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Super User

It is never too early to learn the basics of navigation! Students try their hands at using map and compass to work their way through a mini-orienteering course.

July 20, 2016

Seeds of Change

Fall is a wonderful time of year to explore the change of seasons. By looking at leaves and seeds, students will discover the concept of change, the life cycle of plants, and how the forest prepares for winter. Where do seeds come from? What do they look like? Where do they go and how do they move around?

Through a variety of interactive games and a nature hike, students will learn about the amazing animals (birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles) here at Baxter, the habitats they live in and what they need in order to survive (i.e. food, water,adaptations).

July 20, 2016

Insect Study

Put on your detective’s hat and investigate some incredible insects. Students use nets and containers to collect as many different creatures as they can. Learn about what makes an insect an insect and how they have adapted to their environment, and what makes them so special to the natural world. This program compliments Pond Ecology and the two go well together as a full day of program.

July 20, 2016

Pond Ecology

By exploring Baxter’s pond, students will learn about the diversity of life in a freshwater pond habitat and how these animals have adapted to life under water. Using nets, basins and fact sheets, students will get up close and personal with the animals that call the pond home.

July 20, 2016

Snowshoeing

Come and experience one of the oldest forms of transportation in Canada! Students will learn how to safely travel with snowshoes and, once comfortable, follow the snowshoe trail through the forest and maybe even try snowshoe games.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers outdoor education programming year round for nursery schools, day cares, home schooling groups, public and private schools, and community groups at Baxter Conservation Area and Foley Mountain Conservation Area.

Programs can be a half day or a full day and can take place weekdays or weekends all year long. Outdoor education programs at Baxter Conservation Area and Foley Mountain Conservation Area provide students with a strong understanding of our natural world, how it functions and how we, as humans, fit into it. All our programs are interactive and experiential to provide students with a “hands-on” approach to learning about natural science in our “Ecology Lab.”

If you don’t see a program that meets your group’s objectives, please give us a call — and our Interpreters will create one for you!

Baxter Conservation Area

Baxter Conservation Area is located on the shores of the Rideau River, five minutes south of Kars and North Gower. It is owned and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

Baxter is 180 acres of mixed forest, open meadow, wetlands, beach, group camping areas and nut tree plantation. There are five kilometers of trails and boardwalks that provide wonderful, safe access for forest, meadow and wetland exploration.

The Patrick McManus Interpretive Centre is Baxter’s program headquarters which can accommodate two to three classes as a starting point for an exciting day of outdoor learning.

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

Foley Mountain Conservation Area is located high atop a granite ridge overlooking the Upper Rideau lake and picturesque village of Westport, 50 km south of Perth. It is owned and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

The Conservation Area consists of 800 acres of mixed forests, ponds, and fields. The eight hiking trails, group camp area, scenic Spy Rock lookout, and picnic areas set the stage for a quality outdoor education experience.

The outdoor environmental education program at Foley Mountain provides students with interactive, experiential, curriculum-based experiences that will help them to understand our natural world and their relationship with it. The Program can accommodate up to 60 students per day and all equipment is provided. All programs are approximately 1.5 hours in duration.

The RVCA is pleased to offer resources to teachers interested in promoting spring water awareness.

As the warmer spring weather approaches, snow and ice begin to melt and waterways begin to fill up with cold, fast moving water. Children are often interested in exploring rushing streams and thawing ponds during the warm days of spring. However, these areas can be unsafe and it is important to teach students the dangers of these areas.

Resources include:

  • Background information about spring flooding
  • “Safety Says” video with teacher notes
  • Activity ideas, resources, and sheets for use by classroom teachers
  • General curriculum information
  • Announcement information for use during the spring season
  • Information for students to take home during flood season
  • Posters
  • Dam safety resource materials from Ontario Power Generation

Please feel free to copy and distribute any of the information in this package. To order a print version of this package or if you have any questions about the information, please contact Rebecca Whitman, at 613-273-3255 or Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592.

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63 Royal York Street
Richmond, Ontario
Phone: 613-692-3571 ext. 1100

Open year round
Dawn to dusk
subject to winter conditions

 


COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  Our conservation areas are open, but visitors must follow all local public health guidelines, maintain physical distancing and obey trail signage. 

MAY COVID conservation area social media

Please STAY HOME if you are showing signs of illness, supposed to be self-isolating or under quarantine. If the parking lots or trails look busy, be prepared to come back another day. 


 

Activities and Amenities

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A wonderful waterfront picnic area with a dock to launch canoes and kayaks for a quiet trip on the Jock River.

Trails: 0.4km

Special Features

  • Short nature trail
  • Car top boat launch

Please use caution on the water! The Rideau River is part of a busy navigation channel. It is every boater's responsibility to know the hazards along their route and to ensure they have proper safety equipment on board. For a list of required equipment and complete rules and regulations, visit Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety and read the Safe Boating Guide.

2797 Highway 15
Portland, Ontario
Phone: 613-692-3571 ext. 1100

Open year round
Dawn to dusk
subject to winter conditions

 


COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  Our conservation areas are open, but visitors must follow all local public health guidelines, maintain physical distancing and obey trail signage. 

JUNE COVID conservation area social media

Please STAY HOME if you are showing signs of illness, supposed to be self-isolating or under quarantine. Attend only with your household and do not gather in groups. 

If the parking lots or trails look busy, be prepared to come back another day. 


 

Activities and Amenities

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A simple, lakeside picnic area along Highway 15 in Portland. Stop for a quiet picnic and enjoy the view out onto Big Rideau Lake.

Trails: 0km

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Contact Us

Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

Email:

Hours:

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario