Education and Community Learning

Education and Community Learning

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is leading education and community learning initiatives for The Meadoway.

The Meadoway Schools Program

Hundreds of students and teachers along the corridor are helping to bring nature back to their neighbourhoods. You can too!

In this three-phase, curriculum-linked school program, students grow native plants in their classrooms, take class field trips to The Meadoway to support restoration and stewardship activities, and take part in follow-up learning experiences back at school.

Canadian newcomers will also be engaged in The Meadoway through education programs in nearby English as a Second Language schools.

To participate in The Meadoway Schools program, please contact us at info@meadoway.com.

Here’s how the program works:

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PHASE 1: GROWING PLANTS!

In the winter, classes will receive a Grow Kit to help grow plants from seed. Classroom teachers and their students will be responsible for planting and caring for the seeds/seedlings.

trowel and soil

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PHASE 2: FIELD TRIP

Our team will coordinate a field trip for classes to visit The Meadoway in May. In addition to getting their hands dirty in The Meadoway, students will participate in a variety of nature-based activities. The entire field trip will take place outside and will be 1.5 to two hours in length.

girl takes part in Meadoway planting event

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PHASE 3: ONGOING LEARNING

Students will continue to strengthen their sense of connection with The Meadoway after the field trip.

In June, our team will visit the school to build upon the field trip experience. If a school is interested, we can help coordinate a planting event in the school yard using some of the plants grown in the classroom. We will provide all of the required tools to facilitate this planting event.

We will lead alternative activities if a school planting is not possible.

This session will take place entirely outside and will last approximately 45 minutes. Upon receiving the field trip booking request, we will arrange a suitable time for a visit.

sunflower

 

COMMUNITY LEARNING

Our team runs high-energy, engaging workshops and events for community groups and the general public.

If you are nature lover, local community member, post-secondary instructor, or are interested in The Meadoway project in any capacity, we would love to meet you!

community group tours The Meadoway with TRCA staff member

Choose from three options:

1. Join us at a public event!
Our team runs free public nature hikes, talks, citizen science programs, and other interpretive events throughout the year. Check out our event page or sign up for The Meadoway newsletter to learn more.

2. Book a talk!
TRCA staff will visit your group or organization to explain why The Meadoway matters and how it will enhance the landscape for plants, people, and wildlife. We can cater talks for adults, post-secondary students, or for families with children.

3. Book a visit to The Meadoway!
Request a group site visit to see this restoration project in action, pending staff availability. Groups can come on a guided tour of a site in The Meadoway, or participate in an enhancement activity such as a cleanup, invasive species removal or wildflower planting.

To schedule a talk or visit, please contact us at info@meadoway.com.

Check out the gallery below to see highlights from our 2019 community learning events.