Parents can choose any days Monday-Friday, half days or full days.
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 Habitats
- Atelier Studio
- Wildlife Forensics
- Tide Pools
- Birds of a Feather
- Maine Geology
- Change Agents
- Teepees, Tribes & Totem Poles
- Extinction Detectives
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.
June 29—July 23 (closed July 3rd)
Giving your child botany experiences in the garden is a wonderful way to welcome the Summer Season in Maine, and the ecological concepts used during this week of camp is pollination and cross pollination. 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 will learn the importance of pollination in agriculture, and the difference between annuals and perennials. Pollinator Habitats teaches the importance of composting, healthy soil, how to water flowers, plant unique wildflowers, and how to be pollinator friendly!
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.
From tracks to scats to skulls and bones to antlers and horns! What animal is that?! What happened? Who was involved? A week of wildlife forensics culminates a group of investigators that are collecting evidence, lifting prints, photographing and sketching a scene, solving mysteries, and gathering specimens! During this unique week of wildlife forensics children will learn the importance of wildlife ecology and conservation in Maine. Teaching children how we can support local conservation and wildlife management is a wonderful way to bring compassion in protecting our very own Maine Wildlife.
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 27 — 31
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 Audobon 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
The ecological concept used this week of camp is “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? How do humans use rocks? What is a fossil? 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!
A change agent is how one person can change the world and how we can do it together for human beings and the planet. Change agents are innovators, scientists, explorers, leaders, pioneers, and individuals who have a deep appreciation for natural resources, wildlife habitats, and digging deeper to see the importance of our human existence to the nature world. This week of camp is to cultivate a positive drive for children to care, fall in love with our magnificent world and our pristine seas, and guide them through a process of discovery in what they truly care about what’s important to them. We want to show children that they can sow seeds, however small, to be a Change Agent. (The Ecology School will be visiting our nature camp this week to perform a small skit for all our “Change Agents.”
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.
Let’s Branch Out! What do healthy trees need to succeed? Do trees get diseases? What is a tree burl? The ecological concepts used this week of camp is Conifer vs. Deciduous Trees, types of forest, how humans and animals utilize trees, tree rings and tree age discovery, what’s under the bark, the leaf life cycle, needles vs. leaves, root structure, various types of trees, and the importance of how insects even live in dead trees!
August 31—September 4
Let’s take a trip around the world with our Extinction Detectives to discover the fascinating endangered species of the planet. What’s your child’s favorite endangered species? This is a positive approach to see the goodness in the amazing work of famous environmentalist from people all over the globe working together to preserve the majestic and remarkable creatures of the planet! The ecological concept being used during this week of camp is to help children understand the importance of nature and how everything is interconnected and how their actions help shape the future of nature. This week our campers work together and decide on what endangered species to adopt through the World Wildlife Fund.