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Nature Day Camp

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We believe in the power of outdoor experiences to enrich young lives. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Nature Day Camp combines games, creativity, scientific inquiry and hands-on exploration to create a memorable week of fun and discovery.

Our days include a variety of activities intended to appeal to a wide range of interests including unstructured exploration, storytelling, music, yoga, scientific inquiry, sensory awareness, arts and crafts and running games. We balance active and quiet and give campers the opportunity to connect with each other and with the natural world. We create opportunities for growth, connection and learning in a safe and supportive environment.

Exploring nature in Harpswell with friends

We are incredibly fortunate to have Harpswell as our learning laboratory. Harpswell is a coastal town with fascinating habitats to explore. Campers explore tide pools, salt marshes, rocky shoreline, forest and field. If your child loves exploring along Maine’s beautiful coastline, this camp is for you!

2021 will be our 22nd year of offering Nature Day Camp in Harpswell!

Click here for quotes from parents and campers about why they love about Nature Day Camp.

Click here for photos of Nature Day Camp in 2019. Click here for photos of Nature Day Camp in 2018. Click here to read a 2017 article about Nature Day Camp.

Nature Day Camp is supported by camp fees, Holbrook Community Foundation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members. Funding for scholarships is provided by the Harpswell Garden Club.

2021 Camp Registration Update

April 1, 2021

In 2021, we switched to a lottery system for camp registration. All camp spots are currently filled. We maintain a waiting list, which you can join with this link. Spots always open up, so it’s worth it to get on the waiting list.

You can also click here to sign up for email notification of registration for Nature Day Camp in 2022.

We’re hiring!

We’re still looking for camp leaders. Please help us spread the word. Click here for more information.

Please check the FAQs page on our website or reach out with questions. Thank you for your patience as we figure out the registration process. I look forward to seeing you this summer!

Preschool Nature Day Camp for ages 3-5

Your preschoolers will connect with the outdoors through their senses, hands-on exploration, scientific inquiry, games, art, stories, music, yoga and more.

Details:

  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 2021 Dates available:
    • June 28-July 1
    • July 12-15
    • July 19-22
    • July 26-29
    • August 9-12
    • August 16-19
  • Fee: $100 for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members. $115 for non-members.
  • Nature Day Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children from each site. Click here for more information about camp locations.
  • Campers provide their own snacks.
  • Scholarships are available. See our FAQs page for details.
  • Junior counselors welcome. See our FAQs page for details.

Nature Day Camp for children entering 1st through 5th grades

Your child will connect with the outdoors and learn through hands-on exploration, scientific inquiry, art, music, games, stories, fun and more.

Details:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 2021 Dates available:
    • June 28-July 2
    • July 12-16
    • July 19-23
    • July 26-30
    • August 9-13
    • August 16-20
  • Fee: $150 for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members. $165 for non-members.
  • Nature Day Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children from each site. Click here for more information about camp locations.
  • Campers provide their own snacks and lunch.
  • Scholarships are available. See our FAQs page for details.
  • Junior counselors welcome. See our FAQs page for details.

Camp Details

Click here for Nature Day Camp FAQs.

Click here for more information about camp locations.

Click here to read more from parents about what they love about Nature Day Camp.

Click here for a packing list.

Click here for more about camp leaders.

Looking for More Information?

Contact camp director Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org.