Cataraqui Conservation offers quality outdoor and environmental education programs for preschool aged children (2.5 to 5 years old) and for home learners and children ages 6 to 11. Both programs take place at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area in Kingston and allow children a chance to make friends and feel at home in the beautiful forest, field and wetland spaces of the Conservation Area. Our teachers have over 30 years combined experience teaching preschool to adult-aged learners in outdoor education settings. They enjoy working with children and passing on their love and extensive knowledge of nature and the outdoors. All staff have current first aid and CPR certification.

children learning in a forest

Early Learners - Ages 2.5 to 5

The Early Learners program is for preschool children ages 2.5 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Throughout the program participants will experience a connection to nature through hands-on, immersive opportunities. The Program fosters a strong connection to nature by using our head, heart and hands. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the seasonal changes and connect with the land at a pace that feels right to them.

COVID-19 Update: Cataraqui Conservation has protocols in place for the health and safety of staff and participants. Programs take place outside to allow for physical distancing and all activity equipment will be packed for each child so they are not sharing. Pre-screening will be conducted and up to the parent/guardian to fill out for their child and themselves before coming to a program. Any participation (child or caregiver) who has symptoms or does not pass pre-screening will not be allowed to enter the program area. If washrooms are needed masks must be worn at all times to enter the Outdoor Centre. Further health and safety information will be sent prior to the start of the program.

Location:

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (north of Hwy. 401 on Division St.) in Kingston

Dates: offering two sessions

  • 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Wednesday mornings: April 21, 28; May 19,26; June 2, 9
  • Thursday mornings: April 22, 29; May 20, 27; June 3, 10

Fees:

The program for Early Learners is $48 – $8 x 6 visits. Once the program has started there are no refunds. To qualify for a refund you must notify Cataraqui Conservation five business days (Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) before the block start date.

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Home Learners & Children ages 6 to 11

Our Nature Program for children ages 6 to 11 encourage participants to explore the wild spaces of Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area and lean about nature and conservation. Throughout the program participants will experience a connection to nature through hands-on, immersive opportunities. The Program fosters a strong connection to nature by using our head, heart and hands. Children will have the opportunity to experience seasonal changes and connect with the land at a pace that feels right to them.

COVID-19 Update: Cataraqui Conservation has protocols in place for the health and safety of staff and participants. Programs take place outside to allow for physical distancing and all activity equipment will be packed for each child so they are not sharing. Parents/guardians are asked to stay with their child during the program, it will not be a drop-off program. If you are in the same COVID-19 bubble as another participant/family one guardian can look after both families. Pre-screening will be conducted and up to the parent/guardian to fill out for their child and themselves before coming to a program. Any participation (child or caregiver) who has symptoms or does not pass pre-screening will not be allowed to enter the program area. If washrooms are needed masks must be worn at all times to enter the Outdoor Centre. Further health and safety information will be sent prior to the start of the program.

Location:

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (north of Hwy. 401 on Division St.) in Kingston

Dates:

  • 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday afternoons: April 21, 28; May 19, 26; June 2, 9

Fees:

The Nature Program for Home Learners and children ages 6 to 11 is $48 ($8 x 6 visits). Price includes tax and registration is required. Registration is for the full program, all six visits. Once the program has started, there are no refunds. To qualify for a refund you must notify the Cataraqui Conservation five business days (Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) before the program start date.

Register for the program