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Oakwood School Prepared

Posted By PEGGY ARMSTRONG, LINDSAY POST REPORTER

Staff and students at Mariposa Elementary School are well prepared for studying the great outdoors after the local Green Trails Alliance presented them with the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Activity Book on Tuesday.

The booklet is designed for teachers or parents to teach children how to use and appreciate the trail. It includes trail etiquette, a quiz, what to take on a walk, ideas for year-round scavenger hunts, and highlights of Fleming College's Frost Campus, which the trail passes through.

It provides a map of Canada with the trail marked. Children use GPS coordinates to locate major cities along the way.

Children will also learn about trestle bridges, including Doube's Bridge and the Omemee craftsman John McCrea who built models of them that are now in the Victoria County Museum.

The booklet also provides a sensory bingo for kids to hear, see, smell and feel the wonders of the trail and encourages them to take photos and post them online.

Green Trails vice-president Barb MacPherson, communication director Marian Sweetnam and board member Ellen Woodward also presented Mariposa vice principal Julie Harris with a backpack containing books of the birds, bugs, trees and wildflowers of Ontario. As well, teachers were given a handout of 10 lesson plans that focus on the trail.

Watching the presentation were Ward 8 Coun. Donna Villemaire, Ward 4 Coun. Glenn Campbell and many of the students at the school. The children were delighted by the promise of more opportunities for learning out of doors.

Green Trails has previously given the materials to Scott Young Public School and Lady Eaton Elementary School in Omemee.