Introduction (10 minutes) 

We will meet with the clients to have introductions and outline the itinerary of the program. The guides will go through an extensive safety talk and risk management.

Wild Edibles Hike (30 minutes)

Our guides will lead you through the forest of Five Oaks in an interactive way that will have you seeing the outdoors in a whole new light. The forest is alive in a different way during the winter season and we will investigate and discover what the winter woods has to offer.  We will explore the trail by identifying an array of trees, plants and birds along the way. Clients will be treated to a taste of the abundance of winter wild edibles that nature has to offer. 

Senses Time Out (15 minutes)

In this hectic world everyone needs a time out! We will take this time as your guide will put everything on hold for you, indulging in the surroundings using our senses. Soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of the forest by not talking will help you unite with nature in a healing fashion. After an allotted time of silence we will talk about our experience and what we sensed in the calm of the trees.  

Rainbow Walk (15 minutes)

One person chooses a color and others find it in the forest during the hike. The person that finds it first chooses the next color. This activity will have you searching and looking deep within the forest to find the beauty in the many colors nature has to offer.

Bonding (15 minutes)

Share something that represents you in nature and why you have chosen that object. Feel the link from the strength of the mighty oak tree, the flittering, carefree chickadee all the way to a unique individual stone.
Nature Art (30 minutes)

Participants will collect around 10-20 objects from nature to create a piece of art. The group then goes for a gallery walk to visit and view each other’s works of art.

Fire & Circle Time (30 minutes)

During circle time it is an occasion to join together around the fire to pass the talking stick to share what we have learned and enjoyed during the program.


Question/Answer/Good Byes (5 minutes)


Time Required: 2.5 hours    Location: Summer Centre, Five Oaks 






1-4 participants

$70.00 total for up to 4 people



Prices for 5 Paying Clients or More





Senior 60+


Ages (13-17)


Ages (6-12)


Ages 5 and Under



Group Pricing

Total Cost

Estimated Cost per person

10 to 15


$20/10 person

16 to 30


$19/16 person

31 to 45



46 to 60




The GROWE Program is located in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre located south of Paris, Ontario (locate on Google Map)... within a 1 hour driving radius from Toronto, London & Guelph.

Grand River Wilderness Outdoor Education is the passion of Jessica McGregor and Tara Carpenter... "Get to Know Them".

For inquiries and reservations please email GROWE at 

Link to GROWE Home Page 


GROWE Cancellation Policy:     

Programs canceled 48 hours prior to day of program will receive a full refund. 

Programs canceled later then 48 hours will lose 25% of payment. 

Program canceled on the day of the event will not receive a refund. 

Program cancelled by Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education due to weather... can be rescheduled or fully refunded.