Our Tall Pines program is tailored for campers that investigate their natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem. Each day lets your child be a real explorer, using science in fun ways to better know the natural world. Environmental games, animal encounters, nature based crafts, interactive stories, cooperative games, and other nature activities to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in our daily adventures.
Our campers will learn how does a bee make honey? Where do monarchs go in the winter? Why does an owl spit up pellets? What is a squirrel’s nest called? Animals and plants have developed incredible adaptations to survive in the wild. Campers will explore the ecosystem to uncover these secrets through observation and experiments.
Our Tall Pines Program 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
- Animal Savers
- Pollinator Gardens
- Atelier Studio
- Maine Wildlife Discovery
- Coral Reefs
- Birds of a Feather
- Maine Geology
- Rookie Naturalists & Habitat Seekers
- Teepees, Tribes & Totem Poles
- Forest Leadership School
If your child adores animals, wants to be a zookeeper, park ranger, veterinarian, wildlife rehabber, help less fortunate animals, then they will love our Animal Savers Camp! Little naturalists spend time learning how to care for animals, how to contribute to local organizations to see other ways people are working to make the world a better place for animals and wildlife.
July 1—3 (closed July 4th and 5th for Independence Day)
Getting your child’s botany experiences in the garden is a wonderful way to welcome the Summer Season in Maine. This is an opportunity for children to learn about what flowers and shrubs can attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and even the very important insect of Maine, the “Honey Bee.” Children learn the importance of pollination in agriculture, and the difference between annuals and perennials. Growing Green teaches the importance of composting, healthy soil, how to water flowers, plant unique wildflowers, and take home their own planted flower in a reusable container!
Unleash your child’s inner Picasso in an art camp where Old World Masters meet High Tech Digital Media! Little naturalists will create masterpieces using various mediums such as chalk, watercolor, acrylic, and clay while learning about artists of the world. Other art projects will involve emergent learning art activities in which the children will teach us which they are most interested in.
Maine Wildlife Discovery
Exploring all the unique species in Maine that are threatened, endangered, or extirpated! Teaching children how we can support our local conservation and wildlife preservation in our own backyard. Children discover animal tracks, Maine birds, Maine amphibians, Maine turtles, and Maine mammals. Miss Michelle is a volunteer at the Maine Wildlife Park and is extremely passionate about supporting & protecting Maine Wildlife. This is a wonderful week to show appreciation what Maine is all about!
Little Naturalists will learn about the intertidal regions of one of the most diverse ecosytems on the planet. Children explore everything from crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, mussels, snails, varieties of seaweed, barnacles, lobsters, various aquatic themes & oceans, sea mammals, and hands-on fun with seashells and sea rocks. The most important focus during this week is the emphasis on keeping our oceans clean, taking part in marine wildlife conservation, and the significance of endangered coral reefs.
Birds of a Feather
July 29 — August 2
Birds of a Feather offers campers and group leaders the opportunity to introduce their students and participants to the fascinating world of raptors. The campers will not only gain an understanding of such ecological concepts as predator/prey relationships; they will see a hawk, an owl, or an eagle up close. We’re even going to show students how to wrap an injured talon! Campers will also discover Eastern Backyard Birds in Maine and utilize Maine Audubon Birds to listen for their songs and sounds. Campers will also help place bird feeders, bird houses on the trail, use their nature journals to write what they observe, and we’ll introduce instruments to campers to show them how to call certain types of birds. This kind of an experience instills into each camper a greater respect and appreciation for birds. Camp EcoAvocado programs are to foster a more responsible attitude towards all wildlife.
Some of the concepts the birds help to teach:
- predator/prey relationships
- raptor identification
- endangered species
- How deforestation effects backyard birds
- Bird calls, sounds, and songs
- the “evil” predator myth
- survival adaptations
- raptor conservation
- the hawk migration phenomenon
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 rocks can be utilized. From jewelry, to landscaping, to painting, and to collecting, Tall Pines get to explore minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary and luster stones as part of the Mineral collecting in Maine!
Rookie Naturalists & Habitat Seekers
How do children care for the Earth? Discover the simple joys of nature and the loving ways children can develop appreciation for it. From our mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and rivers. Also the Ferry Beach Ecology School will be visiting our small facility to perform a small skit for all the children! During this week we will focus on teaching the children the relationships between organisms and their environment. Using different types of insects like ladybugs, carpenter ants, etc… to show how the relationship of these organisms relates to us. We will focus on ecosystem ecology which will touch base on ecological issues- biomass, energy flow, nutrient cycling. Emphasis on recycling and that everyday is “Earth Day.”
Teepees, Tribes & Totem Poles
Take a journey with Native Americans as we explore and learn about their lives and culture. Campers will become “tribe” members, exploring the traditions, homes, village life, food gathering strategies, and the importance of sports and games in Native American life. They will replicate Native American art, design and construct totem poles, spend time in a real teepee and focus on life as it was — good times with friends.
Forest Leadership School
This unique “Forest Leadership” experience combines summer fun with nature-based science education activities and outdoor survival skills. Campers will take on the role of naturalist, scientist, and adventurer as they explore the forest and the creatures that inhabit it. This camp is the last week before returning to school, and we’ll focus on wilderness skills, leave no trace principles, outdoor first aid, exploring the use of a map and compass, learn how to set up a tent and camp site, how to utilize camping resources, engage in outdoor cooperative activities, nature-based crafts, and our campers explore our introductory trails called Hedgehog Loop and the EcoAvocado Trail in the forest! This is a wonderful experience for any child that loves the outdoors! Each child will have a meaningful experience so they can leave inspired to become future environmental stewards of the planet, and have a deeper appreciation for the outdoor~nature connection.