Outdoor Programs

WEASELHEAD BY SNOWSHOE

Get outside and have fun! Join one of our Naturalists to explore Glenmore Park and the Weaselhead on snowshoes... 
$25/student for a two hour hike. Snowshoes provided for students (50-120 lbs); accompanying adults - bring your own if you have them.
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Parents can book single places or join with friends and book as a group.
Teachers with 'learning pods' also welcome.
Contact education@theweaselhead.com for details.
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The Society is also offering WINTER FIELD TRIPS with curricula connections to support children learning from home. Programs tailored to participants. Email education@theweaselhead.com with details of the student grade/s to discuss.

Parents can book a single place or join with friends and book multiple places. Teachers with a learning pod welcome too. All students must have an accompanying parent or adult authorised by a parent or guardian to accompany the student. A minimum of 3 places must be booked for the trip to take place - if less than 3 places are booked parents will be contacted and asked to choose another date. Generally up to 8 students per group can be accommodated. Price per student $20 for a half-day program (2.5 hours). Pre-payment is required to confirm a booking. Please ensure you and your child have a face covering or mask.

AFTER-SCHOOL GROUPS: one hour guided hikes also available, leaving the parking lot  (see below) at 3.30pm. Please contact  education@theweaselhead.com for details.

AVAILABILITY: to check which days are available please see our 'availability calendar' on the bookings page.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: Physical distancing will be maintained during the trip, and if teaching moments require closer contact masks or face coverings will be worn; any educational tools or materials used will be sanitised before use; please read the list of precautions before making a booking.

WHERE TO MEET: by the grey shed in the Weaselhead Parking Lot on 37th St. and 66th Ave. SW

WHAT TO BRING /WEAR: warm drink and snack; warm winter clothing/boots - watch two of our junior instructors demonstrate how to dress in layers (note - the Weaselhead valley can be much colder than the rest of the City)

BELOW -15°C: please contact education@theweaselhead.com to discuss rescheduling.

 

Explore the most bio-diverse natural area in the city! 


SPRING PROGRAMS STARTING APRIL 2021 (can be booked now):

Grade 1 Investigating the Needs of Plants and Animals: Students become detectives as they explore the Weaselhead Natural Environment Area investigating living things. Recommended half day field trip with pre-visit in-school presentation. Available year round, adapted to season.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Creating Colour; Topic B: Seasonal Changes; Topic D: Senses; Topic E: Needs of Animals and Plants

Grade 2 Exploring Small Animals and Environment/Winter Wonders: Spring and Fall participants take part in a pond study and/or bug hunt exploring small animals and their environment. Winter Wonders’ participants experience the environment from the perspective of a small animal and its adaptations to winter. Recommended half day field trip.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Exploring Liquids; Topic B: Buoyancy and Boats; Topic D: Hot and Cold Temperatures; Topic E: Small Crawling and Flying Animals

Grade 3  Animal Life Cycles:  Aquatic invertebrates and insect galls are studied to investigate insect life cycles and adaptations. Recommended half day field trip with pond study in spring or fall.
Curricular Connections: Topic D: Hearing and Sound; Topic E: Animal Life Cycles

Grade 4 Plants in a Natural Community & Natures Waste:  Participants compare different plant life in a natural environment, examining vegetation in different ecosystems including wetlands, meadows and forests. Students learn how nature deals with its own waste and with human waste and pollution. Recommended full day spring or fall field trip, or half day field trip with optional pre-visit in-school presentation.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Waste and Our World; Topic E: Plant Growth and Changes

Grade 5 Wetlands: Important to a Healthy Environment: This program gives students an opportunity to study a variety of wetlands in the same field trip. They will conduct pond studies to examine the different aquatic invertebrates that live in the different types of wetlands. Recommended full day spring or fall field trip with an optional pre- or post in-school presentation.
Curricular Connections: Topic D: Weather Watch; Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

Grade 6 Trees & Forest Diversity  This trip focuses on three different native trees in the Weaselhead and their characteristics. Students study the structure of woody plants and explore the difference between trees and shrubs.  Recommended full day field trip. (An optional activity 'Take a Stand', can be combined with this field-trip or a pre-/post-visit in classroom. This asks students to debate the pros and cons of building a ring road  from various stakeholders' views, combining the social studies unit with the tree science unit. Please email education@theweaselhead.com for details.)
Curricular Connections: Topic C: Sky Science; Topic D: Evidence and Investigation; Topic E: Trees and Forests  Social Studies: 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making

Grade 7 Ecosystems & Plants for Food and Fiber:  Students examine the issues of human impact on the area -- past, present and future. They will have a chance to study the 5 distinct ecosystems and the species found in each. Students engage as different user groups identifying plants used as food and fiber and their medicinal uses. Recommended full day field trip with optional in-school presentation.
Curricular Connections: Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems; Unit B: Plants for Food and Fiber

Grade 8 Freshwater Ecosystems: Students will be exposed to the important role water plays in this particular area. They will explore the impact of water on climate and land formation and research the adaptations of the fresh water species in the area. They will also perform a water quality test. Recommended full day field trip with pre-visit in-school presentation.
Curricular Connections: Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems

Grade 9 Biodiversity: Curricular Connections: Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Recreational Impacts Grade 4-9:   this program has strong cross curriculum links from grade 4-9. The program is adapted to suit the grade visiting and customized to match its particular curricular connections. This field trip offers hands-on, inquiry-based activities that help to build environmental literacy and responsible stewardship. Students conduct experiments to study the impacts of different recreational activities and develop mitigation strategies for preserving plants, wildlife, water and soil.
Curricular Connections: Grade 4 -  Topic E: Plant Growth and Changes; Grade 5 - Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems; Grade 6 - Topic E: Trees and Forests & Social Studies: 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making; Grade 7 -  Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystem & Unit B: Plants for Food and Fibre; Grade 8 - Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems; Grade 9 – Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Weaselhead by Snowshoe: Have fun outside with one of our Naturalists while exploring Glenmore Park and the Weaselhead on snowshoes.

$25/student for a two hour hike. Snowshoes provided for students (accompanying adults - bring your own if you have them!)

Contact education@theweaselhead.com for details.