Southern Ontario is one of the best places to explore trails and nature. We are surrounded by three of the Great Lakes (Lake Huron, Lake Erie & Lake Ontario) as well as many rivers run through with an abundance of forested trails.
Taking time to discover the outdoors, nature and wildlife around us is a great opportunity to promote literacy with the family. Literacy may not be the first thing we think of when planning a hike or camping trip, so here are some things to think about that will enhance your child’s literacy skills while on an adventure.
- Plan out your trip by looking at trail maps
- Create a list of everything you will need to pack and take with you
- Research plants that might grow in the area that you will be visiting
- Create a scavenger hunt game
- Talk about everything you see (take binoculars to see even more)
- Take pictures while on your adventure and later make a memory book
- Borrow field guide books from the library (or purchase one)
There are a variety of resources available to help you find trails in your area:
- Bike and Walk Map - London Ontario
- Ontario Parks
- Thames Valley Trail Association - The Saturday Morning Walks (SMW) are sponsored by the Thames Valley Trail Association Inc. to promote healthy and active living. Have lots of fun walking these beautiful trails and parks all within our City of London.
- Copies of the guide book "A Guide to Hiking the Thames Valley Trail" are available for a 3 week loan from the London Public Library.
- Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
- Thames Region Ecological Association
There are also a variety of mobile apps to further enhance your hike or adventure: