Camp Kawartha


salamanderEver wonder where salamanders might lurk and how frogs catch insects? Discover this and more, by observing real frogs and amphibians in action! We sing genuine frog songs and call for them in our local wetland. We show you the different stages of a frog’s life cycle and we hunt for red-backed salamanders in a nearby deciduous forest.

Season Availability: Fall, Spring

Feel free to contact us about modifying any of our outdoor education programs to suit older or younger students.

Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Overall Expectations
1.   assess ways in which animals have an impact on society and the environment, and ways
in which humans have an impact upon animals and the places where they live;
2.   investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals;
3.   demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct

Specific Expectations
1.2   identify positive and negative impacts that different kinds of human activity have on animals and where they live
2.1   follow established safety procedures and humane practices specific to the care and handling of live animals, where appropriate, during science and technology investigations
2.2   observe and compare the physical characteristics (e.g., fur or feathers; two legs or no legs) and the behavioural characteristics (e.g., predator or prey) of a variety of animals, including insects, using student-generated questions and a variety of methods and resources
2.3   investigate the life cycle of a variety of animals (e.g., butterflies, frogs, chickens), using a variety of methods and resources
2.7   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including life cycle, migration, adaptation, body coverings, and classify,
3.1   identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals (e.g., insects, mammals, reptiles)

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and Water in the Environment

Overall Expectations
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which air and water are used by living things to help them meet their basic needs.

Specific Expectations
2.5   investigate water in the natural environment
3.3   describe ways in which living things, including humans, depend on air and water

Grade 4 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Overall Expectations
1.   analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities;
2.   investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of habitats

Specific Expectations
2.3    use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate ways in which plants and animals in a community depend on features of their habitat to meet important needs
2.5   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including habitat, population, community, adaptation, and food chain, in oral and written communication
3.1   demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life
3.2   demonstrate an understanding of food chains as systems in which energy from the sun is transferred to producers (plants) and then to consumers (animals)
3.3   identify factors (e.g., availability of water or food, amount of light, type of weather) that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat
3.4   demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat
3.7   describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats

* Curriculum links & expectations for this program are based on “The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology”