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Your Children and the Great Outdoors

Would your child know what to do if he/she were lost in a forest? Would they know how to identify poison ivy? Is your child curious about the natural world? Do they know where turtles go in the winter?

All of these questions and many more will be answered when your child attends the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s (GRCA) annual Nature Nuts Summer Day Camp in Port Hope.

Nature Nuts Summer Day Camp offers eight, fun-filled weeks of outdoor adventures with different themed camps, from Survival Week to Rockin’ Reptiles and Amazing Amphibians, and from The Amazing Race to Mad Scientist, to Crafty by Nature and more; all delivered by experienced and enthusiastic Ontario-certified teachers from the Ganaraska Forest Centre. As a bonus, every Friday, campers get to go on a fun field trip that relates to the theme of the week.

“This is the camp for all children, whether they already love spending time in nature or simply want to be more comfortable in the natural world,” says Ryan Goodall, one of the program’s teachers. “We know that children who spend time in nature, gain an appreciation for our planet and become the environmental stewards of tomorrow,” he adds.

Regular camp weeks run through July and August from 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, at the GRCA’s Millennium Conservation Area. Camp season kicks off on July 2 – 6, with the Leader in Training Week for 11 – 14 year-olds, and includes a fully supervised, overnight stay at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Centre. L.I.T. Campers choose from seven subsequent camp weeks to volunteer their expertise and gain valuable experience as junior camp counselors.

“It was the best week of my life,” says a previous L.I.T. graduate.

For more information on the Nature Nuts Leader in Training Week or any of the other day camp weeks for 6 – 11 year olds, please contact the GRCA at 905-885-8173 or visit and look for the squirrel.