From the Ground Up FAQs

Q. Who Participates in From the Ground Up?

A. Middle Schools (Grades 6 - 8), occasionally High Schools (Grades 9-11 as mentors)

Q. What is the Cost for From the Ground Up?

A. The program cost is $7/student. This covers the in-class and the outdoor component, materials,  equipment and plant seed and/or stock. A minimum number of 30 participants is required.


Q. What is the Location for From the Ground Up? 

A. Our From the Ground Up team will deliver the program at your school and a local natural area or park.


Q. What Supplies/Materials are needed for From the Ground Up?

A. Conservation Halton Provides:

Program Option #1: Focused on Forests Program Option #2: Species Invaders

• a site visit to discuss the program

• one instructor for the duration of the program

• in-class educational program (1 class period)

• outdoor hands-on component (morning, mid-day, or afternoon based on your school’s schedule)

• planting equipment (shovels, gloves, buckets, sleds, wheelbarrows)

• Invasive species field identification in a local natural area, park or school ground.

• Invasive species mapping and documentation.

• On-site review of removal techniques, safety considerations, protective equipment, and disposal techniques.

• Invasive species removal.

• Species Invaders Game - Students will explore the effect that invasive species have on biodiversity through game play.

• planting materials (native trees & shrubs, tree guards, mulch)

• monitoring marker (t-bar or stake)

• a site visit to discuss the program

• one instructor for the duration of the program

• in-class educational program (1 class period)

• outdoor hands-on component (morning, mid-day, or afternoon based on your school’s schedule)

• equipment for removal of invasive species (shovels, tree wrenches)

• contingent on funding - underplanting materials (native trees & shrubs, tree guards, mulch)

• monitoring marker (t-bar or stake)

• recognition on our website

 Q. Where do the Outdoor Stewardship Activities Occur?

A. Conservation Halton works with local municipalities to secure planting sites in parks and natural corridors through out Halton region.

Q. How are High School Students involved in the Program?

A. There is the opportunity for local high school students to become involved in the program as mentors to their younger counterparts. Older students may act as Tree Planting Leaders or may help with preparation of the planting site prior to middle school programs.

 

Q. What does My School do for From the Ground Up?

A. Your school will need to do the following:

  • Provide a room with appropriate facilities for in-class power point presentations
  • Complete a schedule for the duration of the program.
    • In-class presentations are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in length (one class period).
    • Outdoor activities often occur the day following the in-class sessions. The outdoor component is two class periods in length (1.5 hr to 2 hours) and frequently combines students from two classes. 

Example schedule:

 

Day 1: In-Class Schedule

Day 2: Outdoor Schedule

*Please adjust times

according to your school schedule

Focus on Forests

or

Species Invaders

Tree Planting

 or

Invasive Species Removal

Period 1

Class A

Class A & B

Period 2

Class B

Nutrition Break

 

 

Period 3

Class C

Class C & D

Period 4

Class D

Nutrition Break

 

 

Period 5

Class E

Class E & F

Period 6

Class F

Dismissal

 

 

  • Coordinate parent volunteers for each outdoor component as required by class size.
  • Depending on site conditions, recruit parent and student volunteers to help with site preparation (e.g. at difficult to dig sites pre-digging planting holes or removing woody debris)