Preparing for Your Visit

Joining LRCA Staff for a Living Classroom Program? How exciting! Take a look at the following information to help you and your class prepare for your visit to a local Conservation Area.

To help ensure a safe and successful trip to one of the LRCA's Living Classrooms, please review the following information with your students before your Living Classroom experience begins. Students will be participating in a two-hour program with LRCA Staff. If you wish to remain in the Conservation Area longer (eat lunch, explore, etc.) you are free to do so at your own discretion.

Things to Remember

  • Please remember that most Conservation Areas offer outhouses and picnic pavilions only. It is important that you and your students are dressed appropriately for the weather and the activity for which you will be participating in. We suggest sunscreen, hats, water bottles, rubber boots (especially if taking part in the Aquatic Study), closed toed shoes and layers of clothing (sweaters, t-shirts, etc.).
  • When booking your transportation, we recommend that you ask the bus company to have the driver stay on site. There is usually no extra cost for this and the bus provides shelter if adverse weather should arise.
  • Many parts of programming take students near the water. Please have a conversation with your students about safety near the water's edge. When students are near water, they are to listen to instructions or risk being removed from the program.
  • We strongly recommend parent volunteers (numbers may vary depending on age group). We understand that many field trips would not be able to take place without parent volunteers, however their co-operation in supervising and following instructions is not only appreciated but helps makes the program run smoothly, thus resulting in a positive, uninterrupted learning experience for participating students.
  • Each of our Conservation Areas, with the exception of Mills Block, are equipped with pavilions and outdoor washrooms. It is important that students are dressed appropriately for winter programming. Consider booking an in-class winter program if accessible facilities are a concern for your group.