Explore The Aquatic World Program
What lies beneath the mysteries of ponds and streams? Students will catch and identify aquatic life, learn about the animal kingdom, and the importance of diversity and water conservation. There is also the opportunity to learn about water in several hands-on activities.
The Forest Through the Trees
Springwater provides an unique opportunity to view various types of forest ecosystems. Students will become “tree detectives” as they learn the basics of tree identification, what depends on them for survival, characteristics of the four forest seasons, forest fire ecology, and the importance of conservation. Students will also learn how to use a compass in orienteering. (Optional)
Enter nature’s fascinating world with a hike into an old-growth Carolinian forest. The Springwater Forest provides a diversity of habitat that supports many species of plants and animals, from the common to the rare. Students will learn more about the behaviors and habits of wildlife as they experience the sights, sounds, and smells along the trail. A fun predator/prey activity can be incorporated into this program. A great way to rap up the school year!
The Earth Beneath My Feet
Prepare to get a bit dirty with a hands on demonstration by CCCA staff and student participation. The students will learn about various soil types, soil horizons, how soils are formed, Glaciations, the importance of decomposers and leaf eaters, soil conservation, and soil stability. This section especially focuses on grades 3 and 4.
Y Day Camp – Environmental Theme Camp
Come to the Springwater Conservation Area with counselors from The Family YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin for an adventurous week of outdoor activities with a Ranger guide. This is for kids around ages 5-12 who are looking to do something fun and also learn during the summer months. There are different programs offered every day during the week, and crafts to take home. Please contact The Family YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin for dates and registration
Guiding and Scouting Badges
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority provides many opportunities to obtain environmental badges required by Guiders and Scouters. The leaders and youth will be provided with the information needed for training and testing toward many environmental and outdoor badges. Some badges offered are the World Conservation, Forestry, Angler, Canoeing, Ecology, Observation, and Naturalist to mention a few.