2021 Summer Camp Update:

Cataraqui Conservation has made the difficult decision to cancel the Nature Explorers Camp program for the summer of 2021, due to continued uncertainty and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of staff and campers is our number one priority. We did not make this decision lightly and after consultation with local Public Health and our partners, have decided we are not able to run camp due to limited capacity, difficulties providing the needed physical distancing, and Provincial protocols to keep everyone safe.

We understand this is disappointing news and know how important camps are to parents and children throughout the Cataraqui Watershed. Outdoor nature camps are beneficial for both physical and emotional wellbeing and as educators, these factors are very important to us as well. Staff did not take this decision lightly, considered all possible options and are frustrated and disappointed that we are not able to welcome children to camp this summer. Cataraqui Conservation has been running the Nature Explorers Summer Camp for over 20 years, guiding generations of youngsters on a journey of learning about conservation and the flora and fauna that surrounds them. We look forward to maintaining this summer tradition once it is safe to do so. We apologize to parents and children that these extraordinary circumstances have led to this decision.

We are working on fun nature camp inspired videos and activities that we will post over the summer months! You and your family can do these activities outdoors in your backyard or at one of our conservation areas; visit the education tab at cataraquiconservation.ca starting in June for further details.

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer. Thank you – Cataraqui Conservation Education Team.

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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:

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.