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Winter Explorers Vacation Camp

Camp for grades 1 – 4

February 20th – 24th 2017, 9am – 3pm. 

Come for one day or all five!

Monday – Over and Under the Snow – What’s going on out in nature?  Exploring how animals survive freezing temperatures, we will try out some strategies ourselves and do experiments to learn some winter science.

Tuesday – Who’s In There? – Where do animals find shelter during a snowstorm?  We’ll go exploring and see if we find any animal homes.  Working together we’ll build our own winter shelter, if there’s snow we’ll build a quinzhee or snow cave.

Wednesday – Art for Animals – Create edible arts and crafts to leave as gifts for birds and animals.  Decorate the land and trees at BEEC and bring something home for the birds and animals that live near you.

Thursday – Tracking the Wild Ones – Who made these tracks?  Nature detectives follow clues left by animals to solve tracking mysteries.  Make your own tracking guide and head outdoors to find the tracks and signs animals have left behind.

Friday – Warmth Even in Winter – How do animals keep warm through the cold winter? What animals live in this forest and what do they eat? We will play games that mimic the winter activities of animals, and make a fire and hemlock tea to warm ourselves.

 Registration Form

wc16-lunchCamp is full!  You are welcome to sign up for the wait list.  Wondering if there is space in a day of camp? Go to the registration form.  If a day 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 beec@sover.net  Thank you!

Members: $35/day, $150/week,  Non-members: $45/day, $200/week

Not a member?  Find out how HERE!

For more information please call 802-257-5785 or email beec@ sover.net  You can also listen to a WKVT Radio interview podcast here to learn more about Winter Camp at BEEC.

BEEC is dedicated to making 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!

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About BEEC Camps:Grandmother maple

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s (BEEC) Nature Explorers Camps 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, meadows and waters of our 60 open acres. Non-competitive games, stories, art projects, music and sledding at the end of the day add to the Nature Explorers Camp experience. Children return year after year, excited to visit special places such as Grandmother Tree and Turtle Rocks. 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.

Find photos from various years of Winter & Spring Explorers here.

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Spring Explorers Vacation Camp 2017SF group on rock

April 17th – 21st, 2017, 9am – 3pm

Camp for Grades K – 4.   Come for one day or all five.

You can register early!  REGISTRATION FORM

Monday – Glorious Mud ~ Do you love mud?  We’ll discover the creatures who also love mud and be wildly creative as we build mud sculptures, make mud paintings, and paint ourselves with mud for camouflage games.

Tuesday – Where the Wild Ones Play ~ Come on a quest through the woodlands of BEEC.  We will learn how to use a map and compass. Then we’ll practice our skills as clues lead us on a journey to discover where the wild ones are, and play games that mimic their springtime behaviours.

Wednesday – Vernal Pool Party ~ What is that creature swimming in the water?  Whose eggs are those?  What will that become?  Come discover these giant mysterious puddles that appear each spring in our forest and meet the fascinating metamorphosing critters who use them.

Thursday – Tree Houses for Fairies & Friends ~ Let’s create a world of magic, adventure, secrets and mysteries in the trees. Come build homes for mythical creatures that can out-fox nosy humans, dangerous predators, and rival magicians. We’ll play enchanted games, read magical stories, and let our imaginations run free.

Friday – Earth Day Extravaganza ~ Come join us in celebration of Earth Day, with a focus on tremendous trees.  We will learn about the history of the day, partake in a special project at BEEC, be creative with tree art, and play games.