Trailhead is a one semester, four-credit, environmental leadership program for grade 10 students.

The Trailhead class is made up of about 20 students selected from all Halton public and Catholic schools. Students spend every day at Sidrabene, a 100-acre community property located at 5100 Appleby Line in the heart of the Halton District School Board. The property has a main school building with two classrooms, a dining hall, and kitchen.

Throughout your semester, you get to know a new group of friends and build an incredible sense of community. You learn in an environment where success is celebrated and challenges are welcomed as part of the learning process.

Courses are integrated through experiential, hands-on activities that encourage connections across different disciplines. You explore current environmental issues, discover your own relationship with nature, and develop leadership skills through numerous field trips and visits by guest speakers.

Your day as a Trailhead student includes a mix of outdoor activities and indoor classroom lessons. Cooking lunches during the week and taking responsibility in the kitchen is also part of the Trailhead experience. Your semester also involves an Adventure Trip canoeing in Algonquin Park.

Part of your semester includes teaching grade 4 elementary students a one-day program called Novice Earthkeepers. You learn the script for a dramatic ecology activity, and teach about three Earthkeepers programs during your semester. The experience is one of the most rewarding parts of the Trailhead semester.

Why Take Trailhead?

It will be one of the best semesters of your high school career!!!

For additional program information including the admission process for the Trailhead program, please click here.