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Claremont Nature Centre

4290 Westney Rd. North
Pickering, Ontario, L1Y1W8
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Claremont Nature Centre  

4290 Westney Rd. North, Pickering, Ontario, L1Y1W8

  • type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $208 to $750/week
  • Ages:
    4 to 15
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    20 to 60
  • Programs:
    View 12 available; 7 TBD; 1 temporarily closed
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  • Summary Profile

    About Claremont Nature Centre

    Give your child the opportunity to make the Claremont forest their home for the week! Let the forest, stream, and meadow become their backyard during our nature focused, child-centered camps. Outdoor nature camps take full advantage of the 399 acre property to give campers the opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy nature.
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    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    TRCA has established robust guidelines to keep campers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full protocols can be found at https://trca.ca/covid-19-protocols-trca-camps/

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Claremont Nature Centre


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Claremont Nature Centre currently has 12 programs available; 7 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $260/week
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Animals, Zoology
    $224/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 9
    Traditional (multi activity) , Nature/Environment
    $375
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Nature/Environment|Animals|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Basketball|Volleyball|Hiking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Wilderness Skills
    $280
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Basketball|Dodgeball|Soccer|Volleyball|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 9 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $750
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Nature/Environment|Animals|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Basketball|Flag Football|Soccer|Volleyball|Hiking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Nature/Environment, Traditional (multi activity)
    $280/week
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Basketball|Dodgeball|Soccer|Volleyball|Hiking|Ping Pong
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Arts & Crafts
    $280/week
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity) , Nature/Environment
    $280
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity) , Nature/Environment
    $224/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Magic|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Nature/Environment|Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity) , Leadership (multi)
    $280/week
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Animals|Health Science|Mindfulness Training|Basketball|Dodgeball|Soccer|Volleyball|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    STEAM, Nature/Environment
    $280/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Sculpture|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Animals|STEAM|Basketball|Volleyball|Hiking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $280/week
    Pickering, ON
    4290 Westney Rd. North
    Aug 28-Sep 01$280/week
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Videography
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $180 to $200/week
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Nature/Environment
    $230 to $250/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Videography|Animals
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 9
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $50/day
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 15
    Nature/Environment, Leadership Training
    $700 to $720/week
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Animals|Health Science|Mindfulness Training|Basketball|Volleyball|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18+
    Archaeology/Paleontology
    $2,695
    Nature/Environment|Archaeology/Paleontology|Hiking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 9
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $55 to $200/week
    Basketball|Hiking|Volleyball|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Painting|Drawing|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Claremont Nature Centre

    our take

    The Claremont Nature Centre was founded in 1970, and the main building is, delightfully, a lovingly maintained panabode structure, an example of the architecture of so many camps developed mid-century. Love that, and love the programs too. The camps are opportunities for kids to get outdoors, into nature, and they do it within 160 acres of variable green space. So much of the value of the experience is the experience itself—just getting out there within it, and having a first-hand, expert introduction to all the biology, fun, and adventure of the natural world. The centre is dedicated to stewardship, though they approach it first through joyful engagement. The location, of course, couldn’t be better. Kids experience the natural world through the eyes of expert staff and interpreters, all relatively close to home. Meals and extended care options make it easy for working parents to manage.



    User reviews of Claremont Nature Centre  — Read all 12 reviews


    Inspiration to Help the Environment
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "[Camp Claremont] inspired [camper] to sign up and be an Earth Ranger. He loves helping the environment and this camp provides the inspiration for that."

    Favourite Camp!
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "This was our kid's favourite camp all summer and they can't wait to come back again next year!"

    Love this Place!
    Google Review (Parent)

    "Love this place! My kids go to every day camp here that they possibly can. A true jewel of nature. And the staff are amazing!"

    Spending Time Outside
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "He [camper] seemed to love learning about surviving in nature (building a shelter and things he can eat). He did enjoy the campfires, and of course marshmallows. I know he enjoyed meeting new friends and just spending time outside. ... Read More

    One of the Best Camps!
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "This was one of the best camps we have participated in! From a parent perspective, your communication was amazing and the counsellors were welcoming and engaging (which is sadly not true in a lot camps). My kids both had an outstanding week and are keen to come back next year. I was on a waitlist and was happy to get the two spots, but love the idea of the themes and will try to coordinate our schedule next year with themes they'd enjoy. Thank you for a great week! ... Read More

    Built Independence
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "My nine-year-old LOVED this camp. Every day he came home with so much information and he really appreciated the skills that he learned and the independence that it offered when we were outside as a family. He is now our go-to fire builder! ... Read More

    Thank You!
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "We love the camp program, how well it's organized and how friendly the counsellors are. Thank you!"

    Connection with the Earth
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "They talked most about making tea from cedar trees and sumac. They saw animals and learned about conservation and our connection with the Earth. They loved going down to the river and looking at the animals there."

    First Year of Camp
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "This was the first year my child attended this camp and he loved it. He wanted to go back every day. He came home and told us nature facts. Can’t wait to send him next year."

    Great Communication + Staff
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "We appreciate the organization of all activities, clear and consistent communication and notes over email about upcoming camps. Claremont consistently hires down to earth and friendly staff. Thank you for a great summer."

    Intro to Overnights
    Anonymous Survey (Parent)

    "Both our kids loved Intro to Overnights and want to come back for next year for a longer one!"

    Loved it!
    Google Review (Camper)

    "Came here with my grade. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! The counsellors were really nice and beds were so comfy!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    4290 Westney Rd. North, Pickering, Ontario, Canada



    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Dorm or Building

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: The nature centre, which opened in 1970, is a panabode cedar log building with a spacious lounge, wood burning fireplace and dining room. Rooms sleep two to six participants in bunk-beds. In addition to a wide variety of activities, Claremont Nature Centre provides the opportunity to explore one of the region’s healthiest cold water streams as well as a chance to look back at our heritage in a restored pioneer log cabin. Food Service All nature centre food service staff have completed their PROTON Food Handlers Certification. Kitchen facilities are inspected regularly by Regional Health Inspectors and meet all provincial and regional food service regulations. Water Claremont Nature Centre draws water from an on-site well. Water is treated and tested in accordance with provincial clean water regulations to ensure a safe water supply.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Claremont Nature Centre technology free? Yes



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    We offer a variety of outdoor education programs from overnight school programs to day visits. All programs are curriculum connected and programs are designed and led by certified teachers.


    Available for private rentals: Yes


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Natalie Harder, Supervisor, Claremont Nature Centre
    OCT

    Hello!

    Here at the Claremont Nature Centre we strive to provide your child with fun and experiential activities that help to develop a sense of wonder, foster a deeper connection with the natural world and make learning fun! 

    The Claremont Nature Centre is located on 399 acres of beautiful green space in the Durham region. Campers spend the summer exploring the forests, meadows and streams on the Claremont property.

    Claremont Nature Centre camps are child-centred and led by our team of experienced outdoor educators. Our camps focus on the individual while helping develop a deep connection with nature and prioritizing skill-based learning. With the support of our experienced camp counselors, campers will learn how to build shelters and fires, practice their identification skills and search for wild edibles in the forest among many other activities.

    We offer a variety of camps throughout the year including day and overnight camps during the summer, March Break and Winter Holiday camps and an 17 day Archaeology course in August where high school students can take part in an archaeological dig and gain two credits along the way!

    Come check out what we have to offer!

    Natalie



    Stories

    • Archaeology credit in under 3 weeks

      “I loved the course, all of the nature studies were wonderful and the ceremonies I got to participate in where simply beautiful.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to participate in such things again, I feel very fortunate for all the opportunities.  The community sense is just fantastic, I feel like I’ve known some of these people forever, yet it’s been three weeks.  It usually takes me that long to learn everyone’s name.  I have definitely some friends for life.  The instructors are fantastically friendly and caring; they really seem to like us better than ‘regular’ teachers do.  Thank you so much!

    • Long lasting Friendships and a Archaeology Credit!

      “This was definitely not what I was expecting.  I learned a lot in a short amount of time and made lots of lasting friendships…There is not one thing in the brochure, that I remember reading, that says how awesome and amazing this course is!  There is one thing I can say that everyone that has taken this course will agree upon.  There is no way to express how this course has changed us and how it affected us until you try it out yourself.”

       

    • Hands On Archaeology credit

      "During the summer before entering university, I was lucky enough to attend the Boyd Archaeological Field School with the help of the Carr-Reid Bursary. I am now a third-year student at U of T, majoring in Statistics and Anthropology. The way I approach school has been greatly shaped by experiences like the one I had at the Boyd Archaeological Field School. My time at the school was a challenging, immersive, and important experience. Being able to truly immerse oneself in academia is rare and underappreciated at the high school level, even though it is such a vital period for many soon-to-graduate students. I strongly believe that it is experiences, not books, that truly inspire and touch the lives of students. Whether students follow the path of archaeology or not, this field school teaches students how to look at the world outside of one’s own limited worldview. It is through this field school that I’ve developed a great interest in past cultures and awareness of the indigenous people of North America. The field school is more than a summer camp; it is a place where students can expand their interests into meaningful experiences. Without the bursary, I would not have been able to participate in this program. I hope that many more students can be given the same opportunity to appreciate anthropology in this important and unforgettable way."

    • Outside All Day!

      "We love that the kids are outside all day playing and hiking. The counselors are very welcoming, inclusive and friendly"

    • "Best Camp Ever!"

      "My kids favorite part was getting dirty an playing outside all day long! Both girls said "best camp ever!" We loved seeing pictures updates throughout the week. They loved using the pictures to tell stories about their day."

       

    • Catching crayfish!

      "My kids loved the river walk, getting their hands dirty, experiencing new adventures. They told me they caught crayfish!? Wow! They loved Tie Dye! I don't stop hearing about how much fun they had!"

       



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