Think Outside the Box: Building Roots for RLTA

Being able to immerse yourself in the wilderness around you is an amazing experience. Being able to learn and grow in this environment?

It is a life-changing adventure.


Here at the Road Less Travelled Academy (RLTA) learning through and in nature is our goal. We are a not-for-profit learning academy committed to educate children and youth in an outdoor environment.  We are located in the heart of the Ganaraska Forest in Northumberland County, Ontario where we provide nature-based, community learning programs.

Our vision is academic pursuits with deep roots, which is why we value student learning through hands-on experience outside in the forest.  It’s in this environment where children and youth receive education on a more personalized level from our teachers.  Unlike regular classrooms, our student to teacher ratio is lower.  This way we can provide more opportunities for one-on-one support to help further their development.

This way we foster a deep appreciation for education and the environment amongst our students and broader community.

About the Campaign

As of right now the floor of the Ganaraska Forest is used for our classroom, however, with our numbers of enrolment increasing and activity growing we need to expand and equip ourselves with adequate resources. Everything we need to improve the education and experience at the Academy comes at a cost of $30,000.

These improvements are an essential need for the Academy.  We’re asking you to help us provide the best education possible for our students.   Your donation will help fund the following wish list items for the 2019-2020 school year:

Yurt, $17,000

The Yurt will be used for shelter and indoor classroom on extreme weather days.  It’s designed with natural wood, canvas walls, benches, a deck and a compost toilet keeping in line with our outdoor and sustainable values. 

Kitchen, $10,000

An investment in a community kitchen will enable us to broaden our curriculum by teaching food literacy and cooking skills to children and youth.  It will also serve as a gathering place for staff, parents and volunteers.

iPads, x 5, $2,500

iPads will provide our teachers with an opportunity to incorporate minimal technology into student learning without comprising their outdoor experience.  As wireless technology, iPads will teach students how to integrate natural resources with digital ones.  

T800 Two Way Radios, $200

These radios will enable communication on the go, between teachers. Being surrounded by trees in the Ganaraska Forest means cell-phone signals can be weak and unreliable. Communication while out in the wild is extremely important to make sure everyone is safe.

Gorilla Cart, $150

This heavy-duty wagon will be an extreme help when transporting supplies through the forest. Whether it means bringing craft, food and school supplies to the Yurt from a car, or it means bringing resources from the trail to the water, a wagon will help mobilize our outdoor classroom and provide practical support to staff.

Support the Campaign

With the help of the Think Outside the Box fundraising campaign these essentials can be purchased for our Academy to be enjoyed by teachers and students alike. More importantly, it will help us to increase our capacity to reconnect children and youth with nature, exploration, and most importantly, the humanity of being young, wild, and free.

Help us inspire the desire to inquire. Donate today.

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RLTA currently uses the forest floor of the Ganaraska Forest Centre for its outdoor classroom.  With enrolment growing at an exciting rate, the Academy needs to expand its footprint, which includes the building of a sustainable classroom for extreme weather days and a community kitchen to broaden the curriculum to include cooking and food literacy for the students.  

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Think Outside the Box: Building Roots for the Road Less Travelled Academy
is a fundraising campaign to help us realize these capital priorities.  It's also an opportunity for us to engage the community as we build capacity for parents, teachers, educators and families who are working towards educational reform with a goal to reconnect children and youth with nature, exploration,  and more importantly, the humanity of being young, wild and free.

Help us plant strong roots.  Donate today.

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"Our daughter has blossomed at RLTA ... She is so much more outgoing and confident since she started attending forest school."
-Paige Shaw

"My kids are loving their time in the forest.  They are tired, dirty and happy at the end of the day.  Highlights for them are learning about wild edibles, making and maintaining a campfire, climbing trees, fort building, bush crafts and new friends.  The highlight for us as parents is they seem more steady with their emotions."
-Natalie Judd

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"With the small group size, our son has gotten lots of attention and was able to develop skills which in a large group would have been harder to acquire."
-Eric Labrecque

"What a wonderful experience this school year has been for my daughter.  The uniqueness of this school has been an amazing attribute to her happiness.  With new adventures each day she attended, her journey kept unfolding!"
-Monica Pozzan

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Road Less Travelled Academy 
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