Kids Eco-Discovery Camp August 24

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Join Us for Eco-Discovery Camp!

New themes and learning topics this year! Week-to-week registration available.
Our weekly day camp offers children ages 5-10 unique and fun opportunities to forge lasting connections with the natural world on our 825-acre nature preserve in New Fairfield, CT. Our days will be spent outdoors, exploring Great Hollow’s creeks, forests, meadows, and trails, learning about the critters that make this special place their home. Each weekly session includes science-based environmental education activities, live animal presentations, games, hikes, and daily time for self-directed nature play. Please visit: https://greathollow.org/summer-programs/ for weekly topics and schedule. For more information; please contact our Camp Director, Sena, atsena@greathollow.org or call (203) 546-7789 to find out more.

10% off for Family Level members and up!

Aug 6-10 On the Prowl Eco-Explorers (8-10)  Register and pay
Aug 13-17 Child vs. Wild Eco-Explorers  (8-10) Register and pay
Aug 20-24 Ecosystem Explorations Knee-High Naturalists (5-7) Register and pay

On the Prowl, August 6-10

This week is all about predators and prey! Though hands-on activities and games, we’ll examine the adaptations that predators and prey use against one another and how they escalate over time, the food webs of Great Hollow’s four major ecosystems, and the effects of imbalanced predator/prey ratios in ecosystems.

Topics covered: predator/prey relationships; what living things need to survive; producers and consumers; herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, and decomposers; food webs; trophic levels; bioaccumulation; ecosystems; biotic vs. abiotic; carrying capacity and population regulation; species niches; competition; symbiotic relationships; plant and animal adaptations; adaptations arms race; direct vs indirect observations; invasive species.

Child vs. Wild, August 13-17 (*Currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list)

*Optional evening program on Friday (camp day extended until 8:30pm, includes campfire dinner and night hike)

If you want to find out if you have what it takes to survive (and even thrive!) in the wild with just your skills and the supplies in your daypack, then this is the camp for you! We spend the week practicing outdoor skills such as fire building, cordage making, shelter building, use of a map and compass, off-trail navigation, and more. We’ll put our skills to the test through friendly competitions to determine our quickest fire builders, most skilled shelter makers, fastest map readers, and most successful wild edibles collectors.

Topics covered: fire building and safety; cordage making; shelter building; staying found; what to do if lost/S.T.O.P; rule of threes; what to always carry on a hike; map reading; compass use; topographical maps; off-trail navigation; edible and medicinal plant ID; edible invertebrate ID; animal tracking; spoon carving; water collection and filtration; Leave No Trace; basic Wilderness First Aid.

Ecosystem Explorations, August 20-24

*Optional evening program on Friday (camp day extended until 8:30pm, includes campfire dinner and night hike)

This week we’ll explore each of Great Hollow’s four major ecosystems—forests, meadows, wetlands, and streams—in depth to discover the variety of plants and animals that make them home. We’ll learn what all living things (including us!) need to survive and the diverse methods different species use to meet these needs. The week will be capped off by an optional night hike so we can observe the changes that occur in each ecosystem as the sun goes down, and maybe see or hear some nocturnal critters that are just starting their day.

Topics covered: ecosystems; biotic vs abiotic; predator/prey relationships; what living things need to survive; producers and consumers; herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, and decomposers; food webs; habitats; species niches; competition; symbiotic relationships; adaptations; lifecycles; invasive species; direct vs indirect observations.

Pricing & Details

Camp hours are 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM each day. Registration for each session (excluding July 4th week) is $225 for Family Level and higher membersof Great Hollow, and $250 for non-members. Registration for the abbreviated session from July 2-6 is $180 for Family Level and higher members, and $200 for non-members. The fee for the optional evening programs is $25. Optional camp t-shirts are available to purchase for $12.

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