Environmental Education

Environmental Education for Schools

UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 The 2020-2021 Environmental Outdoor Education programs at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area are going to look very different come September. Education Staff will continue to run curriculum-based programming for elementary and secondary schools with some modifications. Schools interested in a direct visit to the Dundas Valley will have the Ministry of Education guidelines in place. In meeting with protocols as outlined by our Ministry of Education, class sizes may be limited; arrival and departure times altered to match school hours and other ‘yet to be determined’ requirements. An additional program option will be for schools to have the opportunity of having our staff join the students in school and provide a variation on our regular program offerings. Please be patient as our Education department addresses the safe working procedures which we will be implementing. Further information on booking your 2020-2021 Environmental Outdoor Education will be posted as the calendar scrolls into September. Email: hcaenved@conservationhamilton.ca to discuss plans, options and opportunities for your classes to be involved. Our HCA Education website continues to be updated with interactive activities and intriguing creature features, so be sure to visit us there. Have a safe and healthy summer, Sincerely yours, HCA Education Staff

The Hamilton Conservation Authority offers a variety of outdoor environmental education programs for both elementary and secondary school students. The focus of all 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.

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.

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Program Guides and Information 2019 – 2020

HCA provides school programming, specifically for the HWDSB, for both Elementary and Secondary students.

2019-2020 Program Guides:
HWDSB Elementary Program Guide
HWDSB Secondary Program Guide

Booking Information:
HWDSB Booking Request Form

Seasonal Class Trip Preparation:
HWDSB Fall and Spring Class Trip Preparation Information
HWDSB Winter Class Trip Preparation Information

Non-HWDSB Program Guides and Information 2019-2020

School boards that are not HWDSB, please refer to program descriptions below:

2019-2020 Program Guides:
Program Guide with Booking Forms – Elementary Schools
Program Guide with Booking Forms – Secondary Schools

Booking Information:
Booking Request Form

Seasonal Class Trip Preparation:
Fall  and Spring

Transportation Grant Funding Available

HCA and Hamilton Conservation Foundation are pleased to offer the 2019 Access to Outdoor Education Transportation Grant for At Risk and Inner City schools participating in the HCA’s Outdoor Environmental Education Programs. For more information or to see if your school qualifies, please contact our staff at 905-627-1233.

For more information or to arrange a booking, please contact:

Environmental Education Program Coordinator
Email: hcaenved@conservationhamilton.ca
Phone: 905-627-1233
Fax: 905-627-9722

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:

  • The Children’s Fund (CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio)
  • Dobson-McKee Environmental Education Endowment at the Hamilton Conservation Foundation
  • Dobson Family and Dobson Family Foundation
  • Theodore Dwyer and Madeleine Tanglao-Dwyer
  • Enbridge
  • Hamilton Community Foundation:
    • The Dougher Community Fund
    • Edith H Turner Foundation Fund
    • Ray Lowes Environmental Fund
    • The McCallum, McBride Fund
    • Robert and Marion S. Shivas Conservation Trust Fund
  • Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association (HIEA)
  • Sarah Murphy and The Murphy Investment Group/ASM Group
  • Rothsay
  • TransCanada Corporation

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.

More about Education 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