Ecosystem Trail: Students will explore and discover biotic and abiotic elements that make up different ecosystems and habitats (e.g. field, forest, river) and make comparisons between ecosystems undergoing succession (natural vs. replanted forest).
Sense of Place Hike: After a brief map reading lesson/review, students hike the trails of Albion Hills to explore the history and geography of the region and the significance of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Students are introduced to the geographical inquiry themes of "location/place, environment, and region".
Survival Skills - Heat in the Environment (STEM): Each group experiences a survival simulation and practices meeting their basic needs of air, shelter, water and food. Fires and/or shelters will be created during the simulation. The importance of avoiding a survival situation is stressed through proper planning and prevention, and emphasis is placed on the "Heat in the Environment" strand studied in the Grade 7 curriculum.
Trappers and Traders - European Perspective: Learners participate in a role-playing activity re-enacting the relationship between the fur trappers and the fur traders. Learners experienced the challenges of finding enough “furs” to trade for provisions and supplies to survive the winter season as a coureur de bois in the eighteenth century. The history of the era was discussed to relate the importance of the First Nations people in the fur trade and Canada’s development.
Trappers and Traders Indigenous Perspective: Learners participate in a role-playing activity re-enacting the relationship between the Indigenous peoples and the fur traders. Learners experienced the challenges of finding enough “furs” to trade for provisions and supplies to make life easier in the seventeenth century. The history of the era was discussed to relate the importance of the First Nations people in the fur trade and Canada’s development.
Wildlife Hike - Grade 7: Learners searched for wildlife and signs of their presence in the Albion Hills area. Different types of ecosystems were explored and strategies for survival were discussed. Learners also discovered how the abiotic and biotic components of those ecosystems interact with one another.
Wolf Prowl - Grade 7: Learners took on roles in an ecosystem and attempted to survive. Learners were introduced to food webs and energy flow and the roles of primary and secondary consumers. The needs of populations and organisms in specific ecosystems and the factors that contribute to their survival were also explored.