2018 OUTDOOR KIDS PROGRAMMING: PA DAYS, MARCH BREAK AND SUMMER CAMPS
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Nature’s Calling Environmental Education is again offering outdoor activity days for children on school Professional Activity Days and during March Break. Plus…this summer are our popular Eco-Explorer Camps. Details are below.
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Ages: 4 to 10
Location: March Break Camps will be held at the Forestry Interpretive Station, 885 Highway #24
(corner of Hwy. 24 and Forestry Farm Road, Reg. Rd. #16).
All other camps will be held at Ryerson Camp, 2202 Front Rd, Vittoria (Between Normandale and Turkey Point)
Pricing: $35.00/day/child or $30/day/child for 2 or more children from one family unit.
Payment: Cash or Cheque only (no debit or credit cards accepted at this time)
To Register: Call Lauren Dehens at 519-718-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces limited, register early!
March Break Camp Descriptions
Monday March 12th: Survival In The Wild
Can you handle the wild? This exciting outdoor activity day will teach children how to survive in the winter wilderness using the four survival basics: food, water, warmth, and shelter. The day will include various outdoor survival games and a marshmallow camp fire.
Tuesday March 13th: Terrific Trees
Norfolk County is southern Ontario’s forest capital – with a diversity of tree species! During this outdoor activity day, children will play games amongst the trees, learn about different tree species in our area, and take a forest-trail hike.
Wednesday March 14th: Nature’s Palette
Come enjoy a day of creativity as we pair together nature and the arts! During this outdoor activity day, children will be given the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing as they paint, draw, and sculpt from our environment. The day will include nature-inspired stories, crafts, and would not be complete without singing and dancing around a campfire!
Thursday March 15th: Amazing Animals
What is your favourite forest animal? During this outdoor activity day, children will spend the day living “in the shoes” of some of Norfolk’s finest forest fauna, playing various animal games, and learning about their coolest traits.
Friday March 16th: Habitat Detectives
Let’s investigate! During this outdoor activity day, children will sharpen their investigative detective skills to explore the habitats and many mysteries of forest animals. Children will embark on a scavenger hunt and play team-building games, followed by a campfire cookout.
P.A. Day and Other Spring Day Camps
PA Day – Monday, January 23rd
Winter Survival Skills
This exciting outdoor adventure will teach your kids how to prepare before going out into winter weather, and the four basics of survival: warmth, shelter, food and water. Throw in a healthy dose of outdoor games and some hot cocoa, and this activity day promises to be lots of frosty fun!
Monday March 13th to Friday, March 17th
Spring Break Day Camps
Our March Break activity camps will feature fun and interactive outdoor activities for kids that will reconnect kids with the natural world around us. Each day will feature a different stimulating and fun theme: The Magnificent Maple (forest hike and maple syrup), Forest Fables (interactive storytelling), The Forest Awakens (signs of animals coming out of hibernation and migration); Nature’s Palette (shadow puppetry and spirit masks) and I’m Seeing Green (first signs of spring).
PA Day – Friday, April 28th
A Day of Tree Play
Norfolk County is southern Ontario’s Forest Capitol. We have a large diversity of tree species, many found only in the Carolinian Life Zone we live in. This outdoor activity day will feature a day of playing in the forest amongst the trees. Children will learn how to identify species and their importance in nature, how to build shelters, and participate in forest games and crafts.
PA Day – Friday, June 9th
Survival of the Fittest
Today, children will learn about how natural selection in the natural world results in plants and animals evolving adaptations to outwit, outplay, and outlast. Using fun and competitive outdoor games we will create scenarios in which kids will work in groups to act out and come up with solutions to beat the elements together. It’s a nature-based version of the popular reality TV show “Survivor” that will be a hit with your child(ren).
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August.
Nature’s Calling Eco-Explorer Summer Day Camps
Our unique outdoor summer day camps emphasize experiential inquiry-based learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and insect nets. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. Weekly nature themes drive the ecology focus of the camp, and are used as a catalyst for children to learn & experience the world around them. As the week goes on and children become more familiar with the staff and the facility, the activities shift into child-directed play and learning with the focus on creating a meaningful individual experience for each child and our groups as a whole.
Nature’s Calling Environmental Education is an incorporated not-for-profit and charitable organization. Our mission is to connect youth and families with nature and the outdoors, to raise awareness and appreciation for our natural world, and to foster a strong environmental ethic through community-based education and engagement. Charitable number is 833705304RR0001.