Our curriculum-based programs complement in-class lessons, teaching ecological principles and offering more in-depth study and hands-on experience in a variety of areas. These programs are a great fit for private schools, ESL classes, Eco-Teams, and home-schooled students!Our school programs are aligned to meet the needs of science, geography and environmental science courses, and for students from kindergarten to college.
In Person Programs
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Fisheries & Aquatic Ecosystems
Studying the diversity of fish species can help scientists assess the health of an aquatic ecosystem. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to catch fish using seine nets, and learn about common fish species in Elbow Lake. We will discuss how humans may impact fish populations, such as climate change and overfishing.
*This program is season specific and can only be done when the lake water is warm (May – September).
Ornithology: Diversity & Adaptations of Birds
The wide diversity of bird species in Ontario provide an excellent way to observe physical adaptations. Students will learn about how the different structures of a bird (feet, wings, beak, etc.) are adapted to help them survive. We will also discuss common birds seen in the Kingston area, and students will have a taste of how birders observe and differentiate similar species. A selection of bird specimens will be avilable for students to handle, providing a close-up view of these amazing adaptations! The species that are focused on will differ depending on the season and what species are currently present at Elbow Lake.
*For younger grades, after students learn the features of a bird, they will work in groups to apply their knowledge and create a bird of their own, developing a life history profile and presenting it to the class.
*For older grades, there is an optional program that includes Classification and Dichotomous Keys. Identification and differentiation of species is an intergral part of the study of life. Students will learn how dichotmous keys are formed, based on morphological differences and similarities between species. This workshop can be tailored so that students design their own dichotomous keys, and/or get experience using an existing key for birds.
Winter Ecology Program
Discover what is living under the snow and ice. Learn about a season that many know little about! We have so many activities to partake in during these winter months!
- Put on a pair of our snowshoes to navigate over the deep snow,
- use our ice fishing rods to see what fish are lurking below the ice,
- send an underwater dredge to investigate what invertebrates are living on the bottom of the lake,
- sample lake chemistry,
- search for animal tracks in the snow to learn what animals are still moving about,
- discover the different strategies that local wildlife use to survive the winter,
- and much more!