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Revitalize This! Urban Geography Tour

Students become urban planners, studying land use and discovering what makes two distinct neighbourhoods so vital.

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Duration

2 Hours

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Grade

7-12

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Group Size

up to 150

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Price

$15/student + HST

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Languages

Tours offered in English & French

Tour Info

Revitalize This!
The Urban Geography Tour explores two neighbourhoods with a shared history but different outcomes — Victorian Cabbagetown and Regent Park. On this interactive walk participants discover the forces that shaped the villages, and explore the $1 billion plan that is making Regent Park into a model of social inclusion and sustainability.

HIGHLIGHTS
• In Regent Park, discover street planning, food deserts and components of a healthy neighbourhood
• Get an up-close look at the $1 billion revitalization plan that promises to turn Regent into one of the most important ‘hoods in the world
• Social integration debate: will mixing social classes help Regent Park?
• In Cabbagetown we see an urban farm, debate gentrification, introduce Jane Jacob’s urban planning principles and look at public housing done right

Available in English & French.

**Starts at Riverdale Farm in Cabbagetown. Ends at Parliament & Dundas Street, a few minutes walk into the heart of Cabbagetown which has fast food outlets galore, or students can bring a lunch and eat in Riverdale Park.

Curriculum Connections

Geography – Human Geography: students explore the physical and human geography of Canada and the world

Social Studies – People and Environments: students explore the interrelationship between people and their environment, including the impact of human activity on the natural world

English – Oral Communication: students develop their oral communication skills through a variety of activities, such as storytelling, role-playing, and group presentations.

Science – Sustainability and Stewardship: students explore the interrelationship between humans and the environment and learn about the importance of stewardship.

Geography – Human Geography: students explore the processes and patterns of human settlement, including urbanization, globalization, and sustainable development.

Social Studies – People and Environments: students explore global issues related to sustainability, social justice, and human rights.

English – Oral Communication: students further develop their oral communication skills through activities such as debates, speeches, and media presentations.

Science – Sustainability and Stewardship: students explore global environmental issues related to sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity.

How to Prepare your class, and what to bring on the day of the tour

When teachers book a tour for their class they will receive an information package that will:
-> outline any in-class preparation activities to be done prior to the tour
-> List materials & items that students should bring on the day of the tour

Testimonials

“We had an amazing time on the walk. We learned a great deal and had a lot to talk about when we got back to school! Our guide was amazing! She was really patient, understanding and accommodating with my ESL students. The students said they actually were able to understand her fully and were very grateful that she was so friendly and patient. We also did the activity from the website, which definitely furthered the students understanding of everything we learned. “

–Sandy D, Family Studies and Geography Teacher, Greenwood S.S.

“The Green walk was fantastic! It had strong curriculum links for what we cover in class, i.e. ecological footprint and sustainability, as well as alternative land uses and urban planning.”

–Kim E, Head of Geography, Thornhill Secondary School