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COMING SOON!!! Berks Nature Eco-Camp 2023 Themes and Full-Day Fees

Prices listed are per camper, per week, and reflect the extension activities planned for campers in grades 3-5 that week. Don’t want to send your child for a full day of camp? We offer half-day, morning Eco-Camp at a rate of $150/week per child (preschool (potty-trained) through kindergarten, ages 3-5) and $135/week per child (1st through 5th grade, ages 6-10). Full-day Eco-Camp begins at 9am and runs until 4pm. If you choose our half-day option, you can expect to drop your camper off at 9am and pick them up at noon.

BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE OF TYPICAL WEEK THEMES AND DATES FROM 2022! STAY TUNED FOR 2023 ECO-CAMP THEMES AND DATES COMING SOON!

Week 1: Mud Week / Sensory wonderland, I love dirt!

(June 13th – 17th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) We love dirt! From creating our class compost bin to mud themed games, preschoolers will learn all about mud this week. They will explore the properties of soil by making “seed bombs” and learn all about worms and composting. Prepare to get very dirty this week! This week’s activities include mud sculptures, mud/chalk painting, mud games, creating our class compost bin and worm gardens.

1st-5th grade (6-10) Be prepared to get dirty this week because campers will experience all aspects of MUD this week. From clay sculpting and making “seed bombs” to creating our own “mud kitchen” delicacies, campers will explore fun ways to learn all about the properties of soil. We will learn about worms, composting and get really dirty!

Week 2: Adventure / Survival Week

(June 20th – 24th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) Preschoolers will participate in role playing survival situations, requiring them to build shelters and choose which survival supplies they would utilize to help them survive in the wilderness. We will also learn how animals adapt to their environment while learning how to track them and talking about the 4 basic things we need to survive. Do you already know them?? This week’s activities include making shelters, fishing rod craft, team building games and hikes of varying distance.

1st-5th grade (6-10) Campers will learn how to survive in the wilderness using the bare essentials in a backpack. They will learn about ‘Leave No Trace’ and what could potentially happen when going for a short or long hike in the woods including learning how to track animals. A large portion of the week will be dedicated to learning how to properly shoot a bow and arrow (from a qualified instructor) and fishing using a rod and bait!

Week 3: Bike Week! - also open to grades 6th grade & older!

(June 27th – July 1st)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) Eco-Camp’s annual bike week returns for Summer 2022! This week campers will participate in rides of varying distance along with our ever popular rodeo at The Nature Place. Guest speakers from BAMBA will teach campers about bike safety and maintenance of their bikes. They will also be making custom license plates and creating a car wash to ride their bikes through!

1st-5th grade (6-10) Eco-Camp’s annual bike week returns for Summer 2022! This week campers will participate in rides of varying distance along with our ever popular rodeo at The Nature Place. Campers will learn about safety and maintenance of their bikes from BAMBA and among other things: including our favorite Ice Cream Bike Ride where they will ride the trail to Gibraltar where they will stop at Scoop DeVille for a cool treat before returning back to The Nature Place. * NOTE: bike rides and activities will be base

6th grade & older This bike week, the older kids will spend the week doing many long rides. 2 of the days (Tuesday and Wednesday) parents will drop them off and pick up the kids from 2 remote locations for bike rides in new locations! We will be at Blue Marsh 1 day and Grings Mill another day (more details to come). Kids will need a backpack to carry their snacks, lunches, and water as we will spend as much time as possible on the trails. On Friday the older kids will ride with the younger kids to Scoupe Deville

Week 4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

(July 11th – 15th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) This week campers will practice the 3 R’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Preschoolers will be conducting experiments, making art and creating a sensory bin using only recycled materials. This is the week of our famous boat race and egg drop extravaganza as well! After this week, campers will have a better understanding of how waste effects our planet. This week’s activities include making recycled bird feeders, boats and egg drop vessels.

1st-5th grade (6-10) This week will be dedicated to fun Science experiments, STEM projects and creating masterpieces out of recyclable materials ‘aka’ junk art. Campers will participate in our famous boat race and egg drop extravaganza by creating their own boats and vessels for the event.

Week 5: Animal Week / Adaptations & Animal Adventures!

(July 18th – 22nd)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) This week campers will be hunting animal tracks in the wetlands, woods, and trails all throughout Angelica Park. They will learn how different animals live and what they use to make their homes. This week’s activities will include making animal fossils, animal track matching games, identifying tracks while hiking, and designing/creating a specific animal’s home. Campers will experience live birds, animals and reptiles this week! Special guests, Red Creek and Dawn White will be bringing LIVE RAPTORS!

1st-5th grade (6-10) This week campers will learn about NSI (Nature Scene Investigation) but hunting and identifying animal tracks found in the wetlands, woods and trails. This weeks activities will include NSI, identifying animal tracks, interactive games and learning about the birds animals and reptiles that visit the Nature Place. Campers will experience live birds, animals and reptiles this week! Special guests, Red Creek and Dawn White, will even be bringing LIVE RAPTORS!

Week 6: Wet and Wild Water Week!

(July 25th – 29th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) This week campers will participate in all things water! They will be experimenting with the changing shape of water, learning how plants use water and making art using different forms of water as well as spending lots of time in the creek! This weeks activities will include a recycled boat race, water games, ice cube art, water experiments and lots of time getting wet!

1st-5th grade (6-10) This week campers will explore all things water! They will learn about water conservation and the water cycle by participating in experiments and hands on activities. They will be spending a lot of time in the creek (maybe even creek snorkeling…) and playing water games. Expect to be getting wet every day!

Week 7: Gardening / Farm to Table Week - also open to grades 6th grade & older with a "Science Week" theme!

(August 1st – 5th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschoolers (3-5) This week campers will explore nature through organic farming, farm to table cooking and crafting using items found on a farm or in a garden. They will channel their inner chef, making delicious recipes using the fruits and vegetables we grow in our Eco-Camp teaching garden. Campers will not only cook: they will plant, cultivate and harvest the vast array of fruits, vegetables and plants in our garden.

1st-5th grade (6-10) This week campers will explore nature through organic farming and farm to table cooking. They will channel their inner culinary expertise by creating delicious recipes using the bounty found in the Eco-Camp teaching garden as well as local businesses. This week will also include activities on native plants, seed spreading/pollination and botany.

6th grade & older – SCIENCE WEEK – This week the older campers will spend the week doing fun experiments and real world citizen science data collection that will then be uploaded to NASA’s GLOBE program. Rather than just playing in the creek, our camper will also get to experience one of our newest programs, creek snorkeling!

Week 8: Art week / Color outside the lines!

(August 8th – 12th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-10

Preschool (3-5) This week campers will explore nature by creating different forms of art. They will be participating in activities involving music, movement, performance and sensory art. We will be hosting a special guest from Earth Rhythms to come in to do an interactive drum circle with the campers. This week’s activities will include creating musical instruments, paintings/paper Mache’ , songs/dances, natural tie-dye and other interactive performances.

1st-5th grade (6-10) Campers will look to nature for artistic inspiration exploring natural dance, music making and art creation. They will immerse themselves in nature to find inspiration for painting, writing poetry, journaling, and creating music. They will paint, dance, do natural tie-dye and explore other ways to express their relationships with nature. We will be hosting a special guest from Earth Rhythms to come in to do an interactive drum circle with the campers as well!

NEW! Kindergarten to 5th Grade Eco-Camp AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM Week 8 (8/8/2022) - A Blend of Berks Nature's Nine Eco-Camp Themes

(August 8th – 12th)

$235/camper kindergarten to 5th grade

Kindergarten-5th grade Berks Nature is excited to offer a week of our summer day camp at the Rentschler Arboretum property in Bernville PA. We are delighted to partner with Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club for the use of this special property on August 8 – 12.  This week will be filled with fun outdoor adventures on 34 acres of land within the view of the Kittatinny Ridge and the Blue Mountains. Campers will spend their days immersed in a blend of Berks Nature’s nine Summer Camp themes. The week’s activities will include the following topics: Natural Art, Ecosystems, Watersheds, Outdoor Survival and Organisms.

Week 9: Second Bike Week (PRESCHOOL ONLY!)

(August 15th – 19th)

$250/camper ages 3-5

Preschool (3-5) For campers who missed our first Bike Week or those who love it so much they would like to do a second week. Bike week returns to close out our Summer Eco-Camp 2022! *Preschool Campers only this week*

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