Day Camps 2022

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.

Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our campers and staff. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be required to attend camp. All updated guidance from the Vermont Department of Health will be followed. Information regarding safety protocols will be provided to families at the time of confirmation. For registration information, please see "Registration Details."

 

 

Hildene Summer Camp, Bug Bonanza
Bug Bonanza
June 27 - July 1
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Diane Newton


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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 field investigations, games, stories and art activities.    Highlights include wading in a nearby stream in search of aquatic insects, setting up insect motels, creating pattern block insects and celebrating and exploring the vital role of insect pollinators.

Hildene Summer Camp, Nets, Buckets & Boots; riverside
Nets, Buckets and Boots
July 5 - 8 (4-day camp)
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$180 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, and read stories.

 

Summer Day Camp, wonderful world of plants
The Wild and Wonderful World of Plants!
July 11 - 15
For children entering 4th, 5th and 6th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein


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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.

 

Hildene Youth Corps summer program
Hildene Youth Corps: Elevating a Woodland Trail
July 11 - 22
For children entering 7th and 8th grade
$350 Hildene member, $425 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Lisa Maggio


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The portion of our trails that run through forested wetlands often leave hikers with soggy shoes. The 2022 youth corps team will complete a boardwalk on one of these trails, protecting its integrity and plant life, while also making it more accessible and enjoyable to hikers. During the construction of this project, the Youth Corps team will develop basic carpentry skills under the guidance of Hildene’s Building Superintendent, TJ Lillie. The team will also spend time learning about and exploring the ecology of Hildene, helping with chores at Hildene Farm, researching nonprofit organizations, enjoying crafts and playing games. This is a two-week summer program for 8 highly motivated young people. Visit: https://hildene.org/learning/youth_corps for more information.

Summer Day Camp, Create Art at Hildene
Imagine, Discover and Create Art at Hildene
July 18 - 22
For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Instructor: Anharad Llewelyn


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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 Camp, Community Building Woodland Adventures
Community Building & Woodland Adventures
July 25 - 27 (3-day camp)
For children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade
$135 Hildene member, $165 nonmember
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Instructor: Meg Minehan

 

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Join us to create a miniature village! Campers design peeps (little people) and build a rustic village using natural materials. Through their peeps, campers playfully explore community themes, such as collaboration and teamwork, and experience connections to something bigger than themselves. There are jobs to be done, products to be made, and services to provide. While building their community, campers investigate the forest, meadow, and wetland habitats of Hildene and learn about the native plants and animals. They also make nature-based crafts, prepare medicinal “sun” teas, play cooperative games, and engage in observation and awareness activities.

Summer Day Camp, Hildene farm camp, 2021, bfeeding the sheep
Farm Camp
Aug 1 - 5
For children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Lisa Maggio


CAMP IS FULL

Campers tend to the care of sheep, chickens, pigs and cows at Hildene Farm in the Dene… 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 the 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 in a mini farm-to-table celebration.

Summer Day Camp, Hildene farm camp, 2021, basket of potatoes
Farm Camp
August 8 - 12
For children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Lisa Maggio


CAMP IS FULL

Campers tend to the care of sheep, chickens, pigs and cows at Hildene Farm in the Dene… 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 the 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 in a mini farm-to-table celebration.

 

Forest Camp, 2021; among the trees
Fabulous Forests
August 15 - 19
For children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade
$225 Hildene member, $275 nonmember
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Instructor: Ann Hausslein


CAMP IS FULL

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.