Environmental Education Activities

POND STUDY
Suitable for all grade levels.

  • Students collect, observe and identify denizens of Cameron Lake or Hidden Lake.
  • Students will gather mud and water from close to the bottom which is then brought inside to warm up all the little dormant critters! (Witness seemingly ‘lifeless’ water begin to teem as it approaches room temperature over time!)
  • For ‘Pond Under The Ice’ study, students assist the coordinator in drilling through the ice and discuss winter limnology (seasonal lake conditions).

FISHING and FISH ECOLOGY
Groups may choose fishing as an activity. License and registration must be active for each participant ahead of the visit. This activity includes the following:

  • Students will learn to navigate the Freshwater Fishing Regulations for our region to discover what rules and regulation we will follow.
  • Students are given demonstration on preparing their rod and reel, casting and retrieval.
  • During the experience fish ecology will be discussed. Students will learn identification, habitat and environmental factors for the health of the fish in Cameron Lake.
  • Data collection will be practiced with each group to record types of equipment, bait, species, sizes and weights, catch locations etc. This gives students the feel for fisheries as a career type and promotes scientific method.
  • All specimens will immediately and respectfully be released after inspection.
  • Regulations will be discussed in terms of fish protection.
  • Students will be questioned about what they are learning. The goal is to instill a respect for fish as part of nature and teach the importance of following regulations when using nature as a resource.

In order that we do not deplete fish stocks in either Cameron Lake or Hidden Lake the following rules will apply:

  • All Ministry of the Environment Rules and Regulations will be followed explicitly. These regulations are published annually and are available at Government Offices, Locations that Carry Hunting and Fishing Licenses and on the Ministry Website.
  • All fish caught in either lake must be returned immediately without removing them from the water if possible. Fish stand a much greater chance of survival if they are not removed from the water.
  • Only Single Barbless hooks may be used even if the current regulations specify that multiple or barbed hooks are allowed. These hooks are easier to handle and easier to remove.

BOREAL STUDIES
Adaptable for all grades.

  • A gentle hike through the forests surrounding the facility with an emphasis on the flora and fauna that inhabit the Northern Boreal Forest.
  • Special stops along the way with a chance for all students to witness or examine habitat, wetland edges and, with any luck, some of the full-time residents of the Cameron Lake area! (Hidden Lake is a highlight of the tour with frequent sightings of Trumpeter Swans.)
  • Crafts and other activities are available for younger groups.
  • Data collection and further forest ecology activities are available for older groups.

BOTANY
Identification and usage studies of local plants.

  • Students will learn to identify the forest plant community in groups using hands on observation and guide books.
  • Groups will record data to describe the forest around them.
  • Groups will participate in discussion about forest health and resources.

GEOCACHING
6 GPS units are available for use.

  • There are maps available with instructions for each student group. Using the map, questions and device, students are sent out to search for predetermined points of interest.
  • Rewards or “caches” must be placed before the activity begins. This will be the Coordinator’s responsibility. Please notify the Coordinator in advance if you would like to participate in this activity

GEOLOGY
The surrounding forest are full of geological features that can be discussed. Student learn about geoformation (Land formation and the changes it makes over time.)

  • Students take a hike to look at the surrounding lands learning how glaciation, erosion and our largest rodent helped to form the landscape.
  • Group leads are given a document to follow describing some keys formations and give facts about each location.

FIRE STARTING AND SAFETY
Students learn the basics of starting a fire safely and effectively. Instructions are located in the Facilitation Resource Binder This lesson will include:

  • Collection of proper materials and ignition sources. Discussion about respectful resource collection
  • Choosing the right location and preparing the site.
  • Ignition basics and fuel building techniques.
  • Safety and proper ways to put out the fire.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Students will “Get lost in the woods” with the guidance of adult leaders to learn what steps to take in order to survive and be found.

After completion of all activities, students will be able to:

  • Identify the seven basic needs for survival.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment for frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Compare and contrast the value of different materials in a survival situation.
  • Demonstrate creative and critical thinking in a group shelter building exercise.

CREATURE STUDIES
A variety of activities can be chosen to learn about specific creatures.

  • Habitat Assessments
  • Animal Surveys
  • Ecological Crafts
  • Observation Studies

Discuss with the coordinator about what your students are learning about in class so that we may make adjustments that will supplement your teaching goals.