Education Programs

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority offers curriculum-based, and inquiry-based education programs at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. Bring your class for a fun and innovative learning experience. Receive a 10% discount if you combine two programs in one visit.

All education programs must be booked in advance (two weeks preferred). Teacher and a maximum of 1 adult per 5 students admitted free. Fees are subject to change. Some programs may require minimum registration.

 

2017 Education Programs

Elementary Education Programming

Follow Our LEED
Available year-round for Grades JK-8
The Centre for Conservation is a LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building with gold certification. This program includes a tour of the Centre; students will develop an understanding of green building techniques and technology. Younger students will understand what a LEED ® building is, how it works and what makes this facility sensitive to our environment. Older students will gain insight into the environmental concerns facing our world and how buildings such as this can be part of the solution.

Max group size: 30 students
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $5 per student

Take a Hike
Year round (subject to trail conditions) for Grades 1-12
A guided nature hike geared to your grade level will introduce students to the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, the Carolinian Forest, and Twenty Mile Creek. Topics include early settlement, industry, traditional uses of plants and the importance of natural resources.

Max group size: 30 students
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $4.50 per student

Orienteering 
May to October for Grades 6-12
Try either of our orienteering courses. Our mapping orienteering course was designed for students to develop mapping skills by identifying landmarks and navigating different types of terrain. NPCA staff set up the course. Control points are located throughout the park. Schools are provided with necessary maps and suggested rules of play. Teachers must direct and implement the program. We recommend that teachers visit the site before the program. Our compass orienteering course allows students to develop compass skills while locating markers throughout our park. The students will begin with a short introduction to using compasses and how to measure distance. Students will work in small groups to follow the makers throughout the park.

Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $4.50 per student

Winter Outdoor Adventure
January to March  (Availability dependent upon suitable snow conditions) for Grades 4 - 12
Students will snowshoe along our trail, roast bannock over a campfire, enjoy a cup of apple cider and play a winter themed game. Students must dress appropriately for the weather, including winter boots, hats, scarves, mitts. It is suggested students dress in layers.

Duration: 1½ hours
Fee: $5 per student

Journey to Glen Elgin
May-October for grades JK-12
We recommend this guided tour as an introduction to the history of Ball’s Falls for all grade levels. The tour will be geared to your grade and will introduce students to the site, which was one of the first communities established along the Twenty Mile Creek. Students will learn about Loyalist settlement, early domestic life, and the industrial era of Glen Elgin. Tour includes a stop at the lower falls where students discover the importance of water as a source of power, and as a factor in pioneer settlement and community development. Students also visit an 1809 gristmill, a pioneer cabin, and blacksmith shop. Concepts introduced when you follow up and join this tour are explored more extensively during our other interactive programs.

Max group size: 20 students
Duration: 45 minutes to 1½ hours
Fee: $4.50 per student

**Add on a blacksmithing and textile component to your Tour
Students will be able to assist the blacksmith at work, and make a yarn doll to take home.

Fee: $5 per student
Duration: 1.5 hours

Fall Harvest
September and October  for grades 2-4
Fall was a busy time of year for the early settlers at Ball’s Falls. Students will participate in helping us prepare for winter. Students will visit and help our blacksmith as he is busy at work in the blacksmith shop, learn how the early settlers built and operated our grist mill, help grind wheat into flour, and preserve foods and seeds for the winter and next planting season.

Max group size: 45 students
Fee: $5.00 per student
Duration: 2 hours

SPHAGNUM P.I. The Case of the Stray Squirrel

Available year-round for Grades 3 - 5

In this environmental scene investigation, (ESI) students will put their sleuthing skills to the test! This program challenges students to work together in groups todiscover why Flying Squirrels are disappearing from the Conservation Area, and all over Ontario. By looking at plant material, maps, squirrel habitat documents, and resources they are hot on the trail of discovery!

Max group size: 30 students

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

 

Ball’s Falls Rocks!

May to June for Grades 4-6

We have an identity crisis! What kinds of rocks are underneath us? In this hands-on program, students will test and identify characteristics of the Niagara Escarpment rocks. Students will gain an understanding of how sedimentary rocks are formed.

Max group size: 30 students

Duration: 1 ¾ hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

 

Amazing Amphibians

April to June, for Grades 1-4

Step into the world of Amphibians at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area! Investigate our ponds, under rocks, and in our forests for frogs, toads, and even salamanders! Explore the life cycle of amphibians, and the impact that humans have on amphibians!

Max group size: 40 students

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

 

Its a Bee’s Life

April to June, for Grades 1-6

Be entomologists for the day! Discover the world of bees in this hands-on curriculum based program. Students will explore the lives of bees, their benefits to humans, and what they can do to save the bee!

Max group size: 40 students

Duration 2 hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

 

Spring Awakening

May to June for Grades 1 - 4

During this interactive curriculum-based program, students experience the lives of pioneer children by participating in a variety of seasonal pioneer chores, which may include: baking bread in an outdoor bake oven, churning butter, quilting, assembling a timber frame and ploughing. Students will leave with a pioneer craft they have created.

Max group size: 30 students

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

Christmas in the Country
November 27-December 15, 2017 for Grades JK-6
This interactive program will introduce students to both pioneer and Victorian celebrations. Activities include demonstrations in the decorated pioneer cabin and the historical Ball home, sampling hot mulled cider and cookies, a sing a-long in the country church, and creating a small keepsake to take home. Best suited for grades 2-4 although other grade levels are welcome to attend. Limited registration.

Max group size: 60 students
Duration: 1¾ hours
Fee: $5 per student

 

Secondary Education Programming

 

Human Impact on the Environment

April-November Grades 9, 11

Students will take a survey of the forests at Ball’s Falls using test plots, identifying invasive species, and their impact on the natural environment and native species plants. Students will be able to identify key invasive species, measure their frequency within the test plots, and identify eradication goals and methods for these invasive species.

Max group size- 40 students

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: $5.00 per student

 

Water Quality at Balls Falls

May-October- water flow permitting , Grades 9, 11

Students will conduct a water sample collection measuring dissolved oxygen, Turbidity, Nitrate, Phosphate, pH, temperature, and Biological Oxygen Demand in three locations, our river, a dugout pond, and potable drinking water. Conduct macroinvertebrate field survey on the Twenty Mile Creek. Using the data that they have collected students will be able to determine the heath of the water systems at Ball’s Falls and use data collected from the streams and area maps surrounding the area to identify potential causes for any pollution that may be evident in the water.

  • Use data collected to conclude the heath of the water systems at Ball’s Falls.
  • Use data collected in the streams and area maps of the surrounding area to identify potential causes for any pollution that may be evident in the water.

-Max group size- 40 students

-Duration: 2 hours

-Fee: $5.00 per student

 

 

 Follow Our LEED
Available year-round for Grades 9-12
The Centre for Conservation is a LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building with gold certification. This program includes a tour of the Centre; students will develop an understanding of green building techniques and technology. Younger students will understand what a LEED ® building is, how it works and what makes this facility sensitive to our environment. Older students will gain insight into the environmental concerns facing our world and how buildings such as this can be part of the solution.

Max group size: 30 students
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $5 per student

 

 

To book or for more information, please contact Jill Walters-Klamer, Program Assistant, 905-562-5235 ext. 22

 

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