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 is funded by the 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!