Got the back-to-school blahs?Bring your class out to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park for an exciting Fall School Program! Slime around with slugs, go prospectin’ for gold, or take your class on a shopping trip… in the woods!
These 1.5 hour long programs are being offered in September and October at the park. Check out the programs we offer below, then register online or contact us directly. These programs have a user fee and all of the money raised from them goes directly back towards environmental education, click here for more details
1. The Slippery, Slimy, Slug Shuffle: (K-3) Why are slugs slimy? what do they feed on? How can a slug be a boy and a girl at the same time? Why are there so many slugs at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park? This program introduces children to slugs and lets them learn about microhabitats, recycling and many other ecological concepts. Fee: $4/student + GST with a minimum $100 charge + GST.
2. Tides and Tidal Creatures: (K-7) Rathtrevor Beach has extensive areas of sand flats, sand dollar beds and pools on the beach that are exposed at low tide, while nearby eelgrass beds provide crucial habitat for many animals. This program explains how tides work and how they affect intertidal plants and animals. It may be possible to arrange a beach seine option for older students but arrangements must be made ahead of time and the tide must be extremely low. Be prepared to get wet! Wear gumboots or sandals (NO flip-flops please) and shorts and bring extra clothes and a towel just in case! Fee: $4/student + GST with a minimum $100 charge + GST.
3. Making it With Your Hands: (4-11) With a little bit of knowledge, and a bit more practice, you can learn to make many useful things from plants and objects in the wild. Take a walk in the Eco-Shopping Mall (the forest) and learn some traditional uses of plants there. You may never go back to a regular Shopping Mall again! There may even be a chance to make a small item to take home. Fee: $5/student + GST with a minimum $125 charge + GST.
4. Prospectin' Pioneers: (1-5) Experience 'GOLD RUSH FEVER' as Prospector Penelope steps right out of history into Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The gold rush of the 19th century conceived the province of British Columbia and laid the foundation for the development that followed, making this an important subject for social studies. One of a few women who defied conventions of their time to become gold prospectors, Penelope is now defying the laws of time to meet your class! She will recount stories from the 'golden' days, then in historical attire, lead the students in a gold panning pursuit...where 'nuggets' may be found! Fee: $4/student + GST with a minimum $100 charge + GST.
5. Squids in the Hall: (4-11) Squid are one of the most fascinating creatures in our local marine environment. Highly intelligent, capable of jet propulsion and amazing at hide and seek, these charismatic invertebrates will be used to introduce your class to important scientific concepts such as predator/prey relationships and taxonomy. Your group will participate in a dissection of store-bought squid, and even learn how they taste when we turn the dissected squid into delicious calamari! If you are a sucker for a good time, this program is for you! Fee: $5/student + GST with a minimum $125 charge + GST.