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 scholarships@maineaudubon.org.

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  • Nature Explorers: Attracting Wildlife to your Yard
    • Monday Apr 27, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Children under 2 free
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: What can you do to Attract Wildlife to your Yard?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Nighttime Garden visitors

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

     

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

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult

  • Nature Explorers: Outside My Window
    • Monday May 18, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Who is outside my window?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Good Night, Nature
    • Monday Jun 1, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: Pond life at Night

    Join us for this gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in your pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. We will play, sing, and create art before you head home to sleep. Please bring a snack.

     

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

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult

  • Nature Explorers: Pollinators
    • Monday Jun 8, 2015 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $10.00 Child Non-members: $15.00
    • Member $5 each additional sibling, Non-member $10 each additional sibling
    • Ages 2-6

    Theme: What can you do for pollinators?

    Join us for a one-hour, drop-in exploration program! Children will have individual time with self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. We will head outside to investigate some of the questions raised in class and everyone will go home with resources on how to further explore the topic.

     

    *No charge for siblings under age two and a maximum of three children per adult. 

    This is a drop in program – no registration is required.

  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 23, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 26, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *No charge for siblings under two and 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 26, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Hummingbirds

    *Roll Roll Roll a Log

    *Life at the Pond!

    *Mammals

    *4 Weeks (No class Friday July 3)

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection between wildlife and habitat and children will bring something home to further their learning.

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
      9:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 14, 2015 – Thursday Jul 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 II at 9:15
    • Friday Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:15 am – 10:15 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and 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 Jul 31, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      10:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Fridays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $40 Child Non-members: $60
    • Drop-ins: Member $15, Non-member $20
    • Ages 2-6

    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:

    *Snakes

    *Pond life

    *Water Birds

    *Night Creatures

    *4 Weeks 

    *No charge for siblings under two and maximum of three children per adult.

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

  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.

     

    *Drop your child off for this full day program

    *Pack a lunch and 2 snacks

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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

  • June
  • Summer Camp: Circle of Life
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 – Friday Jun 26, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Life cycles are abundant at Gilsland Farm.  Come learn about the different circles of life that our plants and animals go through during our first week of camp! Camp session (5 day) — June 22 through 26 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared …

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  • Summer Squash Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 23, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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: Nature Detectives
    • Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Thursday Jul 2, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $220 Child Non-members: $280
    • Grades K-5

    From unearthing compost critters to finding camouflaged bugs to using binoculars to view far off birds, come to this camp if you’re curious about the great outdoors.  We will visit Mackworth Island for some sea-shore examinations and other fascinating spots one day this week.  Grades K-5 4-day Summer Camp — Monday, June 29 to Thursday, …

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  • July
  • Summer Camp: Earth Investigations
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Are you ready to investigate your world around you?   Join us to take a closer look at animals, their behaviors, habitats and more in this action-packed week.  We will be visiting the Farmer’s Market to widen our investigations and knowledge.  Grades K-2 Camp session (5 day) — July 6 through 10 Camp programs run 9-3 …

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  • Explorers: Wildlife Gardening
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Thursday Jul 9, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Children will explore what wildlife needs to survive and what we can do to attract it to our backyards. Pollinators, birds, insects and more are dependent on certain plants and habitats to live. We can help them as well as create opportunities for observations close to home. Each day, we will explore a different connection …

    Learn more

  • Summer Camp: Animals Great and Small
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Have you ever wondered why animals come in all different sizes?  What makes them unique?  Come to this camp to discover the lives of Maine’s animals, both great and small. Camp session (5 day) — July 13 through 17 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and …

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  • Summer Squash Session II: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
      9:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 II: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 – Thursday Jul 23, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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: Animal Overload
    • Monday Jul 20, 2015 – Friday Jul 24, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Hundreds of animals consider Gilsland Farm home at some point in the year.  Join us to learn the who, what, when and where of these incredible creatures.  Grades K-2 Camp session (5 day) — July 20 through 24 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive …

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  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Wild
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    From the salamanders hiding under logs to squirrels’ nests in trees, we will search high and low for nature’s secrets. Mackworth Island will provide us an additional location to explore one day during this camp session.  Grades K-2 Camp session (5 day) — July 27 through 31 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless …

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  • August
  • Summer Camp: Aquatic Adventures
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    Who doesn’t love oceans, ponds, rain and snow?  Come to this week of camp if you love water in all its glorious forms. We will seek out all the aquatic locations of Gilsland Farm and visit Mackworth Island for an ocean study day as well! Camp session (5 day) — August 3 through 7 Camp …

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  • Explorers: Animal Adaptations
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Thursday Aug 6, 2015
      9:15 am – 3:15 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $245 Child Non-members: $290
    • Ages 4-5

    Animals have unique abilities to survive. They use their senses in various ways to find food, alert to danger, and live in their habitat. Each day, we will learn about a different animal and how it uses senses and other adaptations to survive.   *Drop your child off for this full day program *Pack a …

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  • Summer Camp: Nature Neighborhoods
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Friday Aug 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-2

    You have neighbors where you live, but so do animals!  How do they live together and get along in their different habitats? Camp session (5 day) — August 10 through 14 Camp programs run 9-3 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.  Campers should pack a lunch and arrive prepared for outdoor exploration.

  • Summer Squash Session III: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Monday Aug 10, 2015 – Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
      9:15 am – 1:00 pm
    • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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 III: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Tuesday Aug 11, 2015 – Thursday Aug 20, 2015
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $165 Child Non-members: $210
    • 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: Flocks, Colonies, Swarms and Schools
    • Monday Aug 17, 2015 – Friday Aug 21, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Child Members: $280 Child Non-members: $355
    • Grades K-5

    Birds of a feather flock together, colonies of frogs and beavers share ponds, swarms of bees make our honey and schools of fish avoid being eaten by sharks and other predators.  We will learn about these animals and so much more during our last week of camp. Camp session (5 day) — August 17 through …

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

  • May
  • Nature Time for Children: Spring Session
    • Monday May 4, 2015 – Monday May 25, 2015
      10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $30.00 Child Non-members: $40.00

    Nature in spring is a wonderful, mysterious time as birds return and plants begin to bloom. Preschoolers and caretakers, come to our nature-based program with stories, movement, art projects and an outdoor adventure. Be prepared to enjoy the outdoors!  

  • June
  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Jun 8, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Take your preschooler out exploring at our drop in nature time class. We’ll share stories, movement, and art. Most of the program will be outdoors.  

  • Nature Time Drop In
    • Monday Jun 22, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $5.00 Child Non-members: $7.00

    Take your preschooler out exploring at our drop in nature time class. We’ll share stories, movement, and art. Most of the program will be outdoors.  

  • July
  • Elements – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 6, 2015 – Friday Jul 10, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    Like detectives hot on the trail, we will be investigating patterns in nature and learning how form fits function while expressing ourselves the best way we know how. Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and …

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  • Perspective – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 13, 2015 – Friday Jul 17, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    From minuscule larvae in the pond up to the tops of the tallest trees we will experience how perspectives can change in a blink while discovering the connectedness of large and small things. Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to …

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  • Natural Expressions – Nature Camp
    • Monday Jul 27, 2015 – Friday Jul 31, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    This is a fast paced high energy week of ecosystem explorations filled with movement, writing and performance. Guest artists will be sharing their skills with us throughout the week. Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of …

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  • August
  • Landscapes – Nature Camp
    • Monday Aug 3, 2015 – Friday Aug 7, 2015
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Fields Pond
    • Child Members: $200.00 Child Non-members: $250.00
    • Ages 6-12

    Young naturalists will practice observing, appreciating and loving their environment like never before. Learn to interpret natural landscapes to determine prior land use. Explore, play, and learn this summer with Fields Pond day camps. Our camps feature outdoor explorations, games, stories, and arts activities designed to build children’s knowledge of and connection to nature. This week …

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