The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

Lessons in a Backpack

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In 2009 the Lessons in a Backpack (LIAB) program was developed in partnership with teachers and other educators. Each year, GBBR staff reach 700+ students directly with LIAB programming, and hundreds of other students are reached through the participation of their teachers. 10 schools on the coast use the lessons regularly, but other areas have also adapted or used the program.

Currently, there are 33 units for grades 1-10. Each meets Ontario science curriculum standards, are full of hands-on experiments and activities, focus on environmental science phenomena that can be observed in the school yard, contain background information, a set of core activities, additional resources and extension ideas, and hold opportunity for inquiry based learning.

Lessons are designed to engage children in making personal connections with nature and in thinking critically about human impact. There are resources and extension activities in each lesson, so teachers can continue with key messages.

Nearest city or town: Parry Sound
Project start date: January 1, 2009

Project focus: Education / Outreach
Project contact: Delaina Arnold

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