Education - School Groups

Looking for new ways to engage your students? Manuels River has a wide variety of curriculum-linked programming that’s fun and informative.

From guided hikes to fascinating science experiments, our curriculum-linked programming is a great way to get students out of the classroom to learn and have fun. We have interactive lessons that cover almost every grade from kindergarten to the university level. Programs are offered Monday through Thursday, from the start of the school year in September to June.

During the winter (January to March), we offer 2.5-hour educational programs for school groups which cost $7/student, Maximum of 60 students per day. Our winter programs include snow shoeing, weather and trail conditions permitting.  We have active and engaging indoor activities if required.

During the fall (mid-September to end of November) and spring (mid-April to end of June) we offer 5-hour educational program for school groups which cost $10/student, Maximum of 60 students per day.

Thanks to a generous grant from HMDC, the transportation costs for school groups is subsidized. Up to $175 is available for groups of 26 to 60 students and up to $100 for groups of 11 to 25 students.

To book your group for a school trip, please contact us at or call us at (709) 834-2099, ext. 203.

Manuels River is proud to have a GRIT Freedom All-Terrain wheelchair for use by our school groups.

Winter • Primary/Elementary

Grade 2: Wind, Water and Weather

Come explore our Giant Floor Map of NL and snowshoe along our Trails, to learn how wind and water move to create the wild and wonderful weather that we all share.

Grade 3: Who-knitcha? Exploring Provincial Identity

Discover the unique place names and symbols of our province on our Giant Floor Map of NL and learn about our special culture through games and activities and outdoor snowshoe adventure on our Trails.

Grade 4: Habitats

Learn about the elements of habitats while exploring the habitats of Newfoundland and Labrador on our Giant Floor Map of NL and venturing out along the trails of Manuels River.

Grade 5: People, Place and Environment

Using our Giant Floor map of NL, learn about how the movement and settlement of people were determined by their environment. Then go snowshoeing along the river to learn about how people navigated their world before roads.

Fall/Spring • Primary

Kindergarten: Life Cycles

Spend time outdoors along the trail and explore the life cycles of local plants and animals with activities, crafts, and games.

Grade 1: Plants

Learn about the parts of plants and what they need to survive while playing games and exploring their habitats.

Grade 2: Fossils

Through hands-on activities, games and experiments, learn about how fossils form and what they can tell us about ancient life.

Grade 3: Soils

Learn about soil profiles, composition, porosity and settling rates. Examine how plants help prevent erosion and then venture onto the trail to see real-life examples of soils and soil erosion.

Fall/Spring • Elementary

Grade 4: Rocks, Minerals, and Erosion

Get out and explore along the river to observe what rocks are made of and the role of weathering and erosion in the rock cycle.

Grade 4: Habitats

Discover the elements of a habitat while exploring the habitats of Newfoundland and Labrador on our Giant Floor map of NL and venturing out along the trails of Manuels River.

Grade 5: Human & Geologic History of Manuels River

Learn about the fascinating human and geologic history of the Manuels River valley while hiking along the river and exploring the Centre.

Grade 6: Fossils, Evolution and Natural Selection

Explore natural selection and evolution while gaining an understanding of how species survive in an ever-changing environment.

Fall/Spring • Junior High

Grade 7: Interactions within Ecosystems

Explore local ecosystems and the differences and interactions between biotic and abiotic factors while hiking along the river. Through group games and activities learn about food webs and nutrient cycles.

Grade 7: Earth’s Crust — The Mystery of the Missing Volcano

Learn about the Earth’s crust and collect geological data to determine what happened to the ancient volcano that once stood somewhere along Manuels River.

Grade 8: Water Quality of Manuels River (Water Systems on Earth’s Surface)

Perform a series of abiotic and biotic water quality experiments to determine the water quality of Manuels River. Hike along the river to learn about watersheds, the factors that can affect river flow and possible sources of water pollution.

Fall/Spring • High School

Earth Systems 3209: Historic Geology

Get familiar with the theories and terms referencing geological history, followed by a look at the geological time scale and how the Manuels River valley has been molded over the past 650 million years.