Students Gain Valuable Insight Through Quarry Tour

Sixty-five grade 9 students of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St Catharines, Ontario had the opportunity to tour Walker Aggregates’ Walker Brothers Quarries site, on May 17, 2016.


Paul Witterick, a Geography teacher at the high school, and his colleagues had just completed a unit on rock formations, minerals and uses for stone with their classes and wanted to bring the students to the quarry to get a first-hand look.

“The students have been studying natural resource-based industries and to have an opportunity to visit the quarry and speak directly to the employees demonstrated the practical realities of these industrial activities,” said Witterick.

The tour was arranged by Mark Harmsworth, Quarry Superintendent for Walker Aggregates. “Walker believes in a commitment to our community, the environment and to tomorrow’s generations. We are always happy to help when it comes to educating the next generation,” said Harmsworth.

While at the quarry, students learned about Walker’s environmental programs, the safety aspect of quarrying stone and also gained insight as to how the stone itself is quarried and how it can be used within the community.

Students were impressed by the size of the operations and were surprised to learn just how much went into “making rocks”.