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School Programs: Grades 1 – 8

Elementary School Programs

Our Elementary programs aim to inspire curiosity, discovery, and connection in a natural setting. Through games, explorations, and discussions, students learn about the importance of healthy natural spaces, and their place within them!

About Our Programs

  • Two-hour outdoor programs
  • Up to 30 students per group
  • Grades 1 and up: 1 free adult per 5 students
Educational Field Trip

Grade 1 Programs

Through games and open exploration, students will discover the ways in which animals adapt and survive in nature. While exploring our trails, students will search for wild creatures and the signs they leave behind! 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6 

All around the world plants grow, change, and are affected by the environment around them. This program uses interactive games and activities to explore characteristics of soil and the needs of plants. Students will discover Indigenous uses of plants and ways to protect the environment. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Students will discover basic needs and unique adaptations that animals use to survive in the wild. Explore fascinating animal characteristics through games, activities, and exploration of the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 2 Programs

Through games and open exploration, students will discover the ways in which animals adapt and survive in nature. While exploring our trails, students will search for wild creatures and the signs they leave behind! 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.2, B2 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Students will discover basic needs and unique adaptations that animals use to survive in the wild. Explore fascinating animal characteristics through games, activities, and exploration of the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.2, B2 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 3 Programs

All around the world plants grow, change, and are affected by the environment around them. This program uses interactive games and activities to explore characteristics of soil and the needs of plants. Students will discover Indigenous uses of plants and ways to protect the environment. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1, B2, E1, E2.2, 2.3

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

All plants grow, change, and adapt to the environment around them. Students will examine the characteristics and needs of plants through games, discussions, and a guided exploration of our Nature’s Superheroes exhibit. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1, B2, E1, E2.2, 2.3 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 4 Programs

Through hands-on exploration and activities, students will discover and identify species that live in various habitats and determine how humans can have positive or negative impacts on the environment. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1, B2 

The Niagara Escarpment provides a wealth of opportunities to learn about rocks, minerals and the natural processes that shape our landscape. Students will conduct a series of experiments to identify different minerals. During a nature walk, they’ll take part in an erosion activity and examine ancient fossils that are part of our local environment.

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology E1.1, E2 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Habitats are home to diverse species. Through engaging activities and exploring the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit, students will how animals adapt to survive in various habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 5 Programs

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Habitats are home to diverse species. Through engaging activities and exploring the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit, students will how animals adapt to survive in various habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 6 Programs

Through hands-on exploration and activities, students will discover and identify species that live in various habitats and determine how humans can have positive or negative impacts on the environment. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1, B2 

What better way to learn about animal survival than to become one? With the Arboretum as their playing field, students are challenged to think strategically as they take on the role of an animal seeking the necessities for survival. Students will apply social emotional skills to collaborate with teammates and learn first-hand about the natural and human obstacles animals face every day. This program pairs well with any other program. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B2.1, 2.3, 2.5, Health and Physical Education; Strand A 

Students will discover this sophisticated conservation tool in action with an up-close look at the fish that pass through the Fishway between Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise. Our ecologists explain the function of the Fishway, and our interpreters take the students through the complex history and current restoration of Cootes Paradise Marsh. This program takes place at our Princess Point location. 

Curriculum Connections: B1, B2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 

Collaborating together as a class or in small groups, students will apply social emotional learning skills to achieve a common goal. Teambuilding activities are designed to break the ice, build communication, and develop initiative while also challenging the group to think as a unit. This is a fun and exciting way to bring a group together at any point during the year. 

Curriculum Connections: Health and Physical Education; Strand A and B 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Habitats are home to diverse species. Through engaging activities and exploring the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit, students will how animals adapt to survive in various habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 7 Programs

Students will learn about the challenges and successes that our local wetlands experience due to climate change and human interactions. Hands-on components will include identifying aquatic invertebrates and assessing water quality while exploring Cootes Paradise Marsh. Students will consider Indigenous ways of thinking about environmental sustainability. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1, B2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8 

Designed in collaboration with Anishinaabe Elders, this program takes students on an interpretive hike that highlights the traditional and current uses of a variety of native plants. This cross-curricular experience will help you see the forest in a completely new way! 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology Strand B; History Strand A 

What better way to learn about animal survival than to become one? With the Arboretum as their playing field, students are challenged to think strategically as they take on the role of an animal seeking the necessities for survival. Students will apply social emotional skills to collaborate with teammates and learn first-hand about the natural and human obstacles animals face every day. This program pairs well with any other program. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, Health and Physical Education; Strand A 

Students will discover this sophisticated conservation tool in action with an up-close look at the fish that pass through the Fishway between Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise. Our ecologists explain the function of the Fishway, and our interpreters take the students through the complex history and current restoration of Cootes Paradise Marsh. This program takes place at our Princess Point location. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology B1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7 

Collaborating together as a class or in small groups, students will apply social emotional learning skills to achieve a common goal. Teambuilding activities are designed to break the ice, build communication, and develop initiative while also challenging the group to think as a unit. This is a fun and exciting way to bring a group together at any point during the year. 

Curriculum Connections: Health and Physical Education; Strand A and B 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.2 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Habitats are home to diverse species. Through engaging activities and exploring the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit, students will how animals adapt to survive in various habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

Grade 8 Programs

Students will learn about the challenges and successes that our local wetlands experience due to climate change and human interactions. Hands-on components will include identifying aquatic invertebrates and assessing water quality while exploring Cootes Paradise Marsh. Students will consider Indigenous ways of thinking about environmental sustainability. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology E1, E2.1, 2.4, 2.6 

Designed in collaboration with Anishinaabe Elders, this program takes students on an interpretive hike that highlights the traditional and current uses of a variety of native plants. This cross-curricular experience will help you see the forest in a completely new way! 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology Strand E, History Strand B 

What better way to learn about animal survival than to become one? With the Arboretum as their playing field, students are challenged to think strategically as they take on the role of an animal seeking the necessities for survival. Students will apply social emotional skills to collaborate with teammates and learn first-hand about the natural and human obstacles animals face every day. This program pairs well with any other program. 

Curriculum Connections: Health and Physical Education Strand A 

Students will discover this sophisticated conservation tool in action with an up-close look at the fish that pass through the Fishway between Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise. Our ecologists explain the function of the Fishway, and our interpreters take the students through the complex history and current restoration of Cootes Paradise Marsh. This program takes place at our Princess Point location. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology E1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7 

Collaborating together as a class or in small groups, students will apply social emotional learning skills to achieve a common goal. Teambuilding activities are designed to break the ice, build communication, and develop initiative while also challenging the group to think as a unit. This is a fun and exciting way to bring a group together at any point during the year. 

Curriculum Connections: Health and Physical Education; Strand A and B 

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. Following an inspirational walk on the trails, students will apply the Creative Process to create artwork which represents grade-appropriate curriculum connections. A hands-on, collaborative program that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1 

Whether taking in the fall colours, tracking deer through the snow, or discovering spring flowers, this program will allow students to connect with the forests, fields, and fauna in RBG’s forests and gardens. This half-day program can be tailored to complement desired curricula upon request. 

Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology, Strand B 

Habitats are home to diverse species. Through engaging activities and exploring the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit, students will how animals adapt to survive in various habitats, and the importance of preserving biodiversity. 

Creativity abounds in this program, as students become the designers of their very own superhero. This program includes a visit to the Nature’s Superheroes exhibit for inspiration from the many unique adaptations of plants and animals in nature. 

Curriculum Connections: The Arts D1, 2.1, 2.2 

Come explore RBG’s gardens or trails with your class. The Arboretum offers trails through the forest down to the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise Marsh with great opportunities for birdwatching. 

Come explore the gardens with your class. Hendrie Park’s collections include a garden of healing plants, a spectacular rose garden, a wild plant garden, and plants from around the world. 

Through a self-guided experience, discover how animal and plant adaptations provide them with superpowers to survive in their natural environment. Classes will also be able to visit the Mediterranean Garden. 

2022–2023 School Program Fees

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