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School Field Trips

Discover Nature in an Urban Setting

Located in the heart of the beach, Toronto Nature School is staffed by Ontario Certified Teachers, and Early Childhood Educators and offers a variety of outdoor programs to supplement classroom instruction.

Many of our programs are designed to meet expectations within the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum, as well as target cross-curricular expectations in Language, Math, and Social Studies. We can create custom programs! If you have your own idea for a field trip or would like to create a program to cover specific expectations of the curriculum, please reach out to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

Our Field Trips Options

Our students of Toronto nature school in an outdoor program at the forest

Kindergarten – Grade 3 Nature Play

Deepen your connection with the land and the natural world around you by having some fun! Through nature-based play, children have the opportunity to develop in many domains. It helps children learn communication skills and self confidence, fosters curiosity and imagination, and builds problem solving skills. We take an unstructured approach and allow children to explore the world around them in a manner that is comfortable for each individual. Some children may choose to make land based art or play with the mud kitchen, while others may choose to challenge themselves by walking across logs or building shelters. The possibilities are endless!

Offered year round
Location: Glen Stewart Ravine

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Split screen still from Breakfast Television interview with Julia from Toronto Nature School

Kindergarten – Grade 4 Interactive Nature Experience

Join our experienced educators on an exciting and interactive nature walk. Children will engage their senses, ignite their curiosity, and spark a lifelong love of nature. We will tell stories, sing songs, and make stops to learn about native plants and animal life in the Glen Stewart Ravine or Woodbine Park. We can focus on a variety of curriculum connections during our walk based on your request.

This program is also available by request in a natural space near you.

Locations: Glen Stewart Ravine or Woodbine Park

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Split screen still from CTV interview with Julia from Toronto Nature School

Kindergarten – Grade 4 Bugs and Insects

Uncover the secret world of bugs that call the Glen Stewart Ravine home! Go on a
bug hunt to identify some bugs and insects and discover different bug habitats within the ravine. We will look at the basic needs and characteristics of insects and identify how they adapt and what they use to meet their needs in their environment.

This program is also available by request in a natural space near you.

Location: Glen Stewart Ravine

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals

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Teacher reading to students in the wood

Grade 1 - 4 Orienteering

Learn map reading and orienteering skills while exploring around Kew Gardens or Glen Stewart Ravine. Students will learn how to read and understand various features on a map, use a compass, and learn about different species that make their home within the map boundaries.

Locations: Glen Stewart Ravine or Kew Gardens

Curriculum Connections:
Grades 1-3 Social Studies – People and Environments
Grades 1-3 Math – Spatial Sense

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Children walking across ice in the winter

Kindergarten - Grade 4 Bird’s the Word

Glen Stewart is home to a diverse bird population, with over 100 species of migratory birds calling this space home throughout the year. Come learn to differentiate some of the different calls you hear from the tree tops, the names of common birds in the area, and make connections between the characteristics we share with birds and
those that are different.

This program is also available by request in a natural space near you.

Locations: Glen Stewart Ravine or Woodbine Park

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals

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Children walking across ice in the winter

Kindergarten - Grade 4 Animal Adaptations

Animal adaptations are nature’s incredible solutions to help animals survive and thrive in their environment. Discover what the wildlife of Toronto do and how they survive during the winter months, maybe even feeding some chickadees along the way. In the spring, learn about the creatures and plants returning for the warmer weather.

This program is also available by request in a natural space near you.
Offered year-round

Locations: Glen Stewart Ravine or Woodbine Park

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals

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Teacher reading to students in the wood

Kindergarten - Grade 4 Digging Into Soil

Embark on an educational journey beneath our feet! Students will explore the components of soil, its vital role in our ecosystem, investigate the characteristics of different types of soil, and understand the impacts of erosion.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 3: Soils in the Environment

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Children walking across ice in the winter

Kindergarten - Grade 4 Wonderful Water

Dive into the fascinating world of water with this engaging hands-on program. Students will learn about the water cycle and its essential role in our environment and daily lives. Through engaging experiments and interactive discussions, participants will discover the science behind water filtration and the life cycle of water in Toronto. They will explore different materials and techniques to build their own water filters, turning dirty water into clean water right before their eyes.

This program is also available by request in a natural space near you.
Offered year round.

Locations: Glen Stewart Ravine or Kew Beach

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 2: Air and Water in the Environment

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Booking Details

For Booking Assistance

Email: melanie@torontonatureschool.ca

Program Costs

  • HALF-DAY VISIT: $250
    2 hours: 9:30-11:30 or 12:30-2:30
  • FULL-DAY VISIT: $575
    9:30-2:30
    This option combines a half-day program of your choice with a half-day of nature play and exploration.

Other times can be arranged if needed to fit your school day schedule.

Toronto Nature School is committed to providing accessible programming for all participants. Program space and routes can be altered depending on the needs of your students.

Flat fee for up to 30 students.
A ratio of 5:1 must be met with parent volunteers, otherwise, an additional $50 will be charged for additional staffing.

The Booking Process

After receiving your booking inquiry, we will be in touch within 3 business days to confirm your date, time, and any details. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email with information on what students may need to prepare for the program, and an attached program waiver to be signed by program participant’s parents/guardians.

Other ways to work with us

We are available to collaborate with you in various ways, including:

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS: Educational workshops for students in your school.

CLASSROOM PARTNERSHIP: We can work closely with teachers to enhance classroom instruction and support student learning.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We offer professional development opportunities for educators to enhance their teaching skills and knowledge.

CONSULTING: We can provide consultation on outdoor spaces and programming. We are happy to discuss how we can work together.

Three kids walking along a rocky shore at the lake

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