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Nature-based summer camp offers kids hands-on exploration and learning adventures

Updated: May 25, 2021

Calling children aged Five to 12: Discover the wonders of nature with six weeks of jam-packed outdoor adventure

AVONDALE, Pa. — Registration is open for Free Time Adventures, a non-traditional weekly summer day camp for children 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 in Kennett Square, PA. 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 our Feathered Friends; Water Worlds in our 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.

Most importantly, the program will foster free-play in nature to promote the mental well-being of our young land conservators.

Your kids will 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 recently: “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.

In its 26th year, The Land Conservancy continues to be passionate about the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout Southern Chester County. Proceeds from our education programs help fund land acquisitions and stewardship projects and our efforts to protect the natural beauty of Southern Chester County. Donations of support also help TLC do what it does best – preserve land for future generations!

*** Photo opportunities available – Please contact Lea for details and timing

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County 541 Chandler Mill Road Avondale, PA 19311 TLC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

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