FAQs for Goodrich Loomis Outdoor Education Centre

Who runs the facility?
The Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Centre and the Conservation Area land are owned by Lower Trent Conservation (www.ltc.on.ca) but the Outdoor Education Program is staffed by the KPRDSB throughout the school year.

Are there programs year round?
KPR school classes are booked to come to the GLOEC almost every school day throughout the year, in ALL seasons. A few days each year are set aside for meetings or training.

Should I send rubber boots with my child?
That can be a different answer for every day. Please contact your Naturalist, Leeann Hickerson, if you have concerns about what to send with your child (see the Packing Checklists section for checklists according to season).

Each season has programs that work well, for each grade. If the program list does not provide for your classroom needs, we can try to customize a program to fit. The best programs are born this way!

Contact Leeann Hickerson for more details or information about programs offered at GLOEC.  Descriptions can be found in the "Guide to visiting the OEC" (must be logged in to view)

Why are we asked to pack a garbage-less lunch?
Local garbage and recycling programs do not have a regular pick-up at our site so everyone, including the staff, takes their own garbage and recycling back home. Compost is always available.

What if it rains?
Our programs continue as planned outdoors, rain or shine. Please be prepared for the weather. Safety concerns such as thunder/lightening or extreme high winds are conditions that would send us indoors.

What are the supervision ratios?
A trip to the outdoor education centre is an out-of-classroom experience like any other and the supervision guidelines listed in the Program Safety Manual: Out of Classroom Programs are in effect.  It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure that the minimum supervision ratios have been met prior to departure.  The naturalist must not be included when calculating the supervision ratio.   This will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the students, the teacher and the naturalist.   All volunteers must meet the requirements of the board policy on volunteers (B-7.2). Minimum Supervision ratios are as follows:

Kindergarten 1 Adult: 4 Children
Grade 1 1 Adult: 7 Children
Grade 2-6 1 Adult: 10 Children
Grade 7+ 1 Adult: 15 students, min. of 2 Adults

If a class arrives at the centre without the required supervision ratio in place, the naturalist must contact the school to request additional supervision.  If the school is unable to comply with that request within a reasonable amount of time, the school will be asked to arrange for busing and the class must be returned to school. Younger siblings or children that a volunteer is babysitting, may not attend with the class.