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WILD Summer Nature Day Camps return with expanded locations

The highly anticipated WILD Summer Nature Day Camps are making a return in 2024, courtesy of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), with an expanded roster of locations.

Aimed at fostering a love for nature and environmental education among youth, these day camps will now be offered at seven sites across the watershed.

Conservation Education Coordinator for the ABCA, Cassie Greidanus, expressed enthusiasm for the camps' revival and the addition of new locations.

“We are really excited to expand our current day camp offerings across the watershed this year," she said. "After hearing feedback from kids, staff and guest speakers, we are doing what we can to offer the children of our watershed a chance to see areas they do not normally get the chance to see. This is all while learning, playing and creating memories they will never forget. We look forward to learning about topics such as: water, forests, habitats, invertebrates and all forms of wildlife.”

With an emphasis on exploration, learning, and fun, these day camps promise an enriching experience for young nature enthusiasts across Ontario.

To learn more visit the WILD Summer Nature Day Camps web page ( To register for Summer Nature Day Camp click on the Google Forms link (

Camps at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter:

Week 1: July 8-12 for Ages 6-9

Week 2: July 15-19 for Ages 9-12

Camps at Rock Glen Conservation Area, near Arkona:

Week 3: July 29-August 2 for Ages 9-12

Week 4: August 12-16 for Ages 6-9


Day Camps:

Day One (August 19):

Warner Preserve in Grand Bend (Theme: Harmonious Habitats)

Day Two (August 20):

Clinton Conservation Area (Theme: Wonderful Water)

Day Three (August 21):

Lucan Conservation Area (Theme: Amazing Adaptations)

Day Four (August 22):

Bannockburn Conservation Area, near Varna (Theme: Into the Woods)

Day Five (August 23):

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area, near Port Franks (Theme: Natural Curiosity)

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