On Wednesday March 26th, 2014, students from Jack Callaghan Public School got to experience the true fun and beauty of nature. They went to the Gamiing Nature Centre where they were instructed by Steve, a recent Fleming College graduate. The kids moved around between five different stations in the morning where they got to play with peacock feathers, touch different animal furs, and make drawings of all the things they had seen that day. They also got to play with skulls, antlers, bones, dried fish skins, and preserved insects; all of which the kids found interesting and cool. For the afternoon, Steve was excited to teach the kids how to make environmentally friendly crafts such as pine cone bird feeders which they could take home and hang up in their window.

“We have been open for 12 years,” Steve told us. “

[It is important to us that we continue] focusing on providing environmental education.” The teachers at Jack Callaghan PS applied for a grant in order to get funding for this fantastic educational day at the Gamiing Nature Centre. Every elementary school in Trillium Lakelands District School Board was given the opportunity to apply for Outdoor Education Funding to provide their students with a special outdoor excursion.

By: Director’s Office Co-Op Student Elly Millington