On-Site Programs

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On-Site School programs are designed for districts 61, 62, 63, 64 and surrounding independent schools. They are held at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary during the school year, from September until June. French programming may be available upon request. All of the In-School programs are also available at the Swan Lake Nature House. You can book one of our On-site programs by downloading a copy of our booking form. Please call for more information.

Fall Programs (September to December)
Daring Ducks

(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 1; Duration: 1 hour; Cost: $80)
Some dabble on the surface, some dive for their food - let's explore the amazing adaptations ducks have for living on the lake and discover who’s who in the duck world.

Available: Mon to Thurs, 9:30 to 10:30 or 1:00 to 2:00

 

Frog Fables and Turtle Tales

(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 3; Duration: 1.5 hours;

Cost: $115)
Amphibians and reptiles are cool; 'Cold-blooded' that is! We'll take a closer look at the reptiles and amphibians that live in the nature house, at the sanctuary and in our neighbourhoods. How are they the same as us; how are they different?

Available: Mon to Thurs, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30


Swan Lake Safari (New Program)
(Grades: 1 to 5; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Cost: $115)

Discover the wonders of our own backyard and the wonderful wildlife all around us! Learn about common birds at your feeder, insects in your garden and even meet a potential neighbor (hint: it slithers).
Available: Mon to Thurs 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30

Wetland Discovery
(Grades: 3 to 5; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Cost: $115)
Gain an understanding and record our observations of wetland environments through hands-on examination of the plants, aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals that make Swan Lake their home.

Available: Mon to Thurs, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30

 

Microscope Discoveries
(Grades: 5 to 8; Duration: 1.5 hours; Cost: $115)
We’ll collect living material from Swan Lake, prepare specimens and learn how to properly use both dissecting and compound microscopes and record their observations. Students will also have the opportunity to examine some of their own cells.

Available: Mon to Thurs, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30

 


 

Spring Programs (January to June)
Awaken your Senses
(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 1; Duration: 1 hr; Cost: $80)
Awaken and enjoy using your senses, both in the Nature House and outdoors, in this gentle introduction to the Nature Sanctuary. Compare your senses with those of a living turtle or snake.

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 10:30 or 1:00 to 2:00

 

Daring Ducks

(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 1; Duration: 1 hour; Cost: $80)
Some dabble on the surface, some dive for their food - a closer look lets us explore the amazing adaptations ducks have for living on the lake and discover who’s who in the duck world.

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 10:30 or 1:00 to 2:00

 

Frog Fables and Turtle Tales

(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 3; Duration: 1.5 hours;

Cost: $115)
Amphibians and reptiles are cool; 'Cold-blooded' that is! We'll take a closer look at the reptiles and amphibians that live in the nature house, at the sanctuary and in our neighbourhoods. How are they the same as us; how are they different?

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30


Wetland Discovery
(Grades: 3 to 5; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Cost: $115)
Students will gain an understanding of the value of wetlands by collecting and recording their observations of aquatic plants and animals. Topics include adaptations of some wetland vertabrates and their role in the food chain.

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30.


Microscope Discoveries
(Grades: 5 to 8; Duration: 1.5 hours; Cost: $115)
We’ll collect living material from Swan Lake, prepare specimens and learn how to properly use both dissecting and compound microscopes and record their observations. Students will also have the opportunity to examine some of their own cells.

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30

 

Way Cool Raccoon School (January to March only)
(Grades: Kindergarten to grade 2; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Cost: $115)
A puppet show, specimens and active outdoor stations will involve your class in our raccoon school. Students will learn why these mammals are so successful in an urban environment. Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30

 

Social Insects (April to June only)
(Grades: 2 & 3; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Cost: $115) A dramatic introduction to honeybees, a close look at the demonstration bee hive, an outdoors game as well as walk, allows your class to explore the worlds of ants, wasps and bees.

Available: Mon, Tue or Thu, 9:30 to 11:00 or 1:00 to 2:30.

 

Watch this video of the Social Insects program at Swan Lake

 

 

All of the In-School programs are also available at the Swan Lake Nature House.

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