The YLS program is set in Nogojiwanong within the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous Peoples who have shared this land. This territory is subject to the terms of Treaty 20 and the Williams Treaty. The region is also known as Peterborough Kawartha in southern Ontario. The region includes the First Nation communities of Curve Lake, Hiawatha and Alderville.
Our 2019 classroom will be split between Trent University and Peterborough Collegiate. We will have a schedule in place but it will be flexible to respond to learning opportunities on campus and downtown.
One of our two classrooms is on the beautiful, green main campus of Trent University, within the School of Education in Otonabee College. The Trent University setting will provide us with access to a rich learning environment in general, and to staff, professors, and events (workshops, conferences, special presentations etc) more specifically.
Outdoor work space on campus
Alternate class space on campus
Trent campus January
YLS graduates achieving an average of 80% in the two environmental-themed courses will earn the first year creditFoundations of Environmental Science and Studies (ERSC101OH) from Trent University through a “cross articulation” agreement signed between Trent U and the Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.
YLS on Trent drumlin
YLS in Trent School of Ed tipi
Trent’s School of the Environment is a national leader and Trent’s Indigenous Environment Studies Program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Trent’s School of Education has a very strong focus on sustainability and Indigenous education. The spacious campus setting also provides us very easy access to vegetable gardens, forests, fields and river to get our regular dose of “Vitamin N” (Nature!)
Our other classroom is set within the beautiful corridors of historic Peterborough Collegiate, within the Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education program (PACE). This classroom setting gives us easy access to many program-relevant downtown organisations, events, and locations, such as GreenUP, City Hall, the Peterborough Downtown Farmer’s Market and Jacksons Park for example. It also gives us access to regular high school services and facilities such as an auditorium, a kitchen, science labs and a guidance department.
YLS at Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
We will spend time at Fleming College’s Frost Campus School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS). SENRS programing focuses on active, outdoor hands-on learning and the Campus has state of the art facilities for teaching programs like ecological restoration, ecosystem management, aquaculture and sustainable agriculture, invasive species control, sustainable waste management, and forestry.
Graduates in the college stream of YLS courses will earn the 1st year creditSkills for Stewardship and Sustainability (NATR8) from Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science (through a second cross articulation agreement).
Much of our learning will unfold in the Peterborough/Kawartha/Haliburton community as we take frequent field trips to investigate best practices in sustainable community-based agriculture, renewable energy production, transportation, urban design and more.
We will spend time with surrounding First Nations communities, and will travel within the Southern Ontario region for further exploration of best practices.
Jeff Beaver from Alderville FN
roasting the manoomin (wild rice)
dancing the rice
“dancing” the rice
sorting the manoomin (wild rice)
Jeff Beaver’s outdoor classroom
Black Oak savanna
Trent wildlife sanctuary
YLS with Jacob Bowman at Harper Park
YLS teaches at Haliburton Water festival
YLS at Ptbo recycling plant
YLS wild rice harvesting at Curve Lake
Escape Maze warrior Trail
Wed Farmers Market
different shades of orange
Stocking Lake rock Haliburton Forest
old growth forest survey
white out conditions at Harper Park
disinfected salamander survey boots
old growth forest survey – lunch time!
sustainable forestry at Haliburton Forest
United Nations University RCE Designation
In January of 2017, the Peterborough/Kawartha/Haliburton region was designated by the United Nations University (UNU) as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development. The RCE initiative recognizes communities from around the world that demonstrate leadership in addressing complex sustainability challenges, and works to network these communities to support even greater innovation and collaboration. We are only the 3rd such designation in Canada.