Camp Kawartha

Natural Neighbours

Just who are the critters in your “neighbourwood”? In this interactive program, we explore the natural history of the commoners – animals, birds and insects we see every day. They are part of our neighbourhood too! We use stories, games, activities and exploration as a way for us to reveal the fascinating world of our natural neighbours.

Season Availability: Fall, Winter, Spring

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

Kindergarten : Science Curriculum Links

Overall Expectations
1.   demonstrate an awareness of the natural and built environment through
hands-on investigations, observations, questions, and representations of
their findings;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the natural world and the need to care for
and respect the environment;
4.   use technological problem-solving skills (questioning, planning, predicting,
constructing, observing, communicating) in free exploration, focused
exploration, and guided activity.

Specific Expectations
1.1   ask questions about and describe some natural occurrences, using their own observations and representations
1.2   sort and classify groups of living and non-living things in their own way
1.3   explore patterns in the natural and built environment
3.1   identify similarities and differences between local environments
3.3   identify ways in which they can care for and show respect for the environment

Grade 1 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Overall Expectations
2.   investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the basic needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.

Specific Expectations
2.1   follow established safety procedures and humane practices during science and technology investigations
2.2   investigate and compare the basic needs of humans and other living things, including the need for air, water, food, warmth, and space, using a variety of methods and resources
2.3   investigate and compare the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals, including humans
3.1 identify environment as the area in which something or someone exists or lives 3.2 identify the physical characteristics (e.g., size, shape, colour, common parts) of a variety of plants and animals
3.4   describe the characteristics of a healthy environment, including clean air and water and nutritious food, and explain why it is important for all living things to have a healthy environment
3.5   describe how showing care and respect for all living things helps to maintain a healthy environment

Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Characteristics of Living Things

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 characteristics.

Specific Expectations
1.1   identify positive and negative impacts that animals have on humans (society) and the environment, form an opinion about one of them, and suggest ways in which the impact can be minimized or enhanced
1.2   identify positive and negative impacts that different kinds of human activity have on animals and where they live (e.g., actions of animal lovers and groups that protect animals and their rights, the home owner who wants a nice lawn, people who visit zoos and wildlife parks, pet owners), form an opinion about one of them, and suggest ways in which the impact can be minimized or enhanced
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
2.5   investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment and/or to changes in their environment, using various methods
2.7   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including life cycle, migration, adaptation, body coverings, and classify, in oral and written communication
3.1   identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals (
3.3   identify ways in which animals are helpful to, and ways in which they meet the needs of, living things, including humans, to explain why humans should protect animals and the places where they live
3.4   identify ways in which animals can be harmful to humans

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