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Snail at Grant's Woods

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the Earth before we ask them to save it.”

(David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, 1998)

Little Sprouts

The Little Sprouts are a group of children ages 4-8 and their parents who meet monthly to discuss an eco-theme which they practice throughout the month.  This group is free to join and open to the public. Parents follow along on a closed Facebook group and participate by posting photos of their children learning about the monthly theme. Monthly meetings are held at Grant’s Woods on the last Sunday of every month.  At each meeting, the children discuss the theme and what they’ve learned, then a game is played that relates to the theme, and finally the children receive their sticker.

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On-Site Outdoor Education Programs

The Couchiching Conservancy’s On-Site Outdoor Education Programs (classroom field trips) give students of all ages and abilities the chance to get out of the classroom and gain hands on knowledge about botany, local history, geology, and wildlife amidst the tranquility of our Ecologically Significant protected properties. Parking for a bus and several cars or vans is available. Seasonally available composting restroom facilities and a gazebo for gathering is accessible at the Grants’ Woods property.

Contact our Education Coordinator to learn more:

Nature in the Neighborhood

Nature in the Neighbourhood was established to help ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to affordable, locally-based, outdoor education. Nature in the Neighborhood engages students to seek and find the “wild” within their own community. The program aims to empower our youth with the skills to explore the outdoors and nurture a love of the natural world and, in turn, to foster future generations of environmental stewards. The Schoolyard Safari is an age-appropriate, community-based, exploration and discovery adventure of the Nearby Nature in the environment surrounding your school. The goal of the Schoolyard Safari program is to build upon expanding the scope of the child’s significant world – to immerse the child in the environment and to see the previously overlooked.

Contact our Education Coordinator to learn more:

Gazebo Bookings

You can also book the gazebo at Grant’s Woods for your group. We suggest a donation of $30 to the Conservancy. Please note that parking at our office is limited, so encourage your group to carpool. A regular size school bus cannot drive into our parking lot, but can drop off and pick people up at the end of the driveway.

Please call the office to book: 705-326-1620

Campers from Lakehead University joined us at Grant's WoodsContact

The Couchiching Conservancy’s trained and experienced education volunteers and staff are able to facilitate a wide variety of Nature in the Neighborhood programs and activities on either a site of your choice (school yard, daycare center, park, etc.) or on Couchiching Conservancy managed properties. The option to come to us or to have us come to you is available for most programs, however, some are better facilitated on specific properties.

Each season and time of day has its wonders and brings its own rewards. If you are interested in programing for a season or time that is not listed here, please contact us as we will happily work with you to prepare programming, activities or guided hikes to match your goals.

Education Coordinator