Environmental Education

Environmental Education for Schools

Schools are invited to reserve trips for the 2019-2020 school year. Contact the education team at: hcaenved@conservationhamilton.ca

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 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