“Children are our legacy.”

Summer Day Camps 2015

Camps are open for registration for

Hildene Members Only until March 6, 2015

 

Explore, Experiment & Discover!

Overlooking the valley of the Battenkill, our camps are located on the grounds of Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home. The estate was built in 1905 by Robert Todd Lincoln as his ancestral home.

Our camps foster children's love of learning in a safe and friendly environment. Each day children experience a wide variety of hands-on activities that are both educational and fun. Children are encouraged to explore, experiment and make their own discoveries.

Hildene's mission is Values into Action.

Bug Bonanza - This Camp is Full
June 22 - 26
For children entering 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Diane Newton

Explore the largest group of animals in the world – insects. These six-legged wonders abound in our fields, forests, ponds and rivers. We’ll investigate their amazing adaptations, life cycles and ecology through outdoor games, explorations, stories, art activities and songs. Highlights include a search for aquatic insects in a nearby river, setting up insect motels, creating pattern block insects and exploring the characteristics and habitat of honey bees.

 

Nets, Buckets and Boots - This Camp is Full
June 29 - July 3
For children entering 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Diane Newton

Calling all nature explorers! How does a water scorpion breathe, a beaver eat under water without drowning or a Great Blue Heron catch fish? Come and learn the answers to these and other questions during our week exploring and comparing river, pond and wetland communities. We’ll catch and identify aquatic insects, build a river food web, investigate a beaver pond and identify common wetland plants. We’ll also play, do crafts, sing songs, and read stories.

 

Farm Camp
July 6 - 10
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Mimi Wright

Discover how our lives are connected to agriculture. Campers become familiar with Hildene’s farm, visit neighboring ones and are introduced to different types of operations. Campers explore goat-raising, cheese making, vegetable growing and composting. They try their hand at weeding, picking snacks from the garden, felting fleece into fabric and picking berries for baking. They’ll hear farm stories and create farm-based crafts.

 

Farm Camp - This Camp is Full
July 13 - 17
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Mimi Wright

Discover how our lives are connected to agriculture. Campers become familiar with Hildene’s farm, visit neighboring ones and are introduced to different types of operations. Campers explore goat-raising, cheesemaking, vegetable growing and composting. They try their hand at weeding, picking snacks from the garden, felting fleece into fabric and picking berries for baking. They’ll hear farm stories and create farm-based crafts.

 

The Wild and Wonderful World of Plants!
July 20 - 24
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein

Explore gardens, fields and forests of Hildene to discover and learn how the human and natural worlds are interconnected. We will be foragers of the field and forest! As naturalists, we will observe and identify plants through activities, games and projects including hunting and gathering for wild crafting and eating. From teas to dream pillows to terrariums and vine baskets, we will make crafts and foods to eat to become closer to the natural world around us.

 

Wild Survival - This Camp is Full
July 27 - 31
For children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Rick LaDue

Can you build a shelter as weather-proof as a gray squirrel, navigate as well as a migrating song bird or move through the forest as quietly as a fox? Put your survival skills to the test as you spend the week learning from the experts: the animals of southern VT. With hands-on exploration, campers discover the ways local animals survive in the wild and have fun along the way.

 

Around the World Exploring Cultures through Art - This Camp is Full
August 3 - 7
For children entering 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Anharad Edson

Travel around the world without leaving the beauty of Hildene. Campers explore art from fascinating cultures (past & present) making deep connections to our own extraordinary landscape. Students go on nature hikes, gather materials for projects, and paint in the gardens of Hildene. Imaginations soar as students learn about new materials, cultures, art movements and techniques. The week culminates with an art show for the students' families, exhibiting work created during this weeklong artistic journey.

 

Fabulous Forests - This Camp is Full
August 10 - 14
For children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
$185 Hildene member, $205 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein

Come and discover how the forest is more than just trees! Campers explore the forests in and around Hildene and learn about the woodland ecology of the region from the ground up. Through the exploration and identification of the flora and fauna, habitat and life cycle studies, games and wild crafting, we’ll get to know the diverse forest communities of the Taconic and Green Mountains that surround us.

 

 

 

Camps are open for member registration only until March 6.
Beginning March 7, camps are open for registration to the general public.

All camps are limited to 12 campers. To give all prospective campers the opportunity to attend the camp of their choice, enrollment priority will be given to children who have not previously attended a particular camp. If spaces remain, previous campers may then register. We hope all previous campers will join us for a new camp.

 

Registration Information

Please register by printing and submitting the attached pdf form. Your registration is assured when we have received full payment and when you have received a confirmation packet from us.

In the event your child is unable to attend camp, regardless of reason, camp fees are non-refundable.

Please contact us at 802 367-7965 or email Diane Newton for more information.

Please make checks payable to “Hildene” and mail to:
Hildene, Education Program
PO Box 377
Manchester, VT 05254
802.367.7965

Click here to download the 2015 Camp Registration Form.

 

Our Camp Staff

Diane Newton, Director of Education, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester, VT

Rick LaDue, Forest Steward, Equinox Preservation Trust, Manchester, VT

Mimi Wright, Small-Scale Farmer, Londonderry, VT

Anharad Edson, Visual Arts Teacher at Long Trail School, Dorset, VT

Ann Hausslein, Avid gardener, forager, and early childhood teacher at The Little School, Dorset, VT

 

 

 

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