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Homeschool Programs

Environment Centre, Peterborough

Nature-based Learning for Preschool & Homeschool Children & Youth

We strive to nurture a sense of wonder, character and a deep respect for nature through wilderness living skills, naturalist studies, awareness, play, exploration and direct experiences of the outdoors.

Join this well-established community of home schoolers! We’ve been enjoying adventures at the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary, learning about survival skills, observing nature, making art, and each other’s’ company for over two years and are expanding this very successful program! Led by Craig Brant of Camp Kawartha. Choose between attending Forest Fridays on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Location: Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Road, Peterborough

Forest Fridays (ages 6-12)

Every second Friday

Session2018 – 2019 DatesTimeRate
Fall Session A  (Sep – Dec)Sept 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Fall Session B  (Oct – Dec)Sept 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 9, 23, Dec 7  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Fall Extended SeasonDecember 14 & 2110am – 3pm$37.50/day
Winter Session A  (Jan – Mar)Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Winter Session B  (Jan – Mar)Jan 18, Feb 1, 15, Mar 1, 15, 29  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Spring Session A  (Apr – June)Apr 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31, Jun 14  (6 days)10am – 3pm$187.50
Spring Session B  (Apr – June)Apr 12, 26, May 10, 24, Jun 7, 21 (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Summer Day Camp for HomechoolersMon, Aug 26 – Fri, Aug 30, 20199am – 4pm$305

Woodland Wednesdays (ages 6-12)

Every second Wednesday

Session2018 – 2019 DatesTimeRate
Fall Session A  (Sep – Dec)Sept 19, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14, 28  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Fall Session B  (Sep – Dec)Sept 26, Oct 10, 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Fall Extended SeasonDecember 14 & 2110am – 3pm$37.50/day
Winter Session A  (Jan – Mar)Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Winter Session B  (Jan – Mar)Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, 27  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Spring Session A  (Apr – June)April 3, 17, May 1, 15, 29, June 12  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Spring Session B  (Apr – June)April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 19  (6 days)10am – 3pm$225
Summer Day Camp for HomechoolersMon, Aug 26 – Fri, Aug 30, 20199am – 4pm$305
  • Bring your own litter less nut-free lunch
  • Click here for Parent / Camper Guide
  • Code of Conduct

Activities Include:

Fire making, Outdoor Safety, Games, Crafts, Animal Tracking, Storytelling, Music and Drama, Nature Awareness, Wilderness Living, Leadership and Team-work, Habitat Stewardship and Gardening.

Partner Programs

In partnership with Jumping Mouse Outdoor School, Fox Kits (ages 4 & 5) runs at the Environment Centre on Fridays from 10 to 1. For more information or to register, visit Jumping Mouse Outdoor School. Check out their other great nature based programming (after school, teens & adults, weekends) for a wide range of ages.

In partnership with Hardwood Nature School, Les Petits Amis (ages 4 to 6) and Les Amis (ages 7 to 9) run on Wednesdays at the Environment Centre from 10 to 1 & 10 to 3 respectively. At Hardwood Nature School, the outdoor learning programs combine French immersion, nature connection, wilderness skills, and outside play. Students learn and practice French through songs, storytelling, games, imaginative play, and nature exploration. Visit the website to learn more.