School Groups



Presentation Topics:

1. Change for Wildlife (Kindergarten to Grade 3)

Learn about the seasonal changes for animals at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and what actions students can take to care for wildlife each season.

2. At-Home with Wildlife (Grade 4-5)

Explore what wildlife need to thrive in our shared habitat and practice building a habitat for various patients at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre.

3. Wildlife-at-Risk (Grade 6-8):

Learn about species-at-risk in Ontario and how to help their populations thrive through a series of breathing, visualization, and reflection activities. Episode #2 in the Wildlife-at-Risk video series will be shown in this presentation.

4.  Live Virtual Tour of SPWC (Grade 6-12)*

Join us live at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre as you go behind-the-scenes to see current patients in care at our main hospital building. Tour stops include triage, bird rooms, the reptile room, and mammal rooms. A Q&A with staff will conclude the tour.

5.  Working with Wildlife (Grade 9-12)

Experience a day-in-the-life of a wildlife caretaker and work as a class to rehabilitate a wild animal – virtually! Career paths and volunteer opportunities are highlighted in this presentation.

6. Special Earth Week Q&A (Kindergarten to Grade 12)**

In honour of Earth Week (April 17-21, 2023), book a special 30-minute Q&A with a staff member on wildlife rehabilitation. This is an opportunity for your class to prepare questions in advance and present them to our staff. Students may also share what they have been doing to support wildlife in their community. Stay tuned for free Earth Week lesson plans on helping wildlife thrive and mark your calendar for a free live virtual tour of Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre streamed on our Facebook page on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Presentation Length:  1 hour

** Note: Special Earth Week Q&A is 30 minutes.

Presentation Platforms: Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams

Fee: We encourage a $3 donation per participant or $25 per class.

*Note: Live Virtual Tour of SPWC has a set fee of $5 per student, with a minimum fee of $75.

If you require an invoice, please email

Payment can be made:

  1. Through our website here
  2. Through CanadaHelps here
  3. By cheque payable to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, mailed to 8749 County Rd 2, Napanee, ON, K7R 3L1
  4. By e-transfer to

Please include your school name in the message box.

If you are interested in a presentation for adults, click here.



Making Friends with Wildlife (Grade 1-3)

Students will explore the trails of Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Glenburnie, ON) and participate in a series of activities that build empathy and compassion for wild animals. This special program is facilitated by educators from Cataraqui Conservation and Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. Please note that patients from Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre will not be part of the program due to their high stress levels and need for a quiet space to heal.

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (1641 Perth Road, Glenburnie, Ontario).

Presentation Length: 2 hours

Regular Fee: $10 per student, with a minimum fee of $150. You will be invoiced after the field trip.

Subsidy Fee: $7 per student attending from the Limestone District School Board or Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. You will be invoiced after the field trip.

Group Size: We can host up to two classes from your school who will receive the ‘Making Friends with Wildlife’ program at the same time. We encourage a second class to attend! Please include the email addresses of all teachers attending by clicking ‘Add Guests’ in the booking questions and entering their information.

Adult Support: A maximum of five adults may attend the field trip per class, excluding teachers and EAs.

Questions about this program? Email


Jess Pelow (Education Coordinator). Jess is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over a decade of experience teaching outdoor and environmental education. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies and previously worked as an educator at the High Park Nature Centre, Evergreen Brick Works, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, and the Toronto District School Board.

Janet Fenton (Wildlife Educator). Janet is a certified interpreter guide through the National Association of Interpretation and a graduate from Sir Sandford Fleming College (Ecosystem Management Technician / Fish and Wildlife Technologist). Janet has over 10 years of interpreter experience and over 5 years working as the outreach facilitator for Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, in addition to work experience at Ontario Parks and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.


“My Kindergarten class took part in a presentation offered by Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. It was informative, engaging, and most of all FUN for the students. They had so many questions before during and after the presentation. I have a feeling this might turn into a classroom inquiry! Thank you Sandy Pines for helping educate our students about the animals you care for and how to help animals in our local area.” -Kindergarten Teacher

“The presentation was excellent. I like the combination of scientific and social knowledge, and the honouring of Indigenous people and their relationship with this land and the animals who live here. I loved the empathy activity.” -Grade 2/3 Teacher

“Learning about wildlife in our community from someone with real-world experience was fantastic! My students loved seeing videos of the animals and learned a lot about the characteristics of habitats where animals thrive.” -Grade 3/4 Teacher

“Thank you so much for this presentation. It was a nice way for the class to have a virtual wildlife experience. We learned so much and you have sparked interest in career opportunities too. Keep up the great work!” -Grade 7/8 Teacher


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