Bronte Creek Provincial Park: Self-Guided Field Trips

Plan a visit to beautiful Bronte Creek Provincial Park use our Self-Guided Field Trip Guide to add some easy education to your entertainment. This school year, classes and students won’t be going on field trips, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to miss out on the hands-on in-person learning that field trips offer. Take them yourself, and use our Field Trip Guide to help encourage additional learning!

Our Self-Guided Field Trip Guides have been created by Amanda, a Peel Region elementary teacher to help families connect education to the entertainment that comes when visiting one of the many local cultural attractions. This issue is the perfect companion to your Bronte Creek Provincial Park visit.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Walking the trails of Bronte Creek Provincial Park is an excellent way to explore the park and see all of its unique natural landscapes and wildlife. On the day use side of the park, you will find four nature trails and many kilometres of connecting footpaths to explore. The campground side offers two nature trails that cover the varied habitats near the campground. Each season brings with it a new reason to visit, so get out there – hike, bike, walk, rollerblade or ski – many are wheelchair accessible.


Visit here when you are studying: Science & Technology

Grade 1: Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Assess the role of humans in maintaining a healthy environment; Demonstrate an understanding of the basic needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about the environment as where something or someone exists, the importance of a healthy environment, and their role in keeping the environment healthy. They will be learning about the way living things interact in the environment (plants produce oxygen that other living things breathe, tree stumps provide homes for small animals).

Get the kids talking:

What is an environment? Can we find different kinds of environments at Bronte Creek? (there are forest areas, fields, and of course the creek!). Can you find/do you think different animals will live in each place? Why?

Vocabulary: needs, space, food, shelter, environment


Grade 1: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Daily and Seasonal Changes

Demonstrate an understanding of what daily and seasonal changes are and of how these changes affect living things at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

 Get the kids thinking:

What will happen to the plants and animals in this environment in the Spring? Fall? Winter? What causes those changes?

Vocabulary:  temperature, hibernate, dormant, energy, cycle


Grade 2: Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Assess ways in which animals have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which humans have an impact upon animals and the places where they live; Demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct characteristics.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about how adaptations help plants and animals survive in their environment and how they may be helpful or harmful to other living things in an environment.

Get the kids thinking:

How will some of the animals that live in this environment stay safe when the seasons change?

Why do you think it’s important to have somewhere like Bronte Creek which protects the nature in the park?

Vocabulary: life cycle, migration, adaptation, body coverings


Grade 2: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and Water in the Environment

Assess ways in which the actions of humans have an impact on the quality of air and water, and ways in which the quality of air and water has an impact on living things; Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which air and water are used by living things to help them meet their basic needs.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about the ways living things depend on air and water and the impact humans have on the air and water in the environment.  They will also talk about the states of water and the water cycle.

Get the kids talking:

How do you know there is air in this environment? Can you find any water? What might happen to this water? How can we help keep the air and water clean?

Vocabulary: solid, liquid, gas, evaporation, condensation, cycle


Grade 3: Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants

Assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats; Demonstrate an understanding that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning the basic structure of plants, including their lifecycles and types of seeds, how humans use plants, and how plants and animals depend on each other.

Get the kids thinking:

Take a look at this plant – how do you think it makes seeds? What helps the seeds move around the environment?  How do we use plants? Do we use the same plants as other people? Why/why not?

Vocabulary: stem, pistil, leaf, stamen, flower, germination, disperse, oxygen


Grade 3: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Soils in the Environment

Demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and other living things.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about the different types of particles in soil (rocks, sand, clay, silt, loam, organic matter) and how different amounts of these particles change what the soil can be used for.

Get the kids thinking:

Look at the clues in the environment at Bronte Creek Provincial Park that might tell us about the kind of soil here (you can rub some between your fingers too to see if it feels soft – clay, or gritty – sandy), are there lots of rocks? Lots of plants? Does the kind of soil change in the different environments we can find? How do plants get their nutrients from the soil? How do those nutrients get there?

 Vocabulary: clay, sand, loam, pebbles, organic matter, decompose


Grade 4: Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities; Demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about food chains, adaptations in plants and animals to help them live in a specific habitat, and how changes in the environment can impact the organisms in it.

Get the kids thinking:

Where do you think the frog in the pond gets its energy? What do you think would happen if all the frogs in the pond disappeared? How do you think that might happen?

Vocabulary: habitat, population, community, adaptation, food chain, producer, consumer, decomposer, specialized


Grade 6: Understanding Life Systems: Biodiversity

Assess human impacts on biodiversity, and identify ways of preserving biodiversity; Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, its contributions to the stability of natural systems, and its benefits to humans.

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about biodiversity as the variety of life on Earth and the ways in which the variety within each species is important, and how invasive species reduce biodiversity.

Get the kids talking:

How many different kinds of trees can you see? Is it important for there to be lots of types in the environment? Can it be a bad thing for two kinds of species to need the same things from the environment?

Vocabulary: classification, biodiversity, interrelationships, vertebrate, invertebrate, characteristics


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