It's Time to Explore Nature!


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:


There are also a variety of mobile apps to further enhance your hike or adventure:

Target Age
0-3 , 3-6 , 6-12 , 12-18
2000 Words to Grow , Engagement , Skill Development
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