Local Trail Resources for Parents and Teachers
Outdoor experiences are highly-motivating for students, and meaningful first-hand experiences with the living world lead students to understand and remember important concepts. Outdoor experiences also provide foundational experiences for life long learning.
Pathways to Learning for Teachers
Discovery Routes has developed the Pathways to Learning program to make it easier for educators to take advantage of the region’s recreational trails that exist in every community across northeastern Ontario.
The new program provides educators with a self-guided trail resource kit that outlines various activities that meet curriculum expectations at the elementary and junior levels in a variety of subjects. The kit includes a detailed outline for teachers, as well as a handouts and an activity booklet for students that may be completed on the trail or in the classroom following a trail visit. Educators interested in trying the kit can contact Jennifer McCourt at Discovery Routes for details.
Trans Canada Trail BioKit
Discover Canada’s biodiversity from coast to coast to coast with the Trans Canada Trail BioKit! The Trans Canada Trail BioKit offers fun, interactive activities that will enrich your experience and help you learn about the environment along the Trans Canada Trail. Bring the family and experience the natural wonders waiting to be discovered along the world’s longest and grandest network of trails! Contact Discovery Routes for a copy.
Pathways to Learning for Parents
Discovery Routes is currently developing activity sheets that can be used on our local trails. The activities will be designed to engage youth while visiting the trails with their family.
Local Youth Programming
- The North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority offers educational programming on many of the local trails.
- The Sturgeon River House Museum offers snowshoe tours along the Theodore Fouriezos Wetland Trails in Sturgeon Falls. Programs are booked by contacting the museum.
- The Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa offers on-site and outreach environmental programs.