhouse Village. Hands- on opportunities abound when students engage in games, craft making, longhouse exploration and a hike to learn about what life was like in a longhouse village over 600 years ago.

Program includes: longhouse exploration, circle gathering and fire starting, traditional games, craft making, and guided hike

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 4-6 Birds of Prey Mountsberg 1.5h Learn about the adaptations and biodiversity of the different types of raptors found in Ontario. This program explores how raptors interact with their environments and features “nose to beak” experiences with live birds of prey.

Program includes: meeting live birds of prey, guided tour of the Wildlife Walkway trail, hands-on exploration of bioartefacts, and interactive games and activities

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 4-6 Map & Compass Mountsberg 3h Students learn about map symbols and legends, then use local maps to explore the watershed and find connections between human features and the natural world. Students will also learn how to use a compass as they travel the on-site orienteering course.

Program includes: introduction to mapping, introduction to compasses, outdoor orienteering fun!

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 4-6 Instincts for Survival Mountsberg 1.5h An outdoor education classic! This is a VERY active program in which students assume the roles of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in a terrestrial ecosystem. Students learn about the relationships between various species and their habitat. Food chains, adaptations and habitat requirements are all explored in this program.

Program includes: interactive Instincts for Survival game

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 1 Living Things Mountsberg 3h Through up close encounters with live animals and hands-on outdoor exploration, students learn about the characteristics and needs of living things. Students will meet Mountsberg’s raptors, snakes, and farm animals in this jam-packed program!

Program includes: puppet show, raptor centre walkway, discovery hike (seasonal games & activities), farmyard visit, native snake session, hands-on bioartefact exploration

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 2 Exploring Animal Life Mountsberg 3h Amazing animal encounters help students learn about the physical/behavioural characteristics and seasonal/life cycles of Mountsberg’s raptors, snakes, and farm animals! This program focuses on interactive learning to build understanding of how animals may be affected by human activity.

Program includes: puppet show, raptor centre walkway, discovery hike (seasonal games & activities), farmyard visit, snake session, hands-on bioartefact exploration

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 2 SPLASH Mountsberg 1.5h Through exploration of Mountsberg’s wetlands, students will investigate the similarities and differences in the characteristics of various organisms that call this habitat home. Using dip nets and magnifying lenses students will discover how important wetlands are and our need to protect them.

Program includes: exploration of a pond habitat, hands on dip netting in a wetland habitat, puppet show

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 2 Green Thumbs
(September, Octobre, May and June only)
Mountsberg 3h Students will dig in and explore a natural area, and use games, activities, and crafts to learn how humans past and present depend on plants and soils for their survival, how plants and soils support our planet, and how each student can protect plants and soils today. Warning-creepy crawly and messy hand zone! Dress to get messy!

Program includes: maple seed game, seed bomb making, soil sampling, guided plant discovery hike

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 4 Habitats Mountsberg 3h Spend  half the day exploring the plants and animals that populate a variety of habitats and the adaptations organisms use to survive. The second half of the day is spent engaging in the role-playing game Instincts for Survival. This fast-paced, fun game helps students understand the needs of a natural community and the roles of specific organisms within food chains (herbivores, omnivores and carnivores).

Program includes: hands- on exploration of 2 different habitats, interactive Instincts for Survival activity.

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 4 Species at Risk Mountsberg 1.5h This program explores the issues surrounding Ontario’s species at risk, what it means to be “at risk” and what students can do to help at risk species in their own backyards. Experiences with live birds of prey will help students understand the threats to Ontario’s wildlife.

Program includes: visits with live species at risk, storytelling, and interactive games and activities

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 5 Dig in and Discover: Archaeology Crawford Lake 3h Dig in, get dirty and find out how we know what we know about the past. Through hands-on exploration students learn how archaeologists uncover clues to the history of early societies and why it is essential to complement their work with community knowledge.

Program includes: lakeside archaeological site discovery challenge, pottery reconstruction, artifact analysis, hands-on simulated dig, longhouse exploration

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 5 Watts the Difference Mountsberg 3h Students explore how energy is used, how we can use less energy, and how energy can be generated in a renewable way. This program strives to show how seemingly small changes in our energy consumption habits can have a tremendous impact.

Program includes: exploration of solar power generation, giant wind power trivia game, hands-on hydro activity, energy conservation relay game

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 6 Biodiversity Mountsberg 3h This program provides students the opportunity to sample the living things in a specific habitat and understand their classification and relationship to other living things. Students will learn that biodiversity includes diversity among individuals, species, and ecosystems and why it is so important for the health of humans and the planet as a whole.

Program includes: hands -on classification activity, hands-on exploration of 2 different ecosystems, live animal biodiversity session.

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 6 Flight
(September, Octobre, May and June only)
Mountsberg 3h Students will enjoy a unique experience learning the properties of air that make flight possible, design and construct a flying device and identify environmental impacts and hazards. Staff will use live raptors to demonstrate the natural flying abilities and aerodynamics of birds of prey using the four forces of flight.

Program includes: hands-on flight experiments, properties of air experiments and discussion, creation of a flying device, bird of prey demonstration, guided hike

$16/ student Submit Booking Request

Grade Program Name Localisation Length Description Price Booking Info
Grade 7- 12 Tour of Discovery Crawford Lake 1.5h Learn about the pre-colonial history of the land during this guided exploration of a reconstructed 15th century Longhouse Village. See what life in the longhouse was like over 600 years ago.

Program includes: Guided tour of the Longhouse Village, longhouse exploration, traditional fire starting, and sampling of cornbread and maple syrup OR lakeside sharing.

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7- 12 Snowshoe Adventure Crawford Lake 1.5h Begin your adventure with a brief introduction to the history of snowshoeing then suit up and hit the trails! We will travel fields and trails looking for animal tracks and other signs of living things. There are no shoes like snowshoes when it comes to exploring the winter landscape!

Program includes: snowshoe rentals, training on the use of snowshoes, guided hike featuring wildlife signs and tracks

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7-12 Birds of Prey Mountsberg 1.5h Learn about the adaptations and biodiversity of the different types of raptors found in Ontario. This program explores how raptors interact with their environments and features “nose to beak” experiences with live birds of prey.

Program includes: meeting live birds of prey, guided tour of the Wildlife Walkway trail, hands-on exploration of bioartefacts, and interactive games and activities

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7-12 Birds of Prey Photoshoot Mountsberg 1.5h Staff perch a variety of birds of prey in scenic locations for budding photographers to practice their craft. $10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7-12 Maple Syrup Time! Mounstberg 1.5h A Mountsberg Classic! Take a wagon ride to the sugar bush to tap a maple tree, smell the boiling sap, and taste fresh maple syrup. We’ll learn all about the history of maple sugaring in Maple Town!

Program includes: puppet show (for ages K-gr.3), wagon ride, guided tour of a working sugar bush, tree tapping demonstration, maple syrup tasting

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7-12 Instincts for Survival Mountsberg 1.5h An outdoor education classic! This is a VERY active program in which students assume the roles of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in a terrestrial ecosystem. Students learn about the relationships between various species and their habitat. Food chains, adaptations and habitat requirements are all explored in this program.

Program includes: interactive Instincts for Survival game

$10/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7 Traders and Treaties
(Currently unavailable)
Crawford Lake 3h Students learn about the early relationships between Indigenous and European communities. Through the exploration of the pre-contact Longhouse Village students discover what life was like for Indigenous people in our region prior to colonization. A woodland hike and hands on trading activity help students identify important trade materials and relationships. The development of treaties and the lasting effects on present-day Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships are also explored.

Program includes: longhouse exploration, artefact discovery, treaty take home activity, village tour, forest-based trading activity

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7 Environment & Us Mountsberg 3h Biodiversity is under threat from human activity causing climate change and habitat loss. The adaptability of ecosystems is challenged by the speed of the change we face. Individual actions can make a difference. Environment & Us is an active program that provides an opportunity for students to understand how humans impact the environment and how to take action to preserve our natural spaces and fellow creatures.

Program includes: The Tipping Point Game, The Environment & Us Amazing Race, and a Take Action Stewardship Session.

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 7 Niagara Escarpment: Take a Hike! Crawford Lake 3h Escape from the classroom for a day and Take a Hike! Hike the Niagara Escarpment between Crawford Lake and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas and explore concepts of environmental change and human-environment interactions. Students participate in a hike that leads them to a greater awareness of environmental protection in our region.

Program includes: 5km hike over rugged terrain, exploring geological features, a variety of ecosystems and areas disturbed by human use. Students view a variety of land use on the Niagara Escarpment and seek to find the balance between nature and humans.

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 9-10 Climate Change SOS Mountsberg 3h The issue of climate change is explored through the real-life case study of the Mountsberg sugar bush. Sugar maples are a tree species with very specific growth requirements. It is expected that these remarkable trees will feel the effects of climate change more acutely and sooner than many other tree species. Participants in this program help Mountsberg staff to monitor the sugar maples in our working sugar bush. Will the trees continue to thrive in Southern Ontario? Your students can help us find out. Students also engage in activities that promote awareness of the economic impacts of removing this species from Southern Ontario and what they can do in their own life to help.

Program includes: syrup tasting, hands-on tree health monitoring, tipping point game, sugar bush biodiversity hike

$16/ student Submit Booking Request
Grade 11 Giant’s Rib Crawford Lake 3h Students will explore the interconnections between the geology, plants, animals, and humans in Ontario’s most unique habitat – the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Through a series of role hands on discoveries students will evaluate Ontario’s stewardship of this phenomenal natural resource.

Program includes: 5km hike over rugged terrain, students examine the Niagara Escarpment through the lens ecosystem conservation, economic development and environmental monitoring as they strive to decide if we are striking the right balance between the human and the natural on the Niagara Escarpment.

$16/ student Submit Booking Request

In-School Programs

In addition to field trips at our parks, Conservation Halton has education programs that will bring nature into your school! School programs can be provided in the classroom, on the property or somewhere in the community. Programs can include all kinds of activities, like nose-to-beak interaction with birds of prey, and planting native species to inspire a new generation of nature-lovers.

Programmes virtuels

The educators at Conservation Halton would be more than happy to bring our education programs to a screen in your home, workplace, classroom or community centre. The virtual programs often include interesting videos, unique props, animal guests, and for the little ones, entertainment from our team of puppets. If you want to bring nature education to your community, virtual programs are a safe, simple, and accessible way to do it.

Grade Program Name Length Description Price Booking Info
K- Grade 3 Maple Syrup Time 1h We are headed into the sugar bush to find Bushy the Squirrel who will help us learn all about how maple syrup is made! We will sing Mountsberg’s special maple syrup song and learn how people and animals rely on beautiful sugar maples for their delicious sap. $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 1-2 Life in a Pond 1h From frogs and snakes, to dragonflies and waterfowl, we’ll dive into the different life cycles of the living things that live in the ponds, swamps and marshes at Mountsberg. Special guest appearance by one of Mountsberg’s educational snakes! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 1-2 Owls in Focus 1h Get “screen to beak” with live owls. Learn about their fascinating adaptations, their habitats and calls, and see their soft, silent feathers and sharp talons. Submit Booking Request
Grade 1-2 Farmyard Friends 1h We bring the Mountsberg barn animals right into your classroom! Learn about chickens, bunnies, donkeys and more during this fun and interactive presentation with live farm animals! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 1-3 Pollinator Power 1h Bees, butterflies, beetles, ants and more! Pollination is at the heart of the food web, and we are going in search of the creatures responsible! Special guest appearances by Bushy the Squirrel and Mountsberg’s very own Beekeeper! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 2 Virtual Water Festival 1h The highly popular grade 2 activities of the Halton Children’s Water Festival have gone virtual! Whether you use this program as  pre-Water Festival preparation or as a stand alone program your students will love learning all about the water cycle from Winnie the Water Drop and Ben The Water Guy! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 3 Green Thumbs 1h Students will learn how humans depend on plants for their survival and how we can help protect them. We will explore the difference between native and invasive species and learn to recognize some local plants. Special guest appearance by a Conservation Halton ecologist who will help us learn how to collect and plant native seed to help support healthy ecosystems! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 3-6 Virtual Longhouse Tour 1h Bring your students on a virtual tour of the beautiful, rare meromictic lake and reconstructed 15th century Longhouse Village at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. We will learn about the important Indigenous history of this land before settlers arrived and how Indigenous people relied on and cared for the land through the artifacts discovered at the site.

 

$100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 4 Raptor Connections 1h Sit back & get ready to explore an in depth look at the fascinating world of Ontario’s Birds of Prey! Learn about the adaptations and biodiversity of the different types of raptors found in Ontario. This presentation explores how raptors interact with their environments and features a live experience with some of our resident birds of prey. $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 4 Species at Risk 1h Visit “screen to beak” with several of Mountsberg’s live birds of prey as we explore the issues surrounding Ontario’s species at risk. We will discover what it means to be “at risk” and what students can do to help at risk species in their own neighbourhood. $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 6 Raptors Around the Globe 1h Mountsberg is known for our native Ontario birds of prey but we also have fascinating residents from more exotic locales! Allow us to introduce your students to some of our non-native species and explore how different habitats lead to different adaptations among raptors around the globe! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 4- 6 Neighbourhood Birding 1h Get to know the feathered friends that call your backyard and neighbourhood home. This program will help beginners learn to  identify year-round residents such as the Northern Cardinal and Black-capped Chickadee, as well as how to attract birds to your yard in a responsible way. $100/ class Submit Booking Request

 

Grade Program Name Length Description Price Booking Info
Grade 7 Species at Risk 1h Visit “screen to beak” with several of Mountsberg’s live birds of prey as we explore the issues surrounding Ontario’s species at risk. We will discover what it means to be “at risk” and what students can do to help at risk species in their own neighbourhood. $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 8 High Waters 1h Did you know Conservation Halton has been keeping Halton Region safe from flooding since 1956?! With the help of special guest appearances from Conservation Halton’s experts in flood control our educators will help students understand floodplains, flood control, the climate change connection, and how they can be flood smart! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 9 Niagara Escarpment: Take a Hike! 1h Enjoy this 5km hike from Crawford Lake Conservation Area to Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area through the beautiful Nassagaweya Canyon – virtually! We will discover the geology, ecology, and history of the Niagara Escarpment along the way. This 450-million-year journey features fossils, ancient cedars, a special guest appearance from a Conservation Halton ecologist and virtual vistas from the trail! $100/ class Submit Booking Request
Grade 7-12 Neighbourhood Birding 1h Get to know the feathered friends that call your backyard and neighbourhood home. This program will help beginners learn to  identify year-round residents such as the Northern Cardinal and Black-capped Chickadee, as well as how to attract birds to your yard in a responsible way. $100/ class Submit Booking Request

Recreational Programs

Whether you’re a teacher who wants to get your kids out of the classroom, or an employer looking for a corporate experience, the unique recreational programs at Kelso are sure to be enjoyable and memorable for everyone! Offered mid-April to mid-Octobre, we offer a wide variety of activities that encourage communication, cooperation, and leadership. Groups can choose a selection of the following activities to build their day, and most activities can be modified and customized to meet the needs of your group. Share your ideas with us, and let us help build an engaging day for you! Prices start at just $35 per participant. Contact us at vslead@hrca.on.ca for more information.

Activity Description
Navigation de plaisance Get out on the water! Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and stand-up paddleboards are available. Safety instruction and equipment is provided upon arrival. Fun challenges on the water can be provided upon request.
Low Ropes The Low Ropes course is comprised of different physical features that will challenge your problem solving, communication, cooperation, and leadership skills. Low Ropes is highly recommended to groups looking for some teambuilding opportunities.
Climbing Tower The Climbing Tower has individual, and team climbing challenges. Your group will see the escarpment from new heights. The Climbing Tower can be a fun recreational activity, or blended into a teambuilding experience.
Aerial Ropes Course Get up for the challenge! The Aerial Ropes Course will take your group on an adventure exploring our high ropes course. Challenge your balance & teamwork while traversing a full circuit of obstacles. The Aerial Ropes Course works well with corporate teambuilding groups, but can also be for pure recreational fun.
Archery Take aim with your team! Archery is an exciting and unique option. Challenge yourself to learn the basics and then put your eagle eye-like aim to the test!
Ga-Ga Ball Ga-Ga Ball is a fast paced, high energy, easy to play game for adults and children.  A great activity to add to your day to mix in a little excitement and fun. Ga-Ga Ball builds teamwork and cooperative skills, and provides a fun outlet to burn off some energy.
Guided Hikes You’ll be amazed by the wonders that exist right here in your big backyard. Come explore the Kelso Trails on a guided hike. You’ll learn about the plants and animals that call this area home, and build leadership skills with orienteering & guiding challenges.
Initiative Games Each game or challenge is designed to present groups with an obstacle to overcome. Creativity, communication, cooperation, leadership and general teamwork is always the key to success. Initiative games are designed to fit the age level, maturity, theme, of your group’s day.