To Know The Grand is a two hour nature connection field trip to the banks of the Grand River at rare charitable research reserve. Participants will play activating games, engage in discussion, and perform a simple biological survey where we identify invertebrate species whose presence may indicate the health of the river and surrounding ecosystems. The workshop will inspire wonder, reflection, and a sense of interconnection with our animal and plant neighbours in our watershed community.
The workshop begins with a welcome, opening circle, and sharing of a natural history of the river. We will then play a small game based on the theme of knowing the land and river better. We then head to the river.
While wading in the shallows of the Grand we will spend time using buckets and nets to catch, identify, and catalogue invertebrate species. After we release all that we have found back into the river, we will walk back to our starting point to debrief and share our highlights. Participants will be invited to browse our portable naturalist library and are encouraged to follow-up on questions and observations made.
Led by Danielle Gehl Hagel and byron murray of the Moon School part of The Guelph Outdoor School.