Outdoor Education

Welcome to Outdoor Education at Hayden!

This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that have the potential to engage students' interest throughout their lives. Students will be encouraged to develop personal competence in a variety of movement skills through outdoor activities (e.g., ultimate, in-line skating, orienteering, hiking, snowshoeing, climbing, wilderness survival, etc.) to enhance their personal competence and personal fitness. They will be given opportunities to practice goal-setting, decision-making, social and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components of healthy relationships, mental health, and personal safety.

What do we do?

We go outside! The Grade 11 & 12 Outdoor Education course consists of a number of outdoor games and activities stressing the importance of active lifestyle, teamwork, personal growth and experiential learning while maintaining a healthy respect for our environment. The chosen field trips provide an opportunity for students to learn and reinforce new skills and to experience class activities in a specific setting, while developing leadership and interpersonal skills. As field trips are a highlight of the curriculum, it is expected that all students attend all field trips.

As a focus of our course is outdoor activities students must come prepared for the weather.  Our first unit will take place mostly outdoors, and focus on snowshoeing and winter survival. Proper winter clothing should be brought every day (including warm gloves and hat, boots, and outerwear that can be layered for varying conditions) and students should keep a set of indoor activity clothes and shoes available at school in case of changes in plans or inclement weather. Subsequent units will include rock climbing, leadership development, shelter building, camping, equipment and clothing selection, traditional aboriginal games and navigation.