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Grade 4 Understanding Matter and Energy: Light and Sound


  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the roles that light and sound play in Riverwood, and investigate the science behind these two kinds of energy. By visiting different sites in the park and taking measurements, students will understand the properties of light and sound, and how plants and animals are impacted by our technical innovations. 

    After booking, our teacher will contact you to ensure that the program you receive meets your class's specific needs.

    Education Naturally is The Riverwood Conservancy's outdoor education program for students in grades JK through 8. 

    Opportunities to study wildlife, geology, ecology, and natural history abound at Riverwood. Active, engaging experiences await your students as they take part in ongoing research and stewardship programs that will add to their understanding of the natural world and today’s science curriculum.

    Your students will explore an urban wilderness of forests, meadows and wetlands nestled along the banks of the Credit River. Our living laboratory is home to abundant wildlife, providing students opportunities to interact with and study a variety of birds, deer, and other wildlife. Programs also explore plants and geology.

    While many of our activities take place outdoors, classroom instruction is provided in MacEwan Field Station. This 150-year-old structure is fully heated and air-conditioned to make your experience here enjoyable. Winter is a wonderful time to visit with special opportunities for students to enjoy close encounters with wildlife.

    All Education Naturally programs reflect the revised Ministry of Education Science and Technology Guidelines (2007). In keeping with the new guidelines, each program includes a stewardship activity that relates to the student’s environment. Pre- and post-visit activities designed to integrate with your classroom units are also provided.

    Most Education Naturally programs are supported by an e-book, each generously illustrated with images and age-appropriate text to help students better understand the concepts covered. Written by Dave Taylor, our Education Program Consultant and author, the e-books provide basic facts while challenging the students to become involved.

Resource Type:

  • Day Field Trip
  • Lesson Plan


  • 4

Curriculum Connections:


  • Fee Charged - $150 or $10 per student, whichever is greater


  • Accessible for students with special needs
    • Trails and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. The instructor will work to ensure students' needs are met and if not, will try and develop an alternative program that is inclusive.
  • Suitable for English Language Learners


  • Available in Spring
  • Available in Summer
  • Available in Fall
  • Available in Winter
  • Available to DPCDSB (Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board) schools
  • Available to PDSB (Peel District School Board) schools
  • Available to private schools

Resource only available to schools in:

  • Brampton
  • Mississauga

Provider: The Riverwood Conservancy

Contact Name: Alison Forde

Phone Number: (905) 279-5878

Website: http://www.theriverwoodconservancy.org/index.php/what-we-do/education/elementary

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