Point Pelee National Park

Education Programs

Guided Adventures


Guided Adventures - Grade 1 to 8 – Migration Magnet

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, 663 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. In spring, they’ll learn to estimate sizes of rafts of ducks and how to sing like a bird.

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

Dates offered: October 1-31, 2013 and April 9-25, 2014

Itinerary A
Tip Hike: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am -12:15 pm
Visitor Centre & Trip to the Marsh: 12:30 - 2pm

Itinerary B
Trip to the Marsh & Visitor Centre: 10:00 - 11:20 am
Lunch: 11:20 am - 12 pm
Tip Hike: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

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.

What to Bring

Our programs run rain or shine so dress for the weather. The Marsh Boardwalk has limited shade so a sun hat and sunscreen are musts in June. Fortunately, there are very few mosquitoes around the Marsh in the daytime, so bug repellent is not usually required. Students are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes that are suitable for walking distances.

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.