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!


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Nature Explorers Summer Programs & Camps 2015

 June 29th through August 14th for ages 4 – 15.  A new program each week!

Register online here!

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!

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.

Questions? Contact us at, 802-257-5785


Cub Camp ~ June 29 – July 3, 9am – 1pm ~ Ages 4-5

$160 for BEEC members, $200 for non-members

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

Budding Naturalists ~ July 6 – 10, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 5-8

$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, forest wanderings, and games campers will learn about life in a pond, insects and birds on the wing in the meadows, and mammals of the forest. Stories, songs, and nature projects enhance the young naturalist’s experiences.

Adventures in Summerland ~ July 13 – 17, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 8-11

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

Experience life on the wild side! Uncover the hidden stories of the wild with your senses. Investigate animal homes and build a summertime shelter. Practice your stalking and fire making skills. Learn how to identify wild edibles to prepare a lawn salad and wild plant tea! Through exploration, activities and playful mimicry we’ll gain a deeper understanding of our wild neighbors and imagine ourselves living closer to the land.

Magical World ~ July 20 – 24, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 6-9

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

Venture through the woodlands in search of small beings and magical places. Explore the world of exotic animals and mythical creatures with readings from My Father’s Dragon, a book by Ruth Stiles Gannet. Craft a home for the Wee People, make a magic potion, and turn yourself into a mystical creature. Magical games, songs, woodland walks, and hands-on activities add to the fun!

Artistic by Nature ~  July 27 – 31, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 6-10

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

Come explore the earth and world of plants through artwork! The forests and fields of BEEC will be our canvas as we look to the landscape, its inhabitants, and Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration. Nature journaling, plant rubbings, sculptures, nature weaving, plant painting, and tie die will be some of the mediums we explore! Campers will make pieces to bring home and some that only the forest creatures will enjoy. No previous art experience necessary.

Conservation Project: Pollinator Power ~  Aug 3 – 7, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 8-11

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

Pollinators swarm around us giving plants life and adding richness to the world, and most of them don’t sting or live in hives. Participating in a pollinator conservation project we will investigate, experience, and play. Exploring the ecological importance of pollinators we will enjoy a feast from the garden and have a honey celebration. To help protect them for the future we will build homes for our pollinator friends.  **Friday drop-off and pick-up will be at the Brattleboro Museum for the conservation project taking place in downtown Brattleboro.

Nature Photo Explorers ~ August 10 – 14, 9am – 3pm ~ Ages 12-15

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

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.

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Looking back….

Nature Explorers 2014CubCamp frog pond

What a fun filled summer 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 HERE.



Nature Explorers 2011