Discover Nature with Your Class

The Branch Out program enhances grades 6 -12 science and geography curriculum and raises awareness about local climate change issues.

Participants are inspired to discover and restore nature in their community and participate in a local stewardship project. The program includes an interactive workshop with CVC experts, followed by a field trip to a stewardship site approximately one week later.

This free program is offered during the spring (April, May, June) and fall (September, October).

Program Details

Branch Out is split into two parts:

  • What: A compulsary interactive workshop with your class to help students understand environmental issues related to climate change. This may be done virtually or in-person.
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approximate).
  • Who: Students participating in the program and CVC staff.
  • Topics Covered: Biodiversity, climate change, habitat loss, water quality, native flora and fauna, role of Credit Valley Conservation, natural features, and importance of the Credit River Watershed.
  • Note: Our staff will review the field trip agenda, health and safety, how to prepare for the field trip, and other ways students can help the environment.

  • What: A hands-on stewardship restoration and learning project led by CVC staff where students may:
    • Plant native trees and shrubs
    • Remove invasive species
    • Assist with a shoreline clean-up
    • Tend and care for past planting sites
    • Conduct ecosystem-based field studies (e.g. tree or stream study)
    • Hike or complete other activities to explore flora and fauna, climate change impacts, and/or local environmental issue.
  • Duration: Full day (approximately 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with lunch break; flexible timing options available).
  • Who: Students participating in the program and CVC staff

  • The program is designed as a two-part layered learning experience that includes a workshop and a full day field trip.
  • Each field trip can accommodate up to 40 students per day, with a minimum registration of 30 students per field trip.
  • Teachers are encouraged to register as a group or department.
  • The Branch Out program is free thanks to generous support of funders and is offered to schools within the Credit River Watershed.
  • Teachers are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from the event site.
  • The program runs rain or shine, with exception of severe weather. When booking a bus for your trip, please ask that the bus stay on site for the entire day in case of severe weather or other health and safety issues.
  • CVC may be able to offer a subsidy for 50 per cent of the cost of bus transportation, up to maximum of $200. Please indicate your interest during program registration.

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