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 while experiencing the wonders of our environment. 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, team challenges and sensory awareness. Come join the fun!
The campers 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 check by the lifeguards (swim two 75-foot lengths in the deep end using a front stroke such as front crawl, breast stroke or butterfly then tread water for 60 seconds). All water activities are supervised by lifeguards.
On Thursday evening, there is an optional camp out. Campers can let their counselor know by Wednesday afternoon whether or not they plan to stay overnight. Tents for the camp out are set-up outside the Nature Preserve Classroom. We provide: tents, dinner and evening snack, as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday. Activities on the overnight include: a tent demonstration and set-up, dinner, games, a campfire, a night hike and bedtime stories.
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 at camp.
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: June 26 – 30 (Aquatic Adventures)
Week 2: July 3 – 7 (America the Beautiful)
Week 3: July 10 – 14 (A Bug’s Life)
Week 4: July 17 – 21 (Going Green)
Week 5: July 24 – 28 (Forest Frenzy)
Week 6: July 31 – August 4 (Where the Wild Things Are)
Week 7: August 7 – 11 (Tadpoles, and Crayfish, and Turtles! Oh, My!)
Week 8: August 14 – 18 (Wonderful World of WAJ)
If you have any questions about camp please submit an Information Request or call 401-874-8127. Tours can be scheduled during business hours Monday-Friday, contact us by phone or e-mail to make arrangements.
*Shuttle bus and late pick-up are available (sign-up when you register). For more information click here.
Late pick-up is available Monday-Friday until 5pm at $25/week. Shuttle bus is $50/week.