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!

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What do we do at the Kinark Outdoor Center

Autism Respite

We offer a range of programs for children and families on the autism spectrum. These programs focus on recreation, respite, and offer elements of parent support and networking, and social skill development. They range in suitability for kids as young as 1year old, to 18.  Programs exist for families and for individuals.

Outdoor Recreation

We want to resource teachers, parents, and community leaders alike to get children outside to play for the benefit of their physical and mental health. We do this through at school programs which are funded in the Peterborough area and through 3-day residential camp, outdoor education visits to our site just north of Minden, ON.

Summer Camp

Summer camp is a cultural tradition for many Ontario children and a fond memory of many Canadian adults. We make camping accessible for so many different type of groups, families, and people. Call us for more information!

Theres a Science to What we do, Too

The Science of the Magic of Camp - It's Real.