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NEW Subsidized Virtual Program

In Nature, Online: Bringing Nature to You!

Registration for our Winter Season opens TUESDAY DEC 15 at 8:00 am!

Come learn about winer birds with us!

During the COVID-19 Pandemic we are focusing our efforts on safety and education, moving our nature-based STEM field trips to an online model called In Nature, Online: Bringing Nature to You! Our new virtual programs consist of two parts:

1. A synchronous meeting (Virtual Campfire) where students are lead through the STEM program theme by experienced Nature Interpreters through slide shows, pictures, short videos, discussions and games!

2. A STEM learning package for teachers and students including engaging theme based independent follow up activities, school yard scavenger hunts, (COVID appropriate) fun class games and activities for home!

Pleas note that due to our limited capacity during the pandemic, our In Nature, Online: Bringing Nature to You! programs are currently only being offered to schools in underserved neighbourhoods completely free of charge!

We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Nous remercions le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de son soutien.


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Technology You Will Need for an In-Person Classroom:

A projector or smartboard

A computer (desktop or laptop)

An internet connection (strong wifi connection will do!)

A webcam is optional, but will result in the best audio/visual

OR a laptop with a camera and mic

You may choose to use speakers for the best audio quality

*Please place webcam/computer at the front of the classroom, but off to the side so that all or the most number of students as possible are visible to our interpreters.*

Programs

Fall: Fall in the Forest

Animals aren't the only ones getting ready for winter! Trees are storing food and preparing for the coldest months of the year. In this program students will explore the science behind the changing colour of some leaves and how others can stay forever green! Students will learn about the diversity of the Toronto forest systems and learn to identify trees by leaf shape and other attributes.

Winter: Birds of the City

Toronto has a huge diversity of birds! Learn about our feathered neighbours and which birds are tried and true city slickers. In this program students will learn to identify common birds of the city by sight and by sound, as well as examine the behavioural and structural adaptations that allow so many birds to thrive in the city and stay even through the winter!

Spring: Spring into Life!

Program info coming soon

Program Information

Time: All synchronous programs between 1 - 1.5 hours long

Number: of students: One class per field trip booking

Cost: $0 - we are currently only booking subsidized programs

Weekly availability: Please feel out a form to inquire!

Elligibility

Due to our limited capacity during the pandemic, our In Nature, Online: Bringing Nature to You! programs are currently only offered to schools in underserved neighbourhoods completely free of charge! Our programs are open to any school high ranking on the TDSB LOI list or any school that can show reasonable need of a subsidized program. To inquire about eligibility please fill out an application form or email our School Programs Coordinator, Kat, at kmaurer@highparknaturecentre.com.

Our In Nature, Online: Bringing Nature to You! are for Grades 1-6 with both the Virtual Campfire (synchronous meeting) and Learning Package tailored to your grade based on the Ontario Science Curriculum.

Sponsorship

We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).

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Policies

Cancellations/Rescheduling

If you need to cancel or reschedule your booking during these uncertain times, please give us two weeks notice if you are able. If you are rescheduling within the two week window, please note that we will do our best to accommodate you, but we are not able to guarantee you a new date.

Behaviour

At the High Park Nature Centre we strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone. We want to work with children and teachers to overcome challenging behaviours. Our staff use positive reinforcements, empowering language, and friendly reminders of what appropriate behaviour looks like, sounds like, and feels like. However, in some cases a Program Coordinator may need to remove a child from the program and the child may be asked not to return to the Nature Centre that school year. Examples of behaviour that will result in removal include (but are not limited to): violence to themselves or others, bullying, damaging property, refusing to follow safety rules, or continued disruption of the program.




How to Make Nature Your Classroom: Wonderful Winter

- Virtual -

In this FREE course, discover a wealth of winter activities students will love, and feel calm and confident taking your teaching outdoors!

The teaching needs of this year have changed (and changed, and changed!), and taking your students outside is more important than ever! This course will be an introduction to getting your students outside and making nature your classroom! It will cover risk assessment, how to keep kids happy, safe and engaged outside even on cold winter days, nature etiquette (leave no trace teaching) as well as nature themed games & activities to add to your teaching toolkit. This course includes optional virtual community circles with time for participants to respond to discussion questions related to the current teaching situation.

Generously Funded by NSERC

Curriculum

Module 1: An Introduction to Teaching Outdoors
Module 2: Tapping Into the Senses
Module 3: Trees & Plants
Module 4: Animals & Tracks
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