Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

altonjones@uri.edu – 401.874.8200 (p); 401.397.3293 (f)

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Farm Day Camp Ages 5-8



Join Us for An Old-Fashioned Farm Experience

The 19th century Woodvale Farm* has a country barn, classroom, outbuildings, 11 acres of rocky pastures, two lush gardens, a pond, a historic cemetery  and hiking trails. This original farm is home to all kinds of animals like sheep, ducks, chickens, pigs, rabbits, cows, and goats. The children will meet some of the animals up close, feeling their fur, feathers or wool, listening to the noises and observing their behavior with a focus on safe, humane interactions. There’s so much for you to experience at Woodvale Farm.  Help feed the animals, learn about humane animal care, plant seeds, collect eggs, harvest the best fresh organic fruits and vegetables you’ve ever tasted, and learn to make recipes like bread from the very corn that you grind into meal or organic zucchini from the garden. A popular activity is making old-fashioned ice cream. Woodvale Farm Day Camp was featured on the Food Network because of its garden to table cooking. There will also be hiking, songs, games, crafts, folklore and swimming.  Since Farm Day Campers only swim in the shallow end of the roped off swim area, swim tests are not necessary.

On Friday there is a Farm Carnival, sometimes following a theme, which features games like ring-toss, pig calling, freeze dancing and face painting.  On Friday at 3:15 PM there is a short Family Program of skits and songs followed by a tour guided by your child.  This is their opportunity to show you around the farm to meet their favorite animals and see the gardens.  There is also a Farm Stand set up on Friday so that you can take home some of the garden’s bounty that the kids helped harvest.  Sign out and bus pick-up follows.

Each week has a theme that will be woven into the classic Woodvale Farm activities.

Week 1: Barnyard Babies
Week 2: Happy Birthday, America!
Week 3: Green Thumbs
Week 4: Halloween in July
Week 5: Olden Days
Week 6: Kids in the Kitchen
Week 7: County Fair

* Farm animals are only used to teach young campers about agriculture.

Eco-Zone Ecology Day Camp Ages 8-12



An Adventure in Ecology Exploration

Eco-Zone Day Camp is an adventure in nature! Our Nature Preserve has woodland and swamp trails, fields, wildflower meadows, brooks and a classroom building all adjacent to 75 acre Lake Eisenhower.  Get ready to make some exciting discoveries and get your hands dirty in the process! With miles of trails, there are many places to explore. Search our ponds and streams for insects, frogs, and fish. Experience the wonders of our environment.  Come join the fun!  Sessions will be spent studying wetland ecosystems—campers use nets to catch aquatic insects, amphibians and crustaceans. Emphasis is placed on discovery, observation and respect of nature.  Classroom activities  may include: Native American History, folklore, changes in the land, survival, maps, team challenges and sensory awareness.

The campers also enjoy  Supervised free play with balls, jump ropes and hula-hoops in the field by the classroom or an  organized game (kickball, soccer, etc.) or a quieter game or craft in the shade of a sun-shelter. Canoeing- we teach canoe safety procedures and paddling techniques.   Swimming- campers who wish to swim in the deep end are given a swim test by the lifeguards.  Kayaking-  new this year.. All water activities are supervised by lifeguards.

On Thursday evening, there is an optional campout.. Campers can let their counselor know by Wednesday afternoon whether or not they plan to stay overnight. Tents for the campout are set up immediately outside the Nature Preserve Classroom. We provide: tents, dinner, evening snack and breakfast. Activities on the overnight include: a tent demonstration and set-up, a cookout, games, a campfire on the beach, a night hike, bedtime stories and an optional early morning hike.

Friday afternoon at around 2:45 PM, shortly before sign-out, is the Family Program. Campers present songs and skits to close out the week. This is their opportunity to give their families a glimpse of what they did and perhaps what they learned during the week.

Each week has a theme that will be woven into the basic Eco-Zone activities.  Click Here for more information on each theme.

Week 1: Aquatic Adventures
Week 2: America the Beautiful
Week 3: A Bug’s Life
Week 4: Going Green
Week 5: Forest Frenzy
Week 6: Where the Wild Things Are
Week 7: Tadpoles, Crayfish and Turtles, Oh My!

*extended hours available Monday thru Thursday 7:30 am to 5 pm  and Friday drop off 7:30 am only ($30 includes a light breakfast).



 Ride the Shuttle

Bus service for day campers is available for an additional fee of $50.00 from two locations on a first come first serve basis:

  • Kingston and East Greenwich/Warwick
  • Providence and Warwick

Shuttle Bus Pick-up Locations
Week 1 June 29-July 3 (Kingston/East Greenwich)
Week 2 July 6 – July 10 (Providence/Warwick)
Week 3 July 13 – 17 (Kingston/East Greenwich)
Week 4 July 20 – 24 (Providence/Warwick)
Week 5 July 27 – July 31  (Kingston/East Greenwich)
Week 6 August 3 – August 7 (Providence/Warwick)
Week 7 August 10 – 15 (Kingston/East Greenwich)

Additional Shuttle Bus Information


The Alton Jones Day Camp would not be possible without support from:

Breene Hollow Dairy Farm, Cardi’s Furniture, the Champlin Foundations, Warwick Toys’R’Us, the Rhode Island Foundations, the South County ELKS and the generous contributions of camper families.

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