Attention elementary teachers across Ontario – our new Conservation Crates are officially ready to borrow! Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund grant, we’ve assembled a total of 20 brand new crates, filled with hands-on resources and curriculum-linked lesson plans. They are free to borrow through the OFAH|Mario Cortelluci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre, and in an effort to reach more students across Ontario – we’ll even cover the shipping costs. Crates are grade-specific, with each grade focusing on a different topic.
Whether your school is in the heart of the city or surrounded by rural landscapes, birds are everywhere. No matter what the season, the Grade 1 Birding Conservation Crate, complete with binoculars, gives students the chance to learn how to identify common bird species while learning about the important role they play in nature.
Ontario’s mammals are equipped with some pretty amazing adaptations. With the Grade 2 Wildlife Conservation Crate, students will learn about what it means to be a mammal, and what it takes to survive, both structurally and behaviorally. This crate comes with 14 different mammal pelt swatches, including lynx, deer, coyote and muskrat, ideal for hands-on learners.
Fishing is a popular pastime and an important part of our Canadian heritage. The Grade 4 Fishing Conservation Crate provides students with the chance to learn as much about fishing as possible without actually casting a line. Learn to tie knots, make cork popper lures, and more…
Trapping is an important contributor to our national economy, and its role in Canadian heritage remains important today. The Grade 6 Tracking and Trapping Conservation Crate gives students the chance to learn about the importance of trapping, its role in furbearer management and how trappers truly are stewards of the land.
Hunting is often misunderstood, and with the Grade 7 Hunting Conservation Crate, we want to provide the teacher with nothing but the facts. Complete with its own trail camera, this resource kit will help students to discover the role hunters play in conserving our natural resources and the role hunting plays in wildlife management. As an important contributor to our national economy, and a major part of Canadian heritage, it remains important today, and Grade 7 students who explore the crate will also be given the chance to make connections to their own personal history and family heritage.
Parents of elementary-aged students, don’t forget to share this free learning opportunity with your child’s teacher. Students and teachers can explore a Conservation Crate for two weeks at a time and we’ll take extra steps to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and quarantined between borrowers. CLICK HERE for more details and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow a crate today!