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Environmental Education

Environmental Education for Schools


The Hamilton Conservation Authority is pleased to present Adventures in Education outdoor environmental education programs. This series of field trip opportunities is available for both elementary and secondary school students. The focus of all Adventures in Education field trips is to provide students with hands-on outdoor environmental education experiences that meet overall student learning expectations as found in the Ministry of Education modules. Programs are available on either a full or half-day basis and are offered at the following locations.

The Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Conservation Authority gratefully acknowledge the following partners whose generous support helps to provide hands-on opportunities for children to learn and connect with their natural environment:

•Rothsay     •TD - Friends of the Environment Foundation
•Ray Lowes Environmental Fund, Hamilton Community Foundation
•Dobson-McKee Environmental Education Endowment
•TransCanada Pipelines   •The Martin Foundation   •H. G. Bertram Foundation
•CIBC Children’s Foundation and the Murphy Investment Group
•Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Dundas Valley Conservation Area
The Dundas Valley Conservation Area offers a selection of exciting hands-on outdoor environmental & recreational program opportunities for elementary and secondary school students. This Environmentally Significant natural area provides students with an excellent opportunity to experience such diverse habitats as; mature Carolinian forests, cold-water streams, ravines, meadows and the Niagara Escarpment, all of which provide excellent habitat for native plants and animals.

For more information about the Adventures in Education programs, please refer to the program descriptions:

 

Booking and trip preparation information:

 

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Program Offerings
HCA provides school programming, specifically for the HWDSB, for both Elementary and Secondary students. For more information, please visit our page for HWDSB.

Transportation Grant Funding Available
HCA and Hamilton Conservation Foundation are pleased to offer the 2017 Access to Outdoor Education Transportation Grant for At Risk and Inner City schools participating in the HCA’s Outdoor Environmental Education Programs. Click here to learn more.

 

For more information or to arrange a booking, please contact:
Environmental Education Program Coordinator
Email: hcaenved@conservationhamilton.ca
Phone: 905-627-1233

 


Westfield Heritage Village Education Programs

Learn about the past in an immersive, multi-sensory environment that makes history come alive through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. All programs are developed with reference to the learning objectives outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.

Secrets of the Pioneer Forest – NEW!
Through discovering the fundamental connections between human activities and our natural world, students will increase their understanding of the need to protect the environment. This program considers the impacts of settlement, technology, agricultural practices and industry on water, soil, plants animal habitats, energy and food resources of Southern Ontario from the late 1700’s through to the early 20th century. Through hands-on activities and discussion, students will consider the ways in which our environment has changed over this period, and the lessons that can be learned for future action. This program can be booked as a half-day or a full day. Click here for the Teacher Guide.

The morning program, Secrets of the Pioneer Forest I, is offered 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon program, Secrets of the Pioneer Forest II, is offered 12:30 – 2:00. Program is offered May to October.

More about eductaion Programs at Westfield


Eramosa Karst

The Eramosa Karst is located in the southwestern section of the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton. It extends from Highland Road to south of Rymal Road, and from Upper Mount Albion Road to Second Road West.

Karsts are geological formations including underground drainage, caves and passages caused by dissolving rock, found in limestone formations like the Niagara Escarpment. The Ministry of Natural Resources designated the Eramosa Karst lands as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest in 2003, because it is believed to have the largest number of unique karst features in any single area in the province. Several of its karst features are provincially significant. These include: soil pipes, a high concentration of suffosion dolines and sinking streams, overflow sinks, dry valleys and a 335 metre-long cave (the tenth longest in all of Ontario). There is also a natural dolomitic limestone bridge at the entrance of one of the sinkholes.

The diversity of geological features and its central location in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, makes the Eramosa Karst one of the best sites in Ontario for education and research opportunities. Protecting the Eramosa Karst's unique network of features will ensure that scientists, students and naturalists can continue to enjoy this natural resource. Because it has great potential for education purposes as a result of its features and hydrology, HCA is exploring the possibilities of creating an environmental education centre on the property.  Currently, educators and group leaders can download Resource Guides to enjoy self-guided teaching experiences in the Eramosa Karst

Grade 4 Level Materials
Grade 4 Level Guide
Karst Introduction
Karst Around the World

Grade 8 Level Materials
Grade 8 Level Guide
Karst Introduction
Karst Around the World

High School Level Materials
High School Level Guide
Karst Introduction
Karst Around the World