Nature camps for kids: Kawartha Conservation

By Lindsay Advocate

Looking for a great way to keep your kids busy this summer, in a fun, interactive and educational way?

Kawartha Conservation has opened registration for their 2018 summer camps.

One-day Nature Camps for Kids is back for 2018 offering children, ages 4 (must turn 4 by July 1) to 6, with different themed days and hands-on, structured outdoor learning in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.

Activities include guided hikes, arts and crafts, exploring nature, learning about wildlife, playing games and much more.

“Our camps were really popular in 2017 and we had a lot of great feedback from parents,” says Nancy Aspden, coordinator, environmental programs/GIS specialist at Kawartha Conservation.

“We have added a number of dates to both our day camps and week-long camps held in partnership with Fleming College.

“These camps are a great way for kids to spend less time in front of a screen, while enjoying spending time outdoors in nature with their friends and making new friends,” says Aspden.

Camp participants for both the one-day Nature Camps and week-long Nature Explorer Summer Camps can be dropped off at 8 am and picked up at 4:30 pm.

This year an extended day service will be available from 4:30-5 pm for an additional $10 per day cost.

“We appreciate that for many parents and caregivers it is difficult to schedule camp pick up with work schedules, so we have made it easier for parents to have their children participate by dropping off their young ones at 8 am and being able to pick them up at 5 pm,” says Aspden.

For youth aged 6 to 10, the one-week Nature Explorer Summer Camp is back with fun, interactive and educational programming with six weeks of camps available in July and August.

New for 2018 there is also multi-day, multi-week and sibling discounts available. Detailed about the camps, dates and costs can be found here.

Examples of Nature Explorer Summer Camp themes for 2018 include:

  1. Wildlife – Fury and Scaly, Habitats, All Around the Water, Nature Art, Wilderness Skills
  2. Birds, Bees and Butterfiles, Wetlands, Plants and Seeds, Orienteering/Map Reading
  3. Nature Through Senses, Food and Foraging, Turtles, Exploring Nature, Tracking/Animals

“Given the success and popularity of the camps last year, I would encourage parents to look at the camp descriptions and available dates and book early,” says Aspden.

“We have already had a number of registrations for both camps, so don’t wait.” For more information click here to learn more.

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