At the Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC), we offer three main program streams: Autism Programs, Community and School Groups, and the Parent Training and Respite Program. In each of these streams, the KOC staff is able to individualize programs and plans to best support your family’s or group’s goals, needs and abilities.
During your visit to the KOC, you can have fun, learn new skills, and enjoy new experiences – all our activities are delivered in a fun and safe atmosphere. Outdoors, you can go rock climbing or for a hike, try the high and low ropes courses or archery, have a campfire, and participate in our Global Positioning System (GPS) course.
While inside, you can do arts and crafts, play board games, take part in team building initiatives, visit our Sustainable Living Centre, put on a presentation, and do some of our fun evening programs.
Depending on the season and weather conditions, your group may be able to visit our waterfront where you can go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boating, fishing, or take a pontoon boat ride. If you come in the winter – starting in winter of 2020 – you can go snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snow tubing, participate in Below Zero programming, and winter shelter building!
At the KOC, we provide a variety of programs for children and youth on the autism spectrum and their families. These programs cater to varying levels of support, family goals and individual needs.
Parent Training and Respite Program
We are entering the final year of our grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation that we obtained in partnership with Point in Time and Tri-County Community Social Services. This program couples respite with parent training sessions for families with a child with special needs living rurally.
Community and School Groups
The KOC partners with elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools, summer camps and community organizations to facilitate outdoor recreation and adventure education programs. For more information on our group bookings, see our Community and School Groups page.