Swan Haven School Programs

Program Overview

Dates:

Program: Cost:

Early Spring 2019:
April 8th – April 30th

No Cost to Yukon Students

School programs have always been a large part of spring activities at Swan Haven. Hundreds of school children make the trip with their classes to participate in hands-on activities and games, in a spectacular outdoor classroom. The Yukon Wildlife Preserve delivers Swan Haven School Programs on behalf of Environment Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Program.

How to Book

To make a booking call Breanna at 456-7400 or email breanna@yukonwildlife.ca

We will need the following information to make a booking:

  • What experience and subject matter you are interested in;
  • Your school/association;
  • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
  • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca);
  • Grade(s) and class sizes:
  • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc);
  • The dates and times you are interested in;
  • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you).
Why Bring my class to Swan Haven?

Swan Haven is one of Yukon’s incredible natural wonders. Each spring, Swan Haven (located on M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake) hosts a spring spectacle of migrating swans and waterbirds. Featuring the first open water in the region, the bay has many attractions for early migrants. This bay offers shallow water, access to food, good visibility, and little disturbance to waterbirds, making it a critical stopover on the long migration to northern nesting grounds!

Students are treated to the sights and sounds of a magnificent spring migration. Yukon Wildlife Preserve programmers lead students through engaging, hands-on programming that is curriculum connected.

This is an incredible opportunity to take learning out of the classroom and into our amazing back yard!

    Who can book Swan Haven School Programs?

    Programs are specially designed for Grades 2, 3 and 5.

    To ensure a high quality experience, the maximum number of students is 48 (2 classes maximum).

    Teach another grade? We are happy to book Grade 4 classes in for the Grade 3 program, and Grade 6 or 7 classes into the Grade 5 program.

    Where do Swan Haven School Programs take place?

    All interpretive programs during April take place at the  Swan Haven Interpretive Centre at M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake – about 40km south of Whitehorse.

    When can I bring my class?

    15 days of programming are offered between April 8, 2019 and April 30, 2019. We will do our best to arrange special timelines for schools travelling from communities outside of Whitehorse. Swan Haven programs are free to Yukon students, all you have cover is the cost of transportation!  Book early to avoid disappointment!

    Morning programs: 9:30am-11:30am

    Afternoon programs: 12:00pm-2:00pm

    Program Descriptions

    Grade 2 - Swans Need to Swim
    Spring: Up to 48 students (2 classes)
    ½ Day Program (2 hour program)
    9:30am to 11:30am or 12:00pm (noon) to 2:00pm

    What makes Swan Haven such an important stop for migrating swans? The open water! 

    In this half day program, students will learn about why open water at M’Clintock Bay is so important for swans.  Students will learn about swan behaviors using dress up and storytelling, explore the challenges of migration through an interactive game, and make observations of swans on the water using spotting scopes. 

    Teachers are responsible for bus transportation to and from Swan Haven.

    Curriculum Connections:

    • Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment
      • Water sources including local watersheds
      • Water is important for all living things
      • How does water cycle through the environment
    • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
      • Lifecycles of local animals
      • Local actions have global consequences 

    How to Book

    To make a booking call Breanna at 456-7400 or email breanna@yukonwildlife.ca.

    We will need the following information to make a booking:

    • Preferred dates:
    • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
    • Your school:
    • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
    • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
    • Grade(s) and class sizes:
      • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
    • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
    • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you):

     

    Grade 2 – Surviving Winter

    Fall/Winter Season: Up to 26 students (1 class)
    ½ Day Program (2 1/2 hour program)
    9:00am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:30pm

    This half-day program explores life cycle strategies employed by Yukon species to deal with a harsh northern winter. Through guided observation, activities and hands-on props, students will explore challenges and solutions to surviving winter in the Yukon. 

    Teachers are responsible for Bus/transportation:

    • To and from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
    • First 15 minutes after scheduled arrival time;
    • Last 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

    Curriculum Connections: 

    • Science: life cycle strategies of Yukon species in winter (hide, survive, avoid)
    • Science: the water cycle and winter in the Yukon
    • Science: hypothesizing, make/record observations, discuss/compare
    • Social Studies: how Yukoners have adapted to winter in the north.
      Grade 3 - Swan Have: Connecting the Dots
      Spring: Up to 48 students (2 classes)
      ½ Day Program (2 hour program)
      9:30am to 11:30am or 12:00pm (noon) to 2:00pm

      Swan Haven is a diverse and unique ecosystem. Energy is transferred through the system in many ways, and swans have an important part to play. In this half day program students will observe the different ecosystem roles of swans using spotting scopes, participate in a hands-on activity to explore how swans interact with their ecosystem and witness thermal energy in action with an exciting experiment.

      Teachers are responsible for bus transportation to and from Swan Haven.

      Curriculum Connections:

      • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
        • Biodiversity in the local environment
        • Energy is needed for life
        • Flow of energy in a community
      • Thermal energy can be produced and transferred
        • Sources and transfer of thermal energy
        • Convection and radiation 

      How to Book

      To make a booking call Breanna at 456-7400 or email breanna@yukonwildlife.ca.

      We will need the following information to make a booking:

      • Preferred dates:
      • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
      • Your school:
      • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
      • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
      • Grade(s) and class sizes:
        • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
      • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
      • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you):
        Grade 5 - Aquatic Birds: Built for Water
        Spring: Up to 48 students (2 classes)
        ½ Day Program (2 hour program)
        9:30am to 11:30am or 12:00pm (noon) to 2:00pm

        Swans are the largest waterfowl in Canada, and their unique anatomy is what makes Swan Haven such an important rest stop for these magnificent birds. By exploring swan and bird anatomy, we will discover how Swan Haven is specially matched to the needs of waterfowl. In this half day program students will observe swans using spotting scopes, investigate the problems faced by migrating waterfowl and get hands-on to learn about waterfowl anatomy!  

        Teachers are responsible for bus transportation to and from Swan Haven.

        Curriculum Connections:

        • Multicellular organisms have organ system that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
          • Digestive, musco-skeletal, respiratory
        • Machines are devices that transfer force and energy
          • Examples of machines found in nature

        How to Book

        To make a booking call Breanna at 456-7400 or email breanna@yukonwildlife.ca.

        We will need the following information to make a booking:

        • Preferred dates:
        • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
        • Your school:
        • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
        • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
        • Grade(s) and class sizes:
          • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
        • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
        • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you):