Where: Camp Denison, 84 Nelson St., Georgetown
When: February 23-25, 9am-3pm
Ages: 6-11 years old
After a COVID-induced hiatus, we are rebooting our vacation week programming! Join us for one, two or three days of outdoor exploration at beautiful Camp Denison over the school vacation. Each day will have a special theme and be filled with adventure, games, nature-based activities, and fun. Each day will end with marshmallows around a camp fire!
February 23 – Carnivores! – FULL
Late winter can be a challenging time for our local carnivores. Food is scarce and if snow on is on the ground finding their preferred small mammals can be especially challenging. Luckily for us, this forces these animals to be almost constantly on the move leaving tracks everywhere. We will learn how to identify different animal tracks, follow trails through the woods, and learn more about the coyotes, fox, fisher, and otters that make our area home.
February 24 – Winter Adaptations – FULL
Animals do not have heated homes they can retreat to when temperatures drop. So how do they stay warm? We will spend the day exploring and experimenting with different animal adaptations to see which are the best for staying warm. We will build shelters, attempt to keep a bottle of water from freezing, and play a series of games that illustrate just how difficult it is for most animals to survive the winter months.
February 25 – Fire and Ice – FULL
Winter survival can be difficult for humans too. Food is scarce, water is frozen, and heat is hard to come by. But there are skills that can make outdoor living comfortable even in the coldest months! During this exciting, skill-based day we will learn how to safely build, maintain, and extinguish a fire using only flint, steel, and woodland materials. Shelters will be constructed out of whatever we can find in the forest. And we’ll finish the day with a cup of hot wintergreen tea made from the bark of one of our local trees!
Due to space restrictions, our group will be capped at 10 students. All students and staff are required to wear masks while indoors. Program participants will bring their own snacks and lunches along with appropriate outdoor gear. A full list of what to bring will be sent to those who register.