Environmental Learning

Outside the Classroom

The Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre is an outdoor and environmental education centre for primary and secondary school students, providing experiential learning through engaging, effective and enjoyable outdoor activities and well cared for accommodation.

If you drive in either direction there are vastly different ecosystems to explore; from the lush temperate rainforests of the West Coast to the dry open riverbeds of the Canterbury Plains, we have it all at our fingertips.

Through engaging programming, we aim for students to actively want to engage with the world around them. We can adapt programmes to incorporate your curriculum or look at linking the learning gained here on camp with initiatives in your area.

Our goal is to make learning an interactive and immersive experience that will stay with your students for years to come.


Educational Experiences

Place Based Education
Experience the unique area that is Arthur’s Pass National Park.
Unique Ecosystems
Situated between two of DoC’s Super Education Sites.
Take Learning Back to Classroom
Incorporate your curriculum.
Active Citzenship
Engage students with the world around them.


Activities & Planning

Click HERE see the full range of activities we offer

Accommodation & Catering

Click HERE to view our facilities


Sample Programme & Catering

Continental cereals
Toast with spreads
Fruit salad


Half-day Hike
Arthur’s Pass Walkway

Rolls with meats and salad

Shelter building


Afternoon tea
Home baking & fruit



Showers & free time


Beef Nachos
Chocolate self-saucing pudding with ice cream

Self-led evening activity



Enquiry Form

Please enquire now about how we can put together the best programme for your school



P 03 318 9249 E apoec@ymcachch.org.nz

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