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"What's That Tree"? New field trip opportunities for Grades 4-8 this fall

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - Email to be added to our waitlist! 


Come out in nature and join us!  Students in Grades 4 to 8 are invited to participate in our Fall 2017 program, “What’s that tree?” This program introduces students to some of the native tree species that grow in the Carolinian Forest throughout the London Area. Classes will also plant native trees in a baby woodland, providing a hands-on opportunity to have a positive impact in their community.     


Program Description:  Classes arrive at our site (944 Western Counties Road) and receive a brief orientation where we explain safety rules, and discuss the surrounding ecosystem. We are located next to the beautiful Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, an important site of natural heritage in London.

Classes are divided into small groups, and groups are provided with workbooks and learning materials which offer information about native tree species, including how to identify different trees (through leaf shape, bark characteristics, structure, fruit, and other features), and important features about our native species (e.g.  wildlife value, sources of food or resources for humans, etc.).

Students then participate in a guided walk through old-growth forest and newly-planted woodlands, and complete a tree-identification exercise, using their workbook/materials.  Afterwards, students break for snacks, and if time permits, a fun tree themed game.

Students then observe a tree-planting demonstration and will plant trees with their class in a baby woodland on our site. Planting equipment and trees are provided.

Program Duration:   Approximately 2 hours (Morning sessions 9:30-11:30am &  Afternoon sessions 1:00-3:00pm).  

Dates: First 2 weeks of October 2017. Contact us for specific dates/openings.

FeesNone! This program is free to participating schools.  Busing expenses will also be provided by our program. There will be no cost to your school to attend!

Themes / Curriculum Connections:Habitats and communities, human impacts on the environment, biodiversity, native, non-native & invasive species, needs of plants and animals, interactions in the environment, and soils. 

What’s Provided?Nut-free snacks and juice for students, water, all learning materials, shovels, equipment, trees, and work gloves.

What to bring? Long pants, close-toed shoes/boots, jackets, bug spray, hats, re-fillable water bottles, snack for students with dietary restrictions.


How many students can attend? 2 classes per school per session (up to 60 students at a time), in Grades 4-8.


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - Email to be added to our waitlist! 


To register, or for further info, contact Brianne Curry by email or phone 519-936-9548 x226. Registration is first come, first served. Spaces are limited!