Lamoille County Conservation District &

Mud City Forest School

Forest Camp 2023

For over twenty years, LCCD has been providing nature-based education through the Lamoille County Nature Center, Mud City Forest school and our Forest Camp program. Days spent in the fields and woods allow children to develop a long and lasting relationship with nature that will inspire our future leaders and stewards of the land. This year we will be offering 6 weeks of camps! Camps will be 4 days a week, 9am-3pm Mondays-Thursdays. Camps take place at our 40 acre off grid nature preserve in Morrisville and are led by experienced environmental educators. Your kids will come home dirty, happy and exhausted from a full day of playing, exploring, and learning. Most of our camps this year offer a mix of structured activities (such as a craft project or lessons and activities), with free time to explore the forest or play high-energy traditional camp games like gaga ball and camouflage. Please select a camp theme that suits your child’s interests and energy needs.

$225 for LCCD Members and $275 for non-members (Contact us for Scholarship information)

 

Forest Camp Programs 2023

Forest Gnome                               5-8 year olds

June 19-22 2023

The forest is alive with magic. Gnomes abound in the woods of the Nature Center. We will explore hidden nooks and crannies looking for these elusive creatures, build them houses, leave them gifts and make crafts in their honor. Will you be one of the lucky ones with an encounter?

Wildwoods                                   5-12 year olds

June 26-29  NOW FULL!

Calling all wild children! If you want to run through the woods, build forts, play 30 different types of tag, track animals and spend all day in the mud then this is the camp for you. This camp is ideal for high energy kids who always want to be on the move.

Forest Creatures                       8-12 year olds  July 3-7 (not 4th) 

Vermont is home to 58 species of mammals, and 38 species of reptiles and amphibians. Many of their homes are within the nature center. We will comb the woods, meadows and ponds looking for evidence of these creatures as we learn about their life-cycles and habitats. This camp is for curious kids who want to explore the world around them.

Young Wild Art                           5-10 year olds July 10-13 

For young artists of all mediums! We will let nature inspire us as we sculpt, paint, draw and create, often incorporating natural materials. We will collect berries, flowers, clay and leaves to make our own paints, use pebbles and flowers for portraits, and sculpt the beauty all around us!

Tween/Teen Wild Art                10+ year olds July 17-20 

We kick things up a notch for the older artists. We will incorporate more detailed techniques and focus more of our day on our art. We will let nature inspire us as we sculpt, paint, draw and create, often incorporating natural materials. We will collect berries, flowers, clay and leaves to make our own paints, use pebbles and flowers for portraits, and sculpt the beauty all around us!

Not So Board Games                   8+ year olds July 31- Aug 3 

Calling all gamer geeks (and we don’t mean checkers and candy land). If you love Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride and other such table-top games, then this is the camp for you. We will spend much of our time exploring board games. Then try your hand at game design and create your own board game. The structure, rules and art are all up to you. 

 

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Our camps take place entirely outdoors and we like to keep our group-sizes small even in “normal” years.  In addition, the following precautions will help keep our staff, campers and community safe:
  • We practice social distancing.
  • Frequently used surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day.
  • Multiple hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be provided.

What Does My Child Need for Camp?

  • Backpack
  • Full water bottle, snack, and lunch for full-day camp.
  • Comfortable shoes for hiking short distances.
  • A hat for the sun.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather—we are outside all day so good layers and rain gear are a must!
  • Sunscreen and bug spray if you wish.