Albion Hills Field Centre

With nearly 60 years of experience in environmental education, Albion Hills Field Centre is a beautiful experiential learning facility nestled in a rolling expanse of the Oak Ridges Moraine in Caledon, Ontario.

We offer day and overnight field trip programs for K-12, weekend programs for scouts and guides, teams, clubs and corporate groups, facility rentals, family and community events, and overnight summer camps in a beautiful, welcoming, community-focused space.

“We found Albion Hills Field Centre to be a fantastic and enriching experience for our students. They learned all about teamwork, hard work, cooperation and the environment.” – Holy Trinity School

Programming is flexible enough to meet the needs of all learners and community members, and can be as active or relaxed as required. The diversity of activities and programs available allows you to develop the daily timetable that works best for you.

Call Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 ext. 4 for more information and to book your program.

 


ABOUT US

Albion Hills Field Centre is a welcoming, spacious cedar and granite, chalet-style building, located in Albion Hills Conservation Park in Caledon, ON. The fresh and inviting landscape is within the Humber Headwaters region, a part of the environmentally significant Oak Ridges Moraine.

Facility amenities:

  • accommodation for up to 44 people
  • fully-staffed commercial kitchen
  • dining room overlooking Centreville Creek
  • comfortable lounge with hardwood floors and a beautiful stone fireplace
  • lab classroom
  • authentic 1840s log house
  • low ropes challenge course
  • equipment for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing
  • class set of fat bikes for winter biking (new in 2019!)
  • groomed and maintained trails

Less than a 90 minute drive away from downtown Toronto, and a 10 minute drive to Bolton, Albion Hills Field Centre is an nature getaway right in the GTA’s own backyard.

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Meet the Staff Team

Janette Lewis-Cridland Janette Lewis-Cridland, AHFC Teacher
O.C.T. Teacher, High Five, First Aid CPR C, Greencheck GPS, Challenge Course FacilitatorAs an outdoor educator with over 24 years of experience, Janette enjoys nurturing the type of natural curiosity and wonder that emerges when children get outside to explore and learn – especially at Albion Hills. Cross country skiing and hand feeding chickadees are two of her favorite activities to enjoy with students!
Jen Arkema Jennifer Arkema, AHFC Education Coordinator
O.C.T. Teacher, High Five, First Aid CPR C, ORCKA
Jordan Cacciotti Jordan Cacciotti, AHFC Residential Teaching Assistant
O.C.T. Teacher, High Five, First Aid CPR C
Diana Wilson Diana Wilson, AHFC Supervisor
O.C.T. Teacher, High Five, First Aid CPR C, Young Conservation Professionals graduate, TD FEF Leadership 
Mackenzie Lucas Mackenzie Lucas, AHFC Building and Grounds Superintendent

Lakeview Splash pool is supervised by National Lifeguard (NLS) certified staff.

 

Safety, Comfort and Accessibility

Hospital:

  • Headwaters Healthcare Centre, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4X9. Phone: 519-941-2410. Emergency response time is approximately 10 – 15 minutes.

Food Service:

  • Staff have completed their PROTON Food Handlers Certification and kitchen is inspected annually by regional health inspectors
  • Field Centre is nut-sensitive; we do not serve or allow nuts to be consumed in the facility
  • We can accommodate a wide variety of food restrictions including those due to food allergies, gluten, lactose intolerance, vegan/vegetarian, halal and more
  • Meals are healthy, kid-friendly and based on the Canada Food Guide. Menus can be provided to in advance of a visit upon request
  • All water at the Field Centre is potable (safe to drink)

Accessibility and Inclusion:

Albion Hills Field Centre welcomes students from all backgrounds. We will do our best to accommodate most participants in wheelchairs and with other special needs. Programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and/or participants. Some private rooms are available for students who cannot share a dorm room or identify as gender non-binary.

Please ask for more details regarding our accessibility during your planning session.


 

students take part in outdoor education program at Albion Hills Field Centre

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Bring your class to Albion Hills for an immersive three-day, two-night field trip, or get outside and learn during a day visit. Our curriculum-connected programs are designed to deliver hands-on experiences in a safe and supportive outdoor setting. The programs provide the opportunity to take part in real-life applications of classroom learning.

BROWSE OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Questions about school program options? Email diwilson@trca.on.ca

Overnight Programs

students take part in wilderness survival course at Albion Hills Field Centre

 

WHAT TO BRING

Students are outside in all weather and should dress in layers to be warm and dry. Clothing must be practical, comfortable and in sufficient quantity. Bring old clothes that can get dirty — fashion is not important! Check the local weather forecast a couple days before your trip.

  • Winter: warm coat, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens or gloves, scarf, warm socks
  • Summer: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, insect repellent
  • Rain in the forecast: raincoat or other waterproof jacket, rubber boots

Students will also need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag or other linens, and a towel. Click here for a complete packing list to print and send home with your students.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE
Here is an example of a typical daily schedule:

Rise & Shine 7:45 am
Breakfast 8:30 am
Building Clean-Up Routines 9:30 am
Morning Program 10:00 – 12:30 am
Lunch 12:30 pm
Free Time 1:30-2:00pm
Afternoon Program 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Free Time 4:30 – 5:50 pm
Supper 6:00 pm
Evening Program 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Group’s Own Time 9:00 pm

 

TEACHERS’ PREPARATION AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Book bus transportation to and from the Field Centre.
  • Distribute appropriate paperwork to students; collect completed forms and payment; submit paperwork to Field Centre
  • Provide one teacher/leader to accompany each program that the field centre staff are facilitating
  • Outside scheduled program times, visiting teachers supervise chores, free time, snack time, shower time and bed time
  • We take care of all the teaching, both during the day and in the evenings.
  • We also provide resources: art supplies, sports equipment, to keep your group busy during recreational time.

More detailed information will be provided after you book your visit.

girl pours water out of rubber boot at Albion Hills Field Centre

 


WEEKEND PROGRAMS AT ALBION HILLS

Whether you are a Girl Guide troupe, sports team, youth or adult retreat, we have what it takes to make your weekend engaging and entertaining. We’ll take care of everything including food, programs and team building with our professional staff team.

girl enjoys smores during Albion Hills Field Centre weekend program

Albion Hills Field Centre will provide accommodations, food and all of the necessary basic equipment for the programs. Participants will need to bring appropriate clothing, bedding and personal items.

Experienced facilitators will lead morning, afternoon and evening programs each full day at the Field Centre. Programs are professionally designed to maximize hands-on, outdoor learning, group bonding and offer a safe learning environment for our visitors. Field Centre staff stay on site overnight in case facility issues arise.

Upcoming Programs

Albion Hills Field Centre Respite & Retreat Day: Saturday April 13 and Saturday May 11, 2019
Albion Hills Field Centre is excited to host two free Spring nature retreats on Saturday April 13th and Saturday May 11th for young adults between the ages of 18 to 21 years with developmental disabilities. Participants will enjoy specialized outdoor programming in a safe environment while their family will benefit from some much needed respite from full-time caregiving. The retreat day will include:

  • direct support professional care in a 1:1 ratio as required
  • two outdoor programs focusing on Nature Awareness/ Outdoor Sensory activities, and Team Building /Social Skills
  • a nutritious hot lunch.

The Albion Hills Field Centre Respite and Retreat Days have been generously funded through the Canada Post Community Foundation grant.

*Registrants will be required to complete a questionnaire which will be used to determine whether the family member is a good fit for the retreat day. We have partnered with the Mary Centre, who will provide the support workers and review the questionnaires.

 


SUMMER CAMPS

Explore the GTA’s wild backyard in a fun-filled overnight camp close to home!

youngsters splash in stream at Albion Hills Field Centre summer camp

Give your child a great summer soaking up the sunny days on the forest and trails of Albion Hills. Mountain biking, outdoor camp-outs, swimming in the pool, catching crayfish in the creek and just being a kid are all part of this laid-back, child-centred camp.

Let Albion Hills’ inspiring 1200 acre conservation park become their backyard as they make new friends, connect with nature, grow and learn.

Albion Hills Field Centre has been delivering overnight education and recreation programs for 55 years, teaching children from the GTA about nature, adventure, leadership and teamwork.

In 2019, Albion is drawing on decades of programming excellence and outdoor education experience to launch our own overnight summer camp. Every day all year round, we meet children who are sleeping away from home for the first time or trying a new outdoor activity and taking the first steps towards transforming into the person they will become.

scenes from summer camp at Albion Hills Field Centre

We take our responsibility as guides on this journey seriously — which is why all our staff are trained in child development and experienced in making the outdoors a safe and welcoming space.

Albion Hills’ small-scale adventure camps allows for individual attention from our experienced camp counsellors and outdoor education specialists. Comfortable and clean indoor accommodations, delicious, healthy, kid-friendly food and lots of time on the trails, in the meadows and by the stream will help your child build confidence and independence, and create lifelong memories.

Learn more about the Albion Hills Field Centre facility, our amazing staff, amenities and see photos of the facility.

To get more info on what to pack, camp schedules, the camp code of conduct and all the other ABC’s of camp, download the Parent Handbook.

Download the Overnight Camp Parent Handbook

Session 1: Natural Leaders Overnight Camp

Dates: Sunday July 28 to Saturday August 3
Time:
Drop-off July 28 at 3:00 pm | Pick-up August 3 at 10:00 am
Ages:
9-13
Price:
$720 + HST per camper
Price includes: meals (Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast), snacks, accommodations, programming
Location: Albion Hills Field Centre, 16500 Peel Regional Rd 50, Caledon

REGISTER NOW

Session 2: Outdoor Adventures Overnight Camp

Dates: Sunday August 11 to Saturday August 17
Time:
Drop-off August 11 at 3:00 pm | Pick-up August 17 at 10:00 am
Ages:
9-13
Price:
$720 + HST per camper
Price includes: meals (Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast), snacks, accommodations, programming
Location: Albion Hills Field Centre, 16500 Peel Regional Rd 50, Caledon

REGISTER NOW

Questions about payment plans, sibling discounts, referral discounts, payment deadlines and more can be sent to Diana Wilson, Albion Hills Field Centre Supervisor at diana.wilson@trca.ca

children catch crayfish at Albion Hills summer camp

Sample Camp Day Schedule

7:30 to 8:30 am Wake up and morning routines
8:30 to 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 to 10:00 am Chores
10:00 am to 12:30 pm Mountain bike to Sugar Shack forest for Wilderness Survival Skills (shelter and fire building) then bike back to Albion
12:30 to 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 to 2:00 pm Free time/downtime
2:00 to 5:00 pm Nature art activity in Monarch Meadow then head for a swim in Lakeview Pool and Splashpad
5:00 to 6:00 pm Free time/downtime
6:00 to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 to 9:00 pm Clue mystery game then campfire
9:00 to 9:30 pm Snack
9:30 to 10:00 pm Bedtime routine
10:00 pm Lights out
 

Questions about Summer Camp?

Email Diana Wilson, Albion Hills Field Centre Supervisor for more information: diana.wilson@trca.ca


ADULT LEARNING

Challenge | Engage | Transform

Albion Hills Field Centre offers customized corporate retreats designed to deliver just the right combination of work and outdoor fun in the beautiful rolling hills of Caledon.

adult learning workshop at Albion Hills Field Centre

Our experienced facilitation partners will work alongside your team, skillfully guiding them through a process that allows for transformation and growth.

Located in a spectacular natural setting just 45 minutes from Toronto, in a spacious cedar and granite chalet-style building, Albion Hills Field Centre is an idyllic choice to bring your team together.

What we offer:

  • Beautiful meeting spaces for up to 50 people, awash in natural light
  • Hot homestyle meals, snacks and coffee/tea service made on site in a commercial kitchen
  • Overnight accommodation at the Albion Hill Field Centre with rustic bunk-style rooms OR
  • Alternate overnight accommodation at the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, in Bolton
  • Groomed network of trails, outdoor gathering spaces and a low ropes challenge course
  • Expert facilitators
  • Free parking

Packages:

DAY RETREAT
Bring your team to Albion Hills Field Centre for your next strategy meeting, team-building retreat or professional development day.

Includes: Continental breakfast and homestyle lunch, exclusive use of Albion’s meeting spaces (see facility photos here) , and up to 2 facilitated half-day workshops or activities led by Albion’s teaching staff

OVERNIGHT RETREAT
Enjoy an immersive 1-night overnight retreat to build capacity on your team, get to know one another and strategize your next big idea.

Includes: 5 homestyle meals, exclusive use of Albion’s meeting spaces (see facility photos here) , comfortable accommodations at Albion Hills or at the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, and up to 5 facilitated half-day workshops or activities led by Albion’s teaching staff.

To inquire about bringing your group to Albion Hills Field Centre, please contact Field Centre Supervisor, Diana Wilson.

Adult Learning Events at Albion Hills

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