Camp Kawartha

Habitat Enhancement

The eminent ecologist, E.O. Wilson, estimates that we are losing 3 species every single hour. Not since the time of the massive extinction of the dinosaurs, have so many species disappeared so quickly. One of the principal reasons is habitat loss. During this program, we’ll explore why many of our local species are in decline. For example, Tree Swallows like to live in the cavities of old, dead trees and since these are being removed, there is less habitat for these birds whose numbers have declined by 1 percent per year between 1966 and 2010 – a 36% loss in population. We want to empower students to make a difference. That is why we’ll be spending time during this program providing students with direct action to enhance schoolyard and backyard habitats. We’ll be building one or more of the following: bird boxes, butterfly houses, bat houses, loon nests. Please give us advance notice if you would like to select this program.

Season Availability: Fall, Spring

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

Grade 9 : Science Curriculum Links

Academic Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems

Overall Expectations
B1.   assess the impact of human activities on the sustainability of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems, and evaluate the effectiveness of courses of action intended to remedy or mitigate negative impacts;
B2.   investigate factors related to human activity that affect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and explain how they affect the sustainability of these ecosystems;
B3.   demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic nature of ecosystems, particularly in terms of ecological balance and the impact of human activity on the sustainability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Applied Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems and Human Activity

Overall Expectations
B1.   analyse the impact of human activity on terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and assess the effectiveness of selected initiatives related to environmental sustainability;
B2.   investigate some factors related to human activity that affect terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and describe the consequences that these factors have for the sustainability of these ecosystems;
B3.   demonstrate an understanding of characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the interdependence within and between ecosystems, and the impact humans have on the sustainability of these ecosystems.

Grade 11 : Environmental Science Curriculum Links

University/College Preparation: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges

Overall Expectations
B1.   analyse social and economic issues related to an environmental challenge, and how societal needs influence scientific endeavours related to the environment;

Grade 11 : Environmental Science Curriculum Links

Workplace Preparation: Human Impact on the Environment

Overall Expectations
B1.   analyse selected current environmental problems in terms of the role human activities have played in creating or perpetuating them, and propose possible solutions to one such problem;