With nearly 60 years of experience in environmental education, Albion Hills Field Centre is a beautiful environmental education 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.
Albion Hills Field Centre is a welcoming, spacious cedar and granite, chalet-style building, located in Albion Hills Conservation Area. The fresh and inviting landscape is within the Humber Headwaters region, a part of the environmentally significant Oak Ridges Moraine. The facility provides accommodation for up to 44 people, boasts a fully-staffed commercial kitchen, comfortable lounge with hardwood floors and a beautiful stone fireplace, a classroom and a dining room overlooking Centreville Creek.
Albion Hills also has an authentic 1840s log home, groomed and maintained trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.
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.
Nearest Hospital and Emergency Response Time
The nearest hospital is Headwaters Healthcare Centre, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4X9. Phone: 519-941-2410. Emergency response time is approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
Staff First Aid Training
All Field Centre staff are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR, with access to first aid supplies and an AED on site. Swimming and canoeing activities are supervised by certified National Lifesaving Society (NLS) lifeguards. Canoe instructors are also certified by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA).
Albion Hill’s teaching staff are all certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.
All Field Centre food service staff have completed their PROTON Food Handlers Certification. Kitchen facilities are inspected regularly by regional health inspectors and meet all provincial and regional food service regulations. Albion’s kitchen team can accommodate a wide variety of food restrictions and the Field Centre is a nut-sensitive facility. Meals are healthy, kid-friendly and based on the Canada Food Guide. Menus can be provided to in advance of a visit upon request.
Albion Hills Field Centre is serviced by the Region of Peel’s municipal water system.
Albion Hills Field Centre can accommodate most participants in wheelchairs and with other special needs. Programs can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and/or participants. Please ask for more details regarding our accessibility during your planning session.
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. For students, they provide the opportunity to take part in real-life applications of classroom learning.
You can download a full list of Albion Field Centre’s program options HERE.
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.
Here is an example of a typical daily schedule:
|Rise & Shine||7:45 am|
|Building Clean-Up Routines||9:15 am|
|Morning Program||10:00 – 12:30 am|
|Afternoon Program||2:00 – 4:30 pm|
|Free Time||4:30 – 5:50 pm|
|Evening Program||7:00 – 9:00 pm|
|Group’s Own Time||9:00 pm|
TEACHERS’ PREPARATION AND INVOLVEMENT
- Attend a planning session at the field centre prior to your trip.
- Book bus transportation to and from the field centre.
- Distribute appropriate paperwork to participants; collect completed forms and payment.
- Complete paperwork to be given to field centre staff upon arrival (e.g. dormitory floor plan).
- Provide one teacher/leader to accompany each program that the field centre staff are facilitating.
- Outside scheduled program times, it is very important for the visiting teachers/leaders to 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 in our planning document after you book your visit.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
WEEKEND PROGRAMS AT ALBION HILLS
Whether you are a science camp, sports team, youth or adult retreat group, 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.
What to Expect
TRCA field centres provide accommodations, food and all of the necessary basic equipment for the programs. Participants will need to bring appropriate clothing, bedding and personal items.
TRCA staff are available to lead morning, afternoon and evening programs each full day at the field centre. Programs are professionally designed to maximize hands-on, outdoor learning, and offer a safe learning environment for our visitors.
Albion Hills Field Centre Respite & Retreat Day: Saturday November 3, 2018
Albion Hills Field Centre is excited to host a free Fall nature retreats on Saturday November 3rd 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.
Explore the GTA’s wild backyard in a fun-filled overnight camp close to home!
Outdoor games, nature exploration, campfires and crafts are perfect for a camper learning the ropes. Kids will love the delicious food, comfortable dorms and caring staff. Make this summer unforgettable!
Sunday July 22 to Saturday July 28
(Drop off on Sunday afternoon, pick up on Saturday morning)
$720 per camper
|Wilderness Survival Skills||Horseback Riding in Bolton||BioWild Geocaching||Rock Climbing in Bolton||Instincts for Survival||Bus Drop Off|
|Bus Pickup||Swimming at Lakeview Splash||Crawling Crayfish||Swimming at Lakeview Splash||Nature Art||Swimming at Lakeview Splash|
|Welcome Campfire||Clue Mystery Game||Night Hike||Campfire Cooking and Tent Camp-out||Field Games||Goodbye Campfire|
Questions about Summer Camp?
Email Diana Wilson, Albion Hills Field Centre Supervisor for more information: email@example.com
Details coming soon!