Ecology Park School Programs

GreenUP Ecology Park provides dynamic nature-based programs that bring the curriculum to life.  Our lessons involve exciting hands-on exploration and activities delivered by experienced educators.

Students and visitors will explore and learn in a diversity of habitats including the Meade Creek wetland, native plant nursery, meadow, forest and demonstration gardens.

Curriculum-linked programs focus on a variety of environmental education themes such as soils and compost, animals and habitats, plants and trees, food gardens, insects, and many more! If there is a topic that you don’t see please contact us, and we can create a program to suit the needs of your class!

Programs at GreenUP Ecology Park are offered May through October. The subsidized cost for our programs is $10.00 per student. We also offer classroom programs too during the winter months, upon request!

Program Options

Registration is currently closed. Please watch this page for Spring 2022 registration or email vern.bastable@greenup.on.ca if you have questions.

Please see the program options below. Each program has been developed to connect to the Overall and Specific Expectations of the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum. 

FOOD (available in the Spring and Fall)   Curriculum Linked for: Kindergarten | Grade 1

From the ground up! Using the Ecology Park food gardens, we will roll up our sleeves, pick up a shovel, and explore what it takes to turn a seed into a salad. Children will learn how to prep the garden with compost, plant different types of seeds, and about the relationship between food and pollinators! What to Expect: Hands-on planting, harvesting, and tasting from the garden.

LIFECYCLES (available in the Spring) Curriculum Linked for: Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2

Stages and changes are everywhere in nature. Come and explore the seasonal patterns and biological lifecycles of your favourite creatures. From butterflies to bees, frogs to crayfish, your class will have hands-on opportunities to interact with their favourite urban animals. What to Expect: stream study, insect cycles, and insect collection along with critter search, and more!

SEASONAL CHANGES  (available in the Spring and Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2

How do the changing seasons affect the living things around us? Join us as we shine a spotlight on our local, urban critters and their habitats. Students will learn how animals and plants prepare for the changing seasons and alter their behaviour to survive. What to Expect: Birdcalls and identification, squirrel nest building, and seasonal activities!

POLLEN POWER  (available in the Spring) Curriculum Linked for: Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4

Explore the relationship between pollinators and humans! This exciting, bee-positive program highlights our local and global dependency on pollinators. Students will examine the characteristics of flowers and bees through interactive, hands-on inquiry. Students will leave feeling inspired and empowered to care for our urban pollinators! What to Expect: Creating pollinator habitats, bee dances, and if the weather is right a beehive visit!

SOIL, EROSION, & COMPOST (available in the Spring and Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 3

Celebrate soils! Students will learn about the particles that make up soil, the critters that call the soil home, and the superhero of soil – compost! Together, we will explore soil through hands-on inquiry, games, and demonstrations. Students will have the opportunity to examine soil samples, touch soil critters, and to learn how they can steward this important resource! What to Expect: compost puppet show, soil critter search, and composting demo.

INVADER RAIDERS (available in the Spring and Fall)  Curriculum Linked for: Grade 6 | Grade 7

Learn to identify and manage invaders that threaten our native plant and animal diversity. Students will engage in an ongoing citizen science project by learning hands-on techniques for land stewardship and invasive species removal. Students will also discover creative uses for these local invaders. What to Expect: cutting down buckthorn, pulling out dog-strangling vine, invasive nature crafts.