Nature Day Camp FAQs

When is Nature Day Camp?

Each year we schedule Nature Day Camp based on the tides. Several of our camp locations are best at low tide. Preschool Nature Day Camp runs from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nature Day Camp for elementary school students runs from Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

In 2019, preschool and elementary camps will be offered during these weeks:

  • July 8-12
  • July 22-26
  • August 5-9
  • August 19-23.

Is before or after care available?

No, sorry.

Where does Nature Day Camp take place?

Nature Day Camp is held at a different location each day in Harpswell, Maine. These preserves and trails provide rich, varied, interesting and fun places for campers to explore. Click here for more information about camp locations. These sites are rustic and most do not have enclosed spaces or bathroom facilities. Each day we bring a shade tent and a portable bathroom tent and folding toilet.

Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children at each site. We will let you know the daily locations at least a month before camp starts.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Camp happens rain or shine. If the weather forecast shows heavy rain or thunderstorms, we will change our location to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office at 153 Harpswell Neck Road. We will contact parents the evening before if we intend to change locations.

What should I pack for my child?

Click here for a packing list.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We welcome parent volunteers to stay during camp as an extra set of hands and eyes. We also welcome parents to lead particular activities in line with their skills and interests.

Can I stay after camp to play or have a picnic?

All camp locations are open to the public. You are always welcome to stay after camp ends.

Does my preschooler have to be potty trained?

No, your preschooler does not have to be potty trained to attend camp.

How do I sign up?

Camp registration opens February 4. Click here for more information.

How much does camp cost?

In 2019, Preschool Nature Day Camp costs $75 for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) members and $90 for non-members. Nature Day Camp for elementary school students costs $100 for HHLT members and $115 for non-members. A donation of any size makes you a HHLT member. Click here for more information on joining as a member.

Do you have a waiting list?

When camp sessions fill, we start a first come-first served waiting list. When camp spots become available, we start at the top of the list to find someone to fill the spot.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your enrollment and give us at least seven days notice, we will reimburse your full camp fee.

Can I sign up my child for more than one week of camp?

This is a very popular camp. In order to allow more families to experience it, we prefer that you sign up your child for just one or two weeks out of the summer. Additionally, we duplicate some activities and locations, and your child may not want to repeat the same activities for multiple weeks during the summer.

Can I sign up my preschool and elementary children for the same week?

In 2019, for the first time, we are offering preschool and elementary camp sessions concurrently. We are scheduling locations and start times so you can sign your preschoolers and elementary-age children up for the same week (and spend less of your summer driving down Harpswell’s long peninsulas). Camp groups will not be in the same location on the same day, but they will be in the same area of Harpswell.

Do you have first aid training? Do you do background checks?

All camp leaders are certified in first aid and CPR and have passed a background check.

What is the best way to get in touch with a camp leader during camp?

If you will arrive late to camp or need to contact a camp leader during camp, the best way to be in touch is by sending a text to Camp Director Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613. If you cannot send a text, you can call her or send an email to outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions not answered here, we welcome you to contact Camp Director Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org.