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Pukaskwa National Park

Learning Experiences

Learning Experiences at Pukaskwa National Park © Parks Canada

Transform your classroom learning activities into a unique experience in Pukaskwa National Park: the perfect destination to book your next school trip. Join a Parks Canada interpreter and watch the Ontario school curriculum come to life!

The “out-of-doors” classroom is a great place to form lasting friendships with nature and connect with your sense of adventure. Experiential learning programs at the park allow your students to explore the wonders of nature, gainknowledge of the Anishinaabe and understand the role of Canada’s national parks in conserving our natural and cultural heritage.

Guided programs are available in May and June, September and October

For more information or to book your school program:


Wild, LIFE! (Grades K- 2)

Wild, LIFE! © Parks Canada

It’s wild. It’s life. It’s everywhere! All you have to do is stop, look, listen and the whole wild world will start to open up around you! Through exploration, imaginary play and storytelling, you will discover that wildlife is not so different from you and me.

Ontario Curriculum Links:

  • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things 
  • Growth and Changes in Animals

Length: 1 Hour
Program Fee: $73.60 plus daily park entry fee for school groups

New Beginnings: A Fire Story (Grades 3-6)

New Beginnings: A Fire Story © Parks Canada

Discover how fire keeps the boreal forest happy and healthy! Take a walk through the Hattie Cove Fire Walk Trail to see, hear, smell, and touch the beginning stages of life after fire. Find out what it takes to be part of the Parks Canada fire crew through demonstrations and hands-on participation.

Ontario Curriculum Links:

This program has links to the entire Ontario science and technology curriculum:

  • Soils in the Environment
  • Growth and Changes in Plants 
  • Habitats and Communities 
  • Properties and Changes in Matter 
  • Biodiversity

Length: 1 hour
Program Fee: $73.60 plus daily park entry fee for school groups

Hike-n-Seek: A game with a cache! (Grades 6-8)

Hike-n-Seek: A game with a cache! © Parks Canada

Technology meets nature with this whole new way to enjoy the outdoors. Come geocache with your class to explore Pukaskwa’s trails through a high-tech game of hike-n-seek. Learn what geocaching is, how global position systems (GPS) work, find hidden caches and perhaps see some wildlife along the way!

Ontario Curriculum Links:

This program has interdisciplinary curriculum links:

  • Health and Physical Activity- Active Living
  • Health and Physical Activity- Living Skills
  • Mathematics- Patterning and Algebra 
  • Map, Globe and Graphing Skills 
  • Science and Technology- Space 
  • Science and Technology- Understanding Structure and Mechanisms: Systems in Action

Length: 2.5 Hours
Program Fee: $7.30 per person for 10 or more students plus daily park entry fee for school groups

Ways of life: The Anishinaabe (Grades 5 – 8)

Ways of life: The Anishinaabe © Parks Canada

The Anishinaabe are a people, a culture, and a nation at the heart of the North American continent. Commonly known as Ojibway or Chippewa, the Anishinaabe became the third largest First Nation in all of North America and still are today. The Anishinaabe adapted their lifestyles to a wide range of environments from the Great Lakes region to the Great Plains. Through an interactive activity, exploring the ‘Migration Story’ and looking at historical examples, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the vastness of the Anishinaabe territory and their localized ways of life.

Ontario Curriculum Links:

  • Social Studies: Cause and Consequence; Continuity and Change 
  • Social Studies: Perspective & Significance; Interrelationships 
  • History: Cause & Consequence 
  • Geography: Spatial Significance; Interrelationships

Length: 1 hr 15 minutes
Program Fee: $73.60 plus daily park entry fee for school groups