Quinte Conservation's outdoor education programs are available throughout the year. They can be delivered at a number of conservation areas across the watershed. These environmental outdoor programs offer hands-on learning experiences in nature. We offer them to public and private schools, nurseries and day cares, homeschool groups, youth groups, day camps, and service groups.


We customize our outdoor programs to meet current learning goals and curriculum objectives. Programs are delivered by experienced outdoor education staff. 

The following programs can be booked as a field trip to a local conservation area including Potter's Creek Conservation Area in Belleville; HR Frink Conservation Area in Plainfield; Vanderwater Conservation Area in Tweed; Macaulay Conservation Area in Picton, or Depot Lakes Conservation Area in Verona.

Ask us how your program can be modified for a conservation area near you and for your curriculum goals.

Contact us to learn more.


Seasonal Nature Exploration with Curriculum Focus

Health & Physical Education: Grade 1-12: Active Living, Movement and Competence

It’s refreshing to look for and enjoy the revolving cast of wildlife wonders and activities on the horizon with each new season. The interpretive hike can be tailored to a particular learning goal, a cluster of curriculum expectations, or it can be an open inquiry, allowing engaging learning opportunities (a barred owl, a red squirrel cache, a nurse log) to organically emerge from the forest to engage students.

Mapping It Out & Basic Orienteering Skills

*NEW  Introduction to GPS (Grades 7-12)

Social Studies, History, and Geography: Map and Globe Skills: Grades 1-12

From a bird’s eye view to our view, students will gain an understanding of maps and navigation. Where have I been? Where am I? Where do I want to go? How can I get there? Students will ask these fundamental questions, make maps, discuss their choices, read maps and, depending on grade level, orient maps, use compasses, various units of measurement, relative directions, cardinal directions, contour lines, grids, proportional representations, and symbols, testing their skills by completing an orienteering course.


Introduction to GPS (Grades 7-12)     Supported by Enbridge Fueling Futures Grant 

Students will learn the history of satellite-based GPS technology and how it works. Students will learn what GPS is used for and how GPS data it is used in the conservation field. Students will be shown how to use handheld GPS units to navigate. Outside, students will participate in an advanced orienteering challenge that has students working cooperatively in small teams, using GPS units to navigate to checkpoints and learning about their local watershed. 


Exploring Habitats 

Strongest Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology: Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants; Grade 4: Habitats and Communities; Grade 6: Biodiversity

Exploring forest, field and/or aquatic habitats, students will discuss what local plants and animals need to thrive and learn about the effects of some invasive species. Students will play a part in the habitat balancing act through a role-playing game and discuss how we can help protect, create and enhance habitat for wildlife in our communities and contribute to healthy, diverse and resilient ecosystems.

A native tree, shrub, and/or wildflower planting opportunity may be available (site specific). 


Hike Safe Program & Shelter Building

Suitable for all ages and an excellent program option for community youth groups

* offered at HR Frink Conservation Area and Vanderwater Conservation Area


Students learn how to prepare safely for an outing in the outdoors. Basic Hug-a-Tree principals are covered, including steps to take to avoid getting lost in the woods and what to do if they do find themselves lost, simple steps to stay dry and warm while alerting search parties to your location. Students will participate in a shelter building activity. A campfire is included in this program.

Watershed Stewardship Program 

This workshop is most suited to grades 7 to 12. It has a half-day or full-day program option. 

Students will learn about their local watershed and how their actions impact it. They will take part in basic water quality sampling and benthic (water bugs) sampling to learn about how the health of a local water body is monitored.

Students will explore current local water concerns and brainstorm and share water protection solutions for their local watershed.

In the full-day program, students will discuss water access issues and hardships, and water conservation. Through team-building activities, they will better understand the earth's water system and their own role in caring for this resource. 


Human Impacts on Ecosystems

Strongest Curriculum Connections: Grade 4: Habitats and Communities; Grade 6: Biodiversity; Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment


Students explore how humans impact ecosystems through investigations of forests (past to today), our water, and wetlands. Students will discuss positive actions to protect local ecosystems and look at the past and current health of their local watershed. Students will develop an action plan for protecting land and water for healthy, diverse and resilient ecosystems. 

Students complete their program with native tree, shrub, and/or wildflower planting.


Program Fees and Booking Details

Programs are available throughout the year for half day or full day bookings. There is no charge for parent/volunteer supervisors. 

Half Day (2.5 hr program in the morning or afternoon)

  • $8.25 per participant (a minimum charge does apply)

Full Day (5 hour program)

  • $14.50 per participant (a minimum charge does apply)


Contact us to discuss opportunities for your group.

Request an Education Program

Please fill out our program booking request form and our staff will contact you to discuss your program needs. 



Outdoor Education Program at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

Outdoor education programs are offered at the H.R. Frink Centre by Quinte Conservation, the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and the Hastings and Prince Edward Public District School Board. Schools within the public school board jurisdictions are encouraged to check first with their school board regarding Frink Centre outdoor program bookings.

a large group of students are sitting in a large circle in the forest, all watching and listening to an instructor