EcoCamp

Fledglings

Campers entering K-1st grade in fall of 2020

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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, and an optional afternoon snack break.

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- SOLD OUT
June 22-26
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

Cool off in the waters of Pickering Creek. We’ll explore the muddy freshwater wetlands, look 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! SOLD OUT

ImagiNature
June 29 – July 2 (4-day week due to 4th of July, prices adjusted accordingly)
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

Learn how to use your creative side to show the world your love of nature. Help fill Pickering Creek with leaf mosaics, rock rainbows, mud creatures on tree trunks, toad and fairy homes, and sand and clay structures. We’ll use the materials we find throughout our forest, wetlands, and creek to leave little pieces of artwork for Pickering visitors to discover.

Tall Tails
July 6 – 10
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

Whether a story about amazing animals and crazy creatures, nature myths or legends - make the story of your summer a captivating one! Gather stories of frogs in the wetland, imagine a butterfly's journey in the fields, and decide the tale of a fish's fate in the creek. We'll hear tales of animal heroes and folklore, and create new ones of our own to share!                    

Puzzle Masters
July 13 – 17
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks? What breaks but never falls, and what falls but never breaks? Test your puzzle solving skills with us this week! We'll answer nature riddles, use our team-building skills to complete challenges, and find clues to follow a scavenger hunt through the forests, wetlands, and shores of Pickering Creek!

Habitat Heroes- SOLD OUT
July 27 – 31
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

Become a protector of wildlife and the places they need! We'll learn about some of the difficulties local wildlife face and ways to help them. Go seining and test the water to find out how healthy Pickering Creek is, and plant some native flowers for birds and butterflies. Join us as we look for plants and animals, build some habitats, and create fun projects to improve life for animals on the Eastern Shore! SOLD OUT

Adventureland
August 3 – 7
9am - 4pm (or 2 pm)

Life can be one adventure after another! From water games to fort building, nature art to seining, wetland traversing to log flipping – choose your own adventure at EcoCamp 2020’s Final Hurrah!


Camp Transportation:
We offer transportation Monday – Friday during the following Fledgling weeks: June 29-July 2, July 13-17, and July 27-31. 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, 2020.

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