Turtle Crossing!

What is Turtle Crossing?

Wetlands in Ontario are diverse ecosystems with a variety of plants and wildlife. Turtles are an important part of these ecosystems but are often threatened by human activity and non-native species. This program, offered to students in grade 1-4, provides an interactive overview of Ontario’s turtles and how we can work to protect them locally. Turtle Crossing focuses on Cootes Paradise marsh as prime turtle habitat, the characteristics of Ontario turtles, recognizing threats to native turtles, and more! Students also get to use creativity by making their own turtle using modeling clay. Depending on the grade participating, this program ranges in length (from 40 minutes to one hour).

Why Bring Turtle Crossing! to Your Classroom?

Turtle Crossing addresses the threats to native turtle species and the role of humans in protecting them locally. Students engage with the content using both art and science elements!

Turtle Crossing! Curriculum Links:

Grade 1 • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
               • Oral/Visual Communication
               • People and Environments, the Local Community
Grade 2 • Growth and Changes in Animals
               • Properties of Liquids and Solids
               • Air and Water in the Environment
               • Oral/Visual Communication
Grade 3 • Oral/Visual Communication
Grade 4 • Habitats and Communities
               • Oral/Visual Communication
For more information or to register, please email Christine Bowen at
Registration form available here.