Program Descriptions

Student Volunteers during a BioBlitz
Students Learning Navigation and Wayfinding

Enlivening School Curriculum

We teach everyone!

Whether you are looking to visit with your kindergarten students or your secondary students, we have a program for you!

Looking to bring post-secondary students or a corporate group? Let us know and we can adapt our programs for you.

We teach everything!

We have programs about Science and Nature, Geography and Social Studies, Group Dynamics and Leadership, as well as Outdoor Adventure.

And every program is designed to enliven your school curriculum. If you have an idea for a program that you do not see listed, you can even contact us to discuss whether it would be feasible for your trip.

We teach all year!

Everyone wants to visit in May and June, but some of our best experiences can happen only in the autumn and winter.

There is an unequaled bliss of exploring our winter wonderland by cross-country ski or on snowshoes!

Explore GRCA Education Programs

  • All
  • Day Programs
  • Overnight Programs
  • JK to Grade 3
  • Grades 4 to 8
  • Grades 9 to 12
  • On-A-Roll
  • Virtual
  • SHSM
  • Current Trail Conditions

Species Identification: Trees

Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for a wide variety of local tree species, and learn how to use a dichotomous key to assist in identifying coniferous and deciduous tree species.

Sports Night

An evening of 3 sports: floor hockey, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. Your group will be split into 6 teams and rotate through the 3 sporting events and the team with the highest score wins the coveted “Ultimate Sport Champion” award.

Stress Management Techniques – Forest Therapy

Forest therapy is an emerging practice in preventative health care that utilizes intentional experiences in a living forest to generate health benefits. Along with physiological changes in blood pressure, immune functioning and improved sleep, the health benefits of forest therapy include reduced stress levels, improved mood, increased energy, as well as an increased ability to focus.

Survival Game

In this active role-playing game, each student takes on the character of a different wildlife species. It is a high-energy program that is exciting for students in both junior and intermediate grade levels. The transfer of energy, consumer levels, and human impacts on wildlife are explored in this program.

Survival Game (Evening Only)

An exciting adaptation of our day-time program of the same name, in this active role-playing game, each student takes on the character of a different wildlife species to gain a better understanding of the relationship between predator and prey in a forest ecosystem.

The Many Faces of Climate Change

Students are challenged to identify the consequences of climate change for the local biosphere. They will then explore a number of climate change adaptation strategies that will be fundamental to the future success of Ontario’s plant, animal, and human residents.

Trappers & Traders

This engaging program puts student teams against one another in an orienteering challenge that requires teams to creatively barter their European goods for animal pelts.

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska

Students venture through a series of aerial games and activities high up in the Ganaraska Forest canopy. Following a safety orientation, students head out the course to traverse bridges, monkey cables, Tarzan ropes and zip lines.

Watershed Management

Students learn about the anatomy of a watershed as well as the fundamental considerations and processes for the management of a watershed. In small groups, each student embodies the role of a particular stakeholder in watershed management, and they are challenged to come to a consensus solution for a watershed management challenge.

Wilderness Survival Skills

Following a brief introduction to fundamental survival attitudes and skills, students will complete a number of self-guided stations in order to build up their survival skill toolkit. The students are then immersed in a wilderness survival situation from which they must escape… Amazing Race style!

Wolf Prowl Game

This simulation game focuses on such topics as energy flow, consumer levels, and human impacts on forest ecosystems. Its aim is to teach students the relationship an organism has with other species and its environment.

Your Needs & My Needs

Students explore the concepts of survival needs and lifestyle luxuries in order to appreciate the consequences of their daily choices. They will then create a personal connection to the Earth so that they will be more inclined to advocate and act for its protection.