Every year, somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 students board the bus and take a field trip to Conservation Halton’s outdoor classroom and participate in an outdoor environmental education program. The majority of those trips are to Crawford Lake and Mountsberg, where there a wide array of school curriculum related programs available for all grades.
At Crawford Lake, students discover the history of Canada’s first peoples in our region in one of the site’s restored Iroquoian longhouses, or participate in an archaeological dig. At Mountsberg, students can go nose to beak with a live Bird of Prey and in spring get the quintessential Canadian experience, maple syrup time.
National Tree Day serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.
Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level.
Every year, during the 3rd week of September, Canada celebrates its forest resources with National Forest Week. This is a great opportunity to bring forests into your classroom or community, and engage people around discussions about the importance of this resource. National Forest Week first began in the 1920s as Fire Prevention Week, with a strong emphasis on educating the public about human caused forest fires. Since then it has grown into an educational week focused on everything forests!
Tools for Schools is a one-stop-shop to help teachers and students access air quality and climate change data and resources.
These pages are intended to increase student awareness and understanding of the impact of air pollution and climate change on human health. They also link schools to the Region’s air monitoring data as an important learning tool.
Your school is encouraged to take advantage of these new resources and join efforts to positively influence air quality and address climate change in Halton.
Conservation Halton’s School Ground Greening program provides Halton schools with the opportunity to naturalize their surroundings while supporting the emotional and physical health of their students and staff. It also gives students a space where they can immerse themselves in a natural environment, providing a calming space where anxiety and stress can be decreased.
Conservation Halton has assisted in the greening of approximately 30 schools in the last four years, including four large scale greenings, with funding and support of school councils. Plantings are carried out in June.
Conservation Halton provides schools with valuable staff time from our Forestry Technicians, access to stock suppliers, resources as well as:
- One free tree with cage where necessary to protect from vandalism; additional cages available for a fee
- Site survey and mapping and/or consultation of design and construction
- Assistance in species selection
- Day-of planting assistance and training
- Care information
If you are interested in greening your school grounds click here to contact Conservation Halton and explore the funding available to you via the organizations below:
Halton-Region Woodlands Stewardship Program – Can provide funding for the purchase and planting of nursery stock.
Metro Green Apple Grants - Grants are worth $1000 and applications are due at the end of each year.
TD Friends of the Environment – varied funds based on different projects
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grant - $500 to $3,500 for publicly funded Canadian schools (JK–Grade 12); $500 to $2,000 for not-for-profit daycares
Other Useful Resources