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

Spring Summer Fall


93 Jury Dr.
Penetanguishene, ON  L9M 1G1


(705) 526-7838


Visit Website

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


2018 – Bike Rentals available. Rent a bike and ride the Tay Shore Trail. 

2018 – Taste the Trail Summer Market on site Saturday mornings 9-12. 

Special events taking place at Sainte-Marie during 2018.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2018
In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Sainte-Marie will offer Indigenous singing, drumming and dancing. Indigenous displays and demonstrations include kid’s heritage crafts, waterway and lacrosse demonstrations, Indigenous crafters, and more.

Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – 2018 TBA
Experience the traditions and skills of Canada’s national summer sport! Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Toronto Rock present the Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival June 24 and June 25, 2017 as part of the Ontario 150th Celebrations.  The site will come alive with Canada’s Historic Game during the two day event.  Visit the site of one of the first recorded accounts of the Indigenous game and try your hand at skills competitions, interactive Lacrosse displays and meet and greet with Toronto Rock players. Stay tuned for more information.

Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2018
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 6 – 7, 2018
Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and outstanding artisans and crafters.

First Light – November 22 – 24, November 29 – December 1, December 7 – 9, 2018
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings 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. 


Spring Summer Fall


16164 Highway 12 E.
Midland, ON  L4R 4K8


(705) 526-7838


Visit Website

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

Spring Summer Fall Winter


16160 Hwy 12
Midland, ON  L4R 4K6


(705) 526-7809



Visit Website

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.

Spring Summer Fall Winter


Whitney, ON  K0J 2M0


(705) 633 - 5621



Visit Website