EcoCamp

Fledglings

Campers entering K-1st grade in fall of 2019

We guide our youngest adventurists around Pickering at their level – literally! Short hikes pause frequently to turn over logs, look under leaves, and examine a new treasure with magnifying lens in hand. We will fish, get wet, search for animals in our pond, and explore like the older campers but everything we do is adjusted for them, with plenty of opportunities to focus our activities on new questions and discoveries that always come up with this curious age group.

These young explorers are full of energy but they can also tire quickly. You can choose the length of your camper’s day based on their schedule. All campers start at 9 am and can stay until 2 pm or 4 pm. You must select the day length at time of registration (weekly price is adjusted). Full-day Fledglings will have a quiet time after lunch so they are reenergized for the second half of the day.

Each week has a broad topic so you can select a theme based on your camper’s interest. The staff will be able to make adjustments within the theme based on campers’ questions with plenty of room for unscheduled curiosities to turn into hours of fun exploration. The weekly themes will be the same for each age group to encourage shared learning and activities because our campers often learn as much from each other as from us. As always, the groups will be split by grade, the activities will be age appropriate, and traditional EcoCamp games will be enjoyed.
 

THEMES

Wet & Wild
June 17 – 21
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)

Cool off in the waters of Pickering Creek. We’ll be exploring the muddy freshwater wetlands, looking for the little creeks and puddles that dot our forest and seine and fish our creek. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as we wade through these habitats collecting and watching wildlife, creating damns and new pools, and learning how water is the center for all habitats – big and small!

ImagiNature
June 24 – 28
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)

Become a Field Artist for a week! Help us fill Pickering Creek with camper-designed land art, mud creatures on tree trunks, toad and fairy homes, and sand and clay structures. We’ll be using the materials we find throughout our forest, wetlands, and creek to leave little pieces of artwork for Pickering visitors to discover.
*Transportation available, see below

Storytellers
July 8 – 12
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)

We share stories to teach others about our natural world, to explain animal characteristics and behaviors, and to entertain our friends and families. Each day we’ll learn an ancient story about the nature around us and create our own. At the end of the week, we’ll share our stories around a campfire and create an “Origins of Pickering Creek” storybook.

Nature Ninja
July 22 – 26
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)

Let’s explore the Creek and Wetlands as Nature Ninjas. We’ll practice the art of camouflage and close observation. We’ll learn how to be calm, quiet, and prepared. We will be “One with Nature”.

Down by the Bay -SOLD OUT
July 29 – August 2
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)

Our Chesapeake Bay is full of many different animals. From under our feet to soaring overhead, every nook and cranny is home to someone. We’ll spend the week catching, fishing, spotting, and counting the animals of the Bay.
*Transportation available, see below

Adventureland
August 5 – 9
9am – 4pm (or 2pm)
Join us for one last summer adventure! From water games to fort building, nature art to seining, wetland traversing to log flipping – Choose your Own Adventure at EcoCamp 2019’s Final Hurrah!
 

Camp Transportation
We offer transportation Monday – Friday during the following Fledgling weeks: June 24-28 (ImagiNature) and July 29-August 2 (Down by the Bay).
Transportation is available from Easton to EcoCamp each morning and afternoon (Pickup between 8:30 & 8:40 and Drop off between 4:20 & 4:30). If you choose to end the camp day at 2 pm instead of 4 pm, you will need to pick your camper up from Pickering Creek.

Transportation is $20 per camper, per week. If you no longer need camp transportation or you cancel your camp reservation, transportation funds will be refunded through May 31st, 2019.

Van space is limited. A spot can be reserved when you complete the registration information. 

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