Northern Outdoor Studies

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. Working in Bear Country Safety Course
4. Standard First Aid, CPR,& AED Certification
5. ORCKA Basic Canoeing Tandem Certification
6. ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1 Certification
7. GPS Mapping and Unit Training
8. O.P.P. Search & Rescue Training Level II
9. O.P.P. Wilderness Survival Training
10. SP-102 Forest Fire Fighting Course
11. Radio Operator Aeronautical License
12. Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course
13. Professional Chainsaw Operator 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 Skill Development
6. Map/Compass/GPS Practical Application
7. Coop Placements –
• Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
• North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery
• Trapping with local trapper
8. College Tours: Fleming & Algonquin
9. Natural Resources Career Exploration
10. Resume Development
11. Personal Portfolio Development
12. My Blue Print
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 Actvities)

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

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