Pond Study

Facility: Kortright Centre for Conservation
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Program Levels:
ESL, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Course Types:
Afternoon, Day Visit, Morning

Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of pond life.

Curriculum connections: Science and Technology;
Life Systems – Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2: Growth and Change in Animals
Grade 3: Growth and Change in Plants
Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
Grade 6: Biodiversity
Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment
Grade 8: Water Systems
Earth and Space – Grade 5: Conservation of Energy and Resources

This program studies life in a pond. While at the pond boardwalk, students will use dipnets to catch some of the amazing invertebrates that live in the water. They will study their habitats, characteristics and adaptations for survival, before releasing them back to the pond. Life cycles, food chains and food webs will be discussed. Older groups will cover trophic levels and limiting factors in the pond habitat.

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, May – October