Outdoor Paragon Alliances

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What is Outdoor Paragon?
Outdoor Paragon is a free web resource portal for experiential, environmental, outdoor and recreation education hosted on David Spencer's Education Paragon. Resources include green energy sources, astronomy, birding, camping, canoeing, climbing, conservation, dogsledding, environmental issues, geocaching, hiking, indigenous plant species, kayaking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, wilderness ethics and wilderness survival. Learn about the history of the Outdoor Paragon Professional Learning Network and the now defunct Outdoor Paragon E-Newsletter. Please consider joining the 385 members of Outdoor Paragon and subscribe to the Ecosource Trailblazers Newsletter and Beyond Our Classroom and COEO: Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
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Outdoor Paragon Alliances
Outdoor Paragon encourages you to connect and form alliances with the City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, City of Mississauga, CVC (Credit Valley Conservation), TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), For Climate's Sake (formerly known as Association for Canadian Educational Resources), The Bruce Trail Association, COEO (Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario), Evergreen, Ontario EcoSchools, OSEE (Ontario Society for Environmental Education), Willow Park Ecology Centre and the WWF (World Wildlife Fund).


Conservation Authorities in Ontario

Credit Valley Conservation

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)

Join an Outdoor Education and Environmental Organization

Consider joining and helping one or more of the following outdoor education and environmental organizations.

Association for Canadian Educational Resources

Alpine Club of Canada-Toronto Section

Bruce Trail Association

Caledon Countryside Alliance

Community Environment Alliance (CEA)

Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors

Canadian Canoe Association

Canadian Environment Awards

Canadian Geographic

Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canoe Ontario

Canoes for Camps

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens

Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO)

David Suzuki Foundation

Ducks Unlimited

Earth Day Canada

Earth Rangers Foundation



EcoSchools Ontario

Energy Probe

Federation of Ontario Naturalists (Ontario Nature)

Focus on Forests

For Climate's Sake

Friends of the Earth

Friends of Bark Lake

Friends of the Frost Centre

Green Street

Green T Environmental Awareness


Green Tourism Association

Guelph Environmental Leadership (GEL)

Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition (HHCC)

  • The Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition (HHCC) formed in September 2005 with the vision that Haliburton County will provide and promote safe and enjoyable cycling of all types, for all ages. The purpose of the HHCC is to represent the interests of the cycling public within Haliburton County.

Hike Ontario

International Camping Fellowship

International Mountain Biking Association

Junior Farmers' Association of Ontario

Measure Up

Mississauga Canoe Club

The Nature Conservancy


  • OPENspace research is concerned with inclusive access to outdoor environments for everyone; for disabled people, for minority ethnic groups, for children and young people and their carers, for older people and for economically or socially disadvantaged groups. OPENspace has an international reputation as a leading research centre, able to address policy level and strategic research needs and provide advice for a range of government funded agencies and professional groups.

Organic Links

Ontario Camping Association

Ontario Canoe Team

Ontario Cycling Association

Ontario Forestry Association

Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA)

Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE)

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Otesha Project: Sustainability Education Through Cycling Trips

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Schools for a Living Planet

Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO)

Sierra Club of Canada

Soil and Water Conservation Society (Ontario Chapter)

Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc. (SESCI)

Student Leadership for Global Development Resources for Teachers

Tree Hugger

Toronto Zoo

Trouts Unlimited Canada

Whitewater Ontario

Willow Park Ecology Centre

World Wildlife Fund

Outdoor Education Centres

Outdoor Centre Adventures Directory for Ontario

Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Camp Kandalore - Kandalore Outdoor Education Centre


Camp Tawingo Outdoor Centre

Frost Centre Institute


  • Located in central Mississauga and nestled predominantly along the east bank of the historic Credit River, the 60 hectare (150 acre) Riverwood property is a special place where history, nature, beauty and peace blend together to create an enjoyable and lasting outdoor experience.

Outdoor Experience Providers

Yours Outdoors

  • Experience the stunning nature, awe inspiring art, fascinating history, fine folk, and warm hospitality of Haliburton County. Yours Outdoors experience packages are for individuals, couples and small groups looking for distinctive single and multi day adventures. They are fully guided and offer a rich variety of experiential, informative, active, and entertaining activities led by professional guides and involving local experts, naturalists, artisans, and personalities. All packages will get you outdoors and offer delicious food, great accommodation, fun, and unforgettable memories. Yours Outdoors is Barrie Martin, owner and experience broker, and his associates, Sean Pennylegion and Rick Whitteker, who share a passion and vision for all things Haliburton.


Aboriginal Clothing


  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit membership institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.
  • North American Bluebird Society (NABS) was founded in 1978 in the United States by Dr. Lawrence Zeleny to promote the preservation of bluebirds, a species in decline.
  • Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the highest numbers of each species they see at their feeders from November through early April. FeederWatch helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
  • Bird Studies Canada advances the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm, and support of its members, volunteers, and the interested public. Bird Studies Canada is a not-for-profit organization built on the enthusiastic contributions of thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists. Data from Bird Studies Canada�s volunteer surveys and targeted research projects are used to identify significant population changes and help direct conservation planning.

Cell Phone Rental for Canoe Trips

Environmental Learning and Sustainability Resources from Environment Canada

Peel EcoFair

During the Peel Children’s Water Festival, student groups ranging from grade four through university from across Peel gather together at the Peel EcoFair in order to network, communicate and celebrate their environmental action projects.

Students from Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga introduce their projects to their peers and to the public at large via displays. One intention of the Peel EcoFair is to inspire other schools to explore and act upon environmental concerns in their own school community. Project displays describe goals, planning, challenges, partnerships, curricular relevance and lessons learned.

Peel Water Story


  • PlayDay.com offers you the opportunity to browse for Canadian events, ideas and adventure providers by activity, destination or services. Whether you are looking for whale watching opportunities, a local ski destination, a paintball field, a skydiving school or a hot air balloon ride, PlayDay can lead you there. If you are planning a vacation or simply looking for a local adventure, information is only a mouse click away. http://www.playday.com

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photo of Jason Kurec in the Haliburton Forest by David Spencer