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​​​​Outdoor Education​

​​​​​​​Hands-on, engaging and fun! ALCDSB Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres offer learning on the land and something for everyone.

H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

Located just north of Belleville in Plainfield, ON, the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre is a 500 acre Conservation Area owned by Quinte Conservation and operated in partnership with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Highlights at the H.R. Frink OE Centre include: a marsh boardwalk for aquatic habitat studies, water front access to the Moira River for canoeing, a serviced outdoor pavilion, a “Sugar Shack” and full Maple Bush demonstration program, a multi-element low ropes challenge course and 14 km of hiking trails through a variety of habitats.

​​Photo collage of students canoeing, doing winter activities and collecting pond life

Msgr. J.S. Ryan Outdoor & Environmental Education Centre

Located at the mouth of the historic St. Lawrence River on Wolfe, Island, the largest of the 1000 Islands, The Msgr. J.S. Ryan Outdoor & Environmental Education Centre is available to all ALCDSB school sites during the regular school year.  The Ryan is owned and operated by the ALCDSB along with land support from the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish and the generosity of private landowners throughout the Island. Commuting to the Centre aboard the Wolfe Islander III provides an exciting experience for staff and students alike with several curriculum connections to be made along the way.  Highlights at the Msgr. J.S. Ryan OE Centre include: a variety of habitats including forest, farm fields and vernal ponds; access to Wetlands for aquatic studies; access to one of 86 2.1 Megawatt wind turbines for energy studies; a small scale Maple Bush demonstration program and an impressive display of natural history artifacts to support discovery learning.

Traditional Skills​​

​Presentation of Traditional Skills Workshop to Trustees

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    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

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    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

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