Book an Education Naturally Program

Education Naturally programs are curriculum-geared, hands-on, and experiential to allow elementary students to develop an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors, while relating classroom learning with real world issues and concepts.

Pre-Planning Session

If this will be your first visit to Riverwood, you may be asked to book a pre-planning session with our instructor to discuss the details of the program and to align activities with your classroom instruction, so that you and your students get the best experience possible. Pre- and post-visit planning and additional support materials will be provided at this meeting. For returning teachers, a telephone pre-planning session or email correspondence may be sufficient.

Program Duration

Education Naturally programs are offered on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

– Full Day (4-5 hours)
– Half-day (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Program Capacity

To safeguard our ecosystems, and due to fire regulations, we only allow a maximum of 60 students, and 68 people altogether, at any one time to participate in an Education Naturally program.

In order to get the best experience out of our programs, smaller class sizes work best. There is no limit to the number of times your school may visit. For Kindergarten to Grade Three classes, teacher and at least one other adult must accompany visiting students.

Cost of Education Naturally Programs (2019-2020 school year)

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board schools
Full-day: $10/student; $175 minimum
Half-day: $6/student; $90 minimum

Peel District School Board schools
Full-day: $15/student; $200 minimum
Half-day: $10/student; $110 minimum

Private, at-home, parochial schools
Full-day: $15/student; $200 minimum
Half-day: $10/student; $110 minimum

Cost of Art Naturally Program (2019-2020 school year)

All schools
$18/student; $270 minimum

Art Naturally programs must be booked through Visual Arts Mississauga. Please contact Wendy Heagney-Bakewell by phone at 905-277-4313 or email artreach@visualartsmississauga.com.

Payment

During your visit, our teacher will confirm the student numbers with you and The Riverwood Conservancy will send an invoice to your school after your visit.

Cancellation Policy

1. When a program must be cancelled by TRC or the school (for example, because of inclement weather* or bus cancellations), TRC and the school will attempt to re-schedule.

* Inclement weather includes, but is not limited to, thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, and temperature extremes.

2. Due to high demand for Education Naturally programs, a cancellation by the school without rescheduling must be confirmed and communicated in writing no later than one (1) month prior to the scheduled program. A cancellation by the Education Naturally Teacher will be confirmed in writing by email. The charge for cancellation is 50 per cent of the booked program fee. If the cancellation is due to the occurrence of a traumatic event at the school, the cancellation charge may be waived at the discretion of TRC.

Additional Information for Teachers

The Riverwood Conservancy’s Expectations

Groups arriving on the property will be expected to meet The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) expectations. They are:
– To respect wildlife, the environment and the park
– To leave nothing behind (not even footprints if you can avoid it)
– To listen to TRC’s instructors
– To ask questions

What to Wear

Each lesson will have a physical activity component, usually a hike. Students should come prepared to learn outside. Consideration needs to be given to footwear, appropriate dress, hats, sun and insect protection. Dress for the weather by wearing layers. Keep these points in mind:
– Closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or heels)
– Long pants, regardless of the season or weather
– Warm jacket (weather dependent)
– Raincoat or poncho (weather dependent)
– A hat, gloves, and a scarf are essential in cold and/or snowy weather
– Rain/snow boots (trails can be muddy/snowy)

What to Bring

– Permission Slips and/or Class Emergency Folder
– Lunch: Please bring a nut-free, litterless lunch. Food is not available for purchase on the property.
– Reusable Water bottle
– Medications: Our programs involve outdoor, physical activity. If you have students with asthma or other health matters, severe allergies, mobility issues, or any other special needs, please note this on your booking form. If an Asthma Puffer or Epipen is required, please ensure that those medication accompany the student on his or her visit.

Bring Your Own Device

Students and teachers are permitted to BYOD (bring your own device) at their own risk. The Riverwood Conservancy is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

Emergency Contact Numbers

If for any reason you are running late, or if you have any last minute questions, you can reach us at 905-279-5878 (Main Office) or 905-279-2302 (Education Naturally Teacher).

Booking Process

After you have selected your Education Naturally program, book your class using the form below. You will receive an email from info@theriverwoodconservancy.org about your tentative booking request. Reply to that email or call our office at 905-279-5878 to confirm your booking. Unconfirmed booking requests will be held for two (2) weeks. After that time, the requested dates will be released and made available to other groups for booking.

NOTE: To book an Art Naturally program, please contact Lisa Robinson at Visual Arts Mississauga by phone at 905-277-5086 or email lisa@visualartsmississauga.com.





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* Please note that a pre-visit planning session may be required before we can confirm an Education Naturally booking. The Riverwood Conservancy will contact you to arrange a session.