For over 25 years, area children have been able to experience the diverse wonders of nature in a safe, fun, hands-on manner as part of Cataraqui Conservation’s Nature Explorers Summer Day Camp at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area in Kingston. Your kids will be enjoying themselves so much that they won’t even realize how much they are learning about plants, animals, conservation and the environment.

two children pond dipping

Spending a week (or more!) on an adventure at one of our themed Nature Camp weeks is more than just a way to occupy youngsters during their summer vacation, it is a way to get children to ‘unplug’ from their electronic world and engage with nature on a deeper and more profound level. Camp provides a series of unique wilderness experiences that will foster in them a sense of wonderment and curiosity and perhaps inspire new forms of creativity or even future career aspirations.

Camp takes place primarily at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, which is composed of lush forests, meadows, wetlands and trails with an abundance of wildlife and vegetation to explore. Campers have the chance to truly be kids, and explore the forests in a way that allows for a certain amount of freedom, while still focusing on exciting new core activities such as building shelters and tracking animals.

Guest Speakers

Each week of Camp there will be an entertaining and educational guest speaker who will share their passion for nature and their expertise, adding excitement and a hands-on component to the theme week.

Fun at Gould Lake

Twice during each week campers will be taken by bus on field trips to Gould Lake Conservation Area, where we can splash around or play on the beach. All swimming activities are supervised in a shallow area that has been buoyed off from the rest of the lake, under the supervision of a certified lifeguard. Also at Gould Lake, campers will be able to explore the forest and marsh areas and do a little pond dipping, as well as seeing if they can catch a glimpse of Porcunia, Gould Lake’s famous resident porcupine that lives in the mica mines.

Camp Staff

All camp instructors are fully trained, eminently qualified and experienced. They have a passion for inspiring and fueling a love for nature in children and are dedicated to creating a safe, fun and learning environment for all campers. There is generally a ratio of one instructor for every 10 campers and all staff have first aid certification and carry first aid kits with them on all outings. The camps are designed for kids ages 6 to 11 with a maximum of 30 campers per week.

Fees, Location & Times:

  • 2021 pricing coming soon.
  • For ages 6 to 11
  • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area - Outdoor Centre. 1641 Perth Rd. Kingston.
  • Before and after care is available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for an additional charge of $25 per week ($20 for short weeks).


Registration is by week and you may sign your child up for a maximum of two weeks of camp. Be sure to register early as spaces fill up fast.

We are currently in the planning stages for our 2021 summer camp. Further details will be posted mid-march.