* Grant awarded for the Be a Watershed Steward: Powering Pollination project.
Camp Kawartha, an award winning not-for-profit charitable organization, is partnering with the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) and other community organizations in a unique initiative called “Be a Watershed Steward.” The intent of the program is to promote watershed awareness along with direct action for wildlife. Students learn about water conservation, watershed ecology, and sustainable living. These same students, with the help of ORCA Educators, establish a pollinator’s garden in their own school yard as a way to enhance watershed health. Students receive a Watershed Certificate upon completion of all the elements of the program. Camp Kawartha and its partners will also deliver two workshops per year to area educators focusing on strategies and techniques to integrate watershed and pollinator education into their classroom teaching. We will also provide a handbook to help teachers and students learn how to successfully maintain their pollinator gardens, and we’ll share this approach to watershed stewardship with other jurisdictions.