Now Offering Thematic Visits!


We, at the Sheldon Centre for Outdoor Education, are encouraging teachers to choose a theme for their visit. When choosing a theme, please consider your curricular and non-curricular goals for the trip, the season and the needs of your individual students. 

Please read the thematic descriptions below for an overview of each theme. Although there are many program options available within each theme, Sheldon staff will work with the key contact teacher ahead of the trip to ensure program needs will be met. For a full list of programs and their descriptions, see the menu to the left of your screen. Please note that travel to and from programs may involve the use of bikes, snowshoes, skis, or hiking depending on the season. 


Evening Program

Evening programs are chosen on site in consultation with the teacher and students. Some evening and free time activities may include; cooperative games, night orienteering, wide games, campfire, evening hike, tobogganing, field games, and art programs.


1. Adventure 

(How can we challenge ourselves physically and mentally in the outdoors?)

While they actively explore the Sheldon environment students will be encouraged to move outside their comfort zone through a variety of challenging activities. Activities may include; mountain biking, adventure hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, extreme digital photography, bridge crossings, low ropes/elements, orienteering, survival skills, and sugar bush adventure.


2. Biodiversity

(What are the characteristics of living things and how are they connected?)

Students will participate in a set of programs to investigate the characteristics of living things and how these living things are connected in the Sheldon environment. Programs may include; biodiversity on the farm, apiary visit, aquatic ecosystems study, biodiversity hike, digital photography hike, Web of Life, flight, maple syrup program, bio-blitzing Sheldon.

3. Community Building

(How do various groups get along as a community?)

Students will explore how various groups of people have interacted with each other throughout time. Related programs include; inside the hive (bee community), early Canadian communities, cooperative games, leadership/team building activities, bridge crossings, Early Rural Communities, farm communities, Trapper's & Trader's game, sugar bush community, Indigenous communities, cooperative games and orienteering.

4. Indigenous Knowledges

(How do people learn from the land about the world around them?)

Students will be involved in programs that encourage investigation into the environment from an Indigenous perspective, including; edible wild hike, hunting techniques, Indigenous fire & shelter building, Indigenous forms of travel, Indigenous games, Indigenous lifestyles, sugar bush, or Trapper's & Trader's game.

5. Well Being

(How do we use the outdoors to stay healthy and be well?)

Students will be immersed in the outdoor environment and will be challenged to examine how the natural world can help people reduce stress and remain healthy. Programs include activities such as; farm to table experience, sugar bush escape, early Canadian communities, mountain biking, hiking, watercolour painting hike, nature art, digital photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or interest sessions.