Night Safari Grand River GROWE




Introduction (10 minutes) 

We will meet with the clients and do introductions. We will also go over our plans for how the night will run. 

Mammals (20 minutes)

The mammal talk will include the meaning of Nocturnal and Diurnal. Some common nocturnal animals and interesting facts about them. Then we will lead into a few specific/commonly known nocturnal animals such as bats, flying squirrels, coyotes, skunks and etc. Also, we will inform them about nocturnal animals highly developed senses and how they vary depending on the animal. 

Bugs/Amphibians (20 minutes)

Following we will have a presentation on moths and other night bugs like crickets and mosquitoes. Next, we will briefly cover on frogs and toads. We will go over how to identify them by sounds as well as by the way they look. We will also go over the way they have adapted to night life. 

Owls (20 minutes)

The talk will start off with some cool facts on owls. We will go over what makes an owl special. Next, we will go over Owl adaptations. Then talk about what kinds of owl species that you can find locally as well as how to identify them. We will play the calls of the owls so when we go on our Night Hike the clients will be able to identify the owls we hear. The presentation will then be followed by a question period. 

Safety Talk (10 minutes)

Before going out in the woods we will go over the safety concerns; some include. Staying with the group. No one is to wonder off. Stay on the path that has been created. Look out for low branches. Look out for each other.  

Walk (45 minutes)

We will be taking the clients for a Night Hike after going over the proper safety concerns. First, we will make a stop at our bug trap to explain it to the client and to see if we have caught anything. We will continue on our walk and call to some owls and we hope to have them respond to us. We will also be looking for other signs of nocturnal animals, such as fresh tracks and scat. The path has been baited to see if we can get a look at some small mammals or bugs. We will also be listening for bugs such as crickets. We will also make a stop to do a group Coyote howl.  

Ring of Fire, Circle Time (20 minutes)

We will all group back up at the campfire where we will share in some campfire snacks! We will ask the clients for any comments or feedback they have.  

Conclusion/Good Byes (5 minutes)

Next, we will tell them our good byes but offer to put out the fire for them or leave it to the responsibility of the group coordinator.






1-4 participants

$65.00 total



5 or More Paying Clients 





Senior 60+


Ages (13-17)


Ages (6-12)


Ages 5 and Under



Group Pricing

Total Cost

Estimated Cost per person

10 to 15


$20/10 person

16 to 30


$19/16 person

31 to 45



46 to 60




The GROWE Program is located in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre located south of Paris, Ontario (locate on Google Map)... within a 1 hour driving radius from Toronto, London & Guelph.

Grand River Wilderness Outdoor Education is the passion of Jessica McGregor and Tara Carpenter... "Get to Know Them".

For inquiries and reservations please email GROWE at 

Link to GROWE Home Page 


GROWE Cancellation Policy: 

Programs canceled 48 hours prior to day of program will receive a full refund. 

Programs canceled later then 48 hours will lose 25% of payment. 

Program canceled on the day of the event will not receive a refund. 

Program cancelled by Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education due to weather... can be rescheduled or fully refunded.


Risk Management: 

Our guides are highly trained, skilled and experienced in leading clients in the outdoors with the completion of many pertinent diplomas, certificates, training, and awards. 

  • We must stay together as a group as much as possible but if you are to ever go off anywhere by yourself we will have a buddy system that children will always follow.

  • No child is to go anywhere by themselves. Always leave space between you and the person in front of you when hiking in the bush.

  • Be aware of ticks and protect yourself by tucking your socks into your pants, checking your pant legs on a regular bases, and stay on the trails.

  • Poison Ivy is a three leaved plant that can cause severe reactions in some people. Stay clear of any three leaved plants by staying on the trails. Never pick any fauna without the guide’s instructions.

  • Allergies, asthma and all other medical conditions will be discussed and medications organized.

  • Always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water no matter what the weather conditions.

  • Always be aware of tripping hazards such as rock, sticks, logs, and slippery conditions on and off the trails.  



Always dress for the weather conditions.  

Dressing in layers is always a good idea since you can always take layers off along the way.  

Winter can be cold and damp so we recommend wearing: 

Undershirt, sweater, wool socks, snow pants, long underwear, scarf, buff, balaclava, toque, mitten/gloves, winter boots, and down filled winter coat/parka, waterproof outer shell.



Water, extra dry warm clothing, flashlight


For inquiries and reservations please email GROWE at

The GROWE Program is located in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre located south of Paris, Ontario (locate on Google Map)... within a 1 hour driving radius from Toronto, London & Guelph.