Summer Camp

 

Eco-Discovery Camp

Great Hollow’s weekly day camp offers children ages 5-12 unique and fun opportunities to forge lasting connections with the natural world on our 825-acre nature preserve in New Fairfield, CT. Our days are spent outdoors, exploring Great Hollow’s creeks, forests, meadows, and trails, learning about the critters that make this special place their home. Each weekly session includes science-based environmental education activities, arts and crafts, games, hikes, and daily time for self-directed play.

If you’re 14-17 years old and interested in being a CIT, please click here.

 

Pricing & Details:
Pricing and details will be released in early February. Registration will open to family-level members in mid-February and to the general public in mid-March.

Please note our Covid-19 safety measures: Campers will be grouped in small cohorts  to facilitate social distancing; masks will be required when indoors; and shared materials, equipment, and surfaces will be sanitized daily. Our camp staff have been fully vaccinated.

 

 

2022 Dates Session Age Group
June 20 – June 24 Water Exploration Week Knee-High Naturalists (5-8)
June 27 – July 1 Into The Woods! Knee-High Naturalists (5-8)
July 5 – July 8 Women in Science Mixed (7-11)
July 11 – July 15 Water Exploration Week Eco-Explorers (9-12)
July 18 – July 22 Into The Woods! Eco-Explorers (9-12)
July 25 – July 29 STEAM Team Eco-Explorers (9-12)
August 1 – August 5 STEAM Team Knee-High Naturalists (5-8)
August 8 – August 12 Wilderness Survival Knee-High Naturalists (5-8)
August 15 – August 19 Lost in The Woods Eco-Explorers (9-12)

 


June 20-24
Knee-High Naturalists
Water Exploration Week

Spend your week exploring Great Hollow’s Quaker Brook! We’ll catch crayfish and other critters, go on stream walks, visit our waterfall, and learn where all of the water comes from and where it will eventually go. We’ll be busy having so much fun that you won’t even realize we’re learning all about the water cycle, watersheds, and the importance of healthy streams.

Topics covered: states of water; water cycle; aquatic ecosystems; aquatic plant and animal adaptations; water pollution; aquatic macroinvertebrates as biological indicators; watersheds; best management practices

Arts and crafts activities: terrariums; water pollution multi-media art; painting with watercolors; tie-dye

 

June 27-July 1
Knee-High Naturalists
Into the Woods!

We’ve all seen the woods, but have you ever really seen the woods? This week we will explore all aspects of our native forests from the various tree species to plants and fungi to insects and other animals.

Topics covered: forest ecology; plant and tree identification; dendrochronology; producers, consumers, and decomposers; native and invasive species; entomology

Arts and crafts activities: leaf and bark rubbings; mushroom fairy houses; pressed botanical art; woodland animal ornament; insect pop-up cards

 

July 5-8
Mixed Ages (7-11)
Women in Science

Did you know that Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter also had a passion for mycology? Or that Marie Curie nearly didn’t receive credit for her first Nobel Prize simply because she was a woman? Spend your week learning about these women and other important contributions pioneering women have made to the world of science.

Topics covered: natural history; mycology; botany; entomology; primatology; chemistry; genetics; paleontology

Arts and crafts activities: Nature journaling, watercolor, fossil making; edible DNA model

 

July 11-15
Eco-Explorers
Water Exploration Week

Spend your week exploring Great Hollow’s Quaker Brook! We’ll catch crayfish and other critters, go on stream walks, visit our waterfall, and learn where all of the water comes from and where it will eventually go. We’ll be busy having so much fun that you won’t even realize we’re learning all about the water cycle, watersheds, and the importance of healthy streams.

Topics covered: states of water; water cycle; aquatic ecosystems; aquatic plant and animal adaptations; water pollution; aquatic macroinvertebrates as biological indicators; watersheds; best management practices

Arts and crafts activities: terrariums; water pollution multi-media art; painting with watercolors; tie-dye; homemade ice cream in a bag

 

July 18-22
Eco-Explorers
Into the Woods!

We have all seen the woods, but have you ever really seen the woods? This week we will explore all aspects of our native forests from the various tree species to plants and fungi to insects and other animals.

Topics covered: forest ecology; plant and tree identification; dendrochronology; producers, consumers, and decomposers; native and invasive species; entomology

Arts and crafts activities: leaf and bark rubbings; mushroom fairy houses; pressed botanical art; woodland animal ornament; painted insect rocks

 

July 25-29
STEAM Team
Eco-Explorers

Can you build a canoe using only birch bark? Do you think you can make a sturdier nest than a bird? This week we are putting our creativity and engineering skills to the test.  Spend the week completing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges related to the natural world.

Topics covered: biomimicry; geometry; solar energy; chemistry; art; engineering

Arts and crafts activities: paper making; shibori tie-dye; elephant toothpaste; solar s’mores oven, weaving, boat-making

 

August 1-5
STEAM Team
Knee-High Naturalists

Do you have what it takes to build a stick boat? Can you make a dam that is sturdier than a beaver dam? This week we are putting our creativity and engineering skills to the test.  Spend the week completing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges related to the natural world.

Topics covered: biomimicry; geometry; solar energy; chemistry; art; engineering

Arts and crafts activities: paper making; shibori tie-dye; elephant toothpaste; solar s’mores oven, weaving, boat-making; model beaver dam

 

August 8-12
Knee-High Naturalists
Wilderness Survival

Do you have what it takes to make your way through the woods? This week, we’ll cover topics to help you find your way through the wilderness and survive in the forest. Learn how to use a map-and-compass, how to build a shelter, give basic first aid, find fresh water in the woods, and forage for food.

Topics covered: staying found; what to do if lost; navigation; topography; map-reading; survival; engineering; orienteering; edible plants; botany; team-building and interpersonal communication; first-aid; health and fitness

Arts and crafts activities: map-making; pressed flowers and foliage; creating a first-aid kit; shelter-building

 

August 15-19
Eco-Explorers
Lost in the Woods

If you want to hone your outdoor survival skills or see if you have what it takes to survive (and thrive) in the wild, then join us for this adventurous week at Great Hollow! We’ll spend our days practicing outdoor survival skills such as fire building, cordage making, shelter building, map and compass use, off-trail navigation, and more. Then on Friday you’ll test your newfound skills in a challenge to safely find your way out of the woods.

Topics covered: what to always carry on a hike; map reading; fire building and safety; shelter building; staying found; what to do if lost; compass use; map making; off-trail navigation; edible and medicinal plant ID; animal tracking; water collection and filtration; useful knots; basic wilderness first aid.

Arts and crafts activities: paracord bracelet; basket weaving; making a first-aid kit; plaster of Paris animal track impression; cooking over a campfire