Students will be actively engaged in activities designed to hone their observation and data collection skills. When weather conditions permit, students have the exclusive opportunity to examine migratory species at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station and observe staff and volunteers who are carrying out their daily monitoring and bird banding activities. This 2.5 hour program invites students to become immersed in the phenomenon of bird migration and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of urban wilderness.
City Life, Wildlife
Visiting groups will explore the rich ecosystems and communities that make up Tommy Thompson Park. An interactive hike through the Park's diverse habitats will engage students in an investigation of biodiversity, a close look at invasive species, and a reflection on the impacts of human activity in natural spaces. This 2.5 hour program provides a unique opportunity for students to better understand the urban wildlife that lives in their neighbourhoods and would enhance any unit plan focused on biodiversity or habitats.
Aquatic Plants Program
The Aquatic Plants Program is a free, half-day, curriculum linked, hands-on educational experience. The goal of the program is to increase students' knowledge and awareness of the value of wetland ecosystems and the important roles they play in maintaining the ecological health of our region. By growing and transplanting native aquatic plants from seed, and participating in activities, students will learn to care for their environment through local wetlands. For more information, please visit the Aquatic Plants Program webpage.
A Bird in the Hand: Public Program for TTP Visitors
TRCA believes that public education is the key to the protection of birds and the environment. We offer bird banding demonstrations on weekends and holidays during park hours. Visitors to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) can view our bird monitoring programs in action, ask questions and experience bird migration at one of the premier sites in southern Ontario.
People, Plants & Pollinators
Visiting students will investigate meadow communities at Tommy Thompson Park, specifically exploring the role pollinators play in maintaining healthy habitats. In addition to investigating various aspects of pollination, students will seek out insects in the meadow, analyze the specimens they find, and make inferences on the impact these insects have on plant pollination. The importance of pollination on our food supply will also be explored. This 2.5 hour program encourages students to offer conclusions based on their own observations of natural habitats and strengthens students' understanding of the importance of pollinators to their everyday lives.