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​Intermediate Education Programs

Programs are half-day unless indicated otherwise. Select two programs that complement your classroom study for a rewarding full day of fun and learning. The grade(s) stated below each program name are strongly linked to the Ontario curriculum.  We will work directly with you to combine or modify programs to meet your needs.

For details on booking any of these programs, please see information under "Booking your Visit​." 


Coureurs de Bois
Grade 6 to 8 (all seasons)
Step back in time as Coureurs de Bois - early French voyageurs who traded with First Nation peoples for furs. Following a short presentation on the history of New France, students are then challenged to survive a simulated season as rugged adventurers: purchasing textiles and food items for survival and profit while developing map reading and problem solving skills. Teachers or adult volunteers will be required to assist and monitor this program.

Full day program - half day option by special request only

Explore Fort Willow
Grade 7 (spring & fall)
Students will visit Historic Fort Willow (Willow Creek Depot) a provincial historic site in Springwater Township. Here in one of five groups representing First Nations, Missionaries, Fur Traders, Military or Pioneers, they will step back almost 200 years and by answering a series of questions within a self guided tour will gain an understanding of the history and importance of the fort during the war of 1812. Together with games and the presentation by each group of short skits will enhance the students’ knowledge and appreciation of this era in Canadian history.

GPS Navigation
Grades 6 to 8 (all seasons)
Introduce your students to GPS technology and the exciting world of geocaching! Following a presentation highlighting the history and applications of the Global Positioning System, students use hand-held GPS units to navigate their way through one of our challenging courses. The important relationship between map, compass, and GPS technology will be emphasized throughout the program.

Instincts for Survival
Grades 4 to 8 (all seasons)
In this role-playing game, students must meet their survival needs as a wild animal while eluding predators and human influences. Through an introductory discussion - followed by active participation in this forest activity - students will explore predator/prey relationships, the flow of energy through food chains/food webs and adaptations of various animals for survival. Participants will also recognize the necessity of suitable habitat in meeting their animal's survival needs and will experience firsthand some of the ways in which human populations can influence natural communities and impact habitat loss.

Interactions in the Environment
Grade 7 (spring/fall)
Following an introductory discussion regarding ecology, biodiversity, and the interdependence of living things, students will participate in an exploratory hike to investigate the components and interactions of a forest and/or wetland ecosystem. 

Using an assortment of tools - including dip nets, magnifying glasses, and identification keys - students will investigate the dependency of plants and animals on the local environment and the adaptations different species have made for survival in their specific habitats. Hands-on activities will introduce students to the importance of space for wildlife and the impact of human populations on habitat loss.  Students leave empowered with a better understanding of how they may minimize their impact on the environment through daily personal choices. 

Intermediate "O"
Grades 4 to 6 (all seasons)
In this program, students review the concept of orienteering and develop their map reading skills through a  series of progressively complex orienteering courses. Students will use a variety of maps, compasses, and trail systems to challenge their cognitive and physical abilities.

Living Landscape
All Grades (all seasons)
Become inspired by the natural beauty of the Tiffin Centre through guided outdoor landscape drawing sessions.

Natural Resources
Grades 7 & 8 (all seasons)
Using maps, tree identification keys and forestry tools, students become resource managers and forest technicians to locate, identify and take measurements on a variety of tree species along a marked orienteering course. In this program, students will gain a better understanding of forestry practices, the uses and importance of trees, as well the impact humans have on the sustainability of our natural resources.

Photo Orienteering
Grades 4-8 (all seasons)
Working in pairs or in small groups, students must find the secret location of the photos provided, align themselves using a compass and accurately take a bearing. Points are awarded for accuracy in this challenging photo scavenger hunt!

Team Dynamics & Low Ropes Challenge
Grades 6 to 8 (all seasons)
Students will build confidence in themselves and each other as they work through a series of progressively challenging initiatives that aim to promote teamwork, leadership, trust, communication and problem solving. Once students have successfully completed a selection of team building activities they are then further challenged on our Low Ropes Challenge Course. 

Half day or full day options are available. Please note that closed-toe shoes are required to participate in this program.

Wilderness Skills
Grades 4 to 8 (spring/fall)
Through a variety of hands-on activities and discussions, students will review ways to prevent becoming lost and the measures they can take if they find themselves alone in the wilderness. Basic survival skills including proper dress, safety precautions, distress signalling, shelter-building and map-reading skills will be emphasized. In small groups, students will then test their skills on the "Amazing Race" challenge course. 

Half day or full day options are available.

Winter Survival
Grades 4 to 8 (winter)
Survival in winter environments is the focus of this interactive program. Basic survival skills including proper dress, safety precautions, distress signals, basic shelter-building and map reading skills will be explored. Prevention of frost bite, hypothermia and dehydration will also be emphasized. Upon special request, this program can be extended as a full-day program to include snowshoeing/kicksledding, fire-building, and a campfire lunch. Hot chocolate will be provided; students are required to bring their own re-useable mug.

Half day or full day options are available. Hotdog lunch provided by Tiffin must be pre-arranged.