Community Programs

Photo credits: Darby Alderson, Melanie Franke, TTLT staff


Environmental Education - Nature Education for Youth

Since 2017, the Environmental Education program has offered the opportunity primarily for high school students to participate in ecological restoration learning and experiential activities. Students learn inside and outside of the classroom, and contribute to the overall well-being of natural habitats across Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and Perth Counties.

We offer a range of modules geared towards grades 9-12, including restoring nature with native plant species, invasive species management, and seed collecting and processing. Each topic includes 1-2 classroom sessions, where students have the opportunity to learn about a specific restoration topic, followed by a field trip to one of TTLT's nature reserves to conduct a corresponding restoration activity. Modules currently available include:

  • Invasive Species Management
  • Native Plant Restoration
  • Plant ID & Seeds Introduction
  • Species at Risk - General
  • Species at Risk - Become a Turtle Guardian

For more information on each module, see Module Descriptions

Programming is available in an entirely virtual format, an entirely outdoor format, and a virtual/outdoor hybrid. All topics include indoor and outdoor activities, depending on the season and outdoor access. We can also provide programming to non-school entities, such as clubs and homeschooled students.

For Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) or Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) classes, we can also provide more in-depth programming. Contact us to learn more.

Participants of the program (e.g. students, teachers, parents, etc.) are asked to take part in our evaluation surveys and activities so that we may measure the impact the Program has had on the behaviours and attitudes of its participants. Evaluation data is anonymous and does not include the collection of any personal student information, such as names, email addresses, etc. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

There are no costs associated with the Program, but you may want to provide your own gloves, masks, and hand sanitizers. COVID-19 precautions and cleaning procedures will be in place.

If you are interested in participating, or have any questions regarding the Program, please email Darby at [email protected].

This program is generously funded by Westminster College Foundation and Sisters of St. Joseph.