GreenUP 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.
How to Register:
STEP 1 | Choose a program from the Program Options list below
STEP 2 | Pick a couple of date options (hint: our new online registration system will let you know which ones are available)
STEP 3 | Click on the ‘Register now!’ button below
Have a Question? For more information, contact, please contact Ecology Park Manager, at 705-745-3238 ext 217
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 SYSTEMS (available in the Spring) 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!
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.
SEASONAL CHANGES (available in the 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.
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!
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!
THE LIFE OF TREES (available in the Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8
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.
CITIZEN SCIENCE 101 (available in the Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | 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: using logic to identify organisms; bird, tree and insect identification.
PLANTS and SOILS (available in the Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4
Learn about the reciprocal and complex relationship between the earth below our feet and the trees above our heads! Students will learn about the diversity of the plant kingdom and the tricks plants use to grow and survive. Your class will also discover the importance of soil, and how we can produce and care for this important resource and everything that grows from it.
WHAT’S THAT HABITAT? (available in the Spring and Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 4
Habitats are at work all around us, uniting living and nonliving elements. Your class will understand the difference between a meadow and forest through hands-on exploration and discovery. Students will also understand the role we play in protecting the wildlife that lives with us in this urban community.
BIOBLITZ! (available in the Spring and Fall) Curriculum Linked for: Grade 6 | Grade 7
This exciting program will give your students the opportunity to participate in a citizen science project! Learn to identify local plant and animal species while understanding the importance of ecosystem diversity. Your students will help ongoing research at Ecology Park while learning hands-on techniques for land stewardship.
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.
Have you ever considered traveling to your field trip destination using Peterborough Transit?
Peterborough Transit’s regular routes and schedule provide a transportation option that is inexpensive, convenient, and a valuable experience. Plus, there is a bus stop right outside the Ecology Park gates! Check out our School Trip by Transit program page to learn about how we can help you get on the bus for your Ecology Park class trip.
Program Contact Information
Name: Vern Bastable
Position: Manager, GreenUP Ecology Park
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext:217