Celebrating 50 Years of Outdoor Education in KPR Schools

Northumberland – Students from Camborne Public School and school board officials gathered at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre (OEC) on June 1st to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Outdoor Education programming in Kawartha Pine Ridge (KPR) District School Board schools.

The Laurie Lawson OEC was started 50 years ago by Audrey Wilson. KPR also has outdoor education centres in Warsaw, at Wilmot Creek in Orono, and the Goodrich-Loomis OEC is in Brighton. 

Our OECs are busy virtually every school day, attended by classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Outdoor education programming includes experiential learning related to science and social studies curriculum, and provides students with an opportunity to appreciate the natural world and learn about environmental stewardship. The centres also offer secondary students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience related to courses such as construction.

Each of our sites exists because of a partnership between KPR and the local land trust, conservation authority, or municipality. We are honoured to work so closely with community partners who also value learning in, and about, the out of doors.

Please click here to learn more about our outdoor education centres.


Students from Camborne PS share their mapping activity from Laurie Lawson OEC.

Camborne students enjoyed cake to celebrate 50 years of outdoor education learning in KPR.

Audrey Wilson shares pictures and stories about the beginning of outdoor education in KPR schools.