Kettleby Valley Outdoor Education Centre is an ideal place to bring your class. Set on 60 beautiful acres of rolling hills, forests and waterfront, Kettleby Valley offers superb outdoor education programs. Located just north of Toronto, in the heart of York Region, we have been providing outdoor education programs for over 20 years. Here at Kettleby, our outdoor education centre makes use of a variety of traditional camp activities, including archery, orienteering, web of life, bouldering and a low ropes course. Cooperative games and group initiatives, combined with a peak experience such as high ropes course and climbing wall, help develop collaborative skills among the all those who participate. Our convenient proximity to the GTA reduces travel time and cost without compromising experience. Along with a variety of private schools, Kettleby Valley has hosted schools from York Region, Durham Region, Toronto and Simcoe County. Our centre offers a safe and comfortable environment for visitors. All Kettleby staff are trained and certified for outdoor education safety. Meanwhile, our kitchen can accommodate almost every dietary restriction, as well as for food allergies and sensitivities. Washroom and shower facilities are conveniently located a short distance from the cabins.
All Season Outdoor Fun
Autumn is an ideal time to participate in our programs. The benefits of an outdoor education experience at the beginning of the school year is that students have the chance to bond with one another and set norms for interacting. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to sit back and see their students from a different perspective. Teachers are welcome and encouraged to participate in the outdoor education program in order to gain common ground with their students. The spring is also a popular time to visit our outdoor education centre. Students can wind down from the hard work of the school year while developing their leadership skills. Spring attendance means students can both celebrate a successful year and re-engage with the learning process. Also, it’s during the warmer months that Kettleby Valley is able to offer canoeing.
All Size Groups. All Ages.
At Kettleby, we work with a variety of age groups. Although most groups are grade 5 and older, students as young as Kindergarten have enjoyed outdoor education activities at Kettleby Valley. Our program is also a favourite for high school classes. Students are divided into groups of 12 to 15, with each group is assigned a leader who remains throughout the students’ time at camp. This way, our staff can connect with students, adjusting to their needs as the camp progresses. It’s all part of the process of delivering the best outdoor education experience ever. On weekends, Kettleby offers programs for clubs and organized groups such as Guide and Scout groups. The Centre can accommodate as many as 150 students for a day program. Our residential outdoor education program accommodates up to 90 students. We encourage school groups to work with their bus companies to arrange an early start to the day. A typical program usually runs from 9:30am to 2:00pm, depending on the distance you need to travel. Whether day camp or overnight, Kettleby Valley is an unforgettable outdoor adventure—one that offers an opportunity to commune with nature while developing life-long skills.