Parents can choose any days Monday-Friday, Half Days or Full Days.
Our Little Timbers program is an enriching First Nature Camp experience for 3-4 year olds as they explore hands-on nature experiences, engage in small group nature games, and natured-based art activities. Little Timbers learn about the natural world, which improves a child’s imagination, concentration, and observation skills. Children enjoy nature walks, investigating our nature trails signs, story walks, Maine wildlife encounters, camp songs, and lots of outdoor art projects.
Camp EcoAvocado has 11 weekly themes, and our Summer Nature Camps offer a variety of options, and can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs. See camp tuition.
Weekly Themes Select
- Woodland Animals
- Little Master Gardeners
- Art in Nature
- All About Maine
- Ocean Caretakers
- National Park Rangers
- Little Gems
- Enchanted Forest
- Little Timbers Think Preschool
Squirrels! Racoons! Owls! Deer! Which forest animals sleep at night and during the day? Our Little Timbers experience science learning outside, with a full week of exploration and discovery. We’ll have outdoor cooperative games, animal crafts, and challenge each child’s observational skills on which woodland animals inhabit our area.
Little Master Gardeners
June 29—July 2 (closed July 3rd)
Little Timbers get to utilize our current landscaping to plant seeds, flowers, and vegetables in our garden. Gardens are living laboratories where lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging children to become active participants in the learning process. Having children engage in gardens improves their enthusiasm to choose food preferences of fruits and vegetables. A great week for using garden tools, and playing in organic soil!
Art in Nature
Children love to play outside and explore nature! From twigs! Leaves! Flowers! Bark! Stones! Painting outside! We’ve created art projects that make art with nature! Environmental art is a growing movement and it’s evolving all the time, and the activities focus on exploration and expression, so we help children express themselves creatively by using materials they find. We have projects that can guide our Little Timbers, so they know how to use their materials. Letter stones, Fairy Gardens, Weaving nature, Flower Petals and Leaf pigments, acorn collage, and decorating pinecones are fun examples to involve nature and turn it into Art!
What is Geocaching? This is a friendly way to teach our Little Timbers about the wonders of the Outdoors! This is the best hi-tech treasure hunt where children will be searching enthusiastically for a little treasure box in the woods! We will use maps and little hints to help children find the Cache! They may be hidden under rock piles, old logs, or even behind a tree! One the treasure has been found we teach children “Leave No Trace” principles, to take something from the cache, leave something in the cache, and what we can write about in the logbook!
All About Maine
The way life should be! This week we’ll be taking our campers on the beautiful discoveries and amazing facts of Maine. All the way from Kennebunk to Katahdin we’ll be learning the history and symbols of our remarkable state. Did you know these uniqueMaine State Facts?
- Motto: Dirigo ( I lead)
- Capital: Augusta
- Statehood: 23rd State
- Bird: Chick-A-Dee
- Fish: Land- Locked Salmon
- Flower: White Pine Cone
- Animal: Moose
- Insect: Honeybee
- Mineral: Tourmaline
- Berry: Wild Blueberry
- Highest Point: Mt. Katahdin ( 5267 ft. above sea level)
- Nicknames: Pine Tree State or Vacationland
- Maine is the only State with one-syllable name
Do you know how big a Logger Head Turtle is? Let make a beach in a jar! This is an enriching marine biology experience that opens the doors to what is “Marine Life” and the majestic species that utilize the ocean as their home. This week is to cultivate a love and respect for our pristine oceans by building confidence, while inspiring future generations about coastal conservation through safety and fun. We introduce sea life,seashells, crustaceans, how to keep our oceans clean, and which endangered marine species need our help. This week incorporates sprinkler and water table fun!
We love insects! Little Timbers investigate insects with their very own natural curiosity! What do insects like, spiders, beetles, snails, centipedes, bees, and butterflies have in common? They have no spine and it takes a strong outer shell and some wild adaptations to be a spine-less creature in the natural world.
During this week of camp children will discover which bugs utilize our current landscaping for survival and this is such a child friendly way to learn about insects through life cycles, beautiful insect art activities from grasshoppers, lighting bugs, dragonflies, butterflies, ladybugs, the praying mantis, honeybees, and even hard-working ant colonies!
National Park Rangers
This week our campers will learn that the United States has 61 protected pristine and breathtaking National Parks that are operated by the National Park Service! We’ll be creating a little national park atmosphere with some pretend campfires with marshmallows, trail mix, Smokey the Bear coloring pages, and will have some beautiful pictures of our national parks. These national park rangers will learn how our National Parks truly make our country special with parks like Acadia which is right here in Maine, Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, and many many more. During this week of camp, these National Park Rangers will learn what national parks are and how they preserve significant natural and historical places, will instill the appreciation for nature and the outdoors, the importance of preventing wildfires, and will teach the importance of conservation and preserving public lands.
Let’s Explore Minerals and Rocks in Maine! Each year rock collectors come to Maine to explore and search for crystals, gems, gold, and other minerals. Wow! What rock is that? Where did that rock come from? Is that tourmaline, topaz, mica, or feldspar? Rock painting, rock collecting, discovering the beauty of different rocks and some of the unique ways of rocks can be utilized. From jewelry, to landscaping, to painting, and to collecting Little Timbers get to explore minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary and luster stones as part of Mineral collecting in Maine!
This is a magical and whimsical week! Little Naturalists use their imagination and use “little gnomes” and “little fairies” with wings to add to their fairy gardens. Children using their magic by turning bubbles into potions, sticks and ribbons into magic wands, turn silk scarves and flowers into fair soup, and children will design enchanted castles out of our beautiful gnome and fairy “felt” sets. ! Little Naturalists have fun creating gnome and fairy houses out of leaves, sticks and painted rocks and transform the nature trail into a magical Enchanted Forest!
Little Timbers Think Preschool
August 31—September 4
What a summer! Now that summer is coming to an end our Little Timbers are preparing to embark on a new journey…. Preschool here they come! This week helps children feel excited about their new chapter. We read back to school stories, we go over meeting new friends, new teachers, and all the fun learning experiences preschool brings. This is a great precursor for children to help them make the transition into going back to preschool! We had such a wonderful summer in Maine!