Park Interpretive School Programs (Preschool - Grade 5)

Get out of the classroom and into parks! Each Spring (April-June) and Fall (October-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

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.

Class size is limited to 25 students.

Cancellation Policy for all programs: You will not be reimbursed the full amount for any cancellations less than two weeks before your program date unless you must cancel due to COVID-19 related circumstances in which case the full fee will be reimbursed.

Please review the COVID-19 Safety Procedures before booking:

Pre-trip Instructions and Driving Directions- All Programs:

Program Descriptions

Fall Programs (October - November)

Seasonal Safari
Preschool-Kindergarten; 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 Francis/King, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.
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Going Squirrelly!
Kindergarten-Grade 1; 1.5 hrs (maximum 25 students)

This interactive program introduces children to tree 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 Francis/King, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.
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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, practising some awesome owl calls and hands-on learning will round out the program. Offered at Francis/King Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.
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Cougars
Grades 4-5; 1.5 hrs (maximum 30 students)

Elusive and mysterious, cougars are at the top of the food chain. Your students will learn about predator-prey relationships, test their cougar skills and experience a day in the life of a top predator while fostering a sense of stewardship for these magnificent animals. Offered at Francis/King, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.
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Education & Appreciation Garnered through Listening and Exploring - E.A.G.L.E Grades 4-5; 1.5 hrs (maximum 30 students)

On this new 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.
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Spring Programs (April - June)

Tide Ticklers
Preschool; 1 hr

Search tide pools for 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 2; 1 hr

Children are fascinated by crabs. Through respectful hands-on discovery, students 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.

Living at the Beach
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hrs

Living at the beach is no picnic! Hands-on 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.

Seasonal Safari
Preschool-Kindergarten; 1 hr

Bring your little ones on a forest walk and discover signs of spring in the park. Using keen ‘knee-high’ observation skills and engaging activities we’ll connect with nature and learn about seasonal changes happening in the park. Offered at Francis/King, Elk/Beaver Lake, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

Marvelous Mammals
Grades 1-2; 1.5 hrs

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. Learning about skulls, tracks, and movement, students will gain a deeper appreciation of being a mammal themselves! Offered at Francis/King, Elk/Beaver Lake, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

Plant Power
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hrs

Plants are the only organisms able to both produce their own food as well as provide food and shelter for animals and humans. By examining local plants, students discover why plants are important and what they provide for us. Offered at Francis/King, Elk/Beaver Lake, Mill Hill and Witty's Lagoon regional parks.

The heART of nature
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hrs

Naturalists have long used journals to record information about the world around them. In this collaborative program, the CRD and the Robert Bateman Centre encourage students to connect to the park through observation, inquiry and sketching to draw a deeper connection with nature. This enhanced program is offered on a limited basis at Francis/King, Elk/Beaver lake, Mill Hill and Witty’s Lagoon regional parks. This program is offered on Wednesdays at 12:30pm please call the Robert Bateman Centre for more details and to book a program at 250.940.3630.

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