Boyd Archaeological Field School

Important Information About Summer School 2020

  • Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to revise, limit or cancel programming as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances. 

  • Accepted students will receive login information in early July. The online component of this program will begin approximately Thursday July 21, 2022. 

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. Durham Continuing Education partners with the Boyd Field School to provide Ontario Ministry of Education compliant secondary school credits.

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 archaeological skills. Since 1975, more than 1200 students have experienced archaeology through this field school, have found more than one million artifacts and have mapped people’s homes and living areas at various archaeological sites in Ontario. 

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

  • excavation of anarchaeological site in Pickering once occupied by the ancestors of the Huron-Wendat,   

  • field work at the Claremont Nature Centre, and, 

  • an academic classroom component featuring sessions led by OCT certified teachers and professional archaeologists, as well as guest lectures by Indigenous speakers and leading professionals. 


This is a residential program – students will stay on site Aug 5 -21, 2022.  Students are also expected to participate in an on-line education component pre and post program (eLearning component to start approximately July 21, 2022).  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. ($2,695 Value) 


About the award: 

  • 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.View the reference letter guidelines. 

  • 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, 2022 


Visit the Boyd Field School website for further information and to apply for this scholarship. 

The Carr-Reid Archaeology Bursary

Providing one bursary in the amount of $1,350 towards the total cost of tuition to help a deserving student attend the Boyd Archaeological Field School in 2022. 


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, 2022. 

Visit the Boyd Field School website for further information and to apply for this scholarship. 

Student Expectations
Successful combination of field work, classroom studies and online learning confers an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4O/U) credit and a Co-op (DCO3O8) credit. The coursesmeet credit expectations defined by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Course content is delivered byOCT certified teachers, and will include activities led by licensed archaeologists, Indigenous educators, and respected professionals in a variety of specialties.  Course evaluation and assessment is completed by OCT certified teachers. Prerequisite: completion of grade 10  
To Register

Registration is completed through the Boyd Archeological Field School.  For more information visit the Boyd Archeological Field School. Accepted students will receive communication from Durham Continuing Education to complete registration in the academic component of the program in May/June 2022. Questions regarding the academic component of the program can be directed to  

For more information, contact Alex Payne: