FAQs for Wilmot Creek Outdoor Education Centre

How many supervisors do I need?
The following minimum supervision ratios must be met.  The naturalist does not count as a supervisor.  Volunteer supervisors help in many ways from doing periodic attendance checks to guiding small group activities and patrolling boundaries and addressing other safety issues.  When a younger sibling unexpectedly accompanies the group two main problems arise – program disruption and, most significantly, the parent involved cannot be considered as a supervisor as they must care for the sibling.

Grade Supervision Ratio (includes the regular teacher but not the naturalist
Kindergarten 1 Adult: 4 Children
Grade 1 1 Adult: 7 Children
Grade 2-6 1 Adult: 10 Children (a class of 21 requires a minimum of 3 supervisors)
Grade 7+ 2 Adults for the class

When does the day start and end?

Programs start as soon as the class can get to the centre.  This is the case for all grades from all schools. Grades K-3 depart about 1.5 hours before your school's regular dismissal time. (Note: Kindergarten groups come for half-day visits.  The bus takes the morning group back to school and returns with the afternoon group.) Grades 4 and up depart about 1.0 hour before your school's regular dismissal time. 

How do I get there?
The Centre is located about 4 km west of Orono.  It is on the south side of Taunton Road at #3245 just east of a John Deere Dealership.  We will meet outside the cabin which is at the base of a long set of stairs to the east of the parking lot.

Who owns and manages the property?
The Orono Crown Land Trust assists the Ministry of Natural Resources in managing the 633 acre property on behalf of the Crown.  School groups generally use the northern-most 50 or so acres.

Who arranges transportation?
The visiting teacher is responsible for arranging transportation.  

What about lunch and snack breaks?
Students should bring more than usual to drink and eat. We try to follow your school’s normal eating schedule.  All recycling and compost needs to be taken back out.  Please avoid nut-based foods in consideration of those with allergies.

Should I bring water?
The visiting teacher is asked to bring about 4 litres of water for extra drinks and for cleaning as there is no running water at the centre.

What clothing/personal gear should should school groups bring?
Even in the fall and spring, prepare for all conditions as the weather can change quickly. 
Hat – protection from the sun and, at times, from biting insects and the cold; winter – toques, scarves and/or hoods will greatly enhance body heat conservation;
Sunscreen & sunglasses – protection from the sun;
Socks - synthetic or wool blend (wet cotton provides poor insulation and takes a long time to dry);
Footwear - sturdy, closed (i.e. sandals and “crocs” are poor choices); winter – insulated boots with extra toe room;
Jacket – protection from wind, rain and cold; winter – 2 pair of mitts with enough material to protect wrists (gloves can’t keep heat as well as mitts);
Extra shirt, pants, socks, footwear and a bag for wet clothes;
Bug repellent – protection from insect bites;
Following the 5 L’s is recommended:

  • Light-weight (quick to dry)
  • Light-coloured (less appealing to biting insects and less absorption of sun’s rays on hot days)
  • Loose-fitting (greater comfort during frequent physical activities)
  • Layered (apply or shed pieces of clothing according to the temperature)
  • Long-sleeved and Legged (protection from sun, stinging nettle, biting insects, sharp sticks)