Lark weeks are filled to the brim with games, hikes, shelter building for frogs to people, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. We start each day prepared to keep this energetic age group engaged. Campers will end each week with new knowledge of our local environment and how to explore it while keeping themselves and wildlife safe.
EcoCamp 2018 updates! When campers tell us about their best experiences, it is almost always something that happened during a scheduled free exploration time or hike. We’ve been gradually adding in scheduled times over the years to create these memorable “natural” moments and this summer, we will take that a step further. This year explorations will be as much camper led as staff led so the campers can explore and discover at their own pace. Because of this, our weekly themes look a little different.
Each week has a broad topic so you can select a theme based on your camper’s interest. The staff will be able to make adjustments within the theme based on campers’ questions with plenty of room for unscheduled curiosities to turn into hours of fun exploration. The weekly themes will be the same for each age group to encourage shared learning and activities because our campers often learn as much from each other as from us. As always, the groups will be split by grade, the activities will be age appropriate, and traditional EcoCamp games will continue.
Wet & Wild- SOLD OUT!
June 18 – 22; 9 am – 4 pm Cool off in the waters of Pickering Creek. We’ll be exploring the muddy freshwater wetlands, looking for the little creeks and puddles that dot our forest and seine and fish our creek. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as we wade through these habitats collecting and watching wildlife, creating damns and new pools, and learning how water is the center for all habitats – big and small!
ImagiNature- SOLD OUT!
June 25 – 29; 9 am – 4 pm Become a Field Artist for a week! Help us fill Pickering Creek with camper-designed land art, mud creatures on tree trunks, toad and fairy homes, and sand and clay structures. We’ll be using the materials we find throughout our forest, wetlands, and creek to leave little pieces of artwork for Pickering visitors to discover.
*Transportation available, see below
July 2; 5 pm – 10 pm
When Pickering Creek closes, Twilight camp opens! We’ll explore our wetlands, forest, and creek as the sun sets and night begins. Listen for the frog chorus getting loader, look for bats emerging from their daytime beds, watch the fireflies light up the sky and fish jump for their supper. We’ll end our evening around a campfire talking about all the cool nocturnal animals we rarely see.
*Transportation available, pick-up only, see below
Take Flight- SOLD OUT
July 9 – 13; 9 am – 4 pm
Birds live in all habitats – from the coldest to warmest and hottest to driest. Could you survive in the habitats at Pickering? We’ll learn about the different birds that call the Eastern Shore home, where they live and what they eat. We’ll try our hand at fishing, insect netting, seed collecting, and nest building. SOLD OUT
Outdoor Survivor- SOLD OUT
July 16 – 20; 9 am – 4 pm
What are the basics to outdoor survival? We’ll learn how to prepare for the outdoors – what to pack, how to predict the weather, and plant and animal dangers of the Eastern Shore. We’ll also set up camps in our Wetlands and Forest by building shelters and practice fire safety. After a week as an Outdoor Survivor, you’ll be ready for your next adventure! SOLD OUT
*Transportation SOLD OUT
Nature Ninja- SOLD OUT
July 23 – 27; 9 am – 4 pm
Last summer we were Forest Ninjas, this summer we are expanding to the Creek and Wetlands as Nature Ninjas. We’ll practice the art of camouflage and close observation. We’ll learn how to be calm, quiet, and prepared. We will be “One with Nature”. SOLD OUT
*Transportation available, see below
July 30 – August 3; 9 am – 4 pm
Our Chesapeake region is full of many different animals. From under our feet to soaring overhead, every nook and cranny is home to someone. We’ll spend the week catching, spotting, trapping, and hooking the animals of the Chesapeake for close study, then release! SOLD OUT
Adventureland - SOLD OUT
August 6 – 10; 9 am – 4 pm
Join us for one last summer adventure! From water games to fort building, nature art to seining, wetland traversing to log flipping – Choose your Own Adventure at EcoCamp 2018’s Final Hurrah! SOLD OUT
We offer transportation Monday – Friday morning and afternoon between Easton and EcoCamp during the following Lark weeks: ImagiNature (June 25 – 29), Outdoor Survivor (July 16 – 20), and Nature Ninja (July 23 – 27). Transportation is also available for Twilight on July 2nd – there will be a 4:40 pm pick-up in Easton but campers must be picked-up from Pickering Creek at 10 pm.
Transportation is offered at no cost to families thanks to generous gifts from community members.
Van space is limited. A spot can be reserved as soon as the registration and deposit is received.