Thank you to everyone who has supported Outdoor Learning at Blair! The work that happens at Blair Outdoor Education Centre is made possible by the ongoing support of the Waterloo Region District School Board and by a number of other supporters. Volunteers are welcome, and can contribute their time by working on projects around the […]
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Aquatic Interactions – Interactions in the Environment Students work in groups to describe and record elements of the stream environment. With the use of dip nets, students capture and observe the animal life, and describe both plant life and abiotic factors. This program develops an appreciation of aquatic life forms. Students also identify, classify, and […]
Blanket Exercise Simulation – History of Residential Schools and impact of colonization The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action #62 and #63 relate to “Education for Reconciliation”. The TRC text calls for: “Implementing…curriculum & learning resources on [the] history and legacy of residential schools…” and recommends a focus on “building student capacity for intercultural […]
Understanding Life Systems – Biodiversity This program introduces students to differences among the species of trees on the property. The program can be conducted at any time of the year, and can be combined with a half-day vertebrate or invertebrate study.
Understanding Life Systems – Biodiversity This program offers an in-depth study of some interesting aspects of vertebrates. Program options include a skull study, chickadee behaviour, animal coverings, and a tour of the property to observe recent evidence of resident wildlife.
Social Studies Heritage and Identity: First Nations & Europeans Students develop a deeper understanding of local First Nations culture and history, focusing on the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe First Nations. Students make connections between the history of interactions between First Nations and Europeans (such as 1613 Two-Row Wampum Treaty) and issues facing present day Canada.
Understanding Life Systems – Biodiversity In this program, students gain an appreciation of invertebrate life, and learn how they are classified according to their characteristics. This program includes the collection, observation, classification and release of invertebrates, and can be conducted in variety of habitats, depending on the season.
Mapping – Map, Globe and Graphics Skills Students develop map and globe skills through compass orienteering.
Habitats and Communities Students collect and identify pond invertebrates, and classify them according to their food-chain roles. They also collect data on pond plants and physical properties such as air and water. As Blair Outdoor Education Centre does not have a pond on the property, this program takes place off site at Countryside Camp. Teachers […]
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