Teachers and Schools

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) regrettably announces that all TRCA educational facilities are closed, effective immediately, to proactively protect visitors from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19. GET MORE INFORMATION.

TRCA’s education programs are developed by Ontario Certified Teachers and are designed to engage and inspire, while making curriculum connections.

Our outdoor, nature-based programs are delivered at TRCA Education Centres by Ontario Certified Teachers as well as skilled environmental educators and heritage professionals.

From science to social studies, physical education to the arts, we bring S.T.E.A.M learning to life in authentic and inspiring environments.

 


TRCA EDUCATION CENTRES

Click on the TRCA icons to see more information about each of the Education Centres.


DAY FIELD TRIPS

students on field trip to Tommy Thompson Park

Single-day field trips meeting a variety of curriculum expectations, as well as recreation and group or team-building experiences, for kindergarten through grade 12, are available at all TRCA Education Centres.


OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS

students on overnight field trip to TRCA nature education centre

Bring your class for an immersive overnight nature-based experience at Albion Hills Field Centre, Claremont Nature Centre or Lake St. George Field Centre. Our overnight school programs are designed to meet elementary and secondary level Ontario curriculum expectations and provide your students with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in safe and supportive outdoor environments.


Download Our School Field Trip Guides:

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ELEMENTARY

cover page of TRCA secondary school field trip guide
SECONDARY

IN-CLASS VISITS

elementary school students enjoy in-class visit from TRCA Watershed on Wheels program

TRCA offers interactive programs that bring nature education to your classroom.

 

Virtual Aquatic Plants Program

The Aquatic Plants Program (APP) is a curriculum-linked, hands-on educational experience offered at no charge to teachers and students.

Participating teachers receive e-learning resources to share with their students through online platforms such as Google Classroom.

Teachers also have the opportunity to receive native plant seeds to grow or share with their students. Once plants mature, participants are invited to transplant them into their backyard, balcony, or window sill.

To help us effectively track the distribution of these free resources, we ask that each teacher please sign up separately for resources.

REGISTER NOW!

 

Beyond The Park

We bring the experience to you! For groups who would love to learn about environmental and nature-themed topics, but can’t make it to one of our Education Centres, we will send an environmental educator to your school, centre, community group, or camp! For additional information, including costs, click on the green button below.

What’s the Word, Urban Bird

Birds are all around us – but how well do you know them? In this session, participants will find out just how fascinating our feathered friends are. Focusing on bird species found in and around the GTA, participants will explore the world of birds through sight and sound, discovering what make them unique.

Wetlands Matter

Why are wetland habitats so important? Through games and activities, participants will learn what a wetland is, why it matters, and how we can be part of  wetland conservation. Let’s discover the world of wetlands together!

Nature in the City 

Learn about the wildlife we share our cities with! Participants’ understanding of local urban wildlife will grow through activities, games, and an opportunity to explore fur and skull replica specimens. An emphasis will be placed on the concept of sharing the city space with wildlife, ensuring their needs are met alongside ours.

Microplastics in Lake Ontario

Discover microplastics, a significant environmental issue affecting aquatic ecosystems across the globe. Participants will analyze terrestrial samples from Tommy Thompson Park and aquatic samples from the Toronto harbour. Through an in-depth presentation and hands-on exploration, participants will gain an appreciation of the impacts of our daily plastics use and discuss approaches to being part of the solution. Microscopes and sediment sorting sieves provided.

Custom Programs

If you’d like our environmental educators to come to your school, centre, community group, or camp, but want a specific topic covered, let us know. We’d love to work with you to create a hands-on environmental education program unique to your group!


SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR CERTIFICATES

girls paddle canoe on Lake St George

Ontario’s Specialist High Skills Major Certificate (SHSM) program allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

SHSM programs enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and to prepare in a focused way for graduation and post-secondary education, training or employment.

SHSM students can complete a wide variety of sector-recognized certifications through TRCA. Elective and compulsory certifications are available in authentic, real-world environments.

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