Day Camps 2020

Explore, Experiment & Discover!

2020 DAY CAMP UPDATE: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, has made the difficult decision to cancel summer camps, and Hildene Youth Corps, for the 2020 season, citing that its highest priority is the health and well-being of young campers, their families and the staff. As both a learning and social experience, after careful deliberation, it became clear that the required safety protocols would be immensely challenging and insufficient to ensure the safety of campers and their families.

We have chosen to leave summer camp information up on this page, to inform interested families of what the typical summer line-up entails (our summer programs will be back!). Descriptions of camps will also inform on what is an exciting new offering for summer 2020...

ANNOUNCING Camp-in-a-Box!: Hildene’s educators have created an alternative for this year, literally putting camp in a box. Designed for children entering first through sixth grade, the Camp-in-a-Box themes include Plants and Pollinators, Ponds and Wetlands, Forests and Farm Day. Favorite investigations and activities were chosen, and all the necessary equipment and any special materials needed are included in the box, so children are prepared to explore themes in depth, with their caregivers. Camp-in-a-Box provides all the tools needed to have fun, learn together, and peak a child’s curiosity, while discovering the simple wonders of the natural world!

Hildene's staff and summer camp educators will miss the joy and excitement that campers bring to Hildene throughout the summer. Until we are able to be together again, please consider Camp-in-a-Box as one way to engage in the excitement of summer. (Further details below.) Questions? Contact Education Director Diane Newton: newton@hildene.org.

* For those who had registered for summer camp at Hildene, you are entitled to a full refund. Other options are available, as per "Summer Details" on this page.

 

Camp-in-a-Box
Camp-In-A-Box
July 1 - August 24
For children entering 1st through 6th grade
$75 Hildene member, $100 nonmember
self-lead

Using our camp themes, Plants and Pollinators, Ponds and Wetlands, Forests and Farm Day, we have selected favorite investigations and activities, and included all the tools, equipment and special materials you'll need to have fun while learning with your families and caregivers. Guided by your child’s curiosity, discover the simple wonders of the natural world. Camp-in-a-Box provides all the tools needed to have fun, learn together, and peak a child’s curiosity, while discovering the simple wonders of the natural world. Unprecedented times require unprecedented solutions and this solution includes lots of fun! Camp in a Box is designed for curb-side pick-up, and includes a 5-day grounds pass to Hildene to have the option of doing the activities at Hildene. There is also an add-on option to arrange for a Hildene staff educator to join your family for a Camp in the Box themed activity at Hildene.

While a Camp in the Box contains equipment and materials for one child, with a little sharing, guidance and innovation, the lessons and activities can engage a family. Like adults, though, children learn best when they are having fun and actively engaged in hands-on learning. Some families may consider getting a second box if they feel this would better suit their needs. Conversely, a small package of extras , including a net and a felting kit, could be included for an additional $10 to augment a single box.

For more information, contact Diane Newton, newton@hildene.org.

Pollinators Camp
Pollinators: The Little Superheroes
June 22 - 26
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Diane Newton

CANCELED FOR 2020.

If you love strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or apples, you can thank our fuzzy bee friends. To produce fruits and seeds, most flowering plants need their pollen moved between flowers by pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats. This week we’ll celebrate and explore the vital role of these creatures in our world.  We’ll investigate their habitat needs, life cycles and characteristics through field investigations, art projects and games.  We’ll suit up and look in a live beehive, dissect flowers to discover how seeds are formed, pick strawberries to make a tasty treat, and explore ways to make our yards more pollinator friendly. 

 

Vernal Pool
Nets, Buckets and Boots
June 29 - July 3
For children entering 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Diane Newton

CANCELED FOR 2020.

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.

 

Summer Camp, Community Building Woodland Adventures
Community Building & Woodland Adventures
July 6 - 10
For children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Meg Minehan

CANCELED FOR 2020.

Create a miniature village! Design peeps (little people) and build a rustic village using natural materials. Through peeps, campers playfully explore community themes, like collaboration and teamwork, and experience connections to something bigger than themselves. There are jobs to be done, products to be make and services to provide. While building their community, campers investigate Hildene's forest, meadow and wetland habitats and learn about native plants and animals. They make nature-based crafts, prepare medicinal "sun" teas, play cooperative games and engage in observation and awareness activities throughout the week.

Summer Day Camp, Forest Study
Fabulous Forests
July 13 - 17
For children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein

CANCELED FOR 2020.

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.

 

Summer Day Camp, Create Art at Hildene
Imagine, Discover and Create Art at Hildene
July 20 - 24
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Anharad Llewelyn

CANCELED FOR 2020.

From nature walks, to the formal gardens, to the goat dairy and beyond, campers explore the beauty of Hildene while gathering materials for projects. Campers create colorful drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints inspired by the styles and materials used by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Picasso, Seurat and Monet.  Their imaginations soar as they learn about new techniques. The week ends with an art show for students’ families, exhibiting work created during this week-long artistic journey.

 

 

Summer Day Camp, Hildene farm camp
Farm Camp
July 27 - 31
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Lisa Maggio

CANCELED FOR 2020.

Campers tend to the care of sheep, chickens, pigs and cows at our Dene Farm. They learn about the importance of composting, while getting their hands in the soil, cultivating and harvesting vegetables. They explore the operations of our greenhouse, including planting and harvesting micro-greens. At our goat dairy, campers learn about raising goats and the cheese making process. Farm-based crafts, stories and foods are also part of the mix, with the week ending with a mini farm-to-table celebration.

 

Summer Day Camp, Hildene farm camp
Farm Camp
August 3 - 7
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Lisa Maggio

CANCELED FOR 2020.

Campers tend to the care of sheep, chickens, pigs and cows at our Dene Farm. They learn about the importance of composting, while getting their hands in the soil, cultivating and harvesting vegetables. They explore the operations of our greenhouse, including planting and harvesting micro-greens. At our goat dairy, campers learn about raising goats and the cheese making process. Farm-based crafts, stories and foods are also part of the mix, with the week ending with a mini farm-to-table celebration.

Summer Day Camp, wonderful world of plants
The Wild and Wonderful World of Plants!
August 10 - 14
For children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein

CANCELED FOR 2020.

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.