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Nature Day Camp

2015.8.5-Camp-Pott's-CC-(22We 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, 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.

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!

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

  • “THANK YOU!! What lucky kids to participate in this camp! My son came home the first day saying he wanted to be a marine biologist when he grows up. Wonderful exposure to science in the field for a kid.”
  • “Thank you for a well organized/thought out week of adventures. We’ve been telling all our friends how great the camp is and are planning to do it again next year!”
  • “This was a wonderful program! Very well organized and well executed. My daughter had a wonderful time. When I came to Mitchell Field for pick up and saw the kids frolicking in the field–I teared up. They looked so happy and joyful-a moment of pure bliss.”
  • “Wonderful to know that our children are in good hands doing things that they LOVE. So many thanks again for a great summer.”

Camp Details

We completed four successful weeks of camp in 2017. We will announce dates and details for 2018 in January. We hope to see you next year!

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 our camp locations.

Below is information about 2017 camp sessions.

Preschool Nature Day Camp for ages 3-5
Your preschooler will connect with the outdoors through their senses, hands-on exploration, games, art, stories and more.

  • July 24-28 and August 14-18.
  • Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The camp fee is $75 for HHLT members and $85 for non-members.  (A donation of any size in 2016 or 2017 makes you a member.  To donate now, click here.  If you’re not sure whether or not you’re a current member, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613).
  • Campers provide their own snacks.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Enrollment is limited to 14, with a minimum enrollment of 10.

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.

  • July 17-21 and July 31-Aug. 4.
  • 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.  (A donation of any size in 2016 or 2017 makes you a member.  To donate now, click here.  If you’re not sure whether or not you’re a current member, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613).
  • Campers provide their own snacks and lunch.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Enrollment limited to 24, minimum enrollment of 18

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. Most junior counselors are at least 14 years old. We will consider children younger than 14 as junior counselors for Preschool Nature Day Camp. 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.

Scholarships

Thanks to an annual 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.

 Looking for More Information?

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