Eco-Camp 2021 Themes and Full-Day Fees

Prices listed are per camper, per week, and reflect the extension activities planned for campers in grades 3-8 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 $135/week per child (preschool through kindergarten) and $125/week per child (1st through 6th grade).

Week 1: The Art of Nature – Exploring the Nexus of Nature and the Arts

(June 14th – 18th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Campers will look to nature for artistic inspiration exploring natural dance, music making and art creation.

Preschoolers (3-5) will be participating in activities that involve music, movement, performance, and sensory art. A highlight of our week will be our special guest form Zumbini who will come to do a yoga and dance lesson with the kids! This week’s activities will include creating musical instruments, freeze dance, and creating art using different types of movement.

1st-6th grade (6-11) will explore our natural world by using our artistic abilities. We will immerse ourselves in nature to find inspiration for painting, writing poetry, journaling, and creating music. We will paint, weave, dance, and explore other ways to express our relationships with nature.

Week 2: Exploring Enchanted Forests, Fairy Gardens, and Troll Hunts

(June 21st – 25th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Campers will learn about the forest environment while imagining what life would be like as a tiny creature living in the woods.

Preschoolers (3-5) will learn about the forest environment and act out and create fairy tales, participate in scavenger hunts, and create their very own fairy garden. This week, kids will be using their imagination to design and create their very own fairy.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers will learn about forest plants and small creatures as we create our very own “fairy gardens” to take home with us at the end of the week. Explore Angelica Creek Park through scavenger hunts as we study some of its magical creatures.

Week 3: Mud Week

(June 28th – July 2nd)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Clay, silt, muck, ooze, soil and fun! Campers will learn about and experience all aspects of MUD this week. Prepare to be dirty!

Preschoolers (3-5) From mud sculptures to mud kitchens, 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 clay/mud sculptures, creating our class compost bin, and worm gardens.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Clay sculpting, making “seed bombs,” and creating our own “mud kitchen” delicacies, campers will explore fun ways to learn the properties of soil. We will learn about worms, compost, and get really dirty!

Week 4: Nature Heroes

(July 6th – 9th) – Please note this is Tuesday to Friday due to the holiday!

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

In this abbreviated week, children will learn about every day, local and historical conservation heroes who have impacted the environment over the years. They will learn how they can become a nature hero as well.

Preschoolers (3-5) You have heard of Superman and Wonder Woman but have you heard of Lady Weeds and Plant Man? Preschoolers will create their very own nature hero after learning about what makes a nature hero special. This week’s activities will include designing and creating their individual super hero and ways that their special powers can help save the environment.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers will learn about animal habitats and help to improve them around Angelica Creek Park and at home. We will explore aspects of climate change and learn about the benefits of renewable energy and construct our own windmills. We end the week by having a conservation poster contest.

Week 5: Bike Week

(July 12th – 16th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Back by popular demand, our annual bike week returns with rides of different distances and the ever popular rodeo at The Nature Place. We’ll talk about safety and maintenance of our bikes, and among other things: we’ll again ride to Gibraltar where we’ll stop at Scoupe deVille Ice Cream shop for a cool treat before heading back to The Nature Place. *NOTE: Bike rides and activities will be based mostly on ability and not always age.

Preschoolers (3-5) Preschoolers will learn to recognize important trail safety signage and trail etiquette. Who knows, your preschooler might even end the week without training wheels! This week’s activities will include decorating bikes, making license plates, and constructing a “bike wash” to wash their bikes.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers in this group will learn about bicycle safety and how to ride correctly in the street with other bike riders. They will also be involved with rodeos and bike hikes according to their ability on a bicycle. Those more advanced riders will be involved with longer bike rides that will last most of the day. Older campers will also learn how to maintain their bike and the basics of repairing the bike.

Week 6: Animal Homes/NSI/Tracks

(July 19th – 23rd)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Preschoolers (3-5) Preschoolers 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.

1st-6th grade (6-11)

Week 7: Leave No Trace and Wilderness Survival (Camping/LNT/Fishing/Archery)

(July 26th – 30th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

This week will be where campers of all ages will learn how to survive in the wilderness using the bare necessities carried in a backpack. They will learn the hiking etiquette of “Leave no Trace”.  Another portion of the week will be bow and arrow instruction with a qualified and certified instructor and learning how to fish with a rod and bait. We will simulate what really could happen when you go for a short or long hike in the woods. Also, there will be some first aid and basic survival skills taught this week. Campers will learn how to use a compass.

Preschoolers (3-5) Preschoolers will learn how to survive in the wilderness using the bare necessities carried in a backpack. Teachers will simulate what really could happen when you go for a short or long hike in the woods. Using the first aid and basic survival skills taught throughout the week, they will figure out how to solve problems as a team. They will also learn how to use a bow and arrow, as well as how to fish with a rod and bait. This week’s activities will include making shelters, fishing rods, and bow.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers will be learning about trails in nature and markings that may be on these trails. They will also need to learn how to pack some of the basics for the hike that we are taking. In addition, everyone will be permitted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow from a qualified instructor and fish with a rod using bait. Older campers will be taking longer, extended hikes with their backpack full of supplies for an actual hike in the woods. Prior to these hikes, the campers will plan out and pack the materials they will need to hike. Through simulation exercises, this group will explore the wilderness and have to endure basic to some more intense situations that may occur on a hike like this.

Week 8: The 3 Bs of the Environment – Web of Life: Bugs, Birds, and Botany

(August 2nd – 6th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

Campers will explore the “cycle of life” and the important relationships between bugs, birds, and plants. We have live birds, reptiles, and mammals coming for visits at 10am.

Preschool (3-5) Preschoolers will explore seed spreading, pollination, and other benefits of these relationships. They will also learn about the benefits of native plants. There will be live reptiles, birds, and other mammals this week. This week’s activities will include a flower/bug scavenger hunt, flower suncatchers, and digging for bugs.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers will explore the “cycle of life” and the crucial relationships between bugs, birds, and plants. Explore seed dispersion, pollination, and other benefits of these dependent relationships. We will investigate the benefits of native plants on the wildlife in PA. Lastly, we will search out invasive species and discuss their impact on the wildlife in our state. There will be live reptiles, birds, and other mammals this week.

Week 9: The Science of Trash! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

(August 9th – 13th)

$250/camper ages 3-5, $235/camper ages 6-12

This week will be dedicated to combining the learning about really cool science experiments that are backed by science principles and creating things out of the items we recycle and call it our own junk art. This is the week you all get a chance to compete in our famous boat race and egg drop extravaganza.

Preschool (3-5) This week, the preschoolers will practice the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We will conduct science experiments and create masterpieces, aka “junk art”, using recyclable materials. This is the week kids will get a chance to compete in our famous boat race and egg drop extravaganza. This week’s activities will include tin can windchime, building robots with recycled materials, recycled birdfeeders, and learning how waste affects our planet.

1st-6th grade (6-11) Campers in this group will be involved with creating fun art projects and creative junk art that they can take home with them. All of the items created will be made out of recyclables that are brought from home or collected at Berks Nature. Campers will conduct scientific experiments, and design and carry out actual STEM-type projects.

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