Book your Winter and Spring visits now
OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION
Integrated learning ~ Stewardship ~ Critical thinking skills Making connections ~ Cross-curricular
There is a minimum booking fee of 20 students.
Please contact us directly for bookings of more than 100 children.
Please pick the time slot closest to the busing availability.
Programs tailored to curriculum links JK – Gr.12
Fabulous Fall Forest Sept – Dec *Gr 1 – 8
Investigate the mysterious lives of bats, owls, snakes and spiders . Discover the hidden talents of these creatures with hands on activities and challenges. $10/student
Fall Fest Visits Oct *ELKP – 8
Includes Fabulous Fall Forest program plus a train ride and pumpkin. Check out our Fall Fest flyer
Trees Please Nov – Apr Gr 3+
Explore Heartland Forest and learn tree id and fun facts about our beautiful deciduous forest. Parts of a plant, life cycle, adaptations, forest community, Human uses through history, human impact, and how we benefit from the trees and plants around us are covered through interactive game stations. Includes tree craft – grade 3
Ecosystems Investigation Sept – Nov *Gr 7 – 10
Participate in the ongoing monitoring programs conducted here at Heartland Forest. Visit our Malaise trap (inventory of aerial insects), benthic investigations including collecting at our new boardwalk/observation tower and soil sampling. Students use critical thinking skills to discuss the effects of human activity on the populations of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. A scavenger hunt and team games enhance learning outcomes.
Migrate, Hibernate or Adapt Nov – Mar *ELKP – 8
A guided trail hike interprets the biodiversity of Heartland Forest’s Provincially Significant Wetlands. Become familiar with the mammal species of Ontario through field assessment of tracks and signs. A hands on examination of wildlife artifacts opens discussion on adaptations for migration and hibernation along with physiological changes. Roast a marshmallow and warm up at our campfire. Includes tracking craft to take home.
Winter Wonderland Nov 12 – Dec *pre-school, ELKP – 2
Stay warm and cozy in our nature centre and then explore outdoors! take a journey through the life cycle of a tree and meet some native conifers. Then play our deer game to compare physical differences between caribou (reindeer), moose, elk and our local white tailed deer. Head outside to go tracking along our forest trail. Roast a marshmallow at our campfire, enjoy a train ride (weather permitting) and warm up with delicious apple cider back at our nature centre.
Frogfest Apr – May *ELKP – 8
Explore interactive learning stations featuring frogs and other creatures. Foster stewardship of the natural environment. Check out our FrogFest page coming soon
Year End Trips June *ELKP – 8
Spend an exciting morning on a guided discovery tour with interactive learning stations and a scavenger hunt. Enjoy your snack and picnic lunch under a pavilion, try out our obstacle course, take a StoryWalk on the forest trail, explore the playground, have a game of mini-putt and take a train ride.
Team Challenge with Low Ropes Sept – Nov, April – June *grade 4 (age9) and up
LOW ROPES NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2022
Our certified instructors guide students through course challenges designed to develop communication, problem solving teamwork and physical skills. weather dependent 2 hour program $8/student
Introduction to low ropes addon.
Adults $4.00 Staff complementary
Payment due prior to, or upon arrival
Picnic pavilion reservation included
Add a train ride to any program
$1/student (min. $25)