Friends of Bronte Creek Park

School Programs

There is a small reservation charge for any of the school programs. Reservations must be made and regular daily vehicle or bus fees will apply. Call 905-827-6911 to make your reservation or email the park at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daily Vehicle Permit $17.00
Senior Permit (65+)  $13.50
Disabled Permit (with proof of Ontario Disability Permit)  $8.50
Bus Permit    $62.50

 

Grade   

Location  

Length  

Program

   When

All Grades    Nature Centre          1/2 hour

Discovery Tour

Discover the natural side of Bronte Creek Provincial Park through this Nature Centre tour. Take a closer look at Ontario's unique wildlife through hands-on displays in our discovery room as well as our live displays which can include: snakes, turtles, minnows and insects!

Mid- April to June
All Grades Spruce Lane Farmhouse 1/2 hour

House Tour

Students take a step back in time as they enjoy a guided tour through our 1899 living history farmhouse. This tour can be tailored to discuss curriculum topics from different grades.

Mid-April to June
All Grades

Breckon Shelter

*Outdoor program

1 hour

Maple Syrup Farm

Discover nature's sweetest treat! Students will explore historical methods of Maple Syrup production pre-1900. During the program students help the tour guide identify sugar maple trees, tap the tree and learn about different historical methods of making maple syrup and sugar

March
Grade Kindergarten Nature Centre 1/2 hour

Staying Alive!

This program is all about inspiring curiosity and getting kids moving! Students will learn about differences between living and non-living things and discover the five things all living things need to survive. Using demonstrations, costumes, puppets and activities the instructor will also introduce the children to some survival strategies used by animals in the park. The program ends with a tour of the Nature Centre's live animal displays and hands-on activities.

Mid-April to June
Grade Kindergarten Nature Centre 1/2 hour

Games and Toys

Before the time of video games and theme parks, kids found ways to have lots of fun! During this program, students learn about what it would be like to be a kid on the farm a hundred years ago. Activities include action stories and hands-on playtime with some Victorian toys

Mid-April to June
Grade Kindergarten

Breckon Shelter

*Outdoor program 

1/2 hour 

Maple Syrup Adventure

Discover nature's sweetest treat! Together with your instructor students walk along Maple Lane following our Maple Syrup Map to discover how to make maple syrup just like the farmers did in 1899. Students (and adults!) get to try a small sample of maple sugar at the end of the program.

March
Grade 1

Spruce Lane Farmhouse

* Partially outdoor

1 hour

Our Town

What was life like in a late 1890's community? In this program children will take a look at what shops, services and industries made up a historical community and compare it to a present day town. They will create their own Victorian town and engage in games related to historical professions before touring Spruce Lane Farmhouse. 

Mid-April to June
Grade 1

Nature Centre

*Outdoor program 

1 hour 

Animal Adaptations

Walk through several habitats and discover the many creatures of Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Students will explore several animal species and their unique adaptations through activities and demonstrations

Mid-April to June
Grade 2

Spruce Lane Farmhouse 

* Partially outdoor

1 hour 

Traditions and Celebrations

As we explore the differences between traditions and celebrations, students will discover some of the "quirky" traditions Victorians had. Games and activities will help us explore a year of Victorian holidays, before we finish up with a guided tour through Spruce Lane Farmhouse

Mid-April to June 

 

Grade 2

Nature Centre

*Outdoor program 

1 hour

Growing Up Wild

Join an instructor for a walk through Maiden's Blush Trail as we discover the many different lifecycles in the animal kingdom. Using props, demonstrations and activities we will explore the lifecycles of insects, mammals, birds and amphibians.

Mid-April to June 
Grade 3

Spruce Lane Farmhouse

* Partially outdoor

1 hour

Farm Child

Students get a chance to experience early farming life through hands-on activities, demonstrations and games. We take a close look at what children their age would be experiencing over 100 years ago before touring Spruce Lane Farmhouse and the farmyard

Mid-April to June 
Grade 3 Nature Centre

*Outdoor program 

1 hour

Soils!

Using demonstrations, we will discuss the glacial formation of the Bronte Creek valley and the composition of soil. Students will get a chance to dig in the dirt for a hands-on look at how different habitats impact soils as we walk through farm fields, meadows and forest.

Mid-April to June 
Grade 4

Spruce Lane Farmhouse

* Partially outdoor

1 hour

Living Off the Land

Through a variety of games, demonstrations and activities the students will explore how the people who settled around Bronte Creek originally used the land and how they changed the surrounding landscape and ecosystems through that use. We will explore the initial industries of logging, farming and fishing before entering Spruce Lane Farmhouse for a guided tour. 

Mid-April to June 
Grade 4 Nature Centre

*Outdoor program

1 hour

Wetlands

Students will gain an appreciation of Ontario's wetlands in this exciting program. This program includes group activities and hands-on exploration of a pond using nets and buckets. Students will learn about the factors that affect the stability of the wetland habitat and the biodiversity of a healthy wetland. 

Mid-April to June 
Grades 5 & 6   Nature Centre

*Outdoor program

1 hour

Insect Biodiversity

Students will explore a field habitat as they get to catch and examine invertebrates. Using demonstrations the instructor will help the students in identifying the different orders and perhaps species of invertebrates the students catch. Discussion will emphasise the importance of high levels of biodiversity in ecosystems

Mid-April to June 
Grade 7 & up

Spruce Lane Farmhouse 

* Partially outdoor

1 hour

Changing Societies

The setting for this program is a farmhouse that was built in 1899 and it is the perfect spot to examine the changing roles of men, women and children in this era. Students will be engaged in a lively debate as they get to handle and classify artifacts symbolic of the many changes Victorian society underwent through the late 1800s. Students will also be encouraged to discuss how our society is changing today. The program finishes off with a tour of the farmhouse. 

Mid-April to June 
Grade 7 & up

Parking Lot F

*Outdoor program

1 hour

Bird Navigation

We will explore the methods some different bird species of Bronte Creek Provincial Park use to find their way during daily movements and annual migrations, and then compare these methods with human means of navigation. During this hands-on program, students will get a chance to navigate using landmarks, a compass and a GPS unit within a defined area. 

Mid-April to June 

 

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