Outdoor Education – Redesigned
Since 1994, the RougeValley Naturalists have developed and continue to implement curriculum-based outdoor education programs for school and community groups. For over 18 years, our staff and volunteers have been running educational programs to much acclaim from educators. Students, teachers and parents have participated in fun-filled activities that promote a better understanding of our wilderness, and of the great natural and cultural heritage preserved in the Rouge Valley.
Our environmental education programs consist of guided hikes to explore the wilderness. They are complemented with interactive lessons and hands-on activities to provide a truly ‘Wild’ educational experience!
A program day includes a hands-on or interactive program of various themes to suit all grade level curriculums.
JK/SK - Needs and Characteristics of Living Things (JK/SK) | Modified Program
Grade 1 – Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2 – Growth and Changes in Animals | Air and Water in the Environment
Grade 3 – Growth and Changes in Plants | Soils in the Environment
Grade 4 – Habitats and Wildlife communities | Rocks and Minerals
Grade 5 – Properties of and Changes in Matter | Conservation of Energy and Resources
Grade 6 – Biodiversity | First Nation Peoples in the Rouge Valley
Grade 7 – Interactions in the Environment | Heat in the Environment
Grade 8 – Patterns in Human Geography | Water Systems
College/University – Modified Program
We are open to suggestions and modifications to improve and tailor our programs to educator needs. Many educators request a combination of program topics or a specific program schedule. If you would like more information on requesting a modified program, please feel free to contact us.
Imagine yourself as a Rouge Valley Naturalists Volunteer! Join our team and share the fulfillment of bringing nature to urban children and youth. If you have an enthusiasm for nature and love to inspire children and youth about the wonders of the wilderness, then we may have just the volunteering opportunity for you!
We need enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to deliver our outdoor environmental education programs. No experience necessary. We will provide the training. All we ask of our volunteers is they be energetic, outgoing, have good communication skills and most importantly a willingness to learn, work in a team setting – and hike! Most of our programs are held weekday mornings and afternoons, however there may be opportunities for evening and weekend programming as well. Continue Reading →
-$6 per student
-Adult supervisors free
-Minimum 15 students, maximum 80 per group
-larger groups may be accommodated however an extra surcharge may be added. Call or email for more information.
We require two weeks notice to cancel a booking otherwise a cancellation fee of 50% of the total program cost will be applied. (Cancellations due to inclement weather will NOT be subject to a cancellation fee)
We reserve the right to cancel a program if we feel the weather or conditions are unsafe.
All program activities are held OUTDOORS and run rain, shine, cold or snow, unless in extreme weather. Programs are not moved indoors in poor weather. Students must be fully prepared for outdoor activities and any type of weather (rain gear, snow gear, sunscreen, water).
Children and adults MUST be fully prepared for outdoor activities.
Dress in layers. Bring hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, ear muffs, etc, to cover all extremities. Proper winter boots and wool socks should be worn as well as water/wind-proof jackets & snow pants. Wool and technical fabric work best for outdoor activities, as they work to wick away moisture and keep heat in. Cotton can hold the cold air, sweat and water
next to the skin and highly increases the chance of frostbite and hypothermia. Hydration and sun screen are just as important in winter as in summer!
IN SPRING & SUMMER:
Dress in layers and cover all extremities in cool weather. Hats and sunscreen are important in spring and summer. Long pants and closed shoes with socks will help to protect from brushing against poison ivy and thorny bushes. Bring plenty of water as well to prevent dehydration. Wear proper hiking footwear, especially in spring, as trails can be muddy.
When walking in the wilderness, remember that it is full of plants and animals and we are walking through their homes! Take only photographs, leave only footprints!