“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 experiential education trips to the McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami
  • 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 2017-18 Outdoor Education dates

     

Academic Integration

  • Middle One (Grade 7) students incorporate their experiential education experiences into Art and English
  • 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
  • Global experience 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

  • Each winter, Upper Two (Grade 10) students participate in a six-day trip to Rabbitnose Island, Temagami for winter camping and to learn survival skills

  • Throughout the trip, they will 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 and two Senior One outdoor instructors

  • 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

Senior School

  • Each winter, the Upper Two (Grade 10) students are divided into four groups and are assigned one Senior Two (Grade 12) and two Senior One (Grade 11) outdoor instructors

  • During the Northward Bound experience, it is this leadership team that transfers the knowledge and skills associated with the outdoors

  • The outdoor instructors exemplify and promote co-operation, self-confidence, commitment, trust, responsibility and common sense amongst all group members

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

Outdoor Education Facts

50+

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S1 and S2 outdoor leaders

1250+

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quinzhees constructed

100

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pulks pulled each winter

15

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outdoor education trips in 2017

1 Million+

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paddle strokes each fall

250:1

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smiles to frowns


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