An “average” day in Outdoor Education at Harbourfront Centre

Every Spring, our School Visits team takes an outdoor perspective with the return of our ever-popular Outdoor Education programme. Featuring a combination of on land and on the water activities, roughly 3500 students got outside and enjoyed our great programmes last year! Ever wonder what the not-so-average day in Outdoor Education feels like? Read on!

6:46am Our keen staff are up checking the weather forecast and reading the newspaper to make sure they are prepared for the day!

8:02am Sleepy-eyed students make their way to school with eager smiles and excited thoughts of the day ahead enjoying our 10 acre site! For many, this will be their favourite memory of the entire year!

8:30am Our Outdoor Educators arrive and prepare for their day. Art materials are prepared and education spaces set up. A quick glance of the schedule reveals one class heading onto the water then enjoying a community site walk, while another class will be making clay fish and exploring the revitalization efforts underway around Toronto’s waterfront! Looks like it will be a fun day.

9:53am We spot the first school bus coming down Queen’s Quay. It’s very exciting. We jump on board, introduce ourselves, and take our classes to their spaces for the day!

10:26am After a brief overview of Harbourfront Centre, there is time for a quick snack before we all head to the dock. Here, the excitement is almost unbearable as our students await the arrival of the boat for an hour long guided harbour tour. What a unique perspective on our great city!

11:14am Passing through the Toronto Islands, checking out the wildlife and enjoying a great view of the Toronto skyline – that hour really flies by! Connections made, stories shared, and questions asked and answered!

12:02pm A much needed lunch break refuels students and staff alike!

12:28pm One class head off to explore the Harbourfront and discuss the future plans for our revitalized waterfront. What do they think of the future for the waterfront? These students have the most amazing ideas that keep us all inspired. Another class get ready to let the creative spirit flow! Today they are making clay fish. With the visual arts programme, it is always great to see what characteristics each student gives their fish – elaborate back stories required!

1:58pm We exchange quick good byes and pack our students back onto the bus or streetcar, heading back to school. Now the tidy up and getting ready for tomorrow begins! For students, it’s a time to reflect on the day that was!

3:00pm Students leave school ready to head home and share tales of their adventure with friends and family! Another successful day in Outdoor Education!