About ELP

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a one-semester integrated 4-credit program for grade 11 and grade 12 students in the London District Catholic School Board. Students explore environmental issues and learn about sustainable living through experiences while earning their grade 11 Biology, grade 12 Environment and Resource Management and two Co-Operative Education credits. ELP is the core component of the SHSM Environment. Outdoor and hands-on learning projects with local partners helps to promote community building, leadership/citizenship development and a strong environmental ethic.

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ELP Highlights

Program highlights include a winter camp near Lake Huron, a 1-week camping trip to Pelee Island and a 6-day wilderness canoe trip to Temagami. In total students spend at least part of 40+ days outside the classroom.

Students in the program stay together as a community for the entire school day in the second semester. This integrated program presents students with a combination of traditional academic studies and practical outdoor skills, offering students a unique perspective and format of learning with opportunities for potential career focus.

How to Apply

Students apply to ELP in grade 10 in December. In order to apply for the ELP/SHSM Environment you must complete the following:

  1. SHSM Application
  2. ELP Application
Both applications can be found on this page and both are required to be considered for this SHSM.


Students enrolled in ELP can earn a Specialist High Skills Major Environment that includes a special seal on their Ontario graduation diplomas. The SHSM is a Ministry approved program focused on skill development, experiential learning activities, sector-specific training and "reach-ahead" opportunities at Fanshawe College and Western University. It is possible to obtain the SHSM Environment seal without completing ELP. See Mr. Van Lieshout for more details.


Training opportunities for students in the ELP includes first aid with a wilderness focus, CPR Level C, AED training, WHMIS, hike leadership, GPS certification, canoe paddling techniques, Leave No Trace awareness, habitat restoration skills and species identification.


For more information see the ELP Brochure above or contact Mr. D. Van Lieshout (519-675-4431; dvanlieshout@ldcsb.ca) or Mr. T. Brown (519-675-4431; tbrown@ldcsb.ca)