CLASS TRIPS & OUTDOOR EDUCATION

 

Partnering with schools to develop programs designed to grow and challenge students and to help achieve your school’s learning objectives.

 

Years of Experience

 
We have years of experience working with teachers and schools to provide fun-filled and educational day and overnight trips for students in elementary and high school.

Students will learn to lead their peers and work as a team through a variety of outdoor events and activities. They will develop greater self-confidence as they navigate unfamiliar scenarios using new-found problem solving and communication skills. Our unique programs cultivate a sense of wonder and hope, while focusing on personal skill development including leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, communication, engaging with nature, self-awareness, interaction with animals and rural lifestyles.

 
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What We Offer

 
We offer packages varying in length from half-day trips to week-long trips. These categories of activities are designed to get students outside of the classroom, encouraging growth through hands-on, learning experiences:

Grade: Kindergarten – Grade 4
Cost per student: $18 including lunch (1 adult free per 4 students)
 

9:45 – Arrival

10:00 – Barn activity rotation

Go on a pony ride, pet our baby bunnies, learn how to keep chickens, help groom a horse, have a snack (provided) and learn cool horse facts in our barn loft.

 
What is a pony ride?

“Pony rides” allow younger students to ride a horse with the direct assistance of a trained Circle Square Ranch staff, who will lead each horse for the entirety of the ride. Pony rides are approximately 5 – 10 minutes.

Non-riding option available instead of pony rides if preferred by school administration.

 

11:45 – Cookout lunch

Learn to roast your own hotdog and a marsh-mellow for dessert. Lunch also includes veggies and chips. We accommodate dietary restrictions.

12:30 – Free time

12:45 – Wilderness game

Students

2:00 – Depart

Grade: grade 5 – high school
$18/student including lunch
 

9:45 – Arrival & snack (provided)

10:00 – Team-building rotation

Team-building activities are typically half an hour long and are completed in groups of 10 – 20 students in each group. We choose a selection of fun, age-appropriate challenges that are designed to foster friendship, communication skills, empathy, problem-solving and risk-taking.

12:00 – Cookout lunch

Learn the basic steps to build a fire. Then roast your own hot dogs and marsh- mellows. Lunch also includes vegetables and chips.

1:00 – Choice activity #1

Students choose between farm management or archery (tag). Farm management students will get the opportunity to learn about and groom horses as well as visit our small animals and tour the barn. Archery students will learn to aim and shoot a bow, then play a game of archery tag with specially padded arrows.

2:00 – Nature reflection

Students will spend 20 minutes in silently in nature along a specific trail. They will be given a small booklet and pencil as a guide for reflection on the nature around them. Encountering nature in this way can be an eye-opening experience for many students.

2:45 – Depart

If you require an earlier departure, some groups may opt to leave at 2:00 instead.

$23/student
 

9:45 – Arrive

10:00 – Rotation #1

Students rotate in 3 groups between climbing, archery (tag) and the navigation challenge.

Climbing – certified instructors belay students up a tree-climbing course

Archery (tag) – Students learn to aim and shoot and bow and arrow. Grade 7 and older students have an opportunity to play a game of archery tag with specially padded arrows. Grade ⅚ students will complete target-related games.

Navigation Challenge – New in 2020, the navigation challenge is a forested hike with 4 stations where students stop at 4 stations to learn to navigate using a particular method – compass, topographic map, landmarks and following blazes. Each stop includes a brief, interactive lesson and a cooperative challenge.

11:00 – Rotation #2

12:00 – Cookout

12:45 – Rotation #3

1:45 – Survival Shelter

After learning about a variety of shelter-building designs, students for teams and strategize to acquire materials through an auction. Then they must work together and compete against the clock to create their own shelter.

2:45 – Depart

$35/student
 

9:45 – Arrive

10:00 – Rotation #1

 

Students rotate through 3 stations:

  1. Horseback riding
  2. Horse grooming & training demonstration
  3. You select 1 of the following options: bubble soccer battle + axe throwing, low ropes, archery tag, team-building challenges
 

11:00 – Rotation #2

12:00 – Lunch

 

We will serve a basic, kid-friendly, nutritious lunch in our dining hall. We accommodate dietary restrictions.

 

12:30 – Wide game

1:30 – Rotation #3

2:45 – Depart

 

ADD-ON Mantracker – Add on a game of mantracker at the end of the day. Students race through the forest to find objectives and cross the finish line without being caught by a “mantracker” – a horse and rider searching for those on the run. Add $280 altogether. Cannot be on the same day as a horseback riding. Only available on specific dates in May and June.

 

Note on Timing

We can modify start and finish times according to your needs as requested.

 

Lunches

If you would prefer to bring your own lunches, please notify us ahead of time. We will subtract $4 per student from the cost.

We are a nut free facility. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions.

All activities may be adapted for all ages, unless otherwise specified. Activities may be subject to availability of staff, supplies and weather conditions.
 
Contact us for current rates & package options.
 
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Many activities meet requirements in physical education, geography, social science, science and history.
Meeting Requirementsof Ontario School Curriculum
We work with you to design an interactive, alternative learning experience that meets your group’s needs.
Engaging & Rewardingfor Educators & Students!
Students will learn to lead their peers and work as a team through a variety of outdoor events and activities.
Work as TeamLearn to Lead
Students will grow as they navigate unfamiliar scenarios using new-found problem solving and communication skills.
Developing ConfidenceNavigating new Scenarios
Our unique programs cultivate a sense of wonder and hope, while focusing on personal skill development.
Unique ProgramsCultivate Wonder & Hope