Gr. 5 First Nations, Current Context

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.

Gr. 6 Invertebrate Study

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.

Gr. 6 Compass Orienteering

Mapping – Map, Globe and Graphics Skills Students develop map and globe skills through compass orienteering.

Gr. 4 Pond Study

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 […]

Gr. 4 Habitat Comparisons

Habitats and Communities Home Sweet Home Students investigate how the needs of specific plants or animals (e.g., for food, water, shelter) are met in various habitats. Students collect data (e.g., temperature, wind speed, solar energy, soil moisture) related to plant and animal inhabitants.

Gr. 4 Winter Birds

Habitats and Communities A variety of activities help students learn about birds, their habitats, structural adaptations, food-chain roles, bird classification, and the impact of humans on animal populations and the environment.  During a hike, students observe and identify birds using binoculars, and feed chickadees.

Gr. 9 Aquatic Ecology

SNC 1D/1P – Biology The Sustainability of Ecosystems – Ecosystems and Human Activity Students work in groups to describe abiotic and biotic components of an aquatic environment. Abiotic factors measured include dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, temperature, pH, etc. Students use various resources to identify and classify organisms. By the end of the activity the students […]

Gr 12 Groundwater (UW/OEE Joint Program)

SES 4U, SVN 3M, SVN 3E – Earth Science In collaboration with the University of Waterloo, and the Earth Sciences Museum our Outdoor Education activity for Earth Science Students focuses on groundwater resources. The program is now a full day. The morning is spent conducting a field study at one of our sites learning how […]

Gr. 12 Geology Geocaching

SES 4U – Earth and Space Science Internal and Surfical Earth Processes, or Earth History The aim of this program is to introduce students to the geology and geomorphology of Southern Ontario. Students use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and some basic mapping skills to find their way to activity stations in the forest […]

Gr. 12 Populations – Bird Banding (Mark – Recapture/Resight)

SBI 4U – Biology: Mathematical description of how to estimate a population Students participate in a bird banding demonstration, a method used to track changes in bird populations around the world. They are also introduced to relevant legislation around the protection of wildlife and discuss both local and global population declines of birds. We then […]

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