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Dundas Valley Conservation Area

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ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS: PRIMARY / JUNIOR
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 5
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
NOTE: Each program selection is approximately 2 hours in length

 

WILDLIFE:

Falling into Winter or Spring into Summer
Come explore nature as it changes from one season to the next. On a short walk to the Wildlife Teaching Garden students will look for clues to how creatures great and small prepare for seasonal changes. We will examine the Tracking Pit for animal tracks and visit the Bird Blind to observe visiting birds.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Needs & Characteristics of Living Things; Growth & Changes in Animals; Habitats and Communities. Offered Year Round.

What’s Alive? Habitats & Communities
Investigate the differences between meadows and forests. Examine the interdependency of plants and animals within these habitats and explore the relationships between predator and prey, producers, consumers and decomposers in each of these unique habitats.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Offered Year Round.

In Search of Small Creatures
This is an opportunity for students to explore first-hand the techniques of observation, identification and classification of insects, spiders and other small creatures found in the fields and forests of the Dundas Valley.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Fall or Spring

Who Goes There?
This program investigates the unique habitats of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area including, forests and meadows. Students will explore ways in which animals respond and adapt to their environment.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Needs & Characteristics of Living Things; Growth & Changes in Animals Habitats and Communities, Offered Year Round.

Get Tracking!
Discover how to track down clues to the secretive wildlife of the Dundas Valley. Learn how to recognize and identify the tracks, feeding marks, runways, bedding areas, dens and scats of animals living in the valley. Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Needs & Characteristics of Living Things; Growth & Changes in Animals Habitats & Communities, Winter

Birds of Prey
Discover what makes these birds such fascinating and effective predators! Following an introduction about the behaviours and characteristics of these birds, we will explore the Dundas Valley in search of these birds of prey. Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Offered Year Round.

Birds & Winter Birds
There are over 160 species of birds in the Dundas Valley. Students will discover how to identify some of the more common species by noting; size, shape, colour, behaviour, habitats, and sound. We will investigate sources of food,
water and shelter that are necessary for their survival.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Offered Year Round.

Plants:

Growth & Changes in Plants
Plants are amazing. They can live almost anywhere and they come in all different shapes, sizes and colours! On a guided walk, students will look at the characteristics and adaptations of plants found in the fields and forests of the Dundas Valley.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Growth and Changes in Plants; Fall or Spring

Soil Ecology ~ Getting Down To Earth
Investigate soil and discover its importance to plants, animals and people. Through hands-on investigation, identify the basic components of soil, compare different soil types, look for evidence of decomposition, erosion, and recognize the importance of composting. Weather Permitting
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Fall or Spring

 

FOSSILS, ROCKS & MINERALS:

Rock On! (Grade 4)
The Dundas Valley has a rich geological past. Come and discover how glaciers were responsible for shaping the valley. Find out about the “Giant’s Rib”! Students will have an opportunity to investigate our rock collection to find out more about the characteristics of rocks and fossils.
Curriculum Links: Earth & Space Systems; Rocks and Minerals; Offered Year Round

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVE PROGRAMS: Primary / Junior

Health & Physical Education: Active Participation

Nature Walk:
The Nature Walk is a great activity for students of all ages. This seasonally themed walk focuses on the natural history of our local plants and animals. We will incorporate a variety of interactive games and challenges along the way.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities, Health & Physical Education: Active Participation, Offered Year Round

Eco Games:
A series of age appropriate games and activities highlighting a variety of ecological concepts including food chains and animal adaptations. Activities will include a combination of running games, blindfold activities and quiet stalking games.
Curriculum Links: Science & Technology Life Systems – Habitats and Communities; Health & Physical Education: Active Participation; Offered Year Round

 

Address
650 Governors Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 5E3
City
Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Harrisburg, Hagersville
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