Additional program information

The Adventure Expedition and Interpretive Leadership program continues with a growing enrollment, while our graduates are busy working in the growing industry, and creating their own businesses across Canada.


The Adventure Expedition and Interpretive Leadership program is housed in a unique environmental area, and our graduates have the rare opportunity to learn about this renowned conservation region.

The Carolinian region, which makes up less than one per cent of Canada's area in southern Ontario is truly the most biologically-rich region in Canada. It has more species than any other life zone in the country, with over 2,000 plant species, including 70 different kinds of trees, over 400 species of birds recorded in the area, and nearly 50 species of reptiles and amphibians.

This small area is home to 40 per cent of Canada's rarest species. As the southernmost part of Canada the climate contributes to the unique biological richness of the Carolinian zone, with a long growing season, warmer summers and milder winters.

Accelerated delivery

This two-year diploma level program is delivered in an accelerated format over four continuous semesters. Students begin the program in September and complete the following December, sixteen months later. Two semesters of academic work are followed by one co-op semester and then one final academic semester.

Program progression chart for AEL1J

Co-operative education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term. This is a co-op diploma program delivered in an accelerated format. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at

Criminal Reference Checks (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS)

While neither of these are required for admission to or participation in this program, some employers require one or both of these in order to be considered for a co-op work opportunity. If a student’s CRC or VSS prevent them from securing an appropriate co-op work experience, they are permitted to complete the academic program and graduate with a diploma. They would not, however, meet the requirements for a co-op endorsed diploma.


Expedition 1: The North Shore

  • Astronomy and Astrophotography Certification
  • Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Certification
  • Plant and Tree Identification Certification
  • Teambuilding Certification
  • Bike Mechanic Certification (Backcountry)

Expedition 2: Winter Camping

  • Backcountry Snowshoe Certification
  • Wildlife Tracking and Animal Behavior Certification
  • Wilderness Survival Basics Certification
  • Introduction to Ice Climbing Certification
  • Ice Water Rescue Certification

Expedition 3: Canoeing/ Kayaking

  • Leave No Trace Certification
  • Wildlife Interpretation Techniques and Group Safety on the Water Certification
  • ORCKA –4 Certifications
  • Canoe Tripping Skills Certification
  • Kayaking Certification (Flat Water)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) and Backcountry Compass Navigation Certification

Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership