Day Camps 2020

Explore, Experiment & Discover!

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.

SPRING AND SUMMER DAY CAMP 2020: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS!

It's an exciting line-up for 2020 - we're looking forward to a wonderful season!

 

*Please Note: Although we are hopeful that Summer Camps will proceed as scheduled, and we continue to accept registrations, we cannot guarantee that camps will be offered as activities are dependent on the progress of COVID-19 containment. We will follow all guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and State government - the health of our Staff, and of the families who participate in our programming, is of the utmost importance. We are excited to be a part of children's summer of fun and will proceed to plan for a wonderful line-up of summertime offerings, until the future becomes clear. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions: newton@hildene.org.

 

Exploring the Vernal Pool
Step Into Spring at Hildene
April 13 - 17
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$195 Hildene member, $220 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Lisa Maggio

 

SPRING CAMP CANCELLED.

We have spring fever! Do you? Join us during this exciting time of year as the natural world springs back to life after a long winter. Campers will open their eyes, ears, and even noses to investigate the signs of spring while exploring Hildene’s forests and wetlands. At Hildene’s most important puddle, our vernal pool, we will catch and identify the creatures that depend on this unique wetland for survival. Not only will our boots get dirty as we explore, but our hands will too, as we help our farmers prepare gardens and care for our many animals. Along the way we will play games and make crafts to dive further into spring.

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

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


CAMP IS FULL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.