Camps & Preschool Programs


Preschool Programs are offered throughout the year for children ages 2-5.jumping in line

Summer day camps run throughout the summer at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (Falmouth) and Fields Pond Audubon Center (Holden) for children age 6-11. We offer unique one and two week sessions that encourage hands-on exploration of the natural world.

Vacation Day Camp is offered during school-vacation weeks in February and April at Gilsland Farm and Fields Pond Audubon Centers for children in grades 1-5. Your child may attend one day or all week! A new nature-based theme is introduced each day.

Financial Aid Available
Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals, partial scholarships are available for Maine residents who need financial assistance. For more information, please call: (207) 781-2330, ext. 273 or email [email protected].

Download the Maine Audubon Financial Aid Form [pdf]

  • Family Fun: Exploring Spring (Tuesdays)
    • Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 – Tuesday Jun 7, 2016
      9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $110.00 Child Non-members: $160.00
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Do April showers bring May flowers? Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Through self-directed free play, interactive group time, a theme-related craft and outdoor exploration, you and your child will learn about signs of spring and deepen your connection to nature. Come prepared to adventure outside!
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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 9:15am
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    * Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available. 

  • Family Fun Summer Session I at 10:30
    • Friday Jun 24, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $55 Child Non-members: $80
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Bringing Nature Home

    * Pollinators

    *Birds of Prey

    * What’s in the Pond?

    * Loons

    *5 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 4-5

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 9:15
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    *The Pond

    *Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available.  

  • Family Fun Summer Session II at 10:30
    • Friday Aug 5, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $45 Child Non-members: $75
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-5

    Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. Come prepared to adventure outside!

    Themes:

    * Life Cycles

    * Animals in the Night

    * The Pond

    * Secrets in the Forest

    *4 Weeks 

    *Maximum of three children per adult.

    *Advanced registration is encouraged! Drop-ins welcome if space is available. 

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities!

    *Drop off your child for this 1/2 day program

    *Pack a snack and lunch

  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • June
  • Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Friday Jul 1, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    Join us for a two week adventure where campers will discover the lay of the land of Gilsland Farm, Scarborough Marsh and Mackworth Island!  We will uncover the mysteries of how animals travel from habitat to habitat and how we fit into their world!  Come explore with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games! Camp session …

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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 20, 2016 – Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 – Thursday Jun 30, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

    Learn more

  • July
  • Explorers: Birds
    • Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 – Thursday Jul 7, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $210
    • Ages 4-5

    In these three days, we will explore what makes birds so unique and fascinating.  The first day will be spent identifying the general characteristics of birds, what birds eat and where they live. The second day will go into a deeper study about water birds and the last day will focus on birds of prey.   *Drop your …

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  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – Don’t be a Dodo!
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Did you know…90% of Maine is covered by forest and there are more than 200 species of birds in our state!  In this session we will discover the forests of Maine and the many species that depend on trees for survival.  We will make a special trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about …

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  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

    Learn more

  • Summer Squash Session II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 – Thursday Jul 21, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

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  • Summer Camp: Threatened and Endangered Wildlife – No Trout About It!
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 – Friday Jul 22, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    There is no doubt about it we have some of the most interesting salt and freshwater animals!  Come create some memorable experiences by playing games and creating different projects about loons, trout, plovers, and terns!  We will visit Mackworth Island this week and make a plover of you yet! Camp session (5 days) — July …

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  • August
  • Explorers: How Things Grow
    • Monday Aug 1, 2016 – Thursday Aug 4, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    Every living thing has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day this week, we will learn about different life cycles. Your child will begin to understand the complexities that exist in nature and some of the challenges to survival. As we explore our surroundings, we will apply our knowledge!   *Drop your child off for this …

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Buzz-worthy Wildlife
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 19, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $570 Child Non-members: $720
    • Grades K-5

    Whats all the buzz about!  We are going nuts about growing native and learning about pollinators and the species that they help.  Come join us in this two week series and we will take a trip on the bus to the Farmers Market in Portland to see all the local foods and goods produced by …

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  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

    Learn more

  • Summer Squash Session III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 9, 2016 – Thursday Aug 18, 2016
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $170 Child Non-members: $215
    • Ages 3-5

    Come explore at Gilsland Farm! Together, we will learn about plants and animals through stories, songs, crafts, games, hikes, and more. Each day will be an adventure that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and love for their natural world. We will spend the majority of our day outside engaging in hands on activities! *Drop off your child for this …

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Olympics
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Friday Aug 26, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $290 Child Non-members: $365
    • Grades K-5

    Ready, Set, Go!  Join us in finding out which Maine animals will cross the finish line first!  We will play games, go on hikes, do crafts and make discoveries.  We will create memories on Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm in this action packed session! Camp session (5 days) — August 22 through August 26 Camp programs run …

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  • Explorers: Habitats
    • Monday Aug 22, 2016 – Thursday Aug 25, 2016
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $250 Child Non-members: $295
    • Ages 4-5

    This program is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

    Explore the habitats at Maine Audubon: pond, meadow, salt marsh, and forest. Together, we will learn about what fauna and flora exist in each, what is the same/different, which animals move from one to the other, and how to interpret the animal evidence we find.   *Drop your child off for this full day program *Pack a …

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    Our vacation camps run during the regular school vacation weeks in February and April.

  • July
  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 18 – Snakes …

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  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Monday Jul 18, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 18 – Snakes …

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  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Jul 20, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 20 – Birds

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Wednesday Jul 20, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 20 – Birds

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Friday Jul 22, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon, your choice. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 22 – Insects

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Friday Jul 22, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    Nature-based learning and play to enjoy with your young children ages 2-5. Be a part of the nature movement and develop in your child a long-lasting connection with nature. Each class includes activities, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Choose the morning or afternoon. (Maximum of three children per adult)   July 22 – Insects

  • August
  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

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  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

    Learn more

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Thursday Aug 18, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

    Learn more

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Thursday Aug 18, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

    Learn more

  • Summer Family Fun AM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

    Learn more

  • Summer Family Fun PM: Preschool at Fields Pond
    • Saturday Aug 20, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Members: $10.00 - Non-members: $15.00

    For children ages 2-5 with caregiver. Up to three children per adult, please. Join us for one or more hour long nature based learning and play. Be a part of the nature movement and let us help you help your child establish a long lasting connection to nature. Each class includes age appropriate activities, crafts …

    Learn more

  • July
  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Wild Things
    • Monday Jul 11, 2016 – Friday Jul 15, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00
    • Grades K-5

    Join us for a week long adventure filled with hiking, hands-on experiments, crafts and games. We will explore the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on the majestic forest and brilliant meadow while learning about what species depend on these places for survival.

  • August
  • Summer Nature Camp at Fields Pond: Keeping the Balance
    • Monday Aug 8, 2016 – Friday Aug 12, 2016
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $250.00 Child Non-members: $300.00
    • Grades K-5

    This week we will immerse ourselves into the diverse habitats of Fields Pond with a focus on native plants and animals and how to encourage a nature balance in and around your home. Additionally we will learn how to use screen time in a focused way as a citizen scientist.

    Our vacation camps run during the regular school vacation weeks in February and April.