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Program Descriptions: Early Education through Grade 8

Outdoor Experiential Education
Your environmental FIELD TRIP destination

All of the programs below are a half-day (2 hours) in length, except where noted.  Check out the Full Program Details for suggested program combinations to create a full-day experience HERE !

Making Sense of Nature
Year-round
K (Pre/ECE)
Come outside with us and learn how to use your eagle-eyes,
owl-ears and fox-nose! Nature is full of new sights, sounds,
smells and textures, and this program encourages young
learners to take it all in. Includes lots of outside time and
guided exploration.
The Great Animal Adventure
Year-round
K (Pre/ECE)
All kinds of animals call RBG home, and in this program we
search for animals, their homes and the signs they leave
behind. We discover strategies for survival in nature, and
how animals interact with each other and their habitats.
The Great Plant Parade
Year-round
K (Pre/ECE)
RBG may be the best place to see plants in Canada!
In this program we explore different types of plants, and
learn how they survive in our challenging climate. Winter
variation: ask about having this program in our balmy
Mediterranean Garden!
Reptile Rendezvous
January–April
K (Pre/ECE)
Our exotic and beautiful collection of turtles, crocodilians,
lizards, and snakes is the perfect way to introduce young
learners to the world of reptiles! Learn about the amazing
ways reptile biology has adapted to survive in extreme
environments. Slither, swim, crawl, or climb over to RBG
Centre to see our scaley visitors in naturalistic habitats: this
is not a program to missss!
Hit the Trails!
The Natural World (2 hr)
Year-round
(Gr. 1–8)
RBG’s Arboretum has natural surprises around every corner,
every week of the year! Whether taking in the fall colours,
tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring
flowers, a general nature tour allows students to connect
with the forests, fields, and fauna along the shores of
Cootes Paradise. This half-day program can be tailored to
complement desired curricula.
Hit the Trails!
The Natural World (2 hr)
Year-round
(Gr. 1–8)
RBG’s Arboretum has natural surprises around every corner,
every week of the year! Whether taking in the fall colours,
tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring
flowers, a general nature tour allows students to connect
with the forests, fields, and fauna along the shores of
Cootes Paradise. This half-day program can be tailored to
complement desired curricula.
Hit the Trails!
The Natural World (2 hr)
Year-round
(Gr. 1–8)
RBG’s Arboretum has natural surprises around every corner,
every week of the year! Whether taking in the fall colours,
tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring
flowers, a general nature tour allows students to connect
with the forests, fields, and fauna along the shores of
Cootes Paradise. This half-day program can be tailored to
complement desired curricula.
Hit the Trails!
Characteristics and Needs
of Living Things
Year-round
Gr. 1 (Gr. 2)
Heading out onto RBG’s trails in search of plants and
animals, this program delves deep into the world of living
things. Students learn what defines a living thing, how these
organisms survive in nature and how humans fit into the
natural world.
Characteristics and Needs of Turtles
January –April
Primary
Featuring species from Ontario and around the world, this
program introduces students to the fascinating ways in
which turtles and other reptiles meet their basic needs.
Students explore the similarities and differences between
turtles and human beings, and how both species depend on
their environment to survive.
Hit the Trails!
Growth and Changes
in Animals
Year-round
Gr. 2 (Gr. 3)
RBG is home to incredible animals of all kinds! Though they
may be different, they all share some important things in
common. This program explores what defines an animal, and
how they grow and survive. Lots of time is spent outside in
search of wild creatures and the signs they leave behind!
Growth and Changes
in Reptiles
January–April
Primary
Reptiles inhabit some of the most extreme environments
on earth, which makes them the perfect model organism
for studying growth and changes in animals. With our
live animal teaching partners, students learn about the
adaptations they use to survive, their fascinating life cycles,
and what makes them unique in the animal kingdom.
Hit the Trails!
Growth and Changes in Plants
Year-round
Gr. 3 (Gr. 2)
RBG is home to more plant species than any other place
in Canada, and the perfect place to explore growth and
changes in plants! Learn about plant needs and life cycles,
and see how a variety of local plants grow and survive in
our northern Carolinian forest.
Hit the Trails!
Habitats and Communities
Year-round
Gr. 4 (Gr. 3, 5)
A habitat is much more than just where an organism lives!
In this program, students explore all the facets of plant and
animal habitats here at RBG, and how they depend on each
other. Students also consider their own habitat needs, and
how they compare to those of other living things.
Reptile Habitats
and Communities
January–April
Junior
What makes a habitat a home? What are the necessary
components of a community? The habitats and communities
of reptiles are not all alike, but students explore how these
amazingly adapted creatures use their particular habitats by
visiting our winter exhibit Reptile Rendezvous.
Hit the Trails!
Interactions in the
Environment
Year-round
Gr. 7 (Gr. 6, 8)
Everything in nature is connected, and in this program
students take a close look at those connections. By exploring food webs, mutualism, parasitism and other local examples,
students examine interactions in nature and how human
interactions can be both negative and positive.
Hit the Trails!
Winter
November–March
(Gr. 4–8)
Life is all around us during the winter. Through games and a
fascinating nature hike, students examine the amazing ways
that plants and animals meet their needs to survive during
Canada’s winter months. Bring warm clothes and boots, we
are heading outside!
Hit the Trails! – 4 hr
Year-round
(Gr. 4–8)
An immersive outdoor experience! On this full-day adventure,
students join an RBG guide on a hike through some of the
spectacular and diverse landscapes that make this area unique. The program combines physical challenge with nature
learning, without being information-heavy. The hike can be
tailored to complement desired curricula, or simply left to
focus on the experience and follow the students’ curiosity.
Biodiversity
May–June, September–October
Gr. 6 (Gr. 5, 7, 8)
It’s hard to imagine a better place to explore biodiversity
than here at RBG! Through hands-on exploration, students
study the biodiversity of a local forest, field or wetland,
relate it to ecosystem health and examine the impacts
that humans can have on the environment. Please note:
availability of study sites may vary by season, but there is
always lots to see! Ask us about making this a full-day by
exploring two different habitats.
Reptile Biodiversity
January–April
Junior, Intermediate
Reptiles are an important part of our ecosystems. Through
the lens of the global diversity of reptiles, students
examine what biodiversity means, its importance to healthy
ecosystems and why biodiversity is at risk while exploring
our winter exhibit Reptile Rendezvous.
Fishway Demonstration
May–June, September–October
Gr. 4, 6, 7 (Gr. 1-3, 5, 8)
The RBG Fishway is incredible! This sophisticated
conservation tool keeps invasive carp out of Cootes Paradise
while allowing native fish to pass through. Students see
fish up close and talk to our biologists about the incredible
underwater world of RBG, all in the context of the complex
history of Cootes Paradise. This program takes place at our
Princess Point location.
Getting to Know GPS
Year-round
(Gr. 7, 8)
GPS can be used for navigation and scientific research, but
is also the heart of geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt
activity for teams. In a program combining math, physical
activity, and team work, students learn all about the Global
Positioning System, and then put their new skills to the test
with a partner out on a challenge course in our Arboretum!
Soils in the Environment
May–June, September–October
Gr. 3 (Gr. 4)
Soil is the foundation of nearly all terrestrial ecosystems.
Get ready to get your hands dirty as we delve into the world
beneath our feet! Search for tiny soil-dwellers, explore the
properties of dirt and examine how humans impact and
change soil ecosystems.
Air and Water in Nature
Year-round
Gr. 2 (Gr. 3)
Air and water may be the most fundamental requirements
of all land-living plants and animals, and the ones we most
take for granted. Using RBG’s ecosystems, this program
explores the physical properties of air and water, and the
integral roles they play in the local environment.
Species at Risk
April–June, September–October
Gr. 4, 6, 7 (Gr. 5, 8)
RBG provides critical habitat for many species at risk, and
this program examines their natural history, why they are in
danger and what RBG is doing to help. Students may even
encounter some of these rare plants and animals as we
explore the trails and wetlands of RBG!
Organ Systems in Nature
September–November,
March–June
Gr. 5
Do you have hawk-eyes, owl-ears, a vulture-stomach or
a bird-brain? In this program students use the incredible
plants and animals of RBG to explore examples of organ
systems in nature, how these systems are adapted for the
survival of the organism, and how they compare to those
of humans.
Reptile Organ Systems
January-April
Gr. 5
The organ systems of reptiles share both striking similarities
and drastic differences with those of humans. Using our
winter exhibit Reptile Rendezvous, students explore the
biology and organ systems of reptiles, how organs are used
for survival, and how they compare to our own.
Cells in Nature
September–November,
March–June
Gr. 8
Cells are the fundamental unit of life, and while they can’t
be seen with the naked eye, their evidence is everywhere.
In this program students explore the roles of different types
of cells in the plants and animals of RBG, and how they are
adapted to perform their specialized functions.
Mediterranean Biome/Plants
November–March
Gr. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 (Gr. 2, 5, 8)
Study unusual plants from the Earth’s five mediterranean
regions, and learn how they grow and survive in these
difficult climates. By completing a set of challenges in
our Mediterranean greenhouse, students will understand
the role of plants in the environment, their importance to
humans and become a “Junior Botanist” at Canada’s largest
botanical garden!
Creative Writing in Nature
Year-round
(Gr. 6–8)
Let nature inspire your creative writing side! By using skills
such as listening, observing, imagining, and exploring,
students will learn and employ strategies for writing using
nature as a muse. Whether it is for poetry, non-fiction, or
creative story writing, RBG’s gardens and natural lands can
unlock the power of literature from within your students.
Creative Writing: Reptiles
January-April
Intermediate, Senior
Armed with a variety of literary tools and fun strategies,
students explore Reptile Rendezvous through a poetic
or narrative lens. After learning terms and techniques for
writing, students engage in crafting and sharing poetry or
stories inspired by our winter exhibit with enthusiasm.
Look, See, Paint!
Year-round
From cave paintings to oil on canvas, nature has provided
inspiration to artists for millennia. Using the gardens and
natural lands of RBG, students receive instruction and use
our high-quality watercolour kits to create their own worksof-
art. Group sizes limited by watercolour kits and supplies.

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