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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Overnight Camp

Alton Jones is specially set up for overnight adventures. Pick from the wide variety of overnight programs that you wish to participate in this summer. Our overnight camps are 6 day, 5 night adventures that include both specialized activities as well as your typical camp activities.

All campers enjoy meals in the dining hall, fun evening programs, and sleeping in our comfortable cabins. All cabins are separated by both age and gender ensuring a fun and inviting atmosphere.

Each week begins on Sunday, with check in from 2:00 pm-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.


Earth Camp $625/week

Ages 9-13/ Weeks 2-8

Select from a variety of exciting activities highlighting outdoor skills and the natural environment.  Choose carefully since you won’t be able to do everything in one week!  You will make your own schedule based on your own interests to create your ultimate camp experience.  Activity options may include paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, ponding, wilderness skills, compass course, arts and crafts, insecting, an epic adventure hike, archery, fire building, shelter building, visiting the farm, a swamp tromp, stream hike, animal tracking, cooking, and many more.

Whatever you choose, you will still get the all-camp favorites that make Earth Camp special: camp programs, meals in the dining hall, recreation time after meals, campfires, evening programs, friendships, and a lot of fun!


Teen X Adventure $750/week

Ages 13-16/ Weeks 2-8


Experience the best of Alton Jones multi-sport activities all wrapped into one week. Spend your week participating in a variety sport adventures while enjoying the camaraderie of other like-minded teens.

You will participate in a set variety of activities that include paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, laser tag, rock climbing, team building challenges, a challenge course, hiking,  and swimming. You will also visit Brownstone Adventure Park and a high ropes course. Each night you will enjoy a “teens only” evening program.

Come with an open mind and sense of adventure. If you have never done some of the activities, relax. Experience is not a requirement, but a positive, cooperative attitude and a willingness to have fun while learning is!


Teen Leaders $750/week

Ages 13-16/ Weeks 2,4,6

NEW THIS YEAR! Spend the week becoming an Alton Jones Teen Leader! During the week you will learn about the foundations of being a good leader, work on and build your leadership skills, improve your communication and critical thinking, and learn how to be a positive role model and environmental advocate. Through a series of games and challenges you will expand your leadership potential.

Each day focuses on a specific theme in leadership. Activities are are designed to fit the daily leadership theme. All activities have an environmental focus as well so that at the end of the week campers have learned about the uses of the environment, human impact, appreciation for the environment around us, how to protect and conserve the environment, and how to become a successful environmental advocate. Activities include team building games and challenges, raft building, orienteering, and scavenger hunts. You will also have the chance to enjoy our waterfront activities, visit a ropes course, and explore the woods on a one night off campus camp out/backpacking trip. Enjoy special evening activities just for teens!

At the end of the week, all participants will receive a certificate of participation from the University of Rhode Islands Center for Student Leadership Development.


Outdoor Skill $675/week

Ages 11-13/ Weeks 2,4,6,8

Ages 14-16/ Weeks 3,5,7

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, shelter building, 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.

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.

NOTE: This program is physically challenging.


Night Camp $700/week

Ages 11-13/ Weeks 2,4,6,8

Night Camp will allow you to explore the nocturnal world—all night! Take night 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. Enjoy a visit from a University of Rhode Island astro-physicist who 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. Of course there is also all camp activities, 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.


Marine Madness $790/week

Ages 11-13/ Weeks 3,5,7

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. Top it all off by staying overnight at Mystic Aquarium!

While at Mystic Aquarium you will have a chance to learn more about the marine world while making new friends and having fun. Go behind the scenes for a “backstage tour” of the aquarium, dissect a squid, participate in a variety of marine environment related games and activities, 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 with the Mystic staff you will also visit other coastal areas 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 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.

Wrap the week up by enjoying our lake and waterfront activities, and explore the aquatic life here at Alton Jones through ponding, stream hikes, and swamp tromps.


Coastal Craze $790/week

Ages 11-13/ Weeks 2,4,6

Ages 14-16/ Weeks 3,5,7

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.

Wrap the week up by enjoying our lake and waterfront activities, and explore the aquatic life here at Alton Jones through ponding, stream hikes, and swamp tromps.


Art Camp $700/week

Ages 9-13/ Weeks 2,4,6,8

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 9 to 12 can stretch their imaginations at week-long art camp sessions in various media. Sessions are taught by an experienced art instructor every morning. Each child will explore their creativity in a safe, encouraging environment. In the afternoon campers have the opportunity to pick their afternoon activity. Options may include paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, ponding, wilderness skills, compass course, arts and crafts, insecting, an epic adventure hike, archery, fire building, shelter building, visiting the farm, a swamp tromp, stream hike, animal tracking, cooking, and many more.

Anyone who has 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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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