Education Naturally: Nature-based Programs for Elementary Students

Education Naturally programs are now fully booked through June 2022. We are still accepting program bookings for fall 2022.

Education Naturally is The Riverwood Conservancy’s environmental learning program for students from kindergarten to grade eight. Our programs give students and their teachers the opportunity to explore Riverwood’s woodlands, meadows, and wetlands along the banks of the Credit River in Mississauga. Education Naturally takes students into a living laboratory with abundant wildlife, plant life, and geological features.

All Education Naturally programs reflect the Ontario Ministry of Education’s science guidelines and support the goals of the elementary science curriculum. Our staff can provide, upon request, pre- and post-visit activities for teachers to integrate into their lesson plans.

Education Naturally offers a variety of programs tailored for different ages and interests.

Virtual Workshops (For Single Classes)

Our interactive virtual workshops can be hosted on The Riverwood Conservancy's Zoom account or a school's preferred platform (Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.). Workshops are lively, include physical movement, a game and/or a hands-on activity, and can include components that align with grade-specific curriculum expectations.

Mindfulness Moments: An Introduction to Nature Journaling | Grades 1-8 | 45-minute session | $60

This expert-led session from an OCT teacher and highly skilled naturalist delivers a cross-curricular nature journaling framework while guiding students through this fun starter activity. This framework requires no special materials and can be used repeatedly during the school year, at home or at school.

Owl Investigations | Grades K-8 | 60-minute session | $100

Home in on the life, habitat, and eating habits of local owls through interactive games and a hands-on science activity.

Turtle Time | Grades K-8 | 45-minute session | $60

Meet our The Riverwood Conservancy’s turtles! Students will learn about their species, habitat, individual personalities, and some of the challenges facing turtles.

Wildlife Wonders in Winter | Grades K-8 | 45-minute session | $60

This cross-curricular workshop features interactive activities and experiments.

Active Animals, Get Moving! | Grades K-3 | 45-minute session | $60

In this Daily Physical Activity (DPA) inspired session, students explore the unique movements and behaviours of various animals through slow and quick movements. A great energizer for at-home learners!

Bird Buddies | Grades K-3 | Two 45-minute sessions | $100

Learn about birds in your neighbourhood, including their characteristics, songs, tracks, and signs.

Bird Biodiversity and Habitats | Grades 4-6 | 60 – 90-minute session | $100

Learn about local bird biodiversity, classification, habitats, and how to be a community scientist.

Rocks and Minerals: Introduction | Grade 4 | 60-minute session | $100

Explore how to identify different rock categories and learn about minerals and their properties.

Fossil Formations in the Credit River Watershed | Grade 4 | 60-minute session | $100

Learn how fossils are formed through interactive and hands-on activities.

Rocks and Minerals | Grade 4 | Three 60-minute sessions | $200

Session 1 looks at how Riverwood's geologic landscape was formed, including the creation of fossils from ancient seas, and how rocks and minerals are used by wildlife and people. Session 2 explores how to identify different rock categories and looks at minerals and their properties. Session 3 explains how money works in non-profit organizations, and the cost of rock and mineral materials for programs.

Fun with Fungi | Grades 7-8 | 60-minute session | $100

Learn how fungi function from the small, cellular level, to the wider ecosystem. This session includes a safe, guided, do-it-yourself experiment following the scientific method.

Webinars (For Multiple Classes Simultaneously)

Our webinars are hosted on The Riverwood Conservancy's Zoom account and can be viewed by multiple classes concurrently. Webinars are designed for schools that would like all students from the same grade level to attend the same program. Booking multiple classes to participate in a webinar is a cost-effective way to have more students access our programming.

Turtle Time Webinar | Grades K-8 | 45-minute session

Meet our The Riverwood Conservancy’s turtles! Students will learn about their species, habitat, individual personalities, and some of the challenges facing turtles.

1 class – $60 | 5 classes – $150 | 10 classes – $300

Bird Buddies Webinar | Grades K-3 | 45-minute session

Learn about birds in your neighbourhood, including their characteristics, songs, tracks, and signs.

1 class – $60 | 5 classes – $150 | 10 classes – $300

Active Animals, Get Moving! Webinar | Grades K-3 | 45-minute session

In this Daily Physical Activity (DPA) inspired session, students explore the unique movements and behaviours of various animals through slow and quick movements. A great energizer for at-home learners!

1 class – $60 | 5 classes – $150 | 10 classes – $300

Code of Online Conduct

The Riverwood Conservancy is committed to making every reasonable effort to provide a safe and accommodating atmosphere for all participants of our online programs. By booking a TRC Virtual Education Program, you agree that all session participants will abide by our Code of Online Conduct. Please note that sessions cannot be recorded without the express consent of The Riverwood Conservancy. Additional fees may apply to recorded sessions.

In-Person Field Trips

We are currently offering fully outdoor, curriculum-connected guided walks. Each field trip can host a maximum of 25 people, including both students and adults. The cost is $12 per student (minimum fee $180).

Wildlife, Wellness, and Wonder | Grades K-8 | 120-minute session

Join our Teacher on a guided walk through the woodlands of Riverwood. Make observations about how animals are preparing for winter, connect with the land by taking in the sights, sounds and smells that the changing season has to offer and of course, stop along the way to hand-feed the chickadees.

Tailored Field Trips

If you are interested in booking an in-person field trip with a more specific theme or topic in mind, please complete the booking form below, select the “Custom Field Trip" option as your Requested Program, and describe your aims in the “Program Goals" section.

Learn more about our COVID-19 safety measures here.

Program Booking and Payment

Complete the form below to book your Education Naturally session. Please note that separate forms must be submitted for each program you wish to book for your class. (e.g. one submission for a Turtle Time program, and another submission for a Rocks and Minerals program)

After submitting your form, we will contact you at the email address you provided with details on your program. You must reply to that email to confirm your booking. Unconfirmed booking requests will be held for two weeks. After that time, the requested dates will be released. Please note that a pre-program planning call may be required before we can confirm a program booking; we will contact you to arrange a call if necessary.

The Riverwood Conservancy will send an invoice to your school or organization after the delivery of your requested program(s).