Nature: Activities

Each week we offer 14-16 different nature activities (called “occupations”) over a range of “skill” levels, from beginning to advanced.

A Typical Week’s Offerings

Beginning level

  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Ponds and Streams
  • Junior Nature Book
  • Birding
  • Nature Drawing

Intermediate Level

  • Wild Foods
  • Digital Photography
  • Darkroom Photography
  • Bush Lore
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies

Advanced Level

  • Mosses
  • Caddisflies
  • Butterfly and Moth Field Studies
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Rocks and Minerals

Several occupations are available every week (such as Beginning Butterflies and Moths, Beginning Rocks and Minerals, and Wild Foods) so you can start learning something new at any point of your session. Others are led once or twice a summer. We offer around 35 different occupations each summer. Other favorites include:

  • animal homes and signs
  • wetlands ecology
  • environmental sculpture
  • “Dying Wooly Critters” and other “hybrid” nature/art activities

Science is about Asking Questions, Not Memorizing Facts

You’ll get to the “nature” of the subject matter by considering questions such as:

  • what makes moths different than butterflies?
  • what’s a mineral and how is it formed?
  • how and where does an animal live and find its food?
  • why do some plants like shade and others like full sunlight?

Before long, you might start asking your own questions:

  • Why are the leaves on the seedlings in the forest so big?
  • Why can’t the piece of coal that I found in Mahoosuc Notch come from there?
  • What ecosystem do I live in at home?

Activities in the Nature Program Grow With You

In our more advanced occupations, we focus on asking questions and looking for answers. In this way we can offer just as much challenge to our older, more experienced campers as we do to our younger “first timers.” Read more >

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