At ClearWater Farm, young people feel what it’s like to fall in love with a natural place as they work in and learn from it.  Experts call this “place-based experiential learning”. We call it healthy childhood. It’s what we do.

ClearWater has fields that were farmed for 150 years by one family, and a Trading Tree under which early settlers and First Nations met to trade.  We sit on one of the last still natural shorelines on Lake Simcoe. And we have a magical forest, nurtured by children following their instincts, inspired teens and young adults, and compassionate and skilled staff.  Here we host experiences for every age across the seasons.

In this place and through our tailored programs, each personality can learn to be themselves, in and through nature.  By deciding to join us, you (and your child) can be a part of this story, and share in the delight, laughter, work, and respectful relationship with this small part of the natural world.

Our Programs

We work with young children

to encourage their natural instincts to explore and their joy and excitement in discovery.  Programming examples include:

  • “Sprouts”, a drop-in program for parents with infants and young children up to 5
  • Camps, during summer, holidays and PD days, for 6-12 year olds 
  • After school programs like ClearWater Foresters for 6-12 year olds

We work with teenagers

to train the next generation of foresters, foragers, growers and camp counselors, using their senses and old school hand tools, to develop confidence, judgment, collaboration, leadership and love of place.

to help them explore their ability to design their relationship with the natural world, and to co-create programs that have meaning for them.

We work with twenty-somethings

through apprenticeship programs (Young Agripreneurs & Young Naturepreneurs) that help them explore their passion and find their path towards gainful employment that means something to them.

We work with schools

to co-create with their teachers tailored programs through which we support their learning objectives in our natural environment.

We will soon be working with families

to provide weekend retreats for a parent to work and play alongside their child and other like-minded families.

We will also soon be adding an on-line game website with videos and challenges to take kids where they are back to nature.

Our 2020 program schedule is under development.  In the meantime, for more information, contact learning@clearwaterfarm.ca.

Our Core Principles

  • We relinquish meaningful control of programs to promote leadership in our participants.  Allowing young people to design their relationship with nature builds their sense of stewardship and empowerment.
  • We encourage repeated visits to the farm over time and across seasons, enabling young people to feel what it is like to become attached to a place.
  • Play is a vehicle for learning and rests at the core of innovation and creativity.
  • Inspired by our relationship with our neighbours, the Chippewas of Georgina Island, we seek to explore the different ways of knowing, being, and doing associated with an Indigenous worldview.

Testimonials

Parent – Testimonial

For a kid that didn’t like putting her hands in dirt, she sure changed in that week.

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2019-10-29T02:34:02-04:00
For a kid that didn’t like putting her hands in dirt, she sure changed in that week.

Parent – Testimonial

Every dinner conversation revolved around what she did and learned from tracking animals to medicinal plants. To me, it seemed that the kids were given lots of freedom to explore and to just be kids without a lot of constraints adult often put on them.
2019-10-29T02:28:25-04:00
Every dinner conversation revolved around what she did and learned from tracking animals to medicinal plants. To me, it seemed that the kids were given lots of freedom to explore and to just be kids without a lot of constraints adult often put on them.

Parent – Testimonial

Thanks for having the vision as well as finding great people to implement it.
2019-10-29T02:31:17-04:00
Thanks for having the vision as well as finding great people to implement it.

Parent – Testimonial

The knowledge continues to pour out of my daughter with things she has learned from camp.
2019-10-29T02:32:28-04:00
The knowledge continues to pour out of my daughter with things she has learned from camp.

Parent – Testimonial

You are passionate educators. It is my hope that my daughter has many more teachers in life like all of you.
2019-10-29T02:34:32-04:00
You are passionate educators. It is my hope that my daughter has many more teachers in life like all of you.

Parent – Testimonial

Children love this place because it is a place that allows them to be themselves and choose their own adventure, like a free-range chicken,
2019-10-29T02:34:55-04:00
Children love this place because it is a place that allows them to be themselves and choose their own adventure, like a free-range chicken,

Parent – Testimonial

I thank this camp and counselor for having not a lot of structure, allowing our child to take risks that other places wouldn’t allow and to get dirty.
2019-10-29T02:35:17-04:00
I thank this camp and counselor for having not a lot of structure, allowing our child to take risks that other places wouldn’t allow and to get dirty.

Camper

I could be friends with trees forever.
2019-10-29T02:35:49-04:00
I could be friends with trees forever.

Camper

I sat and I realized that there are birds all around me and I thought everything makes a sound.
2019-10-29T02:36:09-04:00
I sat and I realized that there are birds all around me and I thought everything makes a sound.

Camper

Plant, is it ok if we pick you?
2019-10-29T02:36:29-04:00
Plant, is it ok if we pick you?

Camper

We invited her to be in our fort because we saw she didn’t have one.
2019-10-29T02:36:46-04:00
We invited her to be in our fort because we saw she didn’t have one.

Camper

You know, this place just really feels like home.
2019-10-29T02:37:09-04:00
You know, this place just really feels like home.

Apprentice

I was looking for a place that could help me learn what I wanted to learn and do what I wanted to do. There aren’t many places like this.
2019-10-29T02:37:25-04:00
I was looking for a place that could help me learn what I wanted to learn and do what I wanted to do. There aren’t many places like this.