What are GBBR’s Lessons-In-A-Backpack?

The main goal of the program is to create opportunities for local teachers and students to explore their home in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and engage in outdoor-based learning activities. To facilitate this goal, Lessons-In-A-Backpack are developed based on the Ontario curriculum guidelines using areas immediately surrounding local schools as outdoor classrooms. The Lessons-In-A-Backpack reflect what is readily observable in our natural environment, allowing students to have hands-on experiences with the topics covered.The Lessons-In-A-Backpack program is partnered with the Near North District School Board and was funded in 2009-2011 by Ontario Trillium Foundation. Programs include guided hikes on the Rose Point Trail, supported by the Parry Sound Rotary Club and Seguin Township. View a 3 minute video of a local grade 9 class out on the trail: http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/videozone/812549. Here you will find lessons created for the Lessons-In-A-Backpack program – lessons that reflect the unique natural environment of our area. Please share your own lesson plans to help develop this resource base.


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Contact [email protected] for more information, to volunteer, or to arrange a Lesson in a Backpack presentation for your class or youth group!

This program is funded by donations and partners. Thank you!