Grade 12 Headwaters

Explore the wild. Learn in and from community. Gain academic and life skills.

Headwaters is a four credit interdisciplinary environmental leadership program for Grade 12 students from any Guelph high school. Students go on a wilderness trip, plan and teach a program for Grade 3 and engage in community-based projects.

Check out the page done by Headwaters Winter 2016

“I feel so much more aware of my actions. Everything I do and eat, I wonder: where did this come from, where is it going, how much energy, how much pollution?”

Course fee

There is a course fee of around $800 for Headwaters to pay for our trips and our off site location. No student is denied the opportunity to take Headwaters due to financial reasons. There is a bursary available.



PAD 4OK — Outdoor Activities

Sew mukluks (Semester 2) or carve paddles (Semester 1)

  • Go winter camping or canoe tripping for 6 days
  • Lead activities
  • Bike to learning sites
  • Overnight solo


CGR 4MK — Environment and Resource Management

  • Roleplay on logging in Algonquin
  • Explore urban agriculture and grow a garden
  • Cook a locavore meal
  • Map our watershed
  • Experience what our community is doing to move to a post-carbon world


ENG 4UK University English (pre-requisite: ENG 3U) or ENG 4CK

  • Study significant works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry selected to facilitate consideration of environmental themes
  • Research and present “voices” of individuals in our historical and current community
  • Gain the critical analysis skills you need for post-secondary


IDP 4UK or IDP 4OK Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Conduct interviews with community members for a “Voices” publication
  • Teach during the grade 3 Rubber Boots program
  • Facilitate a sustainable living skills workshop
  • Record your experience through a program journal