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Outdoor Education Program

The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club’s outdoor education program fosters an interest in nature conservation in our future land stewards. The innovative program is curriculum-based and delivers interactive programs in classrooms, and leads school field trips to the nature sanctuaries. At the nature sanctuaries students learn about the natural world while actively participating in stewardship activities. We have been fortunate to bring over 2,000 from Hamilton’s downtown core on nature outings, many for their first time.

Teaching students about the importance of Hamilton’s natural history including its natural areas, habitats, pollinators and trees.

The program is delivered through a series of interactive sessions and includes a nature outing to the HNC’s Amaolo Nature Sanctuary located near Copetown. The sessions include:

  • Interactive classroom presentation – This curriculum-linked session teaches students about topics that relate to key HNC activities such as local habitats and wildlife, pollinators, or trees.
  • Grow native plants from seed in the classroom – This activity teaches students about growing native plants from seed. Species (trees, shrubs, wildflowers) are selected based on HNC’s needs at ecological restoration sites.
  • Nature Outing to HNC’s Amaolo Nature Sanctuary – Students bring their native plants to the nature outing where students will plant them at the ecological restoration site. Other nature outing activities include: pond study, learning to use binoculars, tree inventory, invasive species management, and having fun.

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Some photos from our outdoor education program