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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!

2018 was our 20th year of offering Nature Day Camp in Harpswell!

Here’s what parents love about Nature Day Camp:

  • “Loved the variety of activities! Listening, learning through touch, reading, role play, yoga, singing and instrument playing, journaling, searching the woods, catching butterflies…Such early exposure to all these beautiful places in Harpswell will tie their memories to Harpswell when they are adults.”
  • “The instructors were wonderful to work with. Each one took the time to make sure each camper was comfortable, safe, and cared for. Their patience and flexibility allowed the campers to get the most out of their camp experience and helped each day run so smoothly. This is a wonderful program and we look forward to next year! Thank you for all of your time and effort put into coordinating this.”
  • “Every location was beautiful and so diverse! My child loved exploring each different location, and three of the four were new to us. The camp teachers took advantage of all there was to offer in each place, highlighting animals and features that made the environment unique. Each location offered the group a variety of options for exploring, creating and playing with plenty of space for the public to enjoy the area at the same time.”

Click here for a photo slideshow 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 and the Holbrook Community Foundation.

Camp Details

A note about Nature Day Camp:  This year, seven out of eight weeks of camp filled to capacity within 24 hours of opening enrollment. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate more children. We keep group sizes small for safety and for the quality of the experience. If you missed the enrollment window, you can join the waiting list for one or more weeks of camp this summer or you can get on our notification list for 2020.

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 more information about camp locations.

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.

  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Weeks available: July 8-11, July 22-25, August 5-8, August 19-22.
  • All preschool camp weeks are full but some spots may become available. Please click here to get on the waiting list.
  • Fee: $75 for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members and $90 for non-members. (A donation of any size makes you a member. You can join or renew while registering your child).
  • Campers provide their own snacks.
  • Scholarships are available. Scroll down for more information.
  • Junior counselors welcome. Scroll down for more information.
  • Enrollment is limited to 14.

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.

  • Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Weeks available: July 8-12, July 22-26, August 5-9, August 19-23.
  • All camp weeks are full but some spots may become available. Please click here to get on the waiting list.
  • Fee: $100 for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members and $115 for non-members. (A donation of any size makes you a member. You can join or renew while registering your child).
  • Campers provide their own snacks and lunch.
  • Scholarships are available. Scroll down for more information.
  • Junior counselors welcome. Scroll down for more information.
  • Enrollment is limited to 22.

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

Click here for Nature Day Camp FAQs.

Click here for information about camp staff.

Click here for a packing list.

Click here for more information about camp locations.

Interested in working for us? Click here for information about joining our team as an assistant camp leader.

Scholarships

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust offers need-based camper scholarships, with a preference given for Harpswell residents. If a scholarship would help you send your child to camp, please don’t hesitate to request one. Click here to request a scholarship.

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, assist campers and lead games and activities. Junior counselors for elementary camps must be at least 14 years old. Junior counselors for preschool camps can be younger than 14 if they have experience with young children. 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.