All LEADS (Leadership in Environmental Achievements through Diversity and Skills) programs are curriculum linked, hands-on, and experiential to allow secondary students to develop an awareness and appreciation for nature, while relating classroom learning with real world issues and concepts.
All LEADS bookings include a meeting or conversation with our instructor to discuss the details of your program and to align activities with your classroom instruction. In consultation with a LEADS instructor, programs can be customized to meet your and your students’ specific needs.
LEADS programs are offered on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
– Full Day (4 hours)
– Half-day or (1.5 – 2.5 hours in the morning, in the afternoon, or spread across morning and afternoon)
To safeguard our ecosystems, there is a maximum of 30 students for each LEADS program.
Through the generosity of the Suncor Energy Foundation and NSERC PromoScience, a bursary has been established to cover the $7.00 per student fee, and provide reimbursement for up $125.00 per day for class transportation. These prices apply for both half- and full-day programs.
To receive transportation reimbursement, submit your bus or taxi invoice after your visit to firstname.lastname@example.org. A reimbursement cheque for up to $125.00 will be sent to your school for each visiting class.
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 the high demand for LEADS 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 must be confirmed in advance by the LEADS Instructor and confirmation will be issued in writing by email.
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
– Students participating in LEADS programs will spend their time at Riverwood outdoors, rain or shine.
– Check the weather forecast for temperature and precipitation on the day of your visit.
– Come prepared with appropriate attire so you can stay comfortable and have fun throughout your day.
What to Wear
– Closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or heels)
– Athletic shoes, hiking boots, or rain boots are best in the spring and fall; trails can be muddy
– Winter boots and warm socks are essential in winter
– 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
What to Bring
– Necessary prescription medication(s)
– Pen or pencil
– Reusable water bottle
– Lunch: Please bring a nut-free, litterless lunch. Food is not available for purchase on the property.
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. Smart phones are often used in LEADS programs, but must be turned off when not in use for the program.
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 905-279-8099 (LEADS Instructor).
After you have selected your LEADS program, book your class using the form below. You will receive an email from email@example.com 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.