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The World’s Largest Classroom: Outdoor Education for Your Class

The World’s Largest Classroom: Outdoor Education for Your Class

Outdoor education can have incredible benefits for both students and teachers: it’s stimulating, supports emotional well-being, and creates new opportunities for learning. But successfully incorporating outdoor education into regular curriculum can be a challenge. Teachers want to ensure the experience is valuable for their students, and that their time outside of the familiar bricks and mortar environment is well spent.

Haliburton Forest offers educational programming and outdoor classrooms that can be tailored to different age groups. With 100,000 acres of wilderness to explore, and a variety of fun activities that promote both learning and outdoor adventure, your school trip to Haliburton Forest can provide memorable experiences that go way beyond your typical field trip.

Exciting School Outdoor Education Activities in the Forest for Your Class

School groups are welcome to experience all the wilderness adventure activities the forest has to offer. However, we also offer exceptional education-focussed programs that could easily be tied to your regular lesson themes, if required.

Here are 3 Engaging Learning Activities that Haliburton Forest Can Offer for students:

#1 The Wolf Centre

Haliburton Forest is home to a pack of Grey Wolves who roam a 15-acre enclosure on the property. The Wolf Centre itself is a dynamic facility that features a cinema and classroom area, themed exhibits and an indoor observatory that overlooks a feeding area for the wolves.

Although the wolves can’t always be seen in person, the Wolf Centre also houses several live wolfcams, so visitors can spot them out in their natural habitat. You can also view the wolfcams online!

Seeing a wolf in person is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We can’t guarantee they’ll show themselves, but a trip to the Wolf Centre is nevertheless a unique, educational experience for students of all ages.


#2 Logging Museum

Haliburton Forest has rich logging history dating back over a century. A sustainable wildlife reserve, the forest operates a successful forest management business in addition to other enterprises, such as producing commercial and retail forest products.

The Logging Museum teaches visitors about the how logging was done in the past, and the transformation of Base Camp across the years; Haliburton Forest has changed from timber producer to wilderness protector. Haliburton Forest also offers sawmill tours, the mill operates Monday to Thursday from 7:30am to 5:30pm. And who’s to say learning can’t take place in the summer months?! Another example of Haliburton Forest’s sustainable operations, the sawmill produces materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®).

#3 Canopy Tours

It’s tough to escape the beneficial effects of spending time outside when you’re literally among the treetops. Haliburton Forest has the longest canopy walkway of its kind in the world, and treats visitors to spectacular views of the forest from above.

Canopy tours include paddling a Voyageur-style canoe across a wilderness lake, adding elements of coordination and teamwork to the experience. Groups of 12 or more can also challenge themselves on the low ropes course.

In addition to the activities above, natural history presentations on a variety of different themes are also available at Haliburton Forest as part of our summer programming! We also facilitate evening astronomy tours, for school groups interested in exploring overnight trips.

Contact Our Team to Begin Planning Your Class Trip to Our Classroom

Shake up your teaching style and reap the rewards of spending time outdoors by visiting Haliburton Forest with your class.

Get in touch with our knowledgeable staff to start customizing your outdoor education experience. You can also check out our specialized package for elementary school groups. See you outside!

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