Ontario Outdoor Education

Ontario attractions offer great outdoor adventure educational experiences for individuals or groups from canoeing & kayaking, viewing nature up close or learning about historical sites.  Students can enjoy many learning experiences with day school trips.

Discovery Harbour Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold

Discovery Harbour Outdoor Education

Truly Interactive Learning for teachers and outdoor enthursiasts! Take your students back to the 19th century, on the actual site where British warships docked, sailors and soldiers toiled, and settlers carved an existence out of the wilderness. Students sof all age love spending the day reliving history, and learning was never easier. Go aboard the historic vessels, H.M.S. Tecumseth and Bee and take part in daily ship activities and learn what life was like a sailor in the 19th century. Explore all of the buildings with friendly costumed staff, and experience all of the activities offered. Discovery Harbour is a picturesque historic site situated on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay. Unique hands-on curriculum related Education Programs are available for teachers.

Discovery Harbour is pleased to present special War of 1812 Programs this spring! Choose from “The Battle for the Lakes” program or “Through a Soldier’s Eyes” program. Each program is a half-day. Special Offer – spend a full day in the War of 1812 by booking both programs on one day and receive a discount rate.

For complete information about the Education Programs: http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/dh/en/PlanYourSchoolVisit/index.htm

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93 Jury Dr.
Penetanguishene, ON  L9M 1G1


(705) 526-7838


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Sainte Marie Among the Hurons Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold

Sainte Marie among the Hurons

Plan your school visit to our national landmark and explore all that Sainte-Marie has to offer for teachers and outdoor enthusiasts!! This nationally significant historic attraction has been delivering educational programs to the school community for over 40 years. We are proud to offer teachers, students and outdoor fans some of the most outstanding programs available in the province of Ontario.

Tours of the historic attraction, along with high praises from the teaching community concerning our education programs, offer interactive activities that correspond to the development of learning outside of the classroom. Education adventures at Sainte-Marie link directly with curriculum requirements for Grades 4 and 5. These include the similarities and differences in various aspects of everyday life of select groups living in Canada; comparing roles of and challenges facing people in Canada (in the past)…with those in the present day; describing some of the positive and negative consequences of contact between First Nations and Europeans in New France.

Go to hhttp://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/SchoolVisits/index.htm to plan your educational outdoor getaway.

Themed on-site Restaurant and Gift Shop available. Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability are admitted FREE

Special events taking place at Sainte-Marie during 2016.

National Aboriginal Day – June 21, 2016
The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Aboriginal culture today. Join us on National Aboriginal Day as we pay tribute to Canada’s First Nations with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays. Read More

Canada Day – July 1, 2016
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun children’s activities and giveaways!

Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – July 1 to 3, 2016
Experience and learn about Lacrosse and hear stories in Sainte-Marie’s longhouse on the game! Presented in partnership with the 1615 Champlain Commemorations Committee.

Sunset Tours at Sainte-Marie – Thursday evenings: 6:30pm to 8:00pm – July 14 to August 25
A guided tour of Sainte-Marie that highlights French and First Nations stories and the people who lived here from 1639 to 1649. Individuals such as Master Carpenter Charles Boivin and Blacksmith Louis Gaubert will be highlighted. The evening concludes in the Longhouse with a traditional First Nations story which is a memorable experience and not to be missed.

FEAST Sainte-Marie – Saturday August 6 – 11:00am to 8:00pm
A celebration of the French, Huron-Wendat and regional food that influence much of the historical and regional cuisine of today. From Huron-Wendat corn bread to roasting bannock and learning the legend of “Three Sisters Soup”, this event is a taste of our heritage that also includes significant Francophone culinary references. Includes craft brewing and cider experiences throughout the historic site as well as entertainment.

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW – Sainte-Marie Park – September 10-11, 2016
This annual traditional POW WOW, presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at Sainte-Marie Park, is open to the public. It features Native dancing, traditional crafts and foods. Read More

Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2016
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 8-9, 2016
Celebrate the colourful Fall Season with Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on October 8-9. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and over 35 exceptional artisans. Read More 

First Light – November 24-26, December 1-3 and 8-10, 2016
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 24-26 and December 1-3 & 8-10 as we illuminate the famous historic site with over 5,000 candles. Recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario as one of Ontario’s “Top 100” Events, “First Light” creates a wonderful holiday ambience, featuring hands-on activities for children, seasonal and Francophone music, Aboriginal performances, and much more. New for 2016, First Light festivities will also be featured at Martyrs’ Shrine. Read More 

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16164 Highway 12 E.
Midland, ON  L4R 4K8


(705) 526-7838


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Wye Marsh Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Outdoor Education

What better a place than Wye Marsh to have an ideal outdoor classroom? Our programs utilize experiential learning to provide environmental programming.  We offer a series of curriculum based programs for schools and badge specific programming for Girl Guides and Scouts Canada groups.  All aiming to help foster environmental stewardship.

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable outdoor educators can facilitate your visit and tour you and your group around the marsh along the 25km of trails, in guided canoe excursions, through indoor and outdoor experiential learning programs, skiing and snowshoeing trips, and much more.

For complete information on our educational programs please visit www.wyemarsh.com/field-trips-and-education

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16160 Hwy 12
Midland, ON  L4R 4K6


(705) 526-7809



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Algonquin Wildlife Research Station Starburst icon representing membership level: Silver

Algonquin Park Wildlife Research Station

Since its inception in 1944, the WRS has been providing access and logistical support for University and government researchers from Ontario and across North America. The WRS is situated on Lake Sasajewun in Algonquin Provincial Park and operates as a non-for-profit organization.

The AWRS’s Tim Winegard in partnership with Tapley Nature Trail’s renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley and Jamie Giardini have developed new programs to highlight wildlife research in Algonquin Park. Programs will focus on developing an understanding of wildlife life-history strategies (biology, ecology, and behaviour) and how this can benefit ones photographic, naturalist, or other outdoor pursuits.

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Whitney, ON  K0J 2M0


(705) 633 - 5621



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