Guided Adventures - Grade 9 to 12 Ecosystem Monitoring
Offered in April, September and October
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.
Walk in the shoes of a Parks Canada scientist (PDF, 129 kB)
Part 1 - Ecosystem Monitoring
Students will join a park interpreter and venture out to the savannah on 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 learn about the park’s restoration efforts along the way.
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 in the park in fall 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.