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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Eco Zone 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 is also an option. 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!

Week 8: Wonderful World of WAJ

*Shuttle bus and late pick-up are available (signup when you register)

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