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New conservation education programs in 2021

Check out these new programs starting in January 2021.


New outdoor conservation education programs start in January 2021

New for January 2021, Ausable Bayfield Conservation is introducing two new outdoor conservation education programs for students in kindergarten to Grade 3. ‘Coyotes & Pups’ and ‘Muskrats’ are six-week outdoor forest play and inquiry based programs taking place in the scenic woods of Morrison Dam Conservation Area near Exeter.

Coyotes & Pups is designed for both the caregiver and their child. This program is specifically for children who are remote learners in kindergarten or homeschoolers. Caregivers will learn how to assess risk and help their child explore and deepen their relationship with nature.

“We feel that with so many parents tackling learning at home, we needed to offer something to help guide parents to use the outdoors for learning while in a safe, natural setting,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation.

The winter session runs from January 28 to March 11, 2021 and the spring session begins March 25 to April 29, 2021. Parents and caregivers may sign up for one of two time slots: 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost per child is $70 per six-week each session. The deadline to register for Coyotes and Pups winter session is January 14, 2021. Space is limited to 10 children plus 10 caregivers (only one caregiver per child is permitted).

Muskrats is specifically designed for primary level remote learners and homeschoolers without their caregivers. The children attending the program should be able to toilet and dress independently, follow safety instructions, stay within set boundaries, understand the need to physically distance, and practise good respiratory hygiene. 

“Muskrats is for students who are more independent and also need a different approach to learning this winter,” said Iszczuk. “We are offering a weekly two-hour field trip to Morrison Dam Conservation Area for up to 12 children with two conservation educator staff.”

Muskrats runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays for children ages 4 to 8 and the cost is $130 per child/six-week session. The deadline to register for the Muskrats winter session is January 14, 2021. The winter session runs from January 28 to March 11 and the spring session is March 25 to April 29.

These programs take place outdoors regardless of weather. Those taking part should dress for the weather and bring a snack. To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at at this web page link:

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