Camp Kawartha

Outdoor Education Centre

Our Outdoor Education Centre (located at 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, ON) operates throughout the Fall, Winter & Spring (September -June), providing dynamic and innovative programs grounded in the Ontario Curriculum for students from grade 1 to 12. Please feel free to select any program, which we can modify to suit older or younger students for your next class field trip.

Experience the Camp Kawartha Difference:Our instructors strive to deliver nothing short of a magical experience for students in the natural environment. We believe we can do this by offering:

Excellence in Programming

We incorporate a wide variety of exciting teaching techniques including drama, storytelling, music, hands-on games and activities. Our outdoor education programs are educational, engaging and fun! Students will learn everything from Environmental Leadership to Environmental Science. We are also able to tailor-design a program to fit a unit of classroom study or to modify existing programs to emphasize an area of learning that you want to focus on. Please refer to the teachers’ testimonials page for comments from teachers who have attended our Outdoor Education Centre.

Environmental Education

With a wind turbine, passive and active solar systems and unique straw bale buildings, including a solar straw bale greenhouse, we provide students with concrete and inspiring examples of alternatives to fossil fuels. Our newly revised alternative energy program features solar cookers, solar ovens, model solar powered cars and a variety of hands-on and experientially based equipment.  Our renowned environmental programming teaches children about which animals and plants live in their community.  Our award winning Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, is one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings.

Commitment to Professionalism

Our educators, all university graduates, many teacher-trained, share a lifetime commitment to excellence in education in the outdoors. They combine a wide range of knowledge and experience in natural science, history, geography, environmental studies, outdoor living skills, group development and adventure learning. Our instructors are continually upgrading their skills by attending workshops, conferences and courses.

Small Learning Groups

At the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre, students benefit from a low student to instructor ratio (usually one instructor to twelve students, or less). Our instructors take the time to become acquainted with each student, providing them with the special attention they need to excel in outdoor learning.

Easy to Plan

You can select an experience which best suits your class or youth group, from an overnight visit to an entire week filled with field trips, adventure and exploration. (Most school visits are 2½ days in duration.) We are happy to create learning experiences that best suit your needs, budget, areas of interest and curriculum. Your stay will be easy to plan and easy to manage.

Our Commitment to Safety

We carefully examine all aspects of our programs on an ongoing basis to ensure they provide the highest standards of safety and care. Our ropes course, climbing wall and climbing equipment are inspected annually and our instructors attend training courses to remain current in all aspects of risk management and safety.

All instructors have CPR and first aid certification. There is also an AED (automated external defibrillator) unit onsite in the dining hall.

Great Food for Overnight Class Trips

Mealtimes are a special part of the day as we gather for fellowship and delicious food. Our Outdoor Education Centre’s small size give our cook the time to prepare wholesome meals with fresh ingredients and local produce. Students, teachers, and parent volunteers with special dietary needs are given individual attention and alternative meals. Nutritious snacks and fruits are available between meals and in the evenings. Read more about our food philosophy.

Please note, we prohibit all foods that contain nuts or traces of nuts at both our facilities.