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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Camp Sylvan Conservation Program

Immerse yourself in the outdoors through a unique overnight program

The Sylvan Conservation Education Program at Camp Sylvan has been the cornerstone of Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s education programming since 1964, making it one of the longest-running overnight environmental education programs in the province.

This unique school program immerses students in nature as students learn, eat, play, and even sleep outdoors. It is the only conservation authority-run program of its kind in southwestern Ontario, with more than 25,000 students having participated since its inception.

The Camp Sylvan Conservation Program is based on the Ontario education curriculum, linking with science, geography, social studies, and physical education expectations. Just as importantly, it also fosters personal skills such as leadership, teamwork, and respect. The program gives youths a chance to interact directly with nature, using inquiry and critical thinking to become aware of how vital nature is to human health. Then, they take what they have learned and turn it into action to help their local environments.

For more details about the Camp Sylvan Conservation Program please download and review our most current Teacher's Guide for Sylvan Conservation Program at Camp Sylvan or view the video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/3LKZf7GDrzo

Camp Sylvan Property

The Camp Sylvan property is owned by the Tri-Shores Council of Scouts Canada and is rented to Ausable Bayfield Conservation on a user-fee basis.

The total area of Camp Sylvan is 240 acres, which has largely been reforested. Natural features include several streams, a human-made pond, a beaver pond, scrubland, mature deciduous forests and several coniferous plantations (cedar, spruce and pine).  A network of trails can be hiked within the property.

Frontierland, built with a western pioneer town theme, is the area most used by the Sylvan Conservation Education Program at Camp Sylvan. It includes a dining hall, teaching barn, bunkhouse with washrooms and showers, chuckwagons for sleeping and campfire pit.

Download a map of Camp Sylvan

Programming

The Camp Sylvan Conservation Program is geared towards students in Grades 6 to 8.

Teachers can tailor the program to meet the needs of their class.or the field trip.

For more details about the Sylvan Conservation Program at Camp Sylvan please download and review our most current Teacher's Guide for Sylvan Conservation Program at Camp Sylvan

The Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow Program

The Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow program is a unique program that provides an innovative learning experience for eligible grade six students across Ontario. 

The program utilizes a multi-phase, integrated approach to environmental education, in which classroom learning is combined with a three-day, two-night trip to one of Ontario's leading outdoor education centres. This approach allows for the integration of concepts, deepening of knowledge, and development of skills that enhance learning about the natural world. Upon returning home, students are inspired and challenged to translate their new knowledge into action – moving beyond simply learning to doing!

Junior Leaders

If you are 15 or older and enjoy working with children, love the outdoors, and are interested in learning more about the environment, then this a great volunteer opportunity for you!

 

Education in an outdoor environment
Education in an outdoor environment
Active fun
Active fun
Relaxing places to learn
Relaxing places to learn
Staff to make learning come alive
Staff to make learning come alive
Addressing the need for more contact with nature
Addressing the need for more contact with nature
Education experiences you can't get in a classroom
Education experiences you can't get in a classroom
Experiences you don't get in a city
Experiences you don't get in a city
Giving children the chance to search for crayfish and other aquatic creatures - and to find out about water
Giving children the chance to search for crayfish and other aquatic creatures - and to find out about water
A location unlike any other
A location unlike any other
Eating, sleeping, and staying in an outdoor environment
Eating, sleeping, and staying in an outdoor environment