School Day Trips Ontario

Experience By Doing! 

Grand River Rafting offers a menu for schools to create their own curriculum-based day or overnight learning experiences in Ontario.

Our paddling programs and floating classrooms are May til October... our hiking classroom programs are year round.

We offer canoe, kayak, tubing, rafting, edible plant hikes, outdoor cooking, learn to fish and camping programs.

Our floating classrooms are normally done in 8 person rafts, because there is not time wasted rescuing tips, but canoes and kayaks can be used.

We have a fleet of sixty canoes and ninety kayaks. Our fleet is in top shape because all boats are replaced every two seasons.

Our interpretive safety guides can do a 1 hour instructional on the basics of canoeing or kayaking before a trip... to give students competence and confidence.

If looking for ORCKA canoe certification... we highly reccommend the Dragonfly Paddling Company... this company is considered the best instructional resource in the Grand River Valley. 

 


 You can also add interactive presentations to your floating classroom or hiking classroom to enhance your experience:

Medicine Man link, Paddling Voyageur link, Metis Medicine Bags and drums link, Powwow Singing link, Residential School Survivors, the Art of Making Arrowheads, Cordage and Fire link, Dance with the Haudenosaunee link, Settlers & Muskets link, Paranormal Investigators link, History of the Neutrals link, Learn to Fish link and Group Drumming Circles link.

 


We also partner with other companies to offer these experiences rapelling link, zipline link, zodia bird watching link, Canadian Amazon paddle link, Six Nations tours link, archery & handguns link, ropes course & wall climbing link.

 


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

For other program options... visit our Overnight Experiences, Floating Classrooms, Hiking Classrooms and Native Studies.

For more information or questions call 519 442 2519 or email.

Listed below are some of our learning adventures to give you a flavour of what we can do. 

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