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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 fun, creativity, scientific inquiry and hands-on exploration to create a memorable learning experience.

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 mud flats, tide pools, a freshwater stream, forest and fields. If your child loves exploring along Maine’s beautiful coastline, this camp is for you!

This is our 20th year of offering Nature Day Camp in Harpswell!

Here’s what some happy parents have said about Nature Day Camp:

  • “She loves being outdoors and active. This was perfect.”
  • “The best parts were exploring nature with their hands, catching live critters and dissecting fish.”
  • “The camp was a great opportunity for us to see new places and get to know new friends.”
  • “I just wanted to say how much I appreciate that this camp is an option for my daughter! I feel good about dropping her off and feel like the adults in charge truly care about the kids and making sure everyone is OK.”

Click here for a photo slideshow of Nature Day Camp in 2017. Click here to read a 2017 article about Nature Day Camp.

Camp Details

In 2018, we will offer three weeks of preschool camp and two weeks of elementary camp. 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. We will let you know the daily locations at least a month before camp starts.

Click here for a packing list.

Click here for more information about the locations.

Update Feb. 11, 2018: Every year Nature Day Camp fills up more and more quickly. This year was especially fast. We sent out the announcement to past camp families and opened enrollment on our website on Jan. 31 and all camp weeks are now full. We’re sorry if you missed the enrollment window and we hate to turn people away. If you didn’t get in, we encourage you to join the waiting list. We usually have one or two campers who cancel and the waiting list helps us gauge demand for camp. Click here to be placed on a waiting list.

Preschool Nature Day Camp for ages 3-5

Finding a crab at Pott’s Point Preserve (Curt Chipman photo)

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

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

Checking out the marine lab at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center

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

  • Dates are as follows. Campers may attend one or more weeks.
  • Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The camp fee is $95 for HHLT members and $105 for non-members per week. (A donation of any size makes you a member. To join now, click here).
  • Campers provide their own snacks and lunch.
  • Scholarships are available. Scroll down for more information.
  • Enrollment is limited to 22.
  • Click here to register.

Scholarships

Thanks to a generous donation from the Harpswell Garden Club, HHLT offers camper scholarships. If a scholarship would help you send your child to camp, please don’t hesitate to request one. Click here to request a scholarship or contact Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Learning about bees at the Harpswell Community Garden

Junior Counselors

For teenagers who love kids and the outdoors, being a junior counselor is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and have fun! Junior counselors act as assistants to the camp leaders. They are expected to be good role models, participate in all activities, oversee small group activities, assist campers and, depending on their interests, lead games and activities. Junior counselors must be at least 14 years old. There is no fee and no payment for this position. Being a junior counselor is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and experience teaching younger children. It’s also an opportunity to explore and have fun alongside campers.

Interested? Click here to apply.

Looking for More Information?

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