Lakefront Utility Services Inc. (LUSI) has generously donated funds to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) over the years for various stewardship projects. 2017 marks another grateful year for the GRCA, with a donation of $3,730 from LUSI being put towards the GRCA’s Nature Nuts Summer Camp.
“Supporting and participating in programs that benefit the environment is a shared value among Lakefront’s Staff and Board, as well as a corporate value at Lakefront,” said Dereck Paul, President of Lakefront Utility Services Inc. “We know that children who spend time in nature gain an appreciation for our planet and become the environmental stewards of tomorrow.”
Science shows that children learn best through play. The need for unstructured play and hands-on experiences in nature are essential components of wholesome child development. Teachers involved in nature-based learning report more student motivation and note significant gains in social studies, science, language arts, math and environmental literacy. Free play in natural areas has also been shown to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder when these children have regular access to the outdoors.
The GRCA has been offering the nature-themed summer day camp for over 13 years to children aged 6-14 who love the great outdoors. Campers can participate in different weeks; anything from Leaders in Training to Surviving the Elements, where they’ll enjoy marsh exploration, nature hikes, environmental games, science experiments and creating amazing crafts. The 2018 schedule includes:
July 2 – 6 – Leader in Training
July 9 – 13 – Survival Week #1
July 16 – 20 – Rockin’ Reptiles and Amazing Amphibians
July 23 – 27 – Amazing Race
July 30 – August 3 – Mad Scientist
August 13 – 17 – Crafty By Nature
August 20 – 24 – Crime Scene Investigation
August 27 – 31 – Survival Week #2
For more information on the GRCA’s Nature Nuts Summer Camp or other programs and services, please contact the Conservation Authority at 905-885-8173.