We have a lot of fun leading our oldest camp group. We challenge them with longer hikes and canoe trips, and plan activities and games that lead to a better understanding of our intricate ecosystems. We encourage their input and suggestions so we may choose the activities that fit each group’s interest – we want them to help design their adventures. We hope to see many of the Shrikes continue on as Junior Naturalists once they start 7th grade and start training to be EcoCamp Assistant Counselors!
EcoCamp 2018 updates! When campers tell us about their best experiences, it is almost always something that happened during a scheduled free exploration time or hike. We’ve been gradually adding in scheduled times over the years to create these memorable “natural” moments and this summer, we will take that a step further. This year explorations will be as much camper led as staff led so the campers can explore and discover at their own pace. Because of this, our weekly themes look a little different.
Each week has a broad topic so you can select a theme based on your camper’s interest. The staff will be able to make adjustments within the theme based on campers’ questions with plenty of room for unscheduled curiosities to turn into hours of fun exploration. The weekly themes will be the same for each age group to encourage shared learning and activities because our campers often learn as much from each other as from us. As always, the groups will be split by grade, the activities will be age appropriate, and traditional EcoCamp games will continue.
Wet & Wild- SOLD OUT
June 18 – 22; 9 am – 4 pm
Cool off in the waters of Pickering Creek. We’ll be exploring the muddy freshwater wetlands, looking for the little creeks and puddles that dot our forest and seine and fish our creek. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as we wade through these habitats collecting and watching wildlife, creating damns and new pools, and learning how water is the center for all habitats – big and small! SOLD OUT
July 2; 5 pm – 10 pm
When Pickering Creek closes, Twilight camp opens! We’ll explore our wetlands, forest, and creek as the sun sets and night begins. Listen for the frog chorus getting loader, look for bats emerging from their daytime beds, watch the fireflies light up the sky and fish jump for their supper. We’ll end our evening around a campfire talking about all the cool nocturnal animals we rarely see.
*Transportation available, pick-up only, see below
Outdoor Survivor- SOLD OUT
July 16 – 20; 9 am – 4 pm
What are the basics to outdoor survival? We’ll learn how to prepare for the outdoors – what to pack, how to predict the weather, and plant and animal dangers of the Eastern Shore. We’ll also set up camps in our Wetlands and Forest by building shelters and practice fire safety. After a week as an Outdoor Survivor, you’ll be ready for your next adventure! SOLD OUT
*Transportation SOLD OUT
Chesapeake- SOLD OUT
July 30 – August 3; 9 am –4 pm
Our Chesapeake region is full of many different animals. From under our feet to soaring overhead, every nook and cranny is home to someone. We’ll spend the week catching, spotting, trapping, and hooking the animals of the Chesapeake for close study, then release! SOLD OUT
Adventureland - SOLD OUT
August 6 – 10; 9 am – 4 pm
Join us for one last summer adventure! From water games to fort building, nature art to seining, wetland traversing to log flipping – Choose your Own Adventure at EcoCamp 2018’s Final Hurrah! SOLD OUT
We offer transportation Monday – Friday morning and afternoon between Easton and EcoCamp during the Shrike week Outdoor Survivor (July 16 – 20). Transportation is also available for Twilight on July 2nd – there will be a 4:40 pm pick-up in Easton but campers must be picked-up from Pickering Creek at 10 pm.
Transportation is offered at no cost to families thanks to generous gifts from community members.
Van space is limited. A spot can be reserved as soon as the registration and deposit is received.