Technology is an important tool scientists use to monitor the health of ecosystems at Point Pelee National Park. Join us and find out first-hand how GIS and GPS have become vital components of our monitoring program.
Students checking out GPS unit.
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Walk in the shoes of a Parks Canada scientist (PDF, 624 kB)
Part 1 - Ecosystem Monitoring
Students will join a park interpreter and venture out to West Beach. While learning about this rare habitat, students will use GPS units to map species in a monitoring plot. Once complete, they will return to the Visitor Centre to upload their results, using GIS ArcReader, just like the park's resource conservation staff.
Part 2 - Geocaching
GPS is not just a useful tool for ecosystem monitoring, it is also widely used for recreational purposes. Armed with GPS units, students navigate park trails to find 6 geocaches and solve the puzzle.
How to Book
Dates offered: April 18 - 27 & October 9 - 26, 2012
Ecosystem Monitoring: 10:00 - 11:45 am
Lunch: 11:45 am -12:15 pm
Geocaching: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Geocaching: 10:00 - 11:45 am
Lunch: 11:20 am - 12 pm
Ecosystem Monitoring: 12:15 - 2:00 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.