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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Outdoor Education Programs

Special offer to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Watershed Schools: Receive a rebate on the cost of a bus for one field trip(not including HST).

To learn more about ABCA Education fees and booking a Conservation Education Experience click here.

STEP One for booking a Conservation Education Experience is to Choose a Program or two programs for a full day experience.

Consult the list below.  Can't find a program or need a suggestion?  Please call and we may be able to develop a custom program or incorporate your desired themes into an existing program.  

For more information, or to book a program: call 519-235-2610 or call toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info(at)abca.on.ca or visit the staff contacts list for ABCA Conservation Educator's contact information.

STEP Two for booking a Conservation Education Experience is to Choose a Location

The most popular locations include: 

Please note that some outdoor programs may be limited to certain conservation areas and only available during certain seasons.

Download a map of the watershed with our conservation areas and schools highlighted: Watershed Schools Map - PDF.

PRIMARY

Living World Walk

Come along on this sensory hike that will explore seasons and how seasonal changes affect our local plants and animals. 

Animal Adventures

Butterflies, Blue Jays and Bats - Oh My! All of these animals fly, but do they belong to the same animal group? Students will learn about unique animals characteristics, life cycles, and other adaptations. 

Puddles and Pollywogs

Get your rubber boots ready! Students will explore the river or stream and use nets to collect aquatic critters. Share in a story and/or animal game to finish the day's investigation.

Down Under

Let's explore the world 'down under'. Students will examine different soil types, creatures that live in the soil, erosion, compaction and how to protect this important natural resource. 

From Seed to Tree

Explore the world of plants - from seed to tree and in between. Discover how plants make their own food and form the base of any food chain. Learn about the fun features of some common and unique local plants.

JUNIOR

    Fantastic Fossils

    Travel back in time and discover what Southern Ontario looked like 400 million years ago. Learn about different rock types and look for sedimentary rocks and fossils in the Ausable Gorge. Each student may bring home one fossil. 

    Puddles and Pollywogs

    Explore the Ausable or the Bayfield River to discover what lives in it or nearby. Learn about the adaptations of plants and animals for aquatic living. Discover what these plants and animals tell us about the water quality. 

    Backyard Biodiversity- Exploring Habitats

    Students will explore a variety of ecosystems to learn how they are similar and different. Benefits of biodiversity and causes of biodiversity loss will be discussed through games and activities.  Program may focus on trees, animals, insects, or another theme of your choosing. 

    Go Wild Survival

    See the animal, be the animal! Students play the role of mammals in this active food web game and discover how energy is transferred through a forest ecosystem.

    Species at Risk

    Learn why some species struggle for survival while others thrive. Explore the natural and human-related factors affecting aquatic animals. 

    GPS Journey

    Discover the world of the Geographic Positioning System, including the development of mapping and technology as used by the ABCA. Head out on a GPS adventure to find the checkpoints and answer conservation related questions.

    Eco-Dynamics - Team Building

    Teach your students the importance of leadership and group dynamics using the natural environment. A series of challenges will have students learning about local watersheds and their connection to them as well as their connection to each other.

    INTERMEDIATE

      Fantastic Fossils

      Travel back in time and discover what Southern Ontario looked like 400 million years ago. Explore river systems and the formation of the Ausable Gorge.  Look for rocks and fossils at the museum. Each student may bring home one fossil. 

      River Ramble

      Explore your local watercourse to discover what lives in it or nearby. Learn about the adaptations of plants and animals for aquatic living. Discover what these plants and animals tell us about the water quality. 

      Backyard Biodiversity

      Students will explore a variety of ecosystems to learn how they are similar and different. Benefits of biodiversity and causes of biodiversity loss will be discussed through games and activities. Program may focus on trees, animals, insects, or another theme of your choosing. 

      Go Wild Survival

      See the animal, be the animal! Students play the role of mammals in this active food web game and discover how energy is transferred through a forest ecosystem.

      Species at Risk

      Learn why some species struggle for survival while others thrive. Explore the natural and human-related factors affecting aquatic animals. 

      GPS Journey

      Discover the world of the Geographic Positioning System, including the development of mapping and technology as used by the ABCA. Head out on a GPS adventure to find the checkpoints and answer conservation related questions.

      Eco-Dynamics - Team Building

      Teach your students the importance of leadership and group dynamics using the natural environment. A series of challenges will have students learning about local watersheds and their connection to them as well as their connection to each other.

      SECONDARY SCHOOL

        Fantastic Fossils

        Travel back in time and discover what Southern Ontario looked like 400 million years ago. Explore the rocks and fossils in the museum, then hike through history into the Ausable Gorge in search of fossils. Each students may bring home one fossil. 

        Backyard Biodiversity

        Students will explore a variety of ecosystems to learn how they are similar and different. Benefits of biodiversity and causes of biodiversity loss will be discussed through games and activities. Program may focus on trees, animals, insects, or another theme of your choosing. 

        Go Wild Survival

        See the animal, be the animal! Students play the role of mammals in this active food web game and discover how energy is transferred through a forest ecosystem.

        Species at Risk

        Learn why some species struggle for survival while others thrive. Explore the natural and human-related factors affecting the aquatic animals. 

        GPS Journey

        Discover the world of the Geographic Positioning System, including the development of mapping and technology as used by the ABCA. Head out on a GPS adventure to find checkpoints and answer conservation related questions. 

        Climate Change

        Hands-on demonstrations and active games well help give your students an understanding of climate change including global and local causes and effects. 

        What's in the Water?

        Become a field technician as you search for aquatic creatures, test the water chemistry, and assess the physical attributes of the water system. Learn how Ausable Bayfield Conservation uses similar data to create a watershed report card and identify areas for positive environmental actions. 

        Citizen Science for the Environment

        Go Global is a network of one hectare plots, which are monitored to detect local changes in forest health. Become forest researchers while learning how to identify and measure trees, and understand the consequences of climate change and human impact.