Albion Hills Field Centre

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.

 


ABOUT US

Albion Hills Field Centre is a welcoming, spacious cedar and granite, chalet-style building, located in Albion Hills Conservation Area 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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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)

Staff Training:

  • Ontario College of Teachers (O.C.T.) Certified teaching staff
  • Specific training to meet OPHEA guidelines for each activity
  • Standard First Aid and CPR level C with access to first aid supplies and an AED on site.
  • Lakeview Splash pool is supervised by National Lifeguard (NLS) certified staff

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.

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

Overnight Programs

students take part in stream study program 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.

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

 

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


PLANNING YOUR VISIT

 


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 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.


SUMMER CAMPS

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

girls gather around picnic table at Albion Hills Field Centre summer camp

Learn to camp, horseback riding, campfires, swimming, cookouts, rock climbing and more! Spend your summer camp outdoors, see the stars, eat the tastiest food, sleep in the coolest camp dorms, make new friends and make this summer an unforgettable one at Albion Hills Summer Camp!

Ages:
9-13 years

Dates for 2019:

Sunday July 21 to Saturday July 27 REGISTER NOW
Sunday July 28 to Saturday August 3 REGISTER NOW

(Parents will drop off on their child(ren) on Sunday afternoon, and pick up on Saturday morning at Albion; Friday night pick up option available by request)

Fees:
$720 per camper
Price includes: meals (Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast), snacks, accommodations, programming

Sample Schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday
BREAKFAST BREAKFAST
Wilderness Survival Skills Horseback Riding in Bolton BioWild Geocaching Rockwall Climbing in Bolton Instincts for Survival Bus Drop Off
LUNCH
Bus Pickup Swimming at Lakeview Splash Crawling Crayfish Swimming at Lakeview Splash Nature Art Swimming at Lakeview Splash
DINNER DINNER
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: diwilson@trca.on.ca


CORPORATE PROGRAMS

Details coming soon!