School Groups

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

Click Here for available time slots in the 2021-2022 school year and for booking instructions.

Times: Presentations are approximately 1-hour in length. Presentation start times are between 9 AM and 12:30 PM.

Fee: We encourage a $3 – $5 donation per participant or a minimum donation of $25. Families or schools can donate online here.  Please select Education Outreach Program ‘Love Wildlife’ from the dropdown menu and indicate which school you are associated with in the message box.

Presentation Platforms: Zoom (our preference), Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet.

Presentation Topics:

1. Change for Wildlife (recommended for 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 (recommended for Grade 4-5)

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

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

Learn about species-at-risk in Ontario through a series of mindfulness-based activities.

4. Working with Wildlife (recommended for Grade 7-12)

Experience a day-in-the-life of our dedicated staff as students go on a virtual tour of our facility.

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

IN-PERSON PRESENTATIONS

In-person presentations are currently unavailable. See above for our virtual offerings.

HOME LEARNING RESOURCES

Each lesson in our “Home Learning” series invites children to share their experiences, meet wild animals near their home, and practice being kind to all wildlife. Here are a few tips to best engage with our lessons:

  • Please supervise your young learners during the ‘Outdoor Exploration’ part of the lessons.
  • If children are unable to go outside for the ‘Outdoor Exploration’ component, invite them to look out a window to complete the activity as best they can or wait until they are able to go outside with supervision.
  • When children are invited to share “out loud” in a lesson, encourage them to speak in any language they wish.
  • Before printing these lesson plans and workbooks, consider ways of reducing paper use to better care for our environment. For example, double-sided printing, printing on scrap paper, or keeping the resources digital!

Kindergarten Lessons

Click to download our Kindergarten ‘Home Learning’ Lesson Plans

Click to download our Kindergarten ‘Home Learning’ Workbook

Grade 1-3 Lessons

Click to download our Grade 1-3 ‘Home Learning’ Lesson Plans

Click to download our Grade 1-3 ‘Home Learning’ Workbook

OUR FACILITATORS

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.

TEACHER FEEDBACK

“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

QUESTIONS?

Email us at educationspwc@gmail.com.