How Our Boarding School Provides Great Outdoor Education During All Seasons

Are you considering enrolling your child in a boarding school in Ontario

At Lakefield College School, we believe in the importance of educating the entire person. We nurture each of our students and encourage them to embrace who they are as individuals. One of the ways we do this is by providing plenty of opportunities for students to participate in outdoor education. Time and time again, studies have demonstrated the positive impact outdoor education has on youth development, which is why outdoor learning is a key part of our curriculum.

If you’re considering enrolling your teenager in an independent boarding and day school, read on to learn more about how they can enjoy outdoor education year-round.

Leading Outdoor Education Programs Help Students at our High School Get in Touch with Nature

We believe that getting outside and in touch with nature is an important part of a holistic educational experience. Our boarding school in Ontario provides the perfect backdrop, and this is why physical education and geography are combined into one course for our Grade 9 students. In addition, similar outdoor education courses are offered to both our Grade 10 and Grade 11 students, most of whom enrol. These courses allow students to tackle challenges, work together, push themselves beyond their comfort zone and appreciate the outdoors in a whole new light. One particular skill that students learn is no-trace overnight camping and winter camping. We teach students how to safely camp in Ontario’s summer and winter environment, so that they can appreciate Canada’s beauty regardless of the season.

Students canoeing during their outdoor education course
Students canoeing during their outdoor education course

Students can also choose to participate in activities like canoeing, ropes training, rock climbing, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. There is an outdoor activity for every student’s unique interests and aptitudes on our campus.

Expeditions Also Provide Unique Opportunities for Students at Boarding School

Another way that many students enjoy the outdoors is through expeditions. Independent or private high school’s like Lakefield College School are able to provide many opportunities for students to explore, enjoying challenge by choice and the outdoors by participating in overnight trips and longer expeditions.

Our expedition program allows small groups of senior students to explore remote regions around the world and in Canada. We’ve had students canoe in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, go hiking in Nepal and more! Each expedition is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.

In addition to our expedition program, students enrolled in our outdoor education courses also have the opportunity to embark on overnight and outdoor trips. In the past, students have participated in workshops about Aboriginal culture from the Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science Initiative (TRACKS), among many other enriching opportunities. Additionally, our students go on overnight camping trips in Algonquin Park and other local areas around our campus. These trips aren’t just reserved for summer, either. Comforted by the warmth of a fire, our students learn to embrace the outdoors no matter the season.

As a Boarding School in Canada, Our Location Offers Plenty of Year-Round Opportunities

One of the main reasons why we are able to provide our students with a top-quality outdoor education all year long is because of the excellent location of our campus. Our beautiful natural campus is situated in the heart of cottage-country on the edge of the rugged Canadian Shield, providing a fantastic outdoor classroom—equipped with access to a lake, rivers and forests.

Our warm springs and summers are perfect for both outdoor education and recreational activities like sports, canoeing and going for a swim, while our cold and snowy winters mean students can try their hand at skiing, snowshoeing and skating outside. No matter the time of year, there is always something challenging and fun happening outdoors at Lakefield College School.

There’s always a way to get outdoors at Lakefield College School
There’s always a way to get outdoors at Lakefield College School

Do you want to learn more about our day and boarding school in Canada?

Contact Lakefield College School today!