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Outdoor Education Centre Celebrates 40 Years of Eco-Learning in Durham Region

Oct 19, 2010

For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, October 19) On October 23, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), celebrates 40 years of providing out-of-classroom experiences in the areas of nature, ecology and cultural heritage to students and community groups at its Claremont Field Centre located in Durham Region.

The Field Centre was officially opened June 5, 1970. At the time, it was the largest Pan-Abode (Engineered Log) building ever constructed. The first group was thirty-six grade eleven students from Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto. Since then, approximately 120,000 students have had a residential outdoor education experience at Claremont, staying in residence in dorms for two or four nights and doing a wide range of outdoor programs taught by TRCA's environmental professionals on 160 hectares of conservation land along Duffins Creek, one of the region's last remaining cold water streams. Students enjoy ecology hikes, stream and pond studies, nature art and photography, living history programs where they can experience the area's pioneer heritage, survival skills, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on natural trails, teambuilding and leadership skills and many other hands-on programs.

On October 23, the public will have a rare chance to visit the Field Centre, which is normally closed to the public.  If you were one of those students, who have walked through Claremont's doors, we'd like to hear about your memories on the Claremont Field Centre 40th Anniversary Facebook Page.

"Because the Field Centre is normally closed to the public, we're like a mystery for local residents, and so we're pleased to be able to celebrate our 40 years by opening our doors to the community," said Aldo Missio, Instructor, Claremont Field Centre, TRCA. "Our outdoor education programming is geared to be fun, immersive, and encourages students to understand, look after and enjoy their own community."

TRCA programs support the National Healthy Living Strategy and the Province of Ontario's Active 2010 initiative by engaging students in safe, physical outdoor activities.

WHAT: Claremont Field Centre Open House
WHEN: Satuday, October
23      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Claremont is located at 4290 Westney Road, 1 kilometre north of the Seventh Concession, just north of Highway 7. 

Drop-In Activities

Guests can visit the facility and enjoy hourly hikes exploring the local history and environment.    Staff will be on hand to introduce you to pond creatures and host you at our pioneer cabin where you can make candles and toys.  Back at our campfire circle, try out ancient technologies and listen to campfire musicians. 

 Archaeology Dig: Sign Up and Join In!

TRCA archaeologist will be excavating a blacksmith's homestead on the property.  Interested in digging?  Sign up by contacting Aldo Missio, or at 905-649-2208.  A small donation of $10 will be requested from each participant to cover costs.

 Fall Colours Photo Workshop and Hike (Sign-Up Activity)

Photography buffs can sign up for a fall colours photo workshop and hike. To sign-up, contact Aldo Missio, or at 905-649-2208.

Barbecued burgers and hotdogs will be available over the lunch hour for a reasonable cost

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at


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Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,

416-661-6600 ext 5632, 416-358-3446 (mobile),


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