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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Specialty Camps


These camps bring a new physical and mental adventure requiring determination and the ability to try hard while discovering new skills, challenges, and places.

Each Sunday begins a new camp session. Check-in is Sunday from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Camp ends Friday with a family program at 2:00 PM  followed by check-out at 2:30 PM. A photo ID is required at checkout.


Outdoor Skills $675

Ages 11-13   Weeks 3,5,7

Ages 14-17   Weeks 2,4,6

Spend the week putting your wilderness  skills to the test.  Start out at Alton Jones to learn the foundations of outdoor skills: map- and compass-reading, building fires, cooking outdoors, environmental hazards, dealing with weather, using tents, using backpacking equipment, and leaving no trace camping techniques.  Then use those skills on a three-day, two-night backpacking/tent camping adventure that will be both safe and fun.  When not on trail, you will stay in rustic screen houses with a bathhouse nearby.

The goal of Outdoor Skills is to learn how to have an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience with others through responsible decision-making and using skills appropriate for natural conditions. The week will be spent learning and practicing outdoor living skills, in the forests of the 2,300 acre W. Alton Jones Campus and the adjoining 14,200 acre Arcadia Management Area. Your backpack hike of 2-4 miles each day will include some of Rhode Island’s nicest scenery. Some highlights include Step Stone Falls, the Falls River, and Penny Hill.


Night Camp $700

Ages 11-13 Weeks 3,5,6 &7

Night Camp will allow you to explore the nocturnal world—all night! Take evening hikes to study the night sky and learn more about owls, bats, and other nocturnal animals.  As a night camper you will gradually shift your schedule until you are awake all night and sleep during the day.  Astronomy, owl calling, bat observation, night games, and night hikes make up the week. You will also make comparisons between doing activities such as ponding and insect collection during the day and at night. Of course there is also swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding and so much more.

The actual activities that you will be involved in may vary somewhat depending upon  the weather, availability of guest speakers and the phase of the moon. You will learn how to orient yourselves via the sky and how to determine your latitude on Earth based on how you found north. A University of Rhode Island astro-physicist will teach you about the stars and planets visible in the night sky, trace constellations with lasers, discuss black holes and possibly spend time at the observatory using the telescopes.  After all that, a  campfire on the beach with s’mores is also a possibility.


Marine Madness $850
Ages 11-13 Weeks 1,2,3,4,5,6 &7

Marine Madness will take you on an ocean adventure exploring coastal ecosystems and marine habitats along the Rhode Island and Connecticut coastlines. You will boat, swim and snorkel. You will visit and examine rocky shores, tide pools, salt marshes, barrier beaches, estuaries and Long Island Sound using hands-on exploration. Dig beneath the surface to learn about the habitats of crabs, clams, algae, sea stars, and many other marine organisms.

You will use the facilities and interact with the staff of Mystic Aquarium in nearby Connecticut.  This program offers a chance to learn more about the marine world while making new friends and having fun. Go behind the scenes for a “backstage tour” and sleep overnight in the undersea world at Mystic Aquarium.  Campers get ready for bed and set-up their sleeping bags in the aquarium’s Undersea World right next to the exhibits!

While in Connecticut, you will take a boat trip with Project Oceanology in Groton. On-board you will help conduct research by catching organisms in an otter trawl net and by testing various forms of water quality. You will go crabbing at at Barn Island in  Stonington where you will be involved in all aspects of catching the crabs, including, baiting your own line! Time is spent learning about the different kinds of crabs and you may even have some fun with crab races. Also, you will visit a special permit-only area of Hammonasett Beach to explore the salt marsh and rocky shore

Back in  Rhode Island, you will take a trip to either the island of Jamestown, to explore the rocky coast of Beavertail State Park and go snorkeling or you will go to East Beach in Charlestown to explore a salt pond with snorkels and nets and spend some time riding the waves in the ocean.


Coastal Craze $850

Ages 11-13 Weeks 2,3,5 & 7

Ages 14-17 Weeks 4 & 6

Take a ferry ride to pristine Prudence Island, in the heart of the Narragansett Bay, for a three-day sleepover visit to the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve to explore salt marshes and tidal creeks, learn about clams and oysters, and go snorkeling, crabbing, fishing, and swimming.  Other activities include a tour of the island, sandy beach activities, a crab monitoring program, a sunset walk, and ecology games. This camp theme is offered in conjunction with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NBNERR), which means that you will meet staff from the NBNERR who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about Prudence Island and Narragansett Bay.

Then wrap it all up with an oceanographic cruise of Narragansett Bay.  You will head off to meet the folks of Save the Bay and board their oceanographic study vessel Alletta Morris.  On board you will have the opportunity to conduct fish studies, pull a trawl, test water quality and enjoy some time on the bay.


Art Camp $750

Ages 10-15 Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Explore crafting, drawing, collage and more that focuses on the natural environment. Campers will create an assortment of individual and group projects culminating in a showcase of their work at the end of each session. Children ages 10 to 15 can stretch their imaginations at week-long art camp sessions in various media. Sessions are taught by an experienced art instructor. Each child will explore their creativity in a safe, encouraging environment.

Anyone who”s ever dreamed of creating art should consider joining us for art classes that are instructive and encouraging of abilities. Art classes are taught during the morning session.

Afternoon activities include paddle boarding,sailing, canoeing, kayaking, wilderness skills, compass course, arts and crafts, insecting, an epic adventure hike, archery, fire building, a swamp tromp, tree climbing, stream hike, animal tracking and even cooking from the garden.













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