Ecology Park School Programs

GreenUP Ecology Park provides dynamic nature-based programs that bring the curriculum to life. Enhance your classroom lessons through exciting hands-on exploration and activities delivered by experienced educators. Students will explore and learn in a diversity of habitats including the Meade Creek wetland, tree 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! French programming is also available upon request.

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!

See our program options and descriptions below. Click here for more information and to register…

Program Options

When registering, please select one program option from the list 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.

THE LIFE OF TREES (available in the Fall)  Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4 | Grade 6

Trees are all around us, but they are more than just the shade that they provide. We will learn about the role they play in ecosystems, and the numerous other creatures they support. Through identification, games and activities related to our native trees students will gain an appreciation for these towering members of our community. What to Expect: seed collection, lichen identification, sensory activities, tree hunts.

THE LIFE OF TREES (available in the Fall)  Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4 | Grade 6

Trees are all around us, but they are more than just the shade that they provide. We will learn about the role they play in ecosystems, and the numerous other creatures they support. Through identification, games and activities related to our native trees students will gain an appreciation for these towering members of our community. What to Expect: seed collection, lichen identification, sensory activities, tree hunts.

WHAT IS A FOREST WORTH? (available in the Spring and Fall)  Curriculum Linked for: Grade 5

Forests are more than just the trees that are in them. Through investigating and math skills students will learn about the value of forests and how we can protect them. We will learn about the role trees play in ecosystems, using measuring and geometry skills we will measure the height of trees and learn how much a forest is worth. Using probability and patterning we will also look at the diversity of species at Ecology Park. What to Expect: measuring trees, learning identification, contributing to seasonal projects.

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.

CITIZEN SCIENCE 101 (available in the Spring and Fall)   Curriculum Linked for: Grade 7 | Grade 8

The care of our planet and the protection of species is a task that every citizen can help with. Students will learn the techniques and skills required to be a citizen of science and help contribute data that scientists use in their research. Through helping to identify species spotted in Ecology Park students will be contributing to research projects that are used to protect local species. What to Expect: identifying local organisms; bird, tree and insects, as well as invasive species crafts.