Secondary Programming

Biology, Environmental Studies, Physical Education
Recommended for:
Grades 9 , 12

Teachers are requested to choose one of the following program selections
Students will participate in either a hike or wide game for the other part of the day.

Water Systems
Working in small groups, students will conduct a series of in-stream measurements to calculate average stream width, depth & rate of flow. Other activities include mapping the area, recording evidence of erosion, streambed structure & stream bank characteristics. We will look at the effect of environmental and human influences on our water supply.
Determine pH and Alkalinity of various water bodies in the area to compare water quality and health. Fall / Spring

Stream Ecology: Healthy Streams, Healthy Communities
Students will collect Benthic Macroinvertebrates (BMI’s) from a shallow stream to determine stream quality.
Identify key BMI’s that may indicate various pollution levels of a stream. Students will use a dichotomous key to identify species and gain an understanding of aquatic indicator species. Fall / Spring

Forest Ecology
Learn how to identify deciduous and coniferous trees of the area.
Collect data on tree height, width and species to determine the health of a forest ecosystem.
Learn about the importance of forests in our everyday lives and understand key terms such as sustainability, renewable resources and silviculture systems. Determine limiting factors that affect sustainability. Fall, Winter or Spring

Wildlife Ecology
Explore the relationship between biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) components in an environment.
Understand the importance of various ecosystems and their key components.
What are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores?
Participate in active games to explore concepts such as camouflage, predator/prey relationships, carrying capacity and population dynamics.
Learn about some of the common animals of the area.

Investigating Natural Ecosystems
Using a variety of field sampling techniques, students will conduct a comparative analysis of two different biological ecosystems and evaluate the impacts on these systems from natural and human stresses. Fall, Winter or Spring

Curriculum Links:
Health & Physical Education:
Active Participation

Co-operative Games:
Recommended for Grades 9 – 10

We offer a variety of active, outdoor games that emphasize participation, co-operation, challenge and fun. The goal of these activities is to challenge each participant’s ability to work together as a group.
The activities stress co-operation as opposed to competition.
Fall / Spring

Team Building:
Recommended for Grades 11 & 12

Fall / Spring;

Half Day & Full Day Program Options Available.
These activities focus on:

  • Improved communication, encouragement, and decision making skills
  • Increased level of trust and support within working groups
  • Increased level of individual self-confidence & leadership skills

Snowshoe Expedition
Learn the basics of snowshoeing.
Find out which style of snowshoe you prefer – Traditional or Hi -Tech.
Challenge yourself as we explore the great outdoors. Winter: Weather Permitting

Get Oriented!!
An Introduction to Orienteering

Students are introduced to the basics of orienteering, including; parts of a compass, use of a compass to find direction, and map reading.
Skills will be a put to the test as students use a map and compass to navigate their way through a designated area.
Fall, Winter or Spring

Bruce Trail Hike: Dundas Valley Conservation Area
Level of ability is intermediate.
Allow 2 hours.

This guided hike follows the Bruce Trail as it winds through the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
Within the park, the Bruce Trail passes through stream valleys, shady deciduous forests, old apple orchards, meandering above and below the Niagara Escarpment. Full or Half Day Hike options available. Fall, Winter or Spring

Around the Lake Trail:
Christie Lake Outdoor Education Centre
Level of ability is Beginner/ Intermediate.
Allow 2 hours.

This guided hike follows the trail around the lake at the Christie Lake Conservation Area.
The trail begins at the Outdoor Centre, crosses over the dam and winds its way through coniferous plantations and shady deciduous forests.
The gently sloping trail crosses a causeway on the return trip to the centre. Fall / Spring

These games make use of large forest and field areas, encouraging students to work together co-operatively & strategize. Choose from one of the following activities:

Capture the Flag
The goal of this game is for each team to seek out and capture the flag of the other team while keeping their own flag safe.
Fall, Winter or Spring

Alpha Wolf
The Alpha is the lead animal in any pack.
Teams attempt to locate the Alpha in order to improve their clan’s strength.
An adaptation of this game is to avoid capture of the Alpha and keep your own clan safe.
Fall, Winter or Spring

Survival of the Fittest
A predator/prey role playing game. The objective – to survive!
The challenge , to avoid predators, and other dangers in order to survive.
The search is on for the basic necessities of life!
Fall, Winter or Spring