Multicultural Group at Terra Cotta CA

ESL program –  This program for English as Second Language (ESL) students offers a two-hour long interactive in-class curriculum based environmental themed presentations. Participants in the program develop an enhanced understanding of local environmental issues while improving their vocabulary, comprehension, conversation and pronunciation skills. Teachers are provided with vocabulary (a few days in advance), detailed lesson plans and in-class activities.

CVC offers the following presentations for ESL students:

Climate Change – Climate Change is an important area of study that impacts everyone globally. Through this presentation students will learn about the causes and effects of climate change and global warming. They will also be encouraged to take actions to lessen climate change at the local level.

  1. Great Lakes and Freshwater Ecosystem – Great Lakes are an important natural resource that also carries immense cultural significance for Canada. Through this presentation students will become familiar with the freshwater ecosystem and its importance. They will also develop a deeper insight into the environmental issues that the Great Lakes are grappling with.
  2. Health and Wellness – Parks and natural environments are stress busters – promoting physical health, minimizing pressures related to urban environments, boost productivity, improve immunity, and promote healing. This presentation will inspire and motivate students to engage and spend time in the local natural environment for health benefits. Students will learn about the local natural areas and habitats and gain an understanding on how nature heals and restores our health from various common illnesses.
  3. Invasive Species – Globally we are experiencing a growing concern for the invasive species. These species may cause extensive environmental harm while destroying natural habitats for plants and animals. They can be a great concern for human and economic health for any geographical area. Through this presentation students will learn about the local invasive species, their harmful impacts and strategies to control and deal with their increasing population.
  4. Precious Pollinators – Pollinators are an integral part of our natural ecosystem playing a crucial role in providing us with healthy crops and flowering plant species. This presentation will expose students to the challenges we are facing for the pollinators as a result of climate change, exposure to pesticides and habitat loss. They will also learn different ways they can contribute to their growth in the local natural areas.

Experience Nature Tour – This is a two-part education program for organized community groups such as ESL/LINC schools or cultural organizations, which includes an indoor presentation on local biodiversity and an outdoor nature experience in a conservation area.

Health and Wellness Program – Natural areas provide immense opportunities to tap health potential by providing opportunities for people to recreate and retain their health in a holistic manner. This two-part program is offered to local organizations and community groups such as seniors clubs that either promote or actively work towards health and wellness. The indoor component of the program takes place at the clients meeting place introducing them to the local natural environment and preparing them for a follow up guided outdoor nature experience. The tour of a conservation area is organized and led by the CVC on ability-appropriate trails. Participants in the program gain direct experience spending time in nature and increase their knowledge about the local natural areas while developing confidence to explore nature on their own.

Maple Syrup Program – Maple syrup is a Canadian tradition. Through our Maple Syrup Program we provide an opportunity for the ESL/LINC schools and other community groups to introduce their clients to the richness of maple syrup tradition in Canada. The participants learn about the significance of maple syrup, the history, its production and the associated traditions in an outdoor natural environment. This program is offered in the months of March and April.


For more information or to register for these programs, contact:

Ashoo Anand
Senior Coordinator, Multicultural Outreach
905-670-1615 x 454

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