Best Staff, Best Food, Best Facilities, Best Program!

Posted on: May 16th, 2016

While we do like to be modest, we are confident when we say Silver Lake is one of the best Outdoor Education Centres in Ontario.

Best Staff: All of our staff have extensive training and experience in outdoor education.  In addition, many of them grew up attending our summer camp program and graduated from our 2 year leadership training program and know first-hand the positive impact outdoor experiences can have on the lives of students. We have extensive professional development opportunities for all year-round and seasonal staff. All staff have Standard First Aid with CPR and nearly half are lifeguards (all swimming and waterfront activities are supervised by lifeguards).

 

Best Food: Quality, homemade food is culturally significant to Mennonites…………….students and teachers will experience that first-hand while at Silver Lake! Freshly baked bread, homemade pizza, soups and sauces from scratch and the list goes on. Most of our food, including meats and produce, is sourced from local farmers or from one of our two gardens.  Yum Yum!

Best Facilities: Over the past 6 years, we have invested over one million dollars in our facilities and property including a new dining hall, renovated commercial kitchen, five new camper cabins (soon to be seven), new washrooms and plenty of program equipment from a new archery range and an expanded low ropes course to a water trampoline and sailboats.

Best Program: We’re constantly visiting other outdoor education centers, networking with other professionals and taking in conferences all in an effort to provide exceptional programming. At Silver Lake we develop the program and schedule to your specific learning outcomes. The best part………………we only serve one overnight group at a time!

 

Ready for the best? Call (519-422-3200) or email (rebekah@outdoored.ca) Rebekah for more information and to book your class trip!

Check-Out How Much Power Our On-site Solar Panels Generate

Posted on: May 16th, 2016

New Student/Teacher Cabins Are Just About Ready!

Posted on: April 16th, 2016

Over the last 6 years we have replaced all of our cabins with new, bright, well ventilated and insulated cabins. The cabins were designed by our good friend Alex Jenkins and were designed with the student experience in mind as well as the needs of accompanying teachers. The new cabins can best be described as a combination of beach-hut, tree-fort and chalet that provides bunk space in one large open area for students with a separate, private room for teachers all under one roof. These cabins have large blackboards on the front porches for lessons, slides as well as stairs) and a bouldering wall for those who still have energy at the end of the day.

 

What’s the Buzz About?

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015

Bees provide us with many things, as well as teach us lots. By having bees at Silver Lake we hope to make an impact both environmentally as well as educationally. The bees will help the pollination of our vegetable gardens, plants and trees around camp and hopefully provide us with a good crop of LOCAL honey for our kitchen.We also see that the bees are a highlight in our programming both during the summer as well as during school programs. We learn a lot about our natural world through the bees. We learn about insects and plants and the connection between the two and the role they play with our food through pollination. Life lessons such as communication, being a team player, task oriented, and adaptable, leadership and having a strong work ethic are easily learned by watching and knowing about the bee’s social structure in the hive. Please stop by or book your class for a tour of our bees and see what all the buzz is about.

What is Outdoor Education?

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015

We’ve Got Worms!

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015

Over the last few years, red worms have become an important part of our composting program.  Using 2,  8ft by 4ft bins the worms process 40-50 Litres of kitchen scraps per day!  That’s a lot of diverted waste – way to go Red Wigglers!

This is all thanks to Bentley from Redwormcomposting.ca in Elmira who generously donated us the worms 3 years ago and continually provides us with guidance on caring for and over wintering our worm friends.

We can’t wait for fall to spread all those wonderful worm castings on our gardens and start the whole process again next season.  Nature is amazing!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for……..Garden Candies!

Posted on: July 24th, 2015

Leanne and the Outdoor Ed crew have been hard at it in the garden.  Groups have “enjoyed” spinach, radishes (actually they really did enjoy them), strawberries, raspberries, lettuce of all sorts, beans, garlic, carrots and our favourite………garden candies (aka: ground cherries). There’s plenty more to come including potatoes, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, a whole list of herbs from stevia to thai basil, fall pumpkins and more! What a tasty outdoor classroom!!

 

Meet Vonn, our New Dog

Posted on: July 21st, 2014

Vonn is the newest member of the Silver Lake Outdoor Ed team! He’s a 14 week old service dog who will be with us for the next 9 months. Vonn’s favourite activities include harassing Harley (14 year old dog who’s blind and deaf), chasing the chickens, raiding the garden, puncturing the tires on all of our bicycles and his favourite………….chewing socks from the lost and found. He’s also good at comforting homesick students!

The Bluedot Tour!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014

The Bluedot Tour is the exciting new campaign from the David Suzuki Foundation.  Across the country, Canadians believe in our inherent right to a healthy environment – clean water, fresh air and healthy food. One by one, people like you stand up to say this right should be recognized.

Community by community, this movement will inspire decision-makers across our provinces and territories to take notice. With so many communities calling for action from all levels of government, the next step is to have our provinces follow suit and pass environmental bills of rights.

“What’s more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?”

                                                                                                                    Dr. David Suzuki

 

Earth

Click the Bluedot to see the video!

Check-out the Stats on our Solar Panel

Posted on: June 24th, 2014