Social Recreation and Outdoor Education

For over twenty five years the Kinark Outdoor Centre has been partnering with elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, summer camps and community organizations, to facilitate outdoor recreation and adventure education programs. We purposefully seek out the leading practitioners in the fields of education, recreation, and social service  to offer a people-focused, hands-on learning experience that participants will remember, talk about, and learn from for the rest of their lives. We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and the value of the experience offered at the Centre.

When you bring a  group to the KOC you are also supporting the important interventions and work that we facilitate on weekends and throughout the summer for children with complex neurological disorders and their families. Thank you for choosing us!

What to Expect from the KOC:

At the Kinark Outdoor Centre the outdoor education experience is offered through our commitment to the following:

EASY PLANNING: A comprehensive pre-trip and planning process that includes a planning meeting with the teachers/organizers, a pre-trip information night for parents and participants, an information planning booklet, and double checking all details.

SAFE: We ensure a safe program environment by gathering detailed information about individual participant needs, conforming with industry operational guidelines, training and certifying all Kinark Outdoor Centre program staff in the appropriate areas, documented daily, monthly and quarterly safety reviews audited by outside accreditation and certification bodies, checking on the well being of all participants on an ongoing basis.

PROFESSIONAL: Providing Supported Opportunities For Growth,  understanding the readiness and comfort level of all participants prior to participation, supporting participation at the level participants are comfortable, encouraging participants to challenge themselves and grow through the provision of engaging and unique activities. Our staff work with youth from a variety of backgrounds, with complex needs, and are accustomed to providing comprehensive behavioural and program supports for visitors.

CURRICULUM: Integrated Character Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Sustainable Living concepts - all aspects of the Outdoor Center visit will promote an environmental ethic and culture to the program and experience.

RELEVANT: Linking Experiences to their Everyday Lives – through intentional framing of activities, progression of adventure facilitation, de-briefing, follow-up exercises, and facilitating integration components. We are able to link the activities to your specific goals or the Ontario curriculum.

Good Food, comfortable accommodation, and 24 hour support.

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