Secondary School Modules at rare
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Situated alongside the Grand River, rare is a 900+ acre land trust that exists for the purposes of education, research, and conservation. Home to old growth forests, native prairie, limestone cliffs, wetlands, sustainable gardens, habitat gardens and living pond, trail networks and a diverse array of birds, plants, and animals, rare is an area of provincial, national, and international environmental significance.
At rare, we provide several opportunities for students and teachers to experience curriculum based learning outside the classroom. It is becoming increasingly important for students of all ages to be involved in a variety of outdoor education experiences. The programs provided at rare are helping to bridge the gap between the classroom and the natural environment through experiential and investigative hands-on learning. Home to over 24 habitat types, rare is an ideal location for curriculum based outdoor modules, providing students with the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation necessary to become responsible, environmental citizens. The “bigger picture” will be a key underlying theme to rare’s programming. Students will understand that the actions of today will greatly affect the outcomes of tomorrow.
Our modules at rare are based on two models of education: Chain of Learning and Every Child Outdoors. The Chain of Learning is a concept where knowledge, expertise, and ideas are directly transferred from researchers to high school students, elementary students, families and community members. Every Child Outdoors is a model of experiential learning, inspiring youth to adopt a sense of curiosity in the natural world through hands-on environmental learning in the out of doors.
The objective of rare’s Mirrored Research Program is to engage secondary school students in research and monitoring activities that are consistent with rare’s existing research and monitoring framework. This research follows an EMAN protocol with regard to Salamander Monitoring, Butterfly Monitoring, and Forest Health Monitoring. Through field trips to rare, students will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on experiential research and monitoring activities as they are performed by rare staff and others around the country. The results will be recorded and entered into a student database and the results will be shared with the scientific community, schools, both regionally and provincially.
Our Research and Monitoring Intern at rare monitors salamanders, butterflies, and forest health under EMAN protocols and procedures. Although EMAN has been terminated by the federal government, it is rare’s mission to strictly follow EMAN protocols to ensure quality research is being performed and results are published and shared in the local community of scientists and researchers at rare. This protocol continues to be used by other research centres and environmental professionals. Results from this research have been accumulating since 2006, providing important information in predicting future changes in the environment, species composition, and biodiversity.
- Modules will be offered from September 12, 2016 to June 30, 2017
- All modules are offered as half day (2.0-2.5 hours in length) at $9.00 per student
- Limited number of spaces available, please book well ahead of time
- For groups of less than 15, there is a minimum fee of $135.00
- Modules are weather permitting; trips may be cancelled with impending inclement weather
- **Full day modules are available upon request
The modules are not limited to the outlines listed above; modules can be tailored for specific course requirements and student needs. We also offer exciting opportunities for school environmental clubs.
Explore, Learn, Be Curious, Be Inspired, Be Active!
To book a module, please contact:
Gill Ratcliffe Educator
p. 519-650-9336 x112