August 2nd, 2021 - August 6th, 2021
Viles Arboretum, with the support of the Children’s Discovery Museum of Central Maine, is creating a brand-new opportunity for area youth. Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the lush 224 acres of preserved land and 20 botanical collections at Viles Arboretum.
Built on prior years of summer camp's at Viles Arboretum, this new summer enrichment experience will give children the chance to become scientists for the week. Children will collect samples, use tools like microscopes, learn real-life survey techniques and more. Coupled with summer camp classics like group games, arts and crafts, and time to just explore the woods, this week is a celebration of the great outdoors.
In addition to in depth exploration, children will also have the opportunity to tackle their own service project as environmental stewards, helping to take care of and celebrate the rich Arboretum resource.
Camp starts at 9:00 am and runs till 5:00 pm.
Before and after care services are available for an additional charge.
Each day, children will first gather for group games followed by a morning meeting to outline the plans for the day.
Mornings will consist of hands-on activities like organic gardening, composting techniques and plant dissection. Children will also have their own field journals for taking notes and practicing observation.
After lunch, children will dive into a nature study lab where they use real tools to study the pond, collect samples, catch frogs, dissect owl pellets, observe the forest, search for birds and more. The afternoon will also include time to get those creative juices flowing with creative projects like building shelters, creating plaster animal prints, upcycling recycled materials, and mixing up DIY natural paints.
The day will conclude with dedicated time to work on individual or group service projects, working alongside Viles staff to tangibly support the protection and upkeep of the Arboretum’s precious environment.
Cooperative and fun-competitive camp classics like Capture-the-flag, human knot, scavenger hunt, and much more!
We'll work cooperatively to prepare healthy snacks in our community kitchen using Maine ingredients!
Viles Arboretum is composed of 224 acres of diverse habitats and landscapes. We'll take on the role of scientist and explore them all!
Our community garden and orchards provide an interactive landscape for planting, harvesting, and stewardship.
What colors and shapes do we observe in nature...what can we create using locally sourced materials?
From forts and shelters to rube goldberg machines...What can structures can we build together?