School Day Trips Ontario

 

Experience By Doing!

Grand River Rafting offers a menu for schools to create their own curriculum-based day trips in Ontario.

Our programs are designed for Grade Six to University... but will host multi-age home-school groups.

Listed below are our learning adventures that you can mix and match to fit your time window.

As an example... the group has 4 hours... so you might combine the Medicine Bag program with Cooking in the Wild. Or you might do a Survival session with a Medicinal-Edible Plant walk. Or you might do a 4 hour Floating Classroom. 

Besides programs listed below... we can offer presentations by a Medicine Man link, a Voyageur link, Residential School Speakers, tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre link and Six Nations Territories link... and Wild Animal Refuge link.

For other program options like overnight experiences or school presentations... visit our Ontario School Field Trips and Home Education page.

 

Topic                            Details Time Cost
Medicinal Edible Plant Walk

 

A 3km walk into a 13th Century Attawandaron village site.

Activities along the way include plant and tree identification of about 25 species, how First Nations used these plants for food and healing, insight into the habits of birds, fish and wildlife in the valley, experiential survival challenges with fire building, bow drills and animal calling. Ends with a circle talk of what is one thing new you learned that you did not know before.

Can bring your own food and do a wiener roast for lunch

One interpretive guide per 10-15 people. Minimum price based on 15 people. Link

 

1-2.5 hours

$15.00 per person plus HST

Medicinal Edible Plant Hike

 

A 5km hike across a rolling terrain through the Carolinian Forest to a 13th Century Attawandaron village site.

Activities along the way includes crossing a shallow cold stream, plant and tree identification, First Nations used these plants for food and healing, insight into the habits of birds, fish & wildlife in the valley, experiential survival challenges with fire building, bow drills and animal calling. Ends with a circle talk of what is one thing new you learned that you did not know before.

Can bring your own food and do a wiener roast for lunch

One interpretive guide per 10-15 people. Minimum price based on 15 people. Link

 

3-4.5 hours   $20.00 per person plus HST
 Cooking in the Wild

 

A 3km hike where students learn edible plants.  Upon arrival at the competition area, the students are given utensils, fry pan, cooking oil, rice, wild edibles and a fish. On the word "go" they have to build a fire, clean the fish, prep their wild edibles/ rice and do a Master Chef Cook Off for the best dish. 

Can bring your own food and do a wiener roast with the competition.

One interpretive guide per 10-15 people. Minimum price based on 15 people. 

 3 hours

 $20.00 per  person plus HST

 Smudging       & Drumming

 

 Starts with a smudging ceremony, then a talk on drums and how they are used as medicine, a demonstration of how a drum is made and an interactive drumming session on different types of hides. Link

 

 1.5 hour

 $200.00 per group plus HST

 Powwow  Singing

 

Bring out the energy in your group! Students are divided into two team to compete in a Powwow group singing competition... each team has to pick a solo lead singer to energize and lead the rest of their team in chanting in harmony, timing and volume. 

 

 1 hour  $200.00 per group plus HST
 Social  Native  Dancing

 

Meet with a professional native dance team and learn about the expression of dancing in Native cultures as a social event. Then participate in different North American social dances to the beat of a hand drum and  powwow singing. Link

 

 1 hour  $400.00 per group plus HST

 Lost  Survival  Skills

 

A demonstration of how to make an arrowhead from stone, make string from a plant (whoever breaks the string wins the arrowhead), then how to spin golden rod with your bare hands on basswood and make fire (students get to try)... then students try throwing an atlatl ( the weapon used before the bow and arrow). Link

 

 2-2.5 hours  $200.00 per group plus HST
 Making Medicine  Bags

 

Starts with a smudging ceremony for the good mind. Learn about the purpose of the medicine bag in the Native culture followed by a hands-on making of a personal medicine bag. All materials included.

Minimum price based as if 15 people. Link

 

 1 hour  $15.00 per person plus HST

 Musket  Demo

 

Learn about the art of musketry. Muskets were critical to survival for the Europeans. This live demo includes showing equipment used, loading and firing of muskets and how musket balls were made from lead. Link

 

 1 hour  $200.00 per group plus HST
Outside Drum Circles

 

Drumming is an international language. Groups are given a number of different things to beat upon with different rhythms... together the entire group is taught how to sound as one. This is an amazing experience for students and teachers. Instructed by a professional drum circle teacher. Link

  

2 hours $200.00 per group plus HST
Floating Classroom

This trip meets OPHEA guidelines for Paddle Rafting.

This guided trip uses rafts as a classroom to learn about wildlife, plants & trees, First Nations History, survival challenges, drinking from springs, visiting an 1830 mine and paddling through a wilderness landscape.

Rafts cannot tip over and the river averages less then a meter in depth with an easy flowing current. If you cannot get permission to raft... our medicinal walks & hikes are an excellent learning alternative. Floating Classroom Link

 

3-4 hours $35.00 per person plus HST