Download the 2017 Summer Nature Day Camp Registration Form
Nature Day Camps ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ are held during February, April and summer school vacation periods at area camps that provide us with room to roam and explore local ecosystems - both on and off the lake! Do you want to get your kids outside and away from the TV and X-Box? Then the Friends Nature Day Camps are just the ticket - with a focus on providing campers with an opportunity to make connections to the natural world!
Winter and Spring Nature Day Camps are geared for childrenÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ in grades 3-5, with (2) separate 2-day sessions held during February and April school vacation weeks. Each day centers around a different theme and introduces campers to activities like fishing (both ice and open water), snowshoeing, animal tracking, hiking, pond life and many other ecology related activities and games. Campers are responsible for their own transportation and lunch, andÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ spaceÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ is limited. Friends staff are assisted by subject-matter experts provided by the Cobbossee Watershed District, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection, AmeriCorps, local educators and personnel from local sporting & outdoor businesses.
Summer Nature Day CampÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ Due to overwhelming response to our Winter and Spring Nature Day Camps, the Friends started offering a week long version of our nature-based program in 2010.ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ Summer Nature Day CampÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ is held at theÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ YMCA Camp of MaineÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ on Cobbossee Lake in East Winthrop.Two 1-week sessions will be offered again this year for children entering grades 4-6 and will run from 8:30-4:30 pm daily. Session 1 is July 17th-21st, 2017 and Session 2 is July 31st- August 4th, 2017.
The Summer Nature Day Camp provides campers with the opportunity to enhance their relationship with the natural world as they explore, observe and experience the nearby ponds, forests and fields (through hiking, fishing, swimming, and kayaking); record observations in their own nature journal; learn basic wilderness skills; and participate in ecology skits, crafts and games. Campers will also be treated to a special session of "Tadpole Patrol" aboard the Friends 22' pontoon boat, the OTTER II.
Early bird registration is only $220/pp until July 7 and includes lunch, afternoon snack, all instruction and equipment. Registration increases to only $230/pp after July 7th.
Early registration is highly recommended, aÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ space is extremely limited!
Download the 2017 Spring Nature Day Camp Registration Form
FMI, contact Cami WilbertÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ at
ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ or by phone at 621-4100
Nature Day Camps are made possible by contributions from our sponsors and by donations from our friends.
If you would like to make a donation or to become a sponsor for this program, please contactÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÂ Tamara!