Outdoor and Environmental Education

Durham District School Board (DDSB) encourages learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Outdoor and Environmental Education programs promote environmental responsibility by providing experiential learning in the natural environment.

Outdoor education centres

DDSB offers day and night curriculum connected to outdoor learning at 3 educational centres in Durham Region.

Duffins Creek Environmental Education Centre

Duffins Creek Environmental Education Centre offers interactive programs for classes in Grades 2 to 8. We explore nature through interpretive hikes on a number of trails. We also have live animals and natural artifacts that students can explore.

Visit Duffins Creek

For more information on Duffins Creek, email the facilitator Michael Morandin or call 905-649-1770. Duffins Creek is located at 2500 Concession Rd 7 in Pickering, ON.

Nonquon Environmental Education Centre

Nonquon Environmental Education Centre is a day-use facility located in a natural wetland. We offer programs to students from Grades 2 to 12. Students that visit the centre can view and sometimes touch the many live animals we have, including frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles.

Visit Nonquon

To book a class trip to Nonquon, email the facilitator Sarah Jeynes or Jared Ball call 905-985-2612. Nonquon is located at 1710 Scugog Line 10 in Greenbank, ON.

Information for parents

If your child is attending a field trip at Nonquon wetland, please read our packing list and additional information resource to help prepare for the trip.

Durham Forest Environmental Education Centre

The Durham Forest Environmental Education Centre offers Grade 6 classes daytime and overnight camp experiences. The forest has a variety of hiking trails and hands on activities for students to explore.

Visit Durham Forest

To book a class trip to Durham Forest, email the facilitator Dennis Sallans or call 905-852-3030. Durham Forest is located at 3821 Concession Rd. 7, Goodwood, ON.

Information for parents

If your child is taking a class trip to Durham Forest, review our Frequently Asked Questions and the packing list to help prepare.

Community use

Durham Forest Environmental Centre is available for not-for-profit groups to rent on weekends during the school year. We can accommodate up to 30 people. For details on fees, program options, and booking, please call 905-666-6310.