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Bring BARC into your Classroom!

BARC believes that education can inspire and shape environmental stewards in our communities to foster engagement in water conservation. 

We offer FREE in-classroom and outdoor educational programs to schools located within the Hamilton Harbour watershed. 

All of our water-focused educational programs are designed to meet the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum standards and are delivered by a trained BARC staff member to facilitate learning. 

Our Programs

Age Range: 5 – 14
Grades: K – 8

Bring a bit of Cootes Paradise into your classroom and help restore Cootes Paradise Marsh! Participating classes will receive a mini marsh kit where they can watch their marsh grow!

Age Range: 6 – 12
Grades: 1 -6

Hop and croak like a frog! Discover why frogs are important species in our local wetlands and learn about the impacts people are having on them.

Age Range: 5 – 12
Grades: K -6

Discover the insects that live in Hamilton’s local creeks & rivers, and how they link to watershed health. Younger classes (K-2) will participate in a craft, and older classes (3-6) will examine invertebrate specimens.

Age Range: 6 – 12
Grades: 1 – 6

Students learn about Ontario’s turtles and how we can all work to protect them locally. Afterwards, classes participate in an activity where students make their very own take-home clay turtle!

Age Range: 12 – 18
Grades: 6 – 12

Explore current issues facing Hamilton Harbour, with a focus on invasive species and stormwater runoff. Learn about the impacts of stormwater runoff with BARC’s Enviroscape model!

Age Range: 14 – 18
Grades: 9 – 12

Let’s test the water! Bring fieldwork into the classroom as students work through real world environmental issues using practical water testing equipment.

Age Range: 5 – 18
Grades: K – 12

Stream of Dreams™ educates students and communities about Hamilton Harbour and its watershed, while dazzling them with the beauty of community art.

Age Range: 8 – 14
Grades: 3 – 8

Yellow Fish Road™ creates community awareness about the impact of household hazardous waste on the health of Hamilton Harbour. Students mark storm drains with painted fish in the local neighbourhood!

Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions on how to register for our educational programs and more? Visit our FAQs to find the answers to our most-asked questions.

Have Other Questions?

Please contact Hannah Mackey, our Education and Outreach Coordinator with questions and inquiries.