Kinark Outdoor Centre
'No Child Left Inside'
The Kinark Outdoor Centre is a program area of Kinark Child and Family Services.
The KOC has a rich history in residential camping, outdoor education, and therapeutic programming and has grown to become the site of choice for more than 150 diverse groups annually. At the KOC we have a 'No Child Left Inside' policy!
The Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) operates year-round to provide a rich variety of outdoor education programs and autism support programs tailored to a wide range of needs and interests. From skill development, family enrichment and social recreation to ecologically-focused, adventure-based experiences, the KOC offers high-quality programming and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a safe, well-supported and beautiful environment. We offer a variety of programs directly to groups and individuals, and also develop programs upon request, which are tailored to meet the specific needs of community groups, school boards, corporate groups, faith communities, and other organizations. We look forward to hosting you!
No Child Left Inside Enters Year Two with a Bang
In School Program off to a great start with program delivery and funding
Last spring we visited 60 classes to facilitate the No Child Left Inside Program. We strongly believe that by facilitating outdoor activities and resourcing teachers on an ongoing basis we will make a difference in the physical and mental health of children. Through our many years as an adjunctive component of a social service agency we have learned the enormous value also of engaging the family and not just the child: many children are unable or unwilling to fully engage in nature-based activities without the support of a parent. We are thrilled to welcome parents regularly to the outdoor center and into the No Child Left Inside movement!
This fall we have delivered upwards of 20 programs! Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is continuing; We are the recipients of a significant anonymous donation through the Kamerin Fund; We are being considered for more funding through the Dusan Nedelko Foundation. This continues to be important and well supported work!