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Mac Johnson

FAB Nature Camp @ Mac Johnson

What are your plans for Summer 2021? Do you like adventure? Are you interested in spending heaps of time outside, in the sand, mud, and on the water? If you said yes to any of these, you will love what we have planned for our Summer Nature Camp Program at Mac Johnson!

The Nature Camp at Mac Johnson is actually offered between 2 different sites, within the greater Brockville Area. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is a Conservation Area located on the Reservoir at 4649 Debruge Road (Elizabethtown-Kitley Township). This 600+ hectare property boasts fantastic pond dipping opportunities, maintained hiking trails, mixed wood forest - perfect for shelter building and bushcraft, and even a tree nursery. Campers will have the opportunity to find many great adventures at Mac Johnson, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the program.

Summer Camp just isn't the same without the opportunity to enjoy the cool, clean water found throughout the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. On Tuesday and Thursday, campers will spend their time at the Lyn Valley Conservation Area. Here, they can venture onto one of the trails for a scavenger hunt or game of Predator Prey, take a cool dip in the old quarry, or discover a new amphibian or reptile friend. Lyn Valley Conservation Area is located less than 10 km East of Mac Johnson and brings the perfect balance to our program.

Join us for one or all of our theme based weeks, as we explore the natural wonders of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Each Week will take our campers on a new adventure, exploring, investigating, and reconnecting with the natural world.

  • 1:10 Staff to Camper Ratio
  • Location (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday): Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, Brockville Ontario, 4649 Debruge Road
  • Location (Tuesday and Thursday): Lyn Valley Conservation Area, Lyn Ontario, 90 Lyn Valley Road
  • Explorers Program: 5-11 years old (campers must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021)
  • Leader in Training Program: 12-13 years old
  • Cost: $160 per child, per week
  • Drop off: 8am
  • Pick up: 5pm

How to Register

Session fees must be paid in full, upon registration. After-care fees are paid daily and directly to Camp Counsellors.

After-care: Select 'Yes' in the After Hours Care section on your registration form and someone will contact you shortly. FAB Nature Camps is not responsible for after-care and therefore cannot guarantee availability for this opportunity. Needs will be assessed, on a case by case basis.

Online: Click on the week or weeks you would like to attend below, fill out the online registration form, and pay directly by credit card.

Registration Events: Complete our registration form in person and pay by cash or cheque. The dates for the Registration Events hosted by the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will be announced at a future date. 

Volunteers: Must be 14 years or older and can apply online by sending an email to

Leaders in Training: The cost for this program is $160 per week. We reserve 3 spots per week, for campers interested in this great opportunity to build skills and expand their Nature Camp Experience. Please contact Kelly McGann at to discuss your application for this program, for youth 12-13 years old.

Bursaries: Financial assistance is available through a number of local bursary programs, including POP and Jumpstart. For more information on these programs, check out the Town of Gananoque Website. 

Jumpstart Application for 2021


Please note: all registrations will be treated as a "REQUEST TO REGISTER". If a spot is available and payment has been received, your registration will be completed. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to update our registration page and we may have an "overbooked" week. If this occurs, you will be contacted with 72 hours of your request and provided the option to receive a refund or to switch to an available week. As registration for individual weeks becomes full, we will do our best to remove those pages as soon as we are aware, to limit the potential for "overbooked" weeks. Thank you in advance, for your understanding.  


2021 Camp Dates & Themes

Week #1 - July 5th to 9th - Turtle Mania

Week #2 - July 12th to 16th - Animal Architects

Week #3 - July 19th to 23rd - Birds of a Feather

Week #4 - July 26th to 30th - Mud, Nature's Slime

Week #5 - August 2nd to 6th - It's a Bug's World

Week #6 - August 9th to 13th - FABulous Explorers

Week #7 - August 16th to 20th - Survivor, Animal Edition

Week #8 - August 23rd to 27th - A Biosphere Bash

IMPORTANT UPDATE: When a week is FULL, it will be removed from the selection below. If you do not see the week below, that is because it is FULL.

Themes and Dates

Click on the theme/session to learn more. Select one or more sessions that you would like to register for, and complete the rest of the form.

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Refund Policy

A 75% refund will be provided for cancellations of 7 days or more, prior to the session start date. Cancellations with less than 7 days, are subject to a zero refund policy. Refunds will not be provided for single day absences. If a program is cancelled by FABN due to a shortage of staff, illness, weather, or any other reason beyond FABN's control, a full refund for the date (s) involved will be provided.

Use of Photos

This is to give permission for photographs of the camp participants, including my child, to be shared with others on our Facebook page and for advertisement in publications and/or newspapers. Names will not be released with any photos.

Declaration for Distribution

This is to give permission for photographs of the camp participants, including my child, to be shared with others on our Facebook page and for advertisement in publications and/or newspapers. Names will not be released with any photos.

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement

By signing this document you will waive certain legal rights, including the right to sue. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY QUALIFICATION AND STANDARDS

The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camps are organized and facilitated by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, a not-for-profit, in conjunction with local municipalities and townships. We aim to provide high standard of care and experiences, to all of our attendees. We have taken into consideration, the inherent risks associated with facilitating a camp near water and with children aged 5-13. Our staff are hired and trained to meet industry standards and have received clean Police Record Checks and have acquired up-to date CPR training. Our lifeguards are certified by the National Lifesaving Society and are required to participate in regular skills updates.

AWARENESS AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK I am aware that the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp involves risks including risk of personal injury, death and property damage. Included in these risks are negligence on the part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, its directors, staff and volunteers, other participants and owners of the facilities where the activities occur (referred to in the rest of this agreement as “FRONTENAC ARCH BIOSPHERE NETWORK AND OTHERS”). I freely accept and fully assume all such risks and the possibility of my son/daughter’s personal injury, death and/or property damage. RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT In consideration of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network accepting my son/daughter’s application to participate in this activity, I agree: • To waive any and all claims that I may have in future against FRONTENAC ARCH BIOSPHERE NETWORK AND OTHERS. • To release the FRONTENAC ARCH BIOSPHERE NETWORK AND OTHERS for any and all liability of my son/daughter’s personal injury, death, property damage, as a result of my daughter/son’s participation in this activity, due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of regulation or breach of any statutory duty of care. • To hold harmless and indemnify FRONTENAC ARCH BIOSPHERE NETWORK AND OTHERS from any and all liability for any damage to property of, or personal injury to, any third party, resulting from my daughter/son’s participation in this activity. • That this agreement is binding on not only myself but my daughter/son’s next of kin, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND UNDERSTAND IT. I AM AWARE THAT BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT I AM WAIVING CERTAIN RIGHTS WHICH I OR MY DAUGHTER/SON’S NEXT OF KIN, HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSIGNS MAY HAVE AGAINST FRONTENAC ARCH BIOSPHERE NETWORK AND OTHERS.

COVID-19 Disclaimer

All FABN Programs will follow Ontario Government Policies and Regulations, with regards to the COVID 19 Pandemic. FABN will not permit a person to participate in any FABN Programs who is displaying symptoms of COVID 19 or has come into contact with someone who has. If a participant or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID 19, that participant will not be able to attend a FABN Program until 14 days after the positive diagnosis was provided. All participants must complete the FABN COVID 19 Screening prior to attending any FABN Program. Refunds will not be provided to participants who are unable to attend, due to COVID 19. If FABN cancels a program day (s) for any reason, including but not limited to a shortage of staff or an order from the Health Unit, a full refund will be provided.
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