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:

  • Archery (grades 4 and up) – Learn the basics of holding and shooting a bow and arrow, along with some history of archery in Canada. Then get some practice, trying to hit the bulls-eye.
  • Archery Tag (grades 6 and up) – Using arrows with foam pads on the end and protective gear, play combat-style games with various objectives, using your bow and arrow as a weapon.
  • Barn Life – Take a tour of the barn and learn about horse care, riding gear and life at the barn. Meet our goats and miniature horse.
  • Broomball – Using brooms and a ball, instead of sticks and a puck, this on-land game is similar to hockey, but fun for players of all skill levels.
  • Canoeing – Learn basic strokes and principals of canoeing. Then venture out into Spruce Woods to paddle around the island.
  • Cook Out – Collect materials and learn how to build a fire. Then learn how to store food in the wilderness and try your hand at cooking your own meal for lunch. This activity uses one activity period prior to lunch, as well as lunch time.
  • Cross-Country Skiing – Learn the history of cross-country skiing in Canada. Then try some out for yourself! Along the trail you’ll stop at most of the same key points as the guided hike – learning about local history and the environment.
  • High Ropes – Conquer your fear of heights and challenge yourself as you scale our 40 foot high-ropes course and traverse a challenging element. Learn about knot-tying and climbing as you wait.
  • Historic or Wilderness Craft – Ask to see which crafts are available at the time your group comes.
  • Horseback Riding Trail Ride – Learn a few riding basics, then go on a trail ride on horseback. This is an adventurous way to experience beautiful scenery. Groups younger than age ten cannot ride on trails, but can participate in pony rides in the riding arena. All participants must be UNDER 200 lbs, with no exceptions (heavier riders may cause injury to horses). Leaders may participate only if group numbers allow.
  • Mantracker (grades 5 and up) – This activity is based off of the TV show game. Participants race through the forest – running, hiding and navigating – in order to make it to the finish line without being caught by the ‘mantrackers’ who are on horseback.
  • Mountain Biking (grades 6 and up) – After an introductory lesson, try out a trail ride. Each student will get feedback on their riding, and more advanced riders will get the option to challenge themselves.
  • Orienteering – Choose to do a map course (level 1, for younger groups) or a compass course (level 2, for older groups). Both course types involve an interactive geography lesson and a team race. The compass course is in the forest, and the map course is throughout several main areas.
  • Sledding – Run up our toboggan hill and slide down even faster. Optionally, take your science class to the slope and let us lead students in testing out physics concepts including velocity, mass, friction and data variables.
  • Survival Shelters – Do you think that you will ever be lost in the forest? If you are, you’ll be prepared after learning wilderness survival skills and how to construct survival shelters. Build lean-tos in the green season and quince snow-shelters in the winter.

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  • A Bird’s Life – Learn about birds in the area. Mimic different flying patterns, try out some bird calls and dances, go on a bird-watching scavenger hunt and make a birdfeed stick to take back home.
  • God in Creation – This module is intended for Christian groups. Learn about how powerful and beautiful our God is through a guided outdoor experience. Then go and spend time in silence in creation. See His handiwork from the diverse minerals in the rocks, to the sound of frogs in the marsh, to the vast horizon. Take time to journal about what you see.
  • Guided Hike – Take a guided hike through some of our 6km of trails. Enjoy interactive learning about the history of the Canadian shield. Try to identify plants and animals along the way. Games and teaching modified to all age groups.
  • Hands-On Wetlands – Take a walk to a marsh, swamp and the lake, learning about watersheds, biodiversity, wetland flora and fauna, wetland management and much more. Also, taste dirt, take a quiz and maybe get a chance to wade right into the water.
  • Up from the Ground – Come and see what it takes to plant a garden. Try some wild edibles, play games with garden tools and techniques, learn about soils and plants and get a chance to do some planting of your own. Curriculum changes based on the time of year.
  • What’s the Weather? – Play the water cycle game, recognize cloud types outside, try out weather measuring instruments and even make one of your own.
  • Survival Game – Also known as ‘Predator-Prey’ or the ‘Ecosystem Game,’ this game allows kids to take on the role of an herbivore, omnivore or carnivore, while finding food, water and shelter. Debrief time includes teaching on animal adaptation and ecosystem components.

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  • Challenge Course – Test your balance, strength, strategy and teamwork as students navigate obstacles and traverse elements.
  • Communication Workshop – Begin to see from one another’s perspective through activities. Learn about culture and clarity, then practice principals of honor, honesty, humility and hope.
  • Initiatives – Build trust between classmates as their capacity for cooperation is stretched through a series of challenges. We use a combination of high-energy classic initiatives, unique activities, goal-setting and debriefing to promote teamwork in a fun setting. Can be adapted to all age groups and indoor or outdoor setting.
  • Amazing Race (grades 4 and up) – Race, in a team, to different stations throughout camp. Complete challenges to get your next directions. Excellent team-building activity.

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  • Astronomy  – Take a look at the night sky far from any city lights. Learn to find constellations and orient yourself using the stars, and wonder at the brilliant Milky Way. On clear nights only.
  • Night Hike – Walk through unfamiliar trails without your flashlights. Experience first-hand through several activities along the way that your other senses change when you cannot see easily. See the night sky and learn about night life in the forest.
  • Campfire – Walk through unfamiliar trails without your flashlights. Experience first-hand through several activities along the way that your other senses change when you cannot see easily. See the night sky and learn about night life in the forest.
  • Outdoor Wide Games – Enjoy outdoor games that involve everyone. Favourites include a rendition on capture the flag and a ‘mission impossible’ game.

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All activities may be adapted for all ages, unless otherwise specified. Activities may be subject to availability of staff, supplies and weather conditions.
 
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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