August 28, 2017 – With many teachers back in the classrooms ahead of the start of another school year next week, now is a great time to look at the educational programs offered at Ken Reid Conservation Area through Kawartha Conservation.
“Over the summer we have had hundreds of young people, from toddlers and caregivers to 4 and 5 year olds up to 11 and 12 year olds attending our half-day, one-day and week-long educational camps,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/ GIS Specialist for Kawartha Conservation. “We have a great facility here at Ken Reid and the kids really enjoy learning in our outdoor, nature-filled environment.”
A variety of curriculum-based programs are offered at Ken Reid Conservation Area including Science and Recreational programs, Environmental Recreational programs, Environmental Art programs, Watershed Stewardship programs, Orienteering, Environmental Sculpting and more.
“Kawartha Conservation’s Environmental Outdoor Education Programs are designed to provide unique opportunities for students to learn in a natural setting,” explained Ms. Aspden. “Our education programs are linked to Ontario curriculum and are available for primary, junior and intermediate aged students. Programs are designed to engage students in hands-on activities that extend learning from the classroom into the natural environment.
“Fostering a connection to and appreciation for the natural world for children at an early age is an important step towards creating a network of local environmental stewards who will ensure the health of our watershed in the future,” she added.
Kawartha Conservation’s Outdoor Education Programs provide teachers and schools with an affordable and engaging classroom alternative.
Ms. Aspden notes now is a great time to book Outdoor Education Program classes at Ken Reid Conservation Area.
“Once school starts, our programs and classes begin filling up quickly, so by booking earlier, teachers and schools can book the classes, programs and days that work best for their schedules,” said Ms. Aspden.