Camp Kawartha

Instructor Profiles

Jacob Rodenburg : Executive Director

Jacob Rodenburg

Executive Director

Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre.  He recently received recognition from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication as an Outstanding Educator and the Stony Lake Environmental Award for his work in promoting environmental education in the region.   In 2010, Jacob received the Award for Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, offered annually to one or more persons who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Environmental Education for at least five years.   In 2007, he was awarded the Richards Education Award for excellence in Natural History Education from Ontario Nature.  He teaches at Trent University in environmental education.  Jacob graduated from Trent University with a joint major in environmental studies and geography. He holds a teacher’s certificate and a Master’s in Education.  He has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment.   Recently Jacob co-authored The Big Book of Nature Activities which won a gold medal from the Green Book Festival, a double gold from Nautilus Book Awards, a silver medal from Moonbeam Children’s Award and was a finalist for the Indie (Independent) Book Awards.  Jacob spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University called the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre.  This unique facility teaches children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation.  Jacob is also working with stakeholders throughout the region to create an environmental framework for children of all ages.  Called the Pathway to Stewardship, this approach to environmental education helps provide children with the experiences they need in order to become future stewards.  Jacob also helped to establish the Peterborough/Kawartha area as a designated UNESCO Regional Centre of Expertise in environment and sustainability education.
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Neil Fortin : Head of Outdoor Education Centre

Neil Fortin

Head of Outdoor Education Centre

As the head of Outdoor Education, Neil has had 10 years experience in the field of Outdoor Education. He is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a diploma in Forest Recreation from Sir Sandford Fleming College. From his work at Camp Tawingo, Presqu'ile Provincial Park and Pococno Environmental Education Centre and other facilities, he is known as a remarkable story teller with a wealth of natural history knowledge. He has a back pocket full of games and activities that he draws on constantly. Kids love his dynamic teaching style and his enthusiasm.

Craig Brant : Environment Centre Manager

Craig Brant

Environment Centre Manager

Craig has degrees in Arts and Environmental Education, 10 years of experience in the field of outdoor/environmental education and a strong foundation in the world of summer camps. He is a naturalist working towards what he calls “a black belt in nature”! Craig loves sharing the beauty, freedom and the adventure he finds in the outdoors with people of all ages – especially youth. As the Manager for the new Camp Kawartha Environment Centre and as an Outdoor Educator for Camp Kawartha, Craig is working to create positive ties between the community, the people, and the natural world.
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Glen Caradus : Instructor

Glen Caradus


As one local educator put it “Glen is oozing with talent.” As a remarkable musician, puppeteer and storyteller, Glen always makes learning creative and enjoyable for student of all ages. As a member of a local well known group “Fresh Water Trade” and the founder of the “Paddling Puppeteers”, Glen has a fine singing voice an amazing repertoire of songs and stories that he is happy to share at any time.

Sherri Owen : Instructor & Challenge Course Manager

Sherri Owen

Instructor & Challenge Course Manager

Sherri is a certified teacher with over 15 years of experience in outdoor education and six years experience as a senior summer camp staff member and director. She is a Level II Certified Challenge Course Practitioner and Certified Challenge Course Manager. With a wealth of experience in traditional skills, team building, science and art; Sherri is creative and energetic teacher.

Sheila Potter : Instructor

Sheila Potter


Sheila has always been happier outside than in. After getting her BSc from the University of Guelph, she worked as a research biologist before getting her teacher certification in science and technology education. In over a decade of teaching, Sheila has worked as a nature interpreter, as the laboratory coordinator of a 4th year zoology course at the University of Guelph and as lead instructor of in-service and pre-service teachers in Acadia University's Institute for Teaching and Technology. Sheila also draws on her experience as a graphic designer to inject creativity into all of her teaching.

Jamie Williams : Instructor

Jamie Williams