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Environment Centre

environment centre

Welcome to

One of Canada’s Most Sustainable Buildings

Environmental Education

Curriculum-linked Environmental Education for students of all ages.

Nature School

Outdoor Environmental Education for ages 4-18

Summer Camps & Seasonal Day Camps

Environmentally focused primarily outdoor day camp for ages 4-16.

Facility Rentals

Evening and weekend rentals available. An inspiring rental space for classes, workshops, weddings, meetings and concerts.

Inspiring Hope For a Greener Future…

How can we give our children hope in the face of such a bleak future? The answer is by offering our children a viable alternative for tomorrow.  We can show them that by making responsible choices about the way we live, what we buy and how we use energy, we can all work together to create a more sustainable future.

And this is the vision of the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre.  Using innovative green architecture; the centre showcases alternative energy and sustainable building techniques in action.  Designed and built by students in Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, the centre is a showpiece for what is possible in green design.  With gardens, an arboretum, pond and observation beehive, the centre also demonstrates how you can create spaces where both people and nature can thrive.  Located on more than 200 acres of stunning Trent University’s wildlife sanctuary lands, this unique 2,000 square foot structure is open year-round.

The Environment Centre is a unique partnership between the Gainey Foundation, Trent University and Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program.

Sustainable Building Partners

The Gainey Foundation

Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, the Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth.

Camp Kawartha

An award winning camp and environment Centre, Camp Kawartha has been delivering environmental programs to school children and the surrounding community since 1985. With qualified teachers and a reputation for creative and innovative programming, we strive to promote stewardship, sustainable living practices and environmental awareness to children and educators in our community.

Fleming College

Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program takes experiential learning to a whole new level. Based at the Haliburton Campus, this intensive, cutting-edge certificate program has students design, source and build a completely green structure over the course of the 20-week program. These buildings have no carbon footprint and are among the most sustainable in Canada. Students use reclaimed and recyclable materials, straw bale and rammed earth walls, geothermal heating and cooling, rain water collection systems, and photovoltaic solar power in the construction of each building. Once completed the building becomes an educational tool, teaching communities about green living.

Trent University

Trent University is proud to be the home of the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. Situated within the nature areas on Trent’s Peterborough campus, the Centre helps demonstrate Trent’s commitment to the environment and compliments the ground-breaking environmental learning opportunities currently underway. Since its inception, Trent has earned a reputation as an international leader in the environment. As a pioneer in the delivery of environmental courses and programming and as home to many of the world’s leading environmental researchers and research facilities, Trent is truly dedicated to making a difference in the world.


  • The Government of Ontario
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Employment Ontario
  • Peterborough Distribution Incorporated
  • Bank of Montreal
  • The Sprott Family Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Shell Environment Fund
  • McWilliams Moving and Storage
  • CIBC
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Kids in Need
  • Peterborough Examiner
  • Kawartha Credit Union
  • Battlefield Rental
  • Otonabee Conservation Foundation
  • Restoration Gardens
  • Greer Galloway (Terraspec)