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Baxter Conservation Area offers fun, interactive, experiential, curriculum-based outdoor environmental education programs that will help students understand and connect with the natural world. Baxter is 180 acres of outdoor fun! Follow over five kilometres of trails through wetlands, meadows, a mixed forest, and alder thickets. The trails are perfect for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. Enjoy a peaceful view of the scenic Rideau River from the trail, swim at the sandy beach in the summer or canoe along the forested shoreline.   Our education programs are also available on weekends for community groups. Weekend programs depend on staff availability. Please call or e-mail for more information.

You can learn more about our programs or book a program by contacting Andrea at andrea.wood@rvca.ca or 613-489-3592.  You can also view our online booking calendar and start our online booking process by going to the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/baxterconservationarea   

Keywords: Learning-Life-Systems, Outdoor Education, Nature

We are now taking bookings for WINTER 2018.

We are FULLY booked for May and June 2018. We have some space available in April. 

Below is a list of some of our most popular education programs. Please see our website for a full list of our the programs we offer.

Snowhoeing (Grades 1–12): Come and experience one of the oldest forms of transportation in Canada! Students will learn how to safely travel with snowshoes and, once comfortable, follow the snowshoe trail through the forest and maybe even try snowshoe games.  

Winter Ecology (Grades 1–6): Bundle up and prepare for a wild winter adventure! Explore the winter forest at Baxter and learn about how plants and animals have adapted to survive these cold Canadian months.

GPS & Geocaching (Grades 1 to 12): Weave together technology, the outdoors, and physical activity! Get an introduction to GPS technology and how it can be used along with map and compass in navigation. Students will complete a mini geocaching treasure hunt. Offered in all seasons, including the WINTER!

Outdoor Survival Skills (Grades 4–12): What would you do if you were lost in the woods!? What items would you need to survive? Working in groups, students will have the chance to explore the concepts of shelter building, fire building, and outdoor cooking. A fun WINTER program!

Pond/Wetland Ecology (Grades 1-12): By exploring Baxter’s pond, students will learn about the diversity of life in a freshwater pond habitat and how these animals have adapted to life under water. Using nets, basins and fact sheets, students will get up close and personal with the animals that call the pond home. This program can be adapted for any grade level.

Instincts for Survival (Grades 4–12): How do animals survive in their habitats? What are the skills of a predator? What is the human impact on animal life? Do you have the instincts for survival? This active wide game will help students understand some of the realities of the animal world and have a bunch of fun at the same time!

Invasive Species Program (Grades 7–12): What are invasive species? Where did they come from? Are they good or bad? What can we do about them? Students will learn about and see a variety of invasive species up-close. They will also be given an opportunity to help remove some of these invasive species from Baxter.

 

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