Category: Laurel Creek

Busy Bees

At the Laurel Creek Outdoor Ed. Centre, we had a swarm of bees move into a wall on our deck. We tried to be tricky and coax them out, but after a few weeks, decided that a more direct approach was best.   After opening the wall, we found quite a large hive, with perhaps 15,000 […]






Outdoor and Environmental Education

The WRDSB has provided Environmental Education experiences to its students since the early 1970s. We currently operate four day-use Outdoor and Environmental Education (OEE) Centres at Blair and Wrigley Corners in Cambridge, and Laurel Creek and Camp Heidelberg in Waterloo. In addition, a seasonal program is staffed and run at the Huron Natural Area in […]






Native Studies

In this program, students will be introduced to aspects of native life in a longhouse community. Activities include a legend, fire-making demonstration, lacrosse, a food-gathering simulation, and archery. Notes for teachers: For this program, we will need to split the class in two groups. One group will play the food-gathering game, and the other group […]






Maple Syrup

Students will explore past and present methods for producing “liquid gold.” We will walk a history trail of maple syrup production, culminating in an overview of how we make maple syrup inside our sugar shack. Students will have the opportunity to tap a tree, carry yokes and buckets, and collect sap if conditions permit. We will […]

Laurel Creek

The Centre Laurel Creek is located on 47-hectares of mature woods, wetlands and meadows. The property is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority which provides programming to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. The building itself has two classrooms, one operated by the Waterloo Region District School Board and the other by the GRCA. Laurel Creek (the stream) provides […]