Evergreen Brick Works School Program
Thank you for your interest in the Evergreen Brick Works Visiting School’s Program!
Here is what to expect when you bring your class to Evergreen Brick Works:
- Place-based: building a foundation of knowledge through a focus on local nature, culture and community
- Ecological: providing children direct contact with nature
- Hands-on: creating a compelling learning setting through multi-sensory, direct experience
- Active and mobile: moving the body to engage the mind
- Arts-infused: breathing life into learning through creativity, compelling narratives and arts activities
- Integrated: weaving together expectations from across the curriculum through ecological themes and engaging experiences
Elementary School Program
- Available October through to June 2014
- Programs are full days
- Curriculum linked
- Available to Grades 1 to 6
- Recommended class sizes of up to 30 students
- Minimum 15 students per group (please contact us directly for exceptions)
Rates: $15 per student per day. A bursary is available for schools requiring financial assistance.
|Grade 1||The Living City||S&T; SS|
|The local community is presented in the context of the natural community, and the idea that all living things need food, water, shelter, and space. We will show how the interaction of elements in a strong human community represents a healthy ecosystem. The Living City introduces students to Toronto’s surprising abundance of living things—fox, deer, coyote, rabbit, and a host of birds, insects and plants—and how close these live to our communities of homes, streets, grocery stores and schools.|
|Grade 2||Water, Water Everywhere||S&T|
|Students will follow the local ravine landscape and discover Mud Creek, which meanders through the heart of the city. Students will explore the dynamics of moving water by creating mini rivers, dams, beaver lodges and more. Water is a feature central to communities around the world and Toronto’s relationship with water is a case in point.|
|Take a Walk on the Wild Side||S&T|
|Students will explore the landscape through the eyes of the local animals. By engaging all of their senses, students will track the animals and learn about their interesting characteristics and behaviours. Through games, stories and habitat building, students will learn about the importance of protecting the land for generations to come.|
|Grade 3||Earth Shelters||S&T|
|Children are builders by nature. In this program they will use natural materials to create shelters that mimic the architecture of plants and animals. Working in groups, students will explore hands-on how different building techniques can affect the strength and stability of various structures.|
|Grade 4||Our Home and Habitat||S&T|
|This is a wide-ranging exploration of the hills and dales of Toronto’s unique ravine landscape. The ravines of Toronto play host to an amazing diversity of wildlife, and students will learn where and how these creatures live together in the same space with enough food, water, air and shelter. In a sustainable city, physical and human geography are in harmony, and the connection between people and place is strong and vibrant.|
|Evergreen Brick Works sits on the floodplain of an ancient river, where there was once an industrial quarry the size of the Rogers Centre. The quarry excavated clay and shale to make the bricks that built this city; but the process of digging exposed half a billion years of geological time and an epic tale of nature’s history. Students will explore how the landscape evolved naturally and through human interventions.|
|Grade 5||Steeling Fire||S&T|
|Energy begins with the fire of the sun. The fire flows through the green leaves and needles of the plant kingdom into the metabolism of animals, including human beings. But unlike other animals, human beings learned to ignite and exploit fire. Students will explore how energy is transferred and transformed within foodwebs and other systems.|
|Grade 6||The Web of Life||S&T; SS|
|This program is an exploration of the astonishing diversity of life in Toronto’s ravine ecosystem. The wetland habitat in the Don Valley Brick Works Park plays host to more species than any other space in the city. The surrounding ravines provide homeland for fox, coyote, beaver, turtle, hawk and salmon.|
“…I think the realization, for the kids and myself, that the city has a gem hidden, just walking distance from the subway, is simply incredible.”
– Teacher, Lord Dufferin School
“In the words of our kids... ‘Best trip ever’, ‘Can we come back’, ‘When?’”
– Teacher, Regent Park/Duke of York Public School
“I think that was the best field trip I have ever been on! Everyone enjoyed themselves so much it was such a pleasure to be with them….. They are still talking about it.”
– Teacher, Valley Park Middle School
Planning a trip to Evergreen Brick Works
Getting Here and Back
In order to eliminate the need for a school bus, and also to create an experiential, geographical connection between the school and the field centre, we can begin the program at Castle Frank Station at 9:30am and walk your class to Evergreen Brick Works along the beautiful forested ravine trail. Get back to school via the same route with a self-guided walk-out at 2pm.
Alternate transportation to and from the site includes booking your own chartered bus to arrive at 10am and depart at 2:30pm.
Please note that our shuttle bus can not accommodate large groups of visitors. Also, groups of visitors will be asked to accommodate the site’s tenants during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Any questions on this can be directed to email@example.com.
Middle and High School Program
Let us take you on a themed tour of the site! Book your class for a guided walk and learn about the story of Evergreen Brick Works. Discover how Evergreen reclaimed and revitalized this former industrial site into an award-winning environmental community centre and green technology showcase.
- Tours are 1 hour in length
- $8 per student
- Minimum 15 students per tour
- Available to Middle School and High Schools (grades 6–12)
- For an additional $5 per student we will meet your class at Castle Frank Subway station for a guided nature walk along the beautifully forested ravine trail to Evergreen Brick Works.
- Tour Themes:
- Evergreen Brick Works Highlights: Learn how Evergreen revitalized this old industrial pad into an award-winning environmental community centre and green technology showcase. The tour will take you through the new and old buildings on site, and touch on all its key themes—Sustainability, Heritage, Graffiti, Art and Geology. A perfect tour for groups of first-time visitors.
- Sustainability Tour: Evergreen's commitment to sustainability has transformed this old brick factory into a LEED Platinum-candidate facility. Find out how we remediated contaminated landscapes and regenerated surrounding ecosystems, and how we reused and redesigned old buildings to decrease our carbon footprint.
- For more information on school tours and programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information on public tours, visit our Tours page
Half Day Programs
- Programs are 2.5 hrs in length
- $15 per student (includes supplies and optional guided nature hike from Castle Frank subway station)
- Available April, May and June
- AM Session: 10am-12:30pm, PM Session: 1-3:30pm
- Arriving to the Site: Included in the fee is an optional guided nature hike from Castle Frank (CF) subway station to Evergreen Brick Works. Morning programs meet at CF for 9am. Afternoon programs meet at CF for 12pm.
- Program Offerings
- Art Inspired by Nature: Nature is a deep well of inspiration for our creative expressions. Join Evergreen for an interactive art program where you’ll explore the incredible art installations both inside and outdoors at Evergreen Brick Works amidst the industrial heritage buildings. The pieces range from graffiti murals, plant walls, maps and sculptures. Students will hike through the scenic wetland park where we’ll explore and collect natural materials. With these found materials, they’ll grind, mix and crush them together to create pigments which they’ll use for creating their own nature inspired graffiti wall and print making on material swatches. Connections: Art, Science and Technology
- Bringing Nature to Our Cities: Our cities need nature. During your trip to Evergreen Brick Works, we’ll explore ongoing efforts to restore and revitalize nature in our urban spaces. On a guided tour through the Industrial heritage buildings, we’ll learn about how the site has been transformed into a leading showcase for green design. Later, on a guided nature walk through the scenic quarry gardens, students will hear a story about the restoration of this once abandoned quarry mine. Students will roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty through making seedballs which are used to bring new life to spaces in need of greening. Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology
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If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact us at:
email@example.com or 416-596-1495 x290.
Evergreen is grateful to HSBC Bank Canada for their support of the HSBC Student Bursary Program