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Special School Projects

When it comes to teaching kids about nature, our experience and expertise in environmental and educational fields score top marks with teachers and students. Designed for elementary and secondary schools, our special projects bring the great outdoors into the classroom so that students gain firsthand knowledge about Mount Royal’s habitats, history and heritage. In so doing, we highlight the importance of caring for this spectacular natural setting at the heart of Montréal.

We develop our green projects in partnership with local schools, organizations and the Quebec Ministry of Education as a complement to our educational activities on the mountain.

Elementary cycles 2 and 3, Secondary cycle 1

Online educational activities and field trip to Mount Royal
June 2018 – 10 participating classes (two per school)

Les amis de la montagne is pleased to take part in the school excursion component of the Canadian Wildlife Federation's WILD spaces for Pollinators program. As part of this project, participating groups receive spring flowering plants and have access to a host of online educational activities. Among groups enrolled online, 10 classes (two per school) enjoy a free field trip to Mount Royal to learn about pollinators on the mountain and their role in habitat preservation.

Elementary cycles 2 and 3, Secondary

Experimentation and observation throughout the seasons
From late September to late May

Led by Les amis de la montagne in partnership with the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (SOVERDI), this educational program promotes students’ contact with nature throughout the school year as they learn to grow saplings from seeds. Participants learn about the life cycle of trees as well as their role in the ecosystem and in the daily life of human beings. In the fall, students harvest tree seeds in Mount Royal Park. At the end of the winter, they plant seedlings in the classroom and care for them until May. In the spring, the small trees are transferred to the SOVERDI nursery at the MIL campus of the Université de Montréal, which the students visit with Les amis de la montagne. This program is made possible with the financial support of the Québec Forestry Industry Council and Gaz Métro. The number of participating groups is limited.

Elementary cycle 3

Three field trips to the mountain
November 2017, January and April-May 2018

Over the course of three visits to the mountain, grade 5 and 6 students explore the territory and heritage of the Westmount, Outremont and Mount Royal summits guided by Les amis de la montagne. Kids learn about geology, ecology and biodiversity while discovering Mount Royal’s history and its impact on the social, cultural and community development of Montréal. Winter sports are featured and classroom activities unfold throughout the school year. This project targets schools belonging to the program Une école montréalaise pour tous. Eligible schools must register at the beginning of the school year. For registration, visit Une école montréalaise pour tous (French only). For details on the project itself, contact us.

Elementary cycle 3, Secondary

Environmental activity on May 4, 2018 (single date)
Maximum capacity of 10 groups of 20-25 students

Join in the care and preservation of Mount Royal during our annual student mountain clean-up day on May 4, 2018! Teamed up with environmental educators, students help collect waste in the undergrowth and measure various elements relative to the mountain’s biodiversity. This environmental activity designed for schools is a great chance for kids to take action and gain knowledge on the protection of the environment.

Secondary

September-October or May-June

Students get to play an active role in the protection of Mount Royal by participating in ongoing environmental stewardship actions organized by Les amis de la montagne. Conservation actions vary on a weekly basis depending on the season and needs and include tasks such as removing invasive plants and shrubs, scientific monitoring, tree planting, garbage collection and maintenance work at the tree nursery.
To reserve or find out more about school partnerships with Les amis de la montagne, please contact Maria Nacher, Head of School Programs, by calling 514 843-8240, ext. 500 or at mnacher@lemontroyal.qc.ca
Schools belonging to the Une école montréalaise pour tous program may benefit from special subsidies covering the costs of specific projects offered by Les amis de la montagne. For information on which primary schools and projects are included in this program, please see Une école montréalaise pour tous (French only).