School Programs

Bring your class to Claremont Nature Centre for an immersive overnight field trip, or get outside and learn during an activity-packed day visit.

Our curriculum-connected programs are designed to deliver hands-on experiences in a safe and supportive outdoor setting.

BROWSE CLAREMONT SCHOOL PROGRAMS

For more information or to book your program contact Visitor Services

416-667-6295 Ext. 4

vservices@trca.ca 


What to Expect on Your Overnight Visit

DAILY SCHEDULE

WEEKDAYS WEEKENDS ACTIVITY
7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. Rise & Shine
7:15 a.m. 7:45 a.m. Dining Room Set-Up
7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Building Clean-Up Routines
9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Morning Program
11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Dining Room Set-Up
12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. 12:45 p.m. Building Clean-Up Routines
1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Program
4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Free Time
4:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Dining Room Set-Up
5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Supper
5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Building Clean-Up Routines
6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Evening Program
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Group’s Own Time

students conduct a stream survey at Claremont Field Centre

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING

Students will be 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

Students will also need to bring a pillow, a sleeping bag or other linens, and a towel.

For more detailed information, see our planning guide.

students conduct water study during field trip to Claremont Nature Centre

TEACHER PREPARATION

Before visiting Claremont Nature Centre, your to-do list should include the following:

  • Attend a planning session at the nature centre.
  • 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 (including dormitory floor plan).
  • Designate one teacher/leader to accompany each program facilitated by the nature centre staff.
  • NOTE: Outside scheduled program times, visiting teachers/leaders will supervise chores, free time, snack time, shower time and bed time.

DOWNLOAD THE PLANNING GUIDE

students on field trip at Claremont Nature Centre

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Accessibility
Claremont Nature Centre can accommodate participants with special needs. Programs can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and/or participants. Please ask for more details about accessibility during your planning session.

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.

Food Service
All Claremont 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.

Water
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.

Allergies
Claremont Nature Centre is a “nut-sensitive” facility. Visitors are asked to bring snacks that are free of nuts and/or nut products. Group leaders with participant who are or may be allergic to nuts or other allergens are asked to inform nature centre staff so that appropriate precautions can be built into your daily schedule.