Debbie Gaston, Professional Outdoor educator and retired Elgin ISD teacher, will lead the weekly camps.
Adventure awaits for kids, ages 6-10 years old, who want to learn about the outdoors. There are four weekly sessions with different themes. Each session is Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost is $200 a week. Early registration discount of $175 before June 1, 2021. 10% discount for multi-week sign ups and 10% sibling discount.
Registration and all release forms must be signed prior to camp, with a $75 nonrefundable deposit. The remainder of the balance is due on the first day of camp.
For child safety and COVID-19 protocols, class size is limited to 12 campers.
Each day, campers bring a backpack with lunch, snack, water bottle and a change of clothes and any medicine needed (Epipen, lnhalers). All campers must wear close toed shoes and should be rubbed down with sunscreen and bug repellent applied, prior to camp. We will reapply as needed.
Let's Take Wings and Fly – Birds and Insects
Campers will learn about the birds and flying insects that make Evergreen Farms their home. We will create a Journey Stick and hike every day as we discover nature. Campers will make bird blinds, use binoculars, learn the names of a few birds and their calls. We will use our new skills by participating in a Mock Bird Count. Campers will learn to use bug nets properly, ID, catch and release, as well as learn about the food chain through games and observations. Friday, we will have a field day, chuck wagon included, bring an old t-shirt to dye.
Wild Things – Mammals and Reptiles of Camp Evergreen
Campers will create a Journey Stick and hike every day. On our hikes, we will learn about the basic needs of these creatures and how to identify their trails, pawprints and scat. We will use dip nets and collect macroinvertebrates from the pond. Using a dichotomous key, magnifiers and microscope, we will be able to identify these critters and determine the water quality of the pond. On Friday, we will have a Field Day, chuckwagon included, bring an old t-shirt to dye.
Life by the Pond
We will create a journey stick and take hikes to the ponds. We will compare and contrast the two ponds. Each camper will claim a special sit spot, where they will do guided solitary activities such as listening, journaling, drawing, We will create a Woodland Map together, build a shelter and look for decomposers and spiders under logs. Campers will learn to mix watercolors with a very special local artist, Darcy Schneider. On Friday, we will have a field day, chuck wagon included. Bring a t-shirt to dye.
Plants, Trees and Rocks of Evergreen Farms
June 28-July 2
Monday, campers create a Journey Stick. Tuesday focus is plants, we will dissect seeds and create a GROW HEAD. Farmer Mike will share his garden knowledge with us and we'll plant seeds and pull weeds. Wednesday's focus will be trees and we will collect leaves and seeds for crafting. We will discuss the "Hug a Tree" safety plan, if you get lost. Thursday ROCKS!!! Bring your favorites. Friday is our big camp Jamboree. Chuck wagon activities, bring t-shirt to dye.