Boyd Archaeological Field School

Founded in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum and TRCA in 1975, the Boyd Archaeological Field School (BAFS) is Canada's only high school credit course offering students the opportunity to earn Grade 12 credits while participating in real archaeological fieldwork.

Program Location and Information

The Boyd Archaeological Field School takes place at the Claremont Nature Centre. Students gain important background material on archaeology and indigenous history through online learning and classroom sessions and get full on-the-job training in real archaeological skills. 

This experiential course challenges students to strive for new levels of achievement in a team environment. Learning experiences include: 

  • Excavation of a real archaeological site.
  • Hands-on activities such as flintknapping and other ancient technologies.
  • An academic classroom component featuring sessions led by certified teachers and professional archaeologists, as well as guest lectures from leading experts. 
  • This is a residential program – students will stay on site Aug 9 -25, 2019.  Students are also expected to participate in an on-line education component pre and post program (eLearning component to start approximately July 30, 2019).  The program fee includes accommodations and meals while on site. 
Scholarship Opportunities
The Sebastien Scholarship

Fully paid tuition for a summer High School Credit in Archaeology: Available to eligible First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. ($2,395 Value)

About the award:

  • Two scholarships are available, to cover the full tuition of the course.
  • Available to any Canadian high school student of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage.
  • Students should have completed Grade 10 and be no older than 21 years at the time of the course.
  • Students will be asked to complete an application form and provide a 500-word personal essay.
  • Students should provide two letters of reference from a community leader (such as an elder or council member), teacher, principal, or guidance counselor.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee of TRCA educators and archaeologists and FNMI consultants, as well as an external panelist.

The deadline for application is May 1, 2019.

The Carr-Reid Archaeology Bursary

Providing one bursary in the amount of $1,200 towards the total cost of tuition to help a deserving student attend the Boyd Archaeological Field School in 2018.

About the award:

Applications will be received from high school students in a letter-based format, with a supporting letter of reference from a high school teacher.  The deadline for application is May 1, 2019.

Student Expectations
A combination of field work, classroom studies and online learning confers an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4O/U) credit and a Co-op credit. The course meets credit expectations defined by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Course instructors include certified Ontario teachers, licensed archaeologists, Indigenous educators and respected professionals in a variety of specialties.  Prerequisite: completion of grade 10 and the home school approval. 
To Register

Registration is completed through the Boyd Archeological Field School.  For more information visit the Boyd Archeological Field School website.

For more information, contact Alex Payne: alex.payne@trca.ca.