MAY 21, 2019 – Are you a parent, grandparent, new parent, caregiver or educator? Kawartha Conservation has a number of programs designed to educate and inspire children, while promoting a healthy love for nature.
“Ken Reid Conservation Area provides a great backdrop for a number of our programs, classes and camps,” explained Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist Nancy Aspden. “With our Outdoor Education Centre, trails, viewing platforms and our friendly, knowledgeable staff, Ken Reid is a fantastic place for kids to explore and enjoy.”
Programming ranges from a Parent & Tot program for 2 to 4 year olds on Thursday mornings to Nature Day Camps, Junior Nature Explorer Camps, Nature Explorer Camps, as well as education sessions for classrooms and school and P.A. Day Camps.
“Parents and their children love the P.A. Day Nature Camps as it provides a fun, interactive, education and safe place for children to spend their P.A. Day,” said Ms. Aspden. “The P.A. Day Camps are for children ages 4 to 8 years old and we have two dates left this spring on June 7 and June 28.”
The Nature Day Camp and Explorer Camps are for students aged 4 to 8 and 6 to 10 years old and run on multiple dates in July and August, depending on the program.
Each year we get great feedback from parents and participants,” said Ms. Aspden. “Being able to spend time learning with friends, or making new ones in a beautiful place like Ken Reid is a great way to spend the summer.”
The Junior Nature Explorer Camp is held in conjunction with Fleming College and is for youth aged 11 to 14.
“We really want to provide programming that students and younger people enjoy, while helping to support the needs of teachers, parents and caregivers in offering options for fun, educational, interactive experiences that involve being in nature, exploring, playing, learning and growing,” said Ms. Aspden. “Our camps and classes are popular because they aren’t about watching television or spending time in front of a screen; they are about connecting with the outdoors, fresh air and learning about the importance of our environment.”