Claremont Nature Centre is located on a beautiful 160-hectare property in the Durham Region. The pristine Duffins Creek runs through the property flanked by valley slopes of mixed woodland and open meadows. We offer a variety of nature based programs for school groups, guides, scouts, adults and community groups as well as camps and nature clubs!
“Our students enjoyed every minute they had at Claremont. Your facility is amazing. The staff are fantastic.” – Principal, Bobby Orr Public School
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.
The nature centre, which opened in 1970, is a panabode cedar log building with a spacious lounge, wood burning fireplace, dining area and classroom that accommodates up to 54 participants and four visiting teachers or leaders. Rooms sleep two to six participants in bunk-beds. While visiting, staff have adjacent private rooms with ensuite washrooms.
In addition to a wide variety of activities, Claremont Nature Centre provides the opportunity to explore one of the region’s healthiest cold water streams as well as a chance to look back at our heritage in a restored pioneer log cabin.
Nearest Hospital/Emergency Response Time
The nearest hospital is Rouge Valley Ajax-Pickering Hospital, located at 580 Harwood Avenue, Ajax. The phone number is 905-683-2320. Emergency response time is 10-15 minutes.
All nature 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.
Claremont Nature Centre draws water from an on-site well. Water is treated and tested in accordance with provincial clean water regulations to ensure a safe water supply.
Claremont Nature Centre is a “nut-sensitive” facility. Visitors are asked to bring only snacks that are free of nuts and/or nut products. Group leaders who have a participant that is or may be allergic to nuts or other allergens are asked to ensure that nature centre staff are made aware so that appropriate precautions can be built into your daily schedule.
Claremont Nature Centre can accommodate 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN OVERNIGHT SCHOOL VISIT
|7:00 a.m.||Rise & Shine||7:30 a.m.|
|7:15 a.m.||Dining Room Set-Up||7:45 a.m.|
|7:30 a.m.||Breakfast||8:00 a.m.|
|8:30 a.m.||Building Clean-Up Routines||8:30 a.m.|
|9:00 – 11:30 a.m.||Morning Program||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|11:45 a.m.||Dining Room Set-Up||11:45 a.m.|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch||12:00 p.m.|
|12:45 p.m.||Building Clean-Up Routines||12:45 p.m.|
|1:30 – 4:00 p.m.||Afternoon Program||1:30 – 4:00 p.m.|
|4:00 – 4:45 p.m.||Free Time||4:00 – 4:45 p.m.|
|4:45 p.m.||Dining Room Set-Up||4:45 p.m.|
|5:00 p.m.||Supper||5:00 p.m.|
|5:45 p.m.||Building Clean-Up Routines||5:45 p.m.|
|6:30 – 8:00 p.m.||Evening Program||6:30 – 8:00 p.m.|
|8:00 p.m.||Group’s Own Time||8:00 p.m.|
What to Wear and Bring
Students are outside in all weather and should dress in layers to be warm and dry. Here are a few essentials:
- Winter – warm coat, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens or gloves, scarf, warm socks
- Summer – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, insect repellent
- Rainy days – raincoat or other waterproof jacket, rubber boots
Participants will also need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag or other linens, and a towel. More detailed information will be provided in our planning guide after you book your visit.
- Attend a planning session at the nature centre prior to your trip.
- Book bus transportation to and from the nature centre.
- Distribute appropriate paperwork to participants; collect completed forms and payment.
- Complete paperwork to be given to nature centre staff upon arrival (e.g. dormitory floor plan).
- Provide one teacher/leader to accompany each program that the nature centre staff are facilitating.
- Please note: outside scheduled program times, visiting teachers/leaders will supervise chores, free time, snack time, shower time and bed time.
Weekends at Claremont: General Information
Book your group event at Claremont! We have what it takes to make your weekend engaging and entertaining. We take care of as much – or as little – as you like.
What to Expect
Whether you are a Guide/Brownie or Scout/Cub group, science camp, sports team, youth or adult retreat group, we have what it takes to make your weekend engaging and entertaining. We take care of everything including food, programs and team building with our professional staff team.
TRCA nature 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 nature centre. Programs are professionally designed to maximize hands-on, outdoor learning, and offer a safe learning environment for our visitors.
Call Visitor Service Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 x 4 for more information or to book your program.
From pond dipping to calling for owls, you’ll find your next nature hike or family event at the Claremont Field Centre and our neighbouring sites!