Apple Blossom School and Family Center Summer Camp. Ages 2 1/2 to 7, during the months of July and August. Each program will offer a rich experience in the arts including crafts, singing, gardening and cooking. Each camp will feature a flowing, gentle rhythm, responsive to the openess of summer. Children will have time to explore the natural world with nature walks and projects and plenty of outdoor play time. All Apple Blossom Summer Camp classes will be led by teachers in Waldorf Teacher Training. Programs are supported by the Lead Faculty of Apple Blossom School and will offer the children a true to form Waldorf experience nourishing their physical developent and striving for truth beauty and goodness in the classroom environment. Classes contingent on enrollement of 5 or more children per 2-week session. Apple Blossom School is located at 440 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Please call with questions and to register 203-834-0344.
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Audubon’s 290-acre sanctuary is an ideal place for children entering grades K through 9 to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the environment. Join us for seven fun-filled weeks of hands-on, educational hikes, games, activities and crafts! Seven one-week sessions. Ages: Children and teens entering grades K – 9. * Camps for teens entering grades 6-9 are offered. Camp Themes include: Creepy Crawlies, Twilight Investigations, Backwoods Explorers, Scale & Tails, Aquatic Adventures and Audubon Ecology Adventures (grades 6-9 only). Hours: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Twilight Investigations is an evening camp and runs from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. There is no day camp during this week. *On Thursday night, campers entering grades 4 – 9 will have an overnight at the Audubon Center and get picked up on Friday at 9:30 am. Campers in grades K-3 will attend camp from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the entire week (Monday-Friday). Cost: $315 for members; $350 for non-members (includes $35 annual family membership fee). * We do not offer sibling or multiple week discounts. Visit Audubon Greenwich. 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831. Phone 203-869-5272.
A spirited, dynamic overnight camp for girls and boys ages 7-16, ideally situated on Center Lake, high atop the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts (2 hrs. from Boston; 3 hrs. from NYC). Full program of professional instruction in all land and water sports, creative and performing arts, and outdoor hiking and camping. Golf, Horseback Riding, Hobby electives and trips to all of the cultural and recreational attractions of the Berkshires. Shorter “starter option” for first-time campers. Owned and directed since 1960 by the Hoch Family, 28 Sammis Lane, White Plains, NY 10605. 914-428-1894. Visit www.campwatitoh.com.
At Earthplace we use our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary as an outdoor classroom. On trail walks through the woods, meadow, stream, and pond, we often spot wildlife in their natural surroundings, including deer, turtles, hawks, wild turkeys and groundhogs. Every week animals from our indoor Animal Hall come to visit. Campers learn about many creatures and their habitats, with the themes changing every week. There are many opportunities to explore new aspects of nature through hands-on activities, group games, field trips, hikes and crafts. Once a session, children in grades 1 through 4 go on area field trips. Some weeks our 3rd & 4th, and 5th-7th graders go canoeing. On other weeks the 5th-7th graders also camp overnight at Earthplace. We hope to give your child a summer experience that encourages him or her to appreciate all that nature at Earthplace has to offer. Call 203-227-7253 x 107 before registering. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, PO Box 165, Westport, CT 06881. 203-227-7253. Visit www.earthplace.org.
Greenwich Historical Society History & Art Camp, for children in second through seventh grades, features a highly interactive two-week camp closely focused on history and art themes that characterize Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush-Holley Historic Site. The first week, activities evolve around Colonial and Early American history. Second week focuses on art and the Cos Cob art colony. A field trip and a Friday Parents Day every week. Professional artists, educators and re-enactors provide additional instruction. Fun, engaging, hands-on. To register online or for more info, go to www.hstg.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 18.
Set on 14.5 beautiful acres in Stamford, Connecticut, 2 miles from the Pound Ridge, New York border, children experience a traditional day camp setting with 3 outdoor (heated) pools, ball fields, game courts, playgrounds, nature trails, group rooms and a fabulous, air-conditioned Arts & Athletics Center. The Camp offers a well-rounded variety of activities such as Expert Swimming Instruction, Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Ropes Course, Cookouts, Music, Dance, Drama, Wrestling, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Miniature Golf, Arts & Crafts, Nature, and Special Events. Ages range from 3-4 in the Nursery through 8th grade in the Older Division. 478 Erskine Road, Stamford, CT (203) 322-0253 www.longridgecamp.com.
Treat your child age 2-15 to a unique and action-packed summer experience at the New Canaan Nature Center! Our staff of full-time naturalists and experienced summer counselors will create age-appropriate opportunities to explore, investigate & discover the natural world while building friendships through fun, creative activities. Each session will revolve around a different theme that will be brought to life through age appropriate games, experiments, projects and activities! Online registration at www.newcanaannature.org. For more information, contact Geoff McCann, Summer Camp Director at email@example.com or (203) 966-9577 x38. Visit www.newcanaannature.org.
Stepping Stones, Maritime Aquarium & Seaport Association: Water Wonders: Grades 1 – 4. Water, water everywhere! Hosted by The Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Museum for Children, campers experience exciting hands-on activities at two museums. Discover the amazing properties of water through experiments and demonstrations. Learn about creatures that live under and around wet, watery worlds including live rainforest insects and exotic frogs. River walks and beach exploration bring it all home to Long Island Sound, our own watery backyard. Daily 8:30 am – 2 pm. For more information about the collaboration camps or to register, call 203 852 0700, ext. 2353, between 2:00 to 4:00 pm or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Stepping Stones Museum. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. For more information, call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is 80 rolling acres of field, gardens, pastures and woods in Pocantico Hills, New York, where rich traditions of community-based farming are merging with the 21st century. Stone Barns Center’s Farm Camp is entering its eighth season. Camp sessions are designed for rising first graders through rising eighth graders. Our campers have the opportunity to see how the farm works and get their hands dirty by pitching in with farm chores and learning alongside our farm staff. In addition to activities focused on a specific theme, every camp session includes garden work, animal chores, cooking, crafts, games and hiking. At Farm Camp, we also explore the farm-to-table connection. A staff cooking specialist helps campers prepare healthy snacks several times each week, and older campers cook a full lunch together in a professional kitchen. Space is limited. Please register early! For more information, please contact Meghan Ryan, Camp Director: email@example.com, or 914 366 6200 x111. Visit www.stonebarnscenter.org to download the brochure and to register.
Attention budding naturalists, it’s time for Teatown Summer Camp! Fill your child’s day with up-close investigations, eco-art, hiking, nature play and habitat explorations. Openings remain for our 6-9-year-old full-day camp and 4-5 year-old half-day camp. Two-week sessions begin June 25, 2012. Half day: 9am-12pm, Members $355, Non-members $400. Full day: 9am-3pm, Members $685, Non-members $730. Extended care available. Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with a nature education center and 834-acre preserve located in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. Teatown’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. Teatown’s preserve includes the 33-acre Teatown Lake; 15 miles of trails; habitats including streams, a scenic gorge, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, hemlock and laurel groves; numerous live animals and exhibits in our living museum/nature center, including nine birds of prey; and a two-acre wildflower preserve (Wildflower Island) with some 230 species of native and endangered wildflowers. Nature Camp: Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. For more information, call 914-762-2912 x111 or visit www.Teatown.org
Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts, in the Huntington area of Long Island, is America’s largest summer arts day camp, annually hosting 1600 children ages 6-18 from throughout the Tri-State area. Air-conditioned buses transport students– in Westchester, from New Rochelle, Scarsdale and Rye. Students from nearby Connecticut come to Westchester for pickup. Usdan, called by Time Magazine “One of the most unique camps in America,” offers more than 40 programs in the arts and chess on its magnificent 200-acre woodland campus, plus on-site performances by distinguished artists. No audition is needed for most programs, and about one-third of students attend on scholarship. Families may visit the Center any Monday-Friday, at 185 Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights, NY or call 212-772-6060, or 631-643-7900. Also, visit www.usdan.com