“The Outdoor Education Programme's experiential-driven philosophy provides opportunities to foster growth in learning by self-discovery, developing resilience and focusing on personal and community enrichment. With an established and dynamic curriculum, our students engage in a wide range of activities that take them on a journey through their Appleby career and beyond.”

Doug Stamper
Director, Outdoor Education
Teacher, Physical Education

The Power of Outdoor Education

Experiential Education

  • Introduces and immerses students into a total experiential learning environment in the Canadian wilderness
  • Beginning in Middle One (Grade 7), students participate in outdoor education trips
  • Vital life skills are developed such as self-confidence, understanding relationships, personal growth, and a dedicated responsibility toward our local and global communities
  • Students grow through supported challenges while completing canoeing expeditions and winter camping experiences
  • Click here to view 2018-19 Outdoor Education dates

Academic Integration

  • Middle One (Grade 7) students incorporate their experiential education experiences into Art, English and Indigenous culture
  • Upper One (Grade 9) Science students perform a biodiversity comparison between Appleby's northern and main campuses
  • Project-based learning built across grades and academic subjects
  • Senior One Global Experiential Co-op credit links action research from global trips into Social Science courses
  • Experiential education reflection at the core of Senior Two (Grade 12) students' Global Action Plans

Middle School

  • Strives to introduce and immerse students into a total experiential learning environment in the Canadian wilderness
  • In Middle One (Grade 7) students experience Outdoor education trips to locations such as Cedar Glen
  • Beginning in Middle Two (Grade 8), students participate in Outdoor education trips to Pine Crest
  • Vital life skills are developed such as self-confidence, understanding relationships, personal growth, and a dedicated responsibility toward our local and global communities

     

Upper School

  • The Upper One (Grade 9) Northward Bound component is an autumn canoe trip to Appleby's McLaughlin Northern Campus in which they learn wilderness navigation techniques and an appreciation for the natural environment

  • Each winter, Upper Two (Grade 10) students participate in a six-day trip to Appleby's S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus for winter camping and skills development

  • Students receive instruction in a variety of wilderness skills, including snowshoeing, wilderness navigation with map and compass, outdoor cooking and camping skills

  • Each group will be assigned one Senior Two (Grade 12) and two Senior One (Grade 11) outdoor instructors

Senior School

  • Senior Two (Grade 12) and Senior One (Grade 11) students have the opportunity to volunteer as outdoor leaders on the Upper Two (Grade 10) winter trip

  • Leadership team transfers knowledge and skills associated with the outdoors

  • Outdoor instructors exemplify and promote co-operation, self-confidence, commitment, trust, responsibility and common sense

  • Students snowshoe, cook over open fires and spend two nights sleeping in a quinzhee, a snow-shelter they will build themselves

S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus

  • In 1973 benefactor and parent Bruce McLaughlin made a gift to Appleby of Rabbitnose Island in Temagami, Ontario
  • An 11-acre property in the heart of North Arm, Lake Temagami
  • Core principles include training for leadership, an active reverence for nature and the environment, development of self-discipline, self-awareness and confidence, and growth of maturity and responsibility

     

Outdoor Education Facts

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S1 and S2 outdoor leaders

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quinzhees constructed in 2017-18

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toboggans pulled each winter

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outdoor education trips in 2017-18

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kilometres paddled on Lake Temagami

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smiles to frowns


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