Adventures In Education Outdoor Environmental Education for Schools
- 2012-2013 Full Education Program Guide with Booking Forms
- Nature on Wheels Eco-Outreach Program - Winter Special
The Hamilton Conservation Authority is pleased to present Adventures in Education outdoor environmental education programs. This series of field trip opportunities is available for both elementary and secondary school students. The focus of all Adventures in Education field trips is to provide students with hands-on outdoor environmental education experiences that meet overall student learning expectations as found in the Ministry of Education modules. Programs are available on either a full or half-day basis and are offered at the following locations.
The Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Conservation Authority gratefully acknowledge the following partners whose generous support helps to provide hands-on opportunities for children to learn and connect with their natural environment:
•Rothsay •TD - Friends of the Environment Foundation
•Ray Lowes Environmental Fund, Hamilton Community Foundation
•Dobson-McKee Environmental Education Endowment
•TransCanada Pipelines •The Martin Foundation •H. G. Bertram Foundation
•CIBC Children’s Foundation and the Murphy Investment Group
•Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Dundas Valley Conservation Area
The Dundas Valley Conservation Area offers a selection of exciting hands-on outdoor environmental & recreational program opportunities for elementary and secondary school students. This Environmentally Significant natural area provides students with an excellent opportunity to experience such diverse habitats as; mature Carolinian forests, cold-water streams, ravines, meadows and the Niagara Escarpment, all of which provide excellent habitat for native plants and animals.
For more information about the Adventures in Education programs, please refer to the program descriptions:
- 2012-2013 Primary/Junior Programs (Grades 1-5)
- 2012-2013 Intermediate Programs (Grades 6-8)
- 2012-2013 Secondary Programs (Grades 9 - 12)
For more information or to arrange a booking, please contact:
Beth Stormont, Education Program Manager
Hamilton Conservation Authority
P.O. Box 81067
838 Mineral Springs Road
Ancaster, ON, L9G 4X1
Phone: (905) 627-1233 Fax (905) 627-9722
Adventures in the Valley: Summer Mini Camps for children 6-9
Each day of Adventures in the Valley includes fun filled games, activities and a take home craft. Sign your child up for any or all of these one-day mini camps. Camps run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM and are held in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area at 650 Governors Road in Dundas. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non members. Programs include: July 12: Get Out & Explore, July 19: Magical Metamorphosis, July 26: Sky Hunters, August 9: Habitat Heroes, August 16: Wild About Water, August 23: Get Tracking.
Westfield Heritage Village Education Programs
Learn about the past in an immersive, multi-sensory environment that makes history come alive through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. All programs are developed with reference to the learning objectives outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.
The Eramosa Karst is the Hamilton Conservation Authority's newest conservation area. It is located in the southwestern section of the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton. It extends from Highland Road to south of Rymal Road, and from Upper Mount Albion Road to Second Road West.
Karsts are geological formations including underground drainage, caves and passages caused by dissolving rock, found in limestone formations like the Niagara Escarpment. The Ministry of Natural Resources designated the Eramosa Karst lands as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest in 2003, because it is believed to have the largest number of unique karst features in any single area in the province. Several of its karst features are provincially significant. These include: soil pipes, a high concentration of suffosion dolines and sinking streams, overflow sinks, dry valleys and a 335 metre-long cave (the tenth longest in all of Ontario). There is also a natural dolomitic limestone bridge at the entrance of one of the sinkholes.
The diversity of geological features and its central location in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, makes the Eramosa Karst one of the best sites in Ontario for education and research opportunities. Protecting the Eramosa Karst's unique network of features will ensure that scientists, students and naturalists can continue to enjoy this natural resource. Because it has great potential for education purposes as a result of its features and hydrology, HCA is exploring the possibilities of creating an environmental education centre on the property. Currently, educators and group leaders can download Resource Guides to enjoy self-guided teaching experiences in the Eramosa Karst
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Classroom Grow Green Project
21 grade 3 classes across Hamilton are learning how they can help slow down climate change and contribute to their local ecosystem.
During the school year students will grow oak trees in their classrooms, learning first hand how plants grow from seed. They also learn how trees are an important part of climate control and why it’s important to keep healthy and diverse forests in Hamilton.
Some classes are also selecting a carbon reducing activity and competing with each other to see which class can make the smallest carbon footprint.
In April 2011, the students will plant their trees in conservation areas, parks, and schools yards across the city, increasing the health and biodiversity of their communities. To learn more about the Grow Green Project, click here.