Nature-Based Summer Camp Offers Kids Hands-on Exploration and Learning Adventures

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Children aged 5 to 12 can discover the wonders of nature with six weeks of jam-packed outdoor adventure

AVONDALE, PA — Registration is open for Free Time Adventures, a flexible, non-traditional weekly nature-based summer day camp for children ages 5 to 12 to experience a unique combination of structured outdoor recreation adventures and free “nature play” in local open spaces. If your child loves nature—or you want them to grow to love nature—this is the camp for you.

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County hosts this exciting, children-only, interactive nature-based camp from June 22 through August 5. The themed weeks run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up for one day, one week, or all six!

To adhere to CDC recommendations, staff will conduct daily screenings of campers, and participants will wear face coverings and social distance when possible.

All classes are held outdoors on trails and open spaces at the privately owned 297-acre Bucktoe Creek Preserve at 432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311. Programs will operate during all weather conditions.

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Children will actively engage in learning ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and other topics outside the traditional classroom setting. They will also learn the importance of stewardship and what it means to be a junior land conservator!

With a 6:1 teacher naturalist to student ratio, children learn from Certified Teacher Naturalists and others while on daily nature walks and other exciting, active, and outdoor educational activities. Weeks themes include Feathered Friends; Water Worlds in local streams and ponds; searching different Scaly & Slimy habitats for reptiles and amphibians; learning how to become a Wildlife Detective while studying mammals; becoming wild at art in Creative by Nature; having a chance to touch plenty of Creepy Crawlies during the invertebrate week, and a final week learning Wilderness Skills.

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Most importantly, the program will foster free-play in nature to promote the mental well-being of the young land conservators. Expect your children to come home tired and muddy.

Interactive outdoor classes build friendships, enhance problem-solving prowess and strengthen independence while kids enjoy scavenger hunts and pond and stream activities. By watching, listening, and doing, children are learning how to safeguard the environment. Each class brings imaginative ways to interact with nature on an informal basis – Free Time Adventures is not your ordinary day camp.

As one camper said last summer: “I love nature – it is so cool!”

All children leave with a passion for nature, an understanding of the importance of creatures large and small, the habitat in their community, and a new way to apply new skills and knowledge to protect their environment.

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