Halloween Nature Walk

Facility: Kortright Centre for Conservation
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Program Levels:
ESL, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Kindergarten
Course Types:
Afternoon, Day Visit, Morning

Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and discover the history and natural basis for our Halloween traditions, legends and practices.

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies; Heritage and Identity –
Grade 1: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities,
Grade 2: Changing Family and Community Traditions,
Grade 5: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada

Learn through stories and actitivies how many of the Halloween customs and symbols we use today are based upon cycles in the natural world. Students visiting at this time of year will experience the magical quality of our forest setting as the leaves turn from green to brilliant reds, golds and oranges. The emphasis of this program is secular folklore and the seasonal changes in nature as they relate to Halloween and associated customs through the ages.

Preparation:
Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.

Half Day, October