Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS)

Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) 

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The Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) class is a four credit high school program open to grade eleven and twelve students. This program equips students with the skills necessary for direct entry into the work force with employers in selected sectors such as: environmental management, natural resource and wildlife management, ecotourism, and commercial logging. The program also provides students interested in attending Colleges or Universities offering environmental management programs, a variety of accredited outdoor certifications and skills. Students study ecology, resource and forestry management, recreation services, community leadership, the environment and interconnections with natural resource management, species biology (including at-risk and invasive species), and human impact on the environment. Students will gain valuable hands-on practical experience, skills, and training for working in many different outdoor occupations.

The NOS class has worked closely with industry experts to identify recognized training and certifications that students should achieve while completing their secondary school diploma. Before finishing the program, each student assembles their own portfolio highlighting the certifications, skills and knowledge they have gained. These portfolios are designed to be used as presentation documents when applying for future employment in their chosen career path.
Enhanced Programming Contribution: $450.00 (possible subsidy available)

Program Requirement: A successful basic swim test is mandatory for participation in any water-based activities.


1. Swim to Survive Certificate 

2. WHMIS Online Course 

3. Workplace Violence & Harassment 

4. Worker Health & Safety Awareness 

5. Working in Bear Country Safety Course 

6. Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Certification 

7. ORCKA Basic Canoeing Tandem Certification 

8. ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1 Certification 

9. Green Check GPS Advanced Certification 

10. OPP Search and Rescue Training 

11. OPP Wilderness Survival Training 

12. Fire Safety Training 

13. Radio Operator Aeronautical License 

14. Chainsaw Safety & Maintenance Course


*Certifications may change depending on timing of course and availability of certified instructor.


1. Practical Canoe Skills Training 

2. Canoe Trip - Algonquin Park 

3. Practical Commercial Tree Identification 

4. Fin Clipping - North Hastings Hatchery 

5. Practical Survival Skills Development 

6. Practical Fire Safety Training 

7. Map/Compass/GPS Practical Training 

8. Stretching and skinning of fur animals 

9. Coop Placements 

10. College Tours: Fleming, Loyalist, Algonquin 

11. Natural Resource Career Exploration 

12. Resume and Portfolio Development 

13. Sir Sam’s Ski Trip


The four credits offered are:

  • CGR 4E1 (The Environment and Resource Management)
  • CGR 4E1C (The Environment and Resource Management Coop)
  • THO 3E/M1 (Green Industries: Forestry)
  • PAD 4O1 (Outdoor Activities)

*Contact Mr. Isaak in Student Services for more information @ North Hastings High School (613)332-1220.

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