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Each kit includes unique wildlife artifacts for up close examination; fun educational activities and games including an experiment or craft, leaders guide and background information and resources for further learning.
Deposit: $100
Rental Fee: $50
Length of Rental: 7 days
For more information contact Lisa Staton – Forest Discovery Program Director at

Curriculum Connection: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Grade 1
Animal Focus: Animals of Ontario (owl, raccoon, and turtles)

This kit investigates and compares the physical characteristics of a variety of animals in Ontario, focusing on owls, raccoons, and turtles. Activities focus on the five sense organs, and how those characteristics help these animals meet their needs and explore the world around them.

Curriculum Connection: Daily and Seasonal Changes

Grade 1
Animal Focus: Mammals of Ontario (Fox, Squirrel, bear)

This kit investigates how daily and seasonal changes affect three of Ontario’s mammals; fox, squirrel and bear through various activities and experiments. Activities include a migration, hibernation, adaptation game and a blubber glove experiment.

Curriculum Connection: Growth and Changes in Animals

Grade 2
Animal Focus: Frogs and Insects

This kit investigates the life cycle of a variety of animals focusing on frogs and insects. Fun activities help students learn to identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals in Ontario (e.g., insects, mammals, reptiles). Students will investigate ways insects animals are helpful to, and meet the needs of, other living things, and why we should protect these animals and the places where they live.

Curriculum Connection: Growth and Changes in Plants and Soils in the Environment

Grade 3
Animal Focus: Pollinators, Beavers & Muskrats

This kit will investigate ways in which plants and animals depend on each other focusing on pollinators and beavers.

Curriculum Connection: Habitats and Communities

Grade 4
Animal Focus: Coyote, Raccoon, Deer

This kit will investigate different communities in Ontario and the interacting species within them. Activities include a habitat mystery game and food chain activity to classify organisms according to their role in a food chain. Students will also investigate how changes to habitats (whether caused by natural or human means) can affect plants and animals and the relationships between them.

Curriculum Connection: Biodiversity, Flight

Grade 6
Animal Focus: Birds and other cavity nesting animals of the forest

This kit will investigate biodiversity within mature forest habitat and the significance that the roles and interactions of individual species can play on the degree of biodiversity present. Activities will highlight the importance of Biodiversity of individuals, species and ecosystems. Activities and experiment will include an investigation of characteristics and adaptations that enable living things to fly including close up examination of specimens.

This program is provided thanks to Ontario Power Generation funding support.

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