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Point Pelee National Park

Education Programs

Guided Adventures

Guided Adventures - Grade 1 to 8 – Migration Magnet

Offered in September and October

Why do so many birds, dragonflies, monarch and other animals move through Point Pelee each year? Let us show your class the wonder of the migration phenomena set along major migration highways

Explore Migration Magnet (PDF, 119 kB)

Part 1 - The Tip, a natural migration magnet

Students will board the shuttle and venture to the Tip, one of the best locations in Canada to see migration. As they explore the Tip, they will learn first-hand just how hard it is for birds to migrate. They will quickly notice how narrow the tip becomes and learn that the size and shape of the park acts as a funnel. In the fall, they’ll learn to fly like hawks, guess where dragonflies migrate and if lucky, catch a glimpse of a Monarch.

Part 2 - The Visitor Centre and a trip to the Marsh

A park interpreter will greet your class at the Visitor Centre for the other half of your program. You’ll get a short tour of the exhibits, focussing on the diorama of life in the park. Children will then move on to the theatre to see the introductory film. After the film, you’ll board your bus for a trip to the marsh, where you can climb the observation tower and tour the 1 km loop of the Marsh Boardwalk.

How to Book

Booking your program is easy and our Visitor Services staff are here to help. Pick your preferred dates and call us at 519-322-2365 ext 0. Don't hesitate to leave a message and let us know the best time to get back to you. Once you’ve made your reservation, you’ll receive a details itinerary and information package.

What to Bring

Our programs run rain or shine so dress for the weather. Stable flies can be present at the Tip and students should wear long pants and close toed shoes. Fortunately, there are very few mosquitoes around at this time of year, so bug repellent is not usually required. Students are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes that are suitable for walking distances.

Black-legged Ticks are present in Point Pelee National Park. It is important to take steps to protect yourself and your students. Black-legged Ticks are very small and often hard to see. Here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Remain on trails and avoid long grass and shrubs.
  • Check yourself and your students for ticks when returning from any natural area.
  • Use bug repellant with DEET and wear long sleeved tops and pants.
  • Don't forget your lunch! There are great picnic facilities at the Marsh Boardwalk and around the Visitor Centre for your class to use. We challenge you and your students to bring garbage-less lunches, though all picnic areas are equipped with garbage and recycling facilities.