Registration is OPEN for Spring 2023 Cohort !
We can’t guarantee that the program will run until we have at least 8 participants registered, but we CAN guarantee that all graduates will have no problem finding employment in the industry immediately 😉
Our goal of the River Roots Program is to create a learning opportunity for students to become well rounded outdoor professionals. Those who graduate from the program will be hard working, growth oriented leaders that have the skills, experience, and certifications to manage risk, make decisions, be environmental stewards, and inspire others.
Your end goal may be to enter a career in outdoor education or backcountry guiding, to seek personal growth, to gain certifications and experience, to go on an epic adventure or have stories to last a lifetime. You decide.
By fully immersing yourself for 42 days with a focus on white water canoeing expeditions, you will;
- Earn Certifications
- Learn to manage risk
- Travel through remote locations
- Become Environmental Stewards
- Develop Leadership Skills
- Work within a small team environment
Gaining these skills will come from intense training blocks in the first 21 days of the program that will involve learning from a number of different industry professionals with a vast array of personal and professional experiences. Woven throughout various trainings and expeditions, we will have a variety of lessons on topics such as;
- Risk Management
- Environmental Science
- Decision Making
- Indigenous Relationships
The last 21 days of the program will involve a river expedition that will be on either the Missinaibi or Harricanaw River finishing in Moosonee / Moose Factory on the James Bay Coast. On this expedition students will have the opportunity to practice and develop the skills gained in the beginning of the program. Practice will happen through lived experience, simulation training, feedback, debriefs and leader of the day opportunities.
River Roots is an incredible experience where students must be ready and willing to learn experientially, be pushed to the edge of their comfort zone everyday, challenge their physical and emotional being and be fully present for 42 days.
NEW for 2023 we have launched a River Roots Program Bursary. Financial Assistance will be available through an application process.
Food & Lodging
We will live, work, and learn together for the duration with the program. The home base for the program will be the MHO Barn which sits on 20 acres of mostly forest land just 15 mins south of Huntsville. When here, participants will take turns preparing meals in both our indoor and outdoor kitchens and tent camp onsite. There is an indoor space for meetings, classes and preparing for expeditions. Throughout the program participants will travel (in MHO vehicles and/or chartered buses) to a number of different locations for various courses and expeditions where we will also tent camp.
Food is included in the cost of this program for the entire 42 days. It will be the responsibility of the participants to pack and prepare meals as a group everyday. This will look different depending on the location. Some meals will be backcountry over the fire, others may be in some sort of a kitchen and in some cases will be catered for students.
Check out the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant supports eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee, with additional flexibility for small employers.
As part of the program package students will have the opportunity to go on an MHO trip in the summer, depending on personal goals and an interview with our guide manager to make sure it would be a good fit.
This program is eligible for college or university credits. Please email us for more information.
If you are currently enrolled in post secondary education and you are able to gain credits through this course you may also be eligible for OSAP or able to use RESP’s.
Who Is This Program For
- Those looking for entry level positions as an outdoor guide or instructor
- Those looking for a career change
- Gap year students
- Camp Staff needing certification and skills to become a canoe trip leader
- Anyone looking for a break, or an escape
- Someone seeking an opportunity for personal challenge and/or growth
- Those looking to develop transferable leadership skills
- Individuals interested in taking friends and family into the backcountry in a comfortable and safe way
- Post-Secondary Students wanting to gain extra college or university credits
- Anyone over the age of 18 looking for an adventure
The goal of this program is to teach and give the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Therefore, extensive backcountry experience and high level of fitness are NOT necessary to participate in the program
We are seeking those individuals that are excited to learn and be outside, willing to be challenged physically and emotionally, and ready to be a part of a small community for the duration of the program.
- At least 18 years old
- Have some previous camping experience
- Able to engage in moderate physical activity for the duration of the day with little down time
- Ability to swim 250m without a lifejacket
- Agree to course rules and expectations
- 80 hr WFR (Wilderness First Responder) – MHO runs courses regularly and we offer it as an ‘add on’ to RR students with a 40% discount for participants ($615 for 80hr, $345 for recert)
- Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT 4 days) Provided by Boreal River Rescue
- Leave No Trace Master Level Educator (LNT) Through Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
- Paddle Canada Beginner Moving Water Skills Tandem
- ORCKA Canoe Tripping 2 or 3
- Field Leader Course(s) Through Outdoor Council of Canada
- College or University credits: Depending on your school this course may be eligible for credits
Step One: Fill out the online Registration and pay your 25% deposit.
Step Two: A phone call with the MHO Program Coordinator and/or Director to discuss the program details. We want to be sure that everyone registered is a good fit for the program. (If for any reason you change your mind after this call, we will issue a full refund for the deposit paid, but we’re pretty sure you’ll just be more pumped;)
Step Three: Start planning for the adventure for a lifetime!
Step Four: Once we have received your deposit you will have a secured spot on the course and will receive the Course Welcome Package.
Step Five: Complete all the Pre-course work (30-40 hours) prior to the course start date.
Upcoming Training Dates
|Apr 24, 2023 - Jun 04, 2023||
Maximum 12 students