Park Interpretive School Programs (Preschool - Grade 5)

Get out of the classroom and into parks! Each Spring (April-June) and Fall (September-November), the CRD offers a wide variety of nature programs to support your efforts in the classroom, and engage your students with the natural world.

Fees

  • $70/program

Registration

  • Registration opens March 6 at 7am

The CRD’s secure online registration site allows you to browse, register and pay immediately for a Regional Parks school program with no wait. You will first have to create an account. Once registration is complete, a receipt and confirmation will be emailed to you. Registration is only confirmed once payment is processed. Teachers must book their own program, please book programs for your class only.

Cancellation Policy: You will not reimbursed for programs cancelled less than two weeks before your program date. 

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Pre-trip Instructions, Driving Directions and Meeting Locations - All Programs:

Program Descriptions

Spring Programs (April - June)

Forest Programs


Education & Appreciation Garnered through Listening and Exploring
E.A.G.L.E. Storytelling
Preschool-Kindergarten; 1 hr (maximum 25 students)

We invite participants to explore the natural environment through Indigenous-centered storytelling. Students will explore how Indigenous Peoples use this time-honoured tradition to share lessons and values with their children. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

Marvelous Mammals
Grades 1-2; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

On this engaging program, we introduce children to the world of mammals. We’ll explore the adaptations of mammals and what makes them (and us) different from other animals. Offered at Elk/Beaver Lake, Francis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

Beaver Engineever
Grades 2-3; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

Our national symbol, the beaver, is the focus of this interactive program. Students will discover how beavers “engineer” and enhance the biodiversity of wetlands. Offered only at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

"NEW* Biodiversity Heroes
Grades 4-5; 2 hrs (maximum 30 students)

On this program, students discover the importance of biodiversity, learn what an invasive species is and what impacts invasive species can have. We will then become ‘biodiversity heroes’ by participating in park restoration! Offered only at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.

Education & Appreciation Garnered through Listening and Exploring
E.A.G.L.E. Forest
Grades 4-5; 1.5 hrs (maximum 30 students)

On this interactive cultural program, we invite participants to explore the forest environment through a First Peoples lens. From the practice of time-honoured traditions to the effects of colonization, students will better understand the transition of Indigenous Peoples from caretakers to protectors. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.


Marine Programs

Tide Ticklers
Preschool; 1 hr 
(maximum 25 students)

Search tide pools to view fish, crabs and other marine creatures on this gentle introduction to beach exploration. Offered at Island View Beach and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks.

Feeling Crabby
Kindergarten-Grade 1; 1.5 hrs 
(maximum 25 students)

Children are fascinated by crabs. Students will explore the intertidal zone and learn about the unique features and behaviors crabs use to survive in their changing seashore environment. Offered at Island View Beach and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks.

Education & Appreciation Garnered through Listening and Exploring
E.A.G.L.E. Marine
Grades 2-3; 1.5 hrs 
(maximum 30 students)

On this interactive program, we invite participants to explore the seashore environment, through an Indigenous lens. The cultural uses, lessons and values linked with seasonal harvest, hunting/fishing and gathering by First Peoples will amaze students.  Offered at Island View Beach and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks.

Living at the Beach
Grades 2-3; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

Living at the beach is no picnic! Respectful exploration and activities allow students to investigate how a diversity of marine creatures survive in an environment where they’re either all wet, or left high and dry. Offered at Island View Beach and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks.

*NEW* At Risk in Land, Sky & Sea
Grades 4-5; 1.5 hrs (maximum 30 students)

Students will discover examples of species at risk and will be inspired to take action. We will learn about species at risk habitat, threats to population and how we can help. We will investigate the intertidal life at the beach. Offered at Island View Beach and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks.

Fall Programs (September - November)

E.A.G.L.E. Programs - Education & Appreciation Garnered through Listening & Exploring

    E.A.G.L.E. Storytelling
    Preschool; 1 hr (maximum 25 students)

    Ravens, beavers, and bears…oh my! On this interactive program, we invite participants to explore the natural environment through Indigenous-centred storytelling. Students will be amazed at how Indigenous Peoples use this time-honoured tradition to share lessons and values with their children. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and  Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    NEW E.A.G.L.E. Layers of the Forest
    Grades 2-3; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

    On this interactive program we invite participants to explore through a First Peoples lens the cultural significance of plants and wildlife, thriving within the different layers of the forest. The cultural uses, lessons and values linked with respectful hunting and gathering by local First Peoples will amaze students. Offered at Elk/Beaver Lake, Francis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    E.A.G.L.E. From Caretakers to Protectors
    Grades 4-5; 1.5 hrs (maximum 30 students)

    On this interactive cultural program, we invite participants to explore the environment through a First Peoples lens. From the practice of time-honoured traditions to the effects of colonization, students will better understand the transition of Indigenous Peoples from caretakers to protectors. We will identify how stewardship and sustainable practices of First Peoples can help reduce our impact on the environment. Offered at  Elk/Beaver Lake, Francis/King  and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    Forest Programs

    Seasonal Safari
    Preschool; 1 hr (maximum 25 students)

    Bring your little ones on a forest walk through the tall trees. Using keen 'knee-high' observation skills and fun activities we’ll connect with nature and explore seasonal changes at this time of year. Offered at Elk/Beaver Lake, Francis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    Going Squirrelly!
    Kindergarten-Grade 1; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

    This interactive program introduces children to squirrels, and the adaptations to their forest homes. Your students will experience the changing autumnal forest as these busy acrobats prepare for the winter ahead. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    Ha-BAT-itat
    Grades 1-2; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

    Bats have fascinated and intrigued people for centuries. Your students will explore and discover the special adaptations these unique flying mammals use to survive and the important role they play in the forest ecosystem. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

    Who's Hooting
    Grades 2-3; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

    Students will discover the whoo-oo, what and how of these expert night hunters and their unique adaptations. A close-up look at two different species of common owls, practicing some awesome owl calls and hands-on learning will round out the program. Offered at Elk/Beaver LakeFrancis/King and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

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