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Nature School Programs

Camp Kawartha Nature School Programs

where learning meets the great outdoors!

At the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre Nature School, we’re all about building strong characters, forming epic friendships, and spreading love for our incredible planet. Our curriculum? Think outdoor skills, nature studies, fun games, artsy projects, and tons of time soaking up nature in all its glory.

Programs

Programs run weekly throughout the school year (September – June)

EarthCraft (Mondays)

Ages: 9-13
Group Size: About 12 kids & 2 instructors
In Earth Craft – Nature Skills for Older Kids/Tweens we combine elements of herbology, and bushcraft skills to create engaging and educational programming for older kids as they grow into their tweens.

Forest Explorers (Mondays & Wednesdays)

Ages: 4-7
Group Size: 1 cohort of about 10 kids & 2 instructors

An introduction for younger kids to get used to being outside and having a wonderful day with friends & caring instructors. This repeated experience & exposure is a key to feeling at home in Nature and provides numerous benefits – some that last a lifetime.

Rootwood (Tuesdays)

Ages: 14 to 18
Group Size: 1 cohort of about 12 kids & 2 instructors

This program focuses on the integration of key nature connection practices and philosophies in order to foster the independent growth of participants.  While this experience has been designed for youth who have ‘graduated’ through our younger programs, new participants may be welcome depending on experience and space available.

Woodsy Wednesdays (Wednesdays)

Ages: 14 to 18
Group Size: 1 cohort of about 12 kids & 2 instructors

This program focuses on the integration of key nature connection practices and philosophies in order to foster the independent growth of participants.  While this experience has been designed for youth who have ‘graduated’ through our younger programs, new participants may be welcome depending on experience and space available.

Forest Fridays (Fridays)

Ages: 8-14
}Group Size: 1 cohort of about 12 kids & 2 instructors

Forest Fridays is our original Nature Mentoring program for Homeschooled kids; it is a ‘Nature Immersion’ experience for students.  Learning about Nature and the Environment and learning to love & take care of the natural world is a lot like learning a language in that it happens over time, immersed in all seasons and through a wide variety of experiences.

Activities/Programming Includes:

  • Exploring & Hiking
  • Outdoor Safety
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Drama & Arts
  • Nature Knowledge & Awareness
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Fire Making
  • Navigation
  • Environmental Leadership & Teamwork
  • Habitat Stewardship
  • Plants
  • Gardening
  • Sustainable Living
  • and more!

WHAT PARENTS SAY

‘We learn so much!  And it is so much fun at the same time!!’

WHAT PARENTS SAY

“I love the programs at the Environment Centre because I feel welcome and wanted. I love how the instructors make learning a fun experience. The other kids are so friendly, smart and kind. It makes a great environment to just be yourself and have fun.”

WHAT PARENTS SAY

You must be doing good because it is pouring rain and (our daughter) is really excited to be here!  She said, ‘Yay! We get to run around in the forest in the rain!

WHAT PARENTS SAY

“I wanted to reiterate how much Camp Kawartha has meant to our family. Our son’s two weeks at camp Kawartha were completely transformational: he went from a kid who couldn’t spell fun to someone who asks how to spell ‘accipiter’. The result was a kid with sudden confidence and energy and spark: he has dedicated the last 6 months to researching and obsessively drawing birds of prey…memorizing scientific names and range maps and traits. When we drove home and he described the saw whet owl, the wingspan and eye size for the fifth time we were both crying, he can’t stop saying it was the ‘best day of his life.’ The camp and staff have made such a difference in his little life…being different isn’t easy but being himself has only been possible by finding his place at CK.” (Camps & forest Fridays)

WHAT PARENTS SAY

“Thank you so much for making (our son’s) experience at Camp Kawartha so awesome.  He has really enjoyed his time this year with you! …He comes home tired (in the best way) and happy. His confidence has blossomed this year and I see how comfortable he’s becoming in his own skin. He said “he feels like he found his people” at Camp K. Thanks for really celebrating each kid as their own person and giving them the opportunity to grow, move and play.”

Registration Information

Registration takes place in sessions – we offer 2 sessions each season to make this programming as accessible as possible. Payment and registration must be completed before the first day of each session. All dates and rates are in the registration portal.

Inquiries

Questions about our Nature School Programs? Click the button below to submit an inquiry form or call 705-652-3860 x 201

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence… …I should ask that (a) gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years… …the alienation from the sources of our strength.

If a child is to keep alive (this) inborn sense of wonder… (they) need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with (them) the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

Rachel Carson – The Sense of Wonder

About the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre

Location: 2505 Pioneer Road, Peterborough

The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre is one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings. The programs take place within the Trent University Nature Areas, which represents over 200 acres of wild and semi-wild areas, including a variety of ecosystems in which we are fortunate to play, learn, climb, observe and explore!

The Trent Nature Areas are on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.  We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations.  May we honour those teachings.