Camp Kawartha

Environmental Education Program Descriptions

Chef’s Discretion

Just as diners will rely on a chef’s judgement for the freshest ingredients in the most delicious recipes, you can can depend on the trained, experienced and knowledgeable Environment Centre Staff to create a program suited to the age and temperament of your class, the season, the unique building and our beautiful location. Work with us to make a unique experience suited to you.

A Bug’s Life (Grades K – 3)

This we know, kids love bugs! Our popular insect program capitalizes on student’s enthusiasm for invertebrates of all kinds, from centipedes to cicadas. Students learn to build a bug, hunt like praying mantis and play exciting games based on insect movements. And of course they will have the opportunity to catch, observe and release a variety of invertebrates.

A Day in the Life of a Squirrel (Grades K – 3)

Students live the life of a squirrel. From camouflaging to building nests, students participate in a variety of interactive games and role-playing activities that simulate seasonal changes over a year.

All Things Green (Grades K – 3)

They provide an elegant and beautiful backdrop to our daily lives, but few people stop and consider plants: the only living organism that can manufacture their own food and supply the world with oxygen. In a green and natural setting, students will explore and develop a new appreciation for trees and seeds and flowers and all things green.

Alternative Energy (Grades 5 – 12)

Don’t be caught in the fossil fuel past. See how the Environment Centre maintains an energy neutral status through conservation, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water and geothermal heating. Choose from a variety of energy themed activities that include experimenting with wind turbine models, building circuits powered by solar panels, constructing solar electric cars and more.

Cooperative Games (Grades 3 – 5)

In a series of fun and action packed games, students explore how working together in a team accomplishes far more than any individual effort.  Students also participate in games and activities that encourage each team member to depend upon and trust their fellow team mates.

Is Anybody Home? (Grades 4 – 5)

Everybody, and every species, needs a place to call home. The natural areas surrounding the Environment Centre provide the space, water, food and shelter for many different animals. We will seek out a variety of animal homes and try our hand at building some ourselves.

Living Sustainably (Grades 9 – 12)

Face the challenge of building a house and deciding which technologies to use based on environmental impact, cost and practicality. In this simulation students must earn cash then purchase all the parts of a house with full knowledge of the environmental impacts of their choices. One of the most sustainable buildings in Canada, the Environment Centre is an inspiring setting for students to discuss how houses and construction of the future can have a reduced impact on the environment.

Nature Art: Finding Forms in the Forest – Nature Sculpture (All Grades)

From the sweeping curve of a frozen waterfall to the intricate patterns found on a butterfly’s wings, the natural world is filled with beautiful and inspiring forms.  Based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, students create 3-dimensional sculptures using only found materials.  Students stretch their creativity, solve problems, and hone their observation skills to create sophisticated sculptures inspired by the natural world.

Nature Art: From Woods to Words – The Joy of Papermaking (Grade 3 – 6)

Please note: Program requires a minimum of 1 adult for every 4-5 students. Teacher must be prepared to supervise pre prepared outdoor activities (provided by Environment Centre Staff) while groups rotate through papermaking. 

Many of us take for granted a material on which the wisdom of cultures has been written and shared for generations …paper. This simple age old process of paper making is both fun and educational. Students learn how paper is made from crushed cellulose wood fibers called pulp. By shredding used paper and adding plant material, students create beautiful, handmade paper that they can use for letters, cards or journals.

Nature Art: The Ins and Outs of Nature Weaving (Grades 3 – 5)

We often forget that humans aren’t the only creatures that can weave. Think of intricately woven birds nests, such as those made by orioles, or the symmetrically formed orb webs created by garden spiders. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, students harvest natural materials, and create multi-textured, hand woven art. Examples of projects include colourful, free form pieces depending on age and materials selected.

Nature Art: The Magic of Felting (Grade 2 – 5)

Felting is an ancient craft that transforms the fibers of wool into a dense, water resistant mat. Wool changes into felt when it is subjected to moisture, heat, and pressure. Tiny scales on each wool fiber expand. With agitation these scales interlock. When cooled and dried each scale closes and binds the wool into the tough, durable material we call felt. Beginning with raw wool, students create colourful felted art pieces, finger puppets or small containers while enjoying the tactile beauty of this natural material.

Sensorama (Grades K – 2)

A series of interactive and tactile activities designed to engage students and heighten their awareness of their natural surroundings.

Team Building Challenges (Grades 6 – 12)

Demanding strategic thinking, effective communication, problem solving and teamwork, initiative tasks are also a lot of fun. Your class will have a unique shared experience and the opportunity to reflect on individual roles in team success.

Tracking and Trailing (All Grades)

Everywhere animals go, they leave subtle signs of their presence. Follow mystery trails and discover the various tracks animals leave behind. This is an interactive, hands-on program that requires students to use problem solving and observation skills.

Traditional Games (Grades 3 – 12)

It doesn’t take a special setting, digital connection or expensive equipment to have fun. Challenge agility, strength and coordination in a variety of traditional games from Canadian and world indigenous cultures.

Traditional Skills (Grades 6 – 12)

Throughout history and around the world people had to find ways of providing warmth, shelter and community without the aid of electricity or other modern conveniences. How better to learn about traditional living than by trying out some of these lifesaving skills?

Seasonal Special (All Grades)

 

Watershed Steward: Aquatic Biodiversity (Grades 4 – 6)

Discover the fascinating underwater world of tiny living things that we rarely see. Using dip nets and hand lenses discover macroinvertebrates like mayfly and damselfly nymphs. Students are trained in proper collection techniques and they obtain samples of a variety of aquatic invertebrates. Students learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify these fascinating creatures, as well as to relate the presence/absence of certain indicator species to overall water quality.

Watershed Steward: Celebrating the Minuscule – Biodiversity & Aquatic Invertebrates (Grade 7 – 12)

Discover the fascinating underwater world of tiny living things that we rarely see. Using dip nets and hand lenses discover macroinvertebrates like mayfly and damselfly nymphs. Students are trained in proper collection techniques and they obtain samples of a variety of aquatic invertebrates. Students learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify these fascinating creatures, as well as to relate the presence/absence of certain indicator species to overall water quality.

Watershed Steward: The Liquid of Life – Protecting our Water Quality (Grades 7 – 12)

A clear jar of water held up to the sun may look pure but is it? Human activity has impacted water quality around the world. In this program, students assess water quality in and around the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, testing for parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrates, and phosphates.

Watershed Steward: Wandering Watersheds (Grades K – 4)

Who knows what you’ll discover when the water recedes? Exploring the evolution of our local watersheds, students will look for insects and traces of animal life with nets and magnifiers as well as listen for the many wetland birds that inhabit the area. They will participate in a variety of water related activities and games reflecting the importance of these ever changing ecosystems. Watersheds provide unparalleled opportunities for students to indulge their natural curiosity, all under the guidance of the experienced Environment Centre Staff.

Watershed Steward: Water Conservation Pentathlon (Grades 4 – 12)

Engaging student’s natural urge to compete, this program is both active and educational. Students participate in water themed activities based on principles of conservation. Winners protect their precious source water by avoiding pollution and applying conservation strategies and sustainable technologies. All students come to understand how valuable and vulnerable our fresh water supply really is. They also leave with practical ideas on how to preserve and protect this precious resource.

Watershed Steward: Wetland Wonders (Grades K – 4)

Please note: Program is dependent on the fluctuating water levels of our local watershed. Alternative programming available during drier seasons (see Watershed Steward: Wandering Watersheds).

Wetlands are vibrant ecosystems, among the most rich and diverse of all natural habitats. Using nets and magnifiers, students catch water bugs and discover some of the amazing adaptations of aquatic invertebrates. Explore the magical world of frogs, dragonflies, whirligig beetles and many more! Wetlands provide unparalleled opportunities for students to indulge their natural curiosity, all under the guidance of the experienced Environment Centre Staff.