Depending on the season (Spring or Fall), students will encounter how various species adapt when the season changes! How do plants grow in the Spring? What is dormancy in plants? What creatures at Cedar Haven hibernate? Who is staying awake all winter and how do they survive? Who wakes up in the Spring? Students will get a close-up nature immersion experience while exploring our property at Cedar Haven.
All about Birds!
Late May, June| Grades: JK-8
In this encounter, students will get to observe various bird species up close! They will learn about bird monitoring as they learn the lifecycle of birds and get a close up look at our birds through our nest boxes! Students will learn how to determine bird species by observing flight patterns, different types of nests, eggs and chicks. They will learn about bird species at risk, and what birds need to thrive here in Ontario.
May, June, September | Grades: 1-4
In this encounter, students will have the opportunity to get close up to pollinators by spending time netting insects in a flower-filled meadow. Students will learn how to put insects into a vial so they can closely investigate its characteristics. We will discuss the importance of pollination and how it connects to us and the food we eat. We will also spend time looking closely at wildflowers and learn how to identify the species of flowers at Cedar Haven.
All About Soil!
June, September, October | Grades: JK-8
In this encounter, students will learn about the “ingredients” needed for healthy soil. As they explore soil, students will be challenged to see how soil connects and contributes to the health of the ecosystem, which includes us! Students will build their own soil sample, as well as take time learning various ways of testing soil in different locations on site. We will also take time to learn about and discuss the importance of decomposers in the soil. As we take time to hike in our Cedar Forest, we will pay close attention to the soil under our feet, investigating the plants, decomposers, moss and fungi that live there.
May, June, September, October | Grade 4-5
In this encounter, students will learn how everything around them requires a respiratory system to survive! Through a series of science lessons, hands-on activities and science experiments, we will explore and observe the respiratory systems of plants, insects, birds and fish! After we learn about the amazing respiratory systems around us at Cedar Haven, we will test our own respiratory systems by engaging in a fun “lung olympics” activity.
May, June, September, October, November | Grades: 2-4
In this encounter, students will get to explore the property at Cedar Haven as they learn about the various habitats on site. Who lives in the pond? Around the pond? In the forest? In the meadow? How are they connected? How do they impact the greater ecosystem they live in? What do certain species need to survive? As we explore, students will get a close-up encounter with the various species we have on site. Depending on the season, students will get an opportunity to help improve the habitat of a species we have on site, or pretend to be a species of choice and build their own habitat!
May, June, September, October | Grade 4-6
In this encounter, students will explore what species fly at Cedar Haven! We will look for as many flying species as we can and take time to observe what we find - butterflies, praying mantises, dragonflies, birds and even some varieties of seeds! We will compare the similarities and differences in mechanics and anatomy and how their unique design might impact their flight. At the end of the encounter, students will be challenged to design their own flying creature, drawing on what they have learned about gravity, lift, thrust and drag.
Plant and Animal Cells!
May, June, September, October, November | Grades: 6-8
In this encounter, students will get a close up look at what life looks like from a cellular level at Cedar Haven! Using pocket microscopes, students will compare the differences and similarities between animal and plant cells, looking at bones, feathers, leaves, etc. We will explore the property - looking at species in the pond, the meadow and forest. We will talk about the scale of cells, and students will have the opportunity to build a cell in groups.
Water Systems (Watersheds)!
April, May, June | Grades: 7-8
In this encounter, students will explore the water systems at Cedar Haven. We will explore our wetlands, look at the map of the Bronte Creek watershed, investigate “watershed flashiness” and run a series of tests in measuring the quality of water in the stream and pond. In learning about water health, we will discuss how water quality impacts aquatic species and how it impacts us.
May, June, September, October, November | Grades: 6-8
In this encounter, students will deepen their understanding of biodiversity. Through hands-on learning activities, we will focus on learning the importance of classifying biodiversity through genetics, species and ecosystems. We will look closely at the biodiversity in soil, and species biodiversity at Cedar Haven. We will also discuss the threats to biodiversity and think through what actions we do that can impact (positively and negatively) the biodiversity we find around us. We will go on a “biodiversity hike” where we will consider the biodiversity in the forest, and will have an activity at the end for the students to contribute to the health of biodiversity at Cedar Haven.