Norval Outdoor Education Centre
Part of our core offerings since 1939, the 430-acre Norval Outdoor School is one of Ontario’s oldest outdoor education centres. Eco-advocates talk about urban kids having a “nature deficit.” There's no chance of that here.
Boys make their first 45-minute drive to Norval in Senior Kindergarten. Those day trips turn into overnight stays in Grades 2 through 9, totalling 11 weeks of local wilderness learning. Their adventures include growing plants, rediscovering pioneer skills and gathering sap to make maple syrup. There’s also a chance to spend unstructured (supervised) time playing. Every student in Grade 4 and Grade 6 goes skiing and snowshoeing on the property. IB1 and IB2 students visit Norval occasionally when there's an opportunity to combine curriculum in the outdoors.
It’s hard to imagine the incredible effect that nature has on learning. That's why Norval offers five open houses throughout the year for the community to witness outdoor education in action. You’re invited to participate in exciting and fun seasonal programming, such as apple cider-pressing or a spring wildflower excursion.
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