Summer Camp

Heifer Hill

About BEEC Youth Camps & Programs:

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s (BEEC) Nature Explorers Camps and Programs are for the young person who enjoys the natural world. Our goal is to foster children’s love of nature in a safe, supportive environment. Campers spend most of each day outdoors, in small groups, exploring the forests, meadow and waters of our 60 open acres. Non-competitive games, stories, art projects, music and a cooling ride down our gentle water slide at the end of the day add to the Nature Explorers Summer Camp experience. Children return year after year, excited to visit special places such as Grandmother Tree and Frog Pond. They also return knowing that there is much fun to be had! Campers investigate the lives’ of their wild neighbors, learn naturalist skills, explore wildlife habitats, develop their sensory awareness skills, venture off-trail, and discover a sense of magic and wonder in the Great Outdoors! Learn more about BEEC Youth Programs here.


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Nature Explorers Summer Programs & Camps 2016

 June 27th through August 12th for ages 4 – 15.  A new program each week!

Join as a BEEC member at the $45/year family rate to qualify for membership discounts.

Join online here.

BEEC is dedicated to making our programs available to all!  Apply for a scholarship here.  If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please do so here. Thank you!

Questions? Contact us at, 802-257-5785


Nature Photo Explorers ~ June 27th – July 1st, 9am – 3pm, Ages 12-15  

This program will integrate digital photography into nature exploration and discovery, through a collaboration between In-Sight Photography and BEEC. We will use the camera as a lens to investigate the natural world around us. Explorations will take place at BEEC and other unique natural areas of Brattleboro, including woodland, aquatic and mountain adventures.  ** Drop off and pick up location will vary by the day.

BEEC Summer Program with InSight 

Wondering if there is space in a week of camp? Go to the registration form.  If a week is full it will give the option of signing up for the wait list.   If you do not receive an email from us confirming your registration please email us at  Thank you!

BEEC Summer Camps 

Cub Camp ~  July 5th – 8th, 9am – 1pm*, Ages 4-5

$140 for BEEC members, $180 for non-members

This camp blends imagination with discovery. We will discover creatures that crawl, leap and fly as we explore and investigate the natural world through sensory activities and play. Stories, songs, and art projects enhance the young naturalist’s experiences.  

Wee Naturalists ~ July 11th – 15th, 9am – 3pm, Ages 5-7

$180 for BEEC members, $220 for non-members

Each day we will explore a new facet of the natural world using all of our five senses. Through hands-on activities, wanderings, and games campers will learn about campers will learn about life in a pond, insects of the meadow, birds on the wing, and mammals of the forest. Stories, songs, and nature projects enhance the wee naturalist’s experiences.

Emerging Naturalists ~ July 18th – 22nd, 9am – 3pm, Ages 6-8

$180 for BEEC members, $220 for non-members

Explore a new facet of the natural world each day this week. Campers will learn about plant life, the world of insects, the ways of birds, wild mammals, and predator-prey relationships. Through games, wanderings, and hands-on activities we will use our senses to explore the natural world. Stories, songs, and nature art enhance the emerging naturalist’s experiences.

Animals Come Home ~ July 25th – 29th, 9am – 3pm, Ages 7-10

$180 for BEEC members, $220 for non-members

Who’s in there? We will search for existing animal homes and create different kinds of shelter for our wild friends and ourselves. Participating in an onsite conservation project we will investigate, experience, create and play. Learning about the ecological importance and unique needs of bats, pollinators, and other wild friends we will build homes to help protect them for the future.

Walden Woods at Heifer Hill ~ August 1 – 5th, 9m – 3pm, Ages 8-11

$180 for BEEC members, $220 for non-members

Join us on a journey to find the hidden stories of life on Heifer Hill from past to present. The life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau will provide inspiration for our activities and saunterings through the woods and over the hills and fields. We will learn nature awareness skills, wild edibles, practice fire making skills, gain a deeper understanding of our wild neighbors, and imagine ourselves living closer to the land.  

Magical World of Nature ~ August 8th – 12th, 9am – 3pm, Ages 6-9

$180 for BEEC members, $220 for non-members

Venture through the woodlands in search of nature’s mysteries, small beings and magical places. Craft a home for the Wee People, make a magic potion, and turn yourself into a mystical creature. Magical games, songs, woodland walks, hands-on activities and art projects add to the fun!


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Looking back at Nature Explorers….CubCamp frog pond

What fun filled summers exploring the fields, woods, pond and vernal pool of BEEC, finding the magic in nature, developing our naturalist and wilderness skills, and much more!  You can see some photos from the summer of 2014 HERE, the summer of 2015 HERE, and the summer of 2016 HERE!



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