2018 Nature Day Camp Programs

Information for 2018 Campers

(scroll all the way down if you still need to sign up!)

 

We are looking forward to a fun and educational week!  There are a few things to remember about Nature Day Camp in order for everyone to have a safe and fun experience:

  • Campers must be signed into camp each morning and signed out in the afternoon by a parent or guardian.  If your child is being picked up by someone different or is going home with another child, please provide a note in the morning. We have two sessions of camp running each week and will have designated drop off areas for each age group.  I will send out a separate message instructing you exactly where to go for drop off for your child. Fairview Farm’s address is 2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone, NJ 07934. Farm Camp’s address is Pleasant Valley Mills Farm, 55 Roxiticus Road, Mendham, NJ 07945.
  • All campers should bring only NUT-FREE snacks with them to camp.  There are children registered for camp that have very serious food allergies. Although your child may not have any food allergies, it is necessary for the health of their campmates that the camp be nut-free.  Our educators have been instructed for the children to only eat the food that is sent in from their own home.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen each morning, and be sure to check for ticks after camp each day!  Bug spray should be applied at home, if desired.  We will also have some children’s sunscreen and natural bug spray at the check-in table for you to use if you forget.
  • Friday is Camp T-shirt Day.  We ask that the campers wear their camp T-shirt (they’ll bring them home mid-week) so that a group picture may be taken.
  • Camp is held rain or shine.  In the case of inclement weather, please provide your child with rain gear as some activities may still take place outside.  We have a lot of outdoor exploration time each day, so everyone should dress appropriately for easy-terrain hikes!
  • Show-and-tell is encouraged!  If your child has a fun nature artifact, story book, poem, photo, craft (etc.) they would like to bring from home, we would LOVE for them to share it with us!

Thank you for taking all of this into consideration.  We hope that this week at Fairview Farm is a wonderful experience for you and your child.  If you have any questions, concerns or comments during the week of camp, please call 908-234-1852 at Ex. 314 to reach me at the RHA office, or email me at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org.

DAILY PACKING LIST

All Campers

  • A NUT-FREE Bag Lunch + Snack
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable sneakers and/or strappy sandals.
  • Swimsuit and towel (swimsuit can be worn to camp, if easier)
  • Wear weather appropriate-clothing and bring a change of clothes. Clothing bags can be left in your child’s cubby for the week – please label all items clearly with your child’s name!
  • A sense of adventure!

Honey Bees should bring the same, but just a NUT-FREE snack (no lunch).

Garden Campers should bring a pair of work gloves

Farm Campers should bring a pair of work gloves and work boots and/or shoes that can get dirty.

Photo Campers should bring a camera if you have one: a DSLR, GoPro, cell phone with a camera or other digital camera.  If you do not have one, let us know! We will provide one for you to use during camp!


Join us for our 21st year of Nature Day Camp!  Our camps take place at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster, where 170 acres of forest, meadow, serene ponds and tumbling streams invite your child to get their feet wet and experience nature first-hand! Each day includes child-led exploration, wild-crafts, games, storytelling, and more!  Our friendly staff is trained in CPR and First Aid and eager to share their love of nature with campers!  Scroll down to see all of our fun programs this year, and don’t hesitate to contact Lauren Theis, Director of Education, with any questions you might have!  You can reach her at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or (908)234-1852 x314.

Click here to register!

 

The Basics:

  • Registration opens on February 1, 2018
  • Early Bird registration ends April 1, 2018
  • Refund deadline is June 1, 2018
  • Each day, campers should dress for outside play, bring a change of clothes (including a bathing suit), a nut-free lunch and snack, and a reusable water bottle. Bug spray and sunscreen should be applied at home, and tick checks performed at home each day.
  • Camp is rain or shine! Bring a raincoat and boots on rainy days
  • Once you register, you will receive an emergency contact and allergy form to complete for each camper.
  • All camp staff is First Aid and CPR certified

Sibling discounts:

Receive a $25 discount for each additional sibling or week of camp you sign up for!

Scholarships:

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.  Contact Lauren Theis for a scholarship application at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org

Teen Helpers Needed:

A fun way to gain education experience and community service hours! Interested teens ages 13 and up should contact Lauren Theis to apply.

 

Questions? Contact Director of Education, Lauren Theis, at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org


Programs for Ages 3 to 4

 

Honey Bees

Before April 1: $150 per camper / week

After April 1: $175 per camper / week

Week 1: July 30 – August 3 from 9 to noon

Week 2: August 6 – 10 from 9 to noon

Bring your little one to Fairview Farm for a morning full of fun nature games, stories and crafts.  We will buzz all over Fairview Farm, exploring nature and making new discoveries each day! Each week has a different focus, so campers can come for both!

Week 1 will focus on the senses, exploring using our eyes, ears, nose and sense of touch, ending the week with a fun scavenger hunt using all of our senses! We will also have a special guest, Lolly Hopwood, performing fun songs for kids about nature!

Week 2 will focus on beautiful plants and interesting creatures, ranging from flowers to birds to bugs!

 

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Programs for Ages 5 to 6

 

Red Squirrels

Before April 1: $250 per camper / week

After April 1: $275 per camper / week

Week 1: July 16 – 20 from 9 to 2

Week 2: July 23 – 27 from 9 to 2

Get ready to discover the exciting mysteries of nature.  Explore who lives where?  What eats what?  What’s hidden high and low?  Join us as we learn about the woods, fields and streams with adventures, stories and games.  Wild-crafts, storytelling, games and scavenger hunts each day  open up even more fun explorations in nature! We will also have a special guest, Lolly Hopwood, performing fun songs for kids about nature! Each week has a different focus, so campers can come for both!

Week 1 we’ll learn about gardening, bugs, survival techniques, fort building, birding and fishing in the pond!

Week 2 we will explore different habitats all over Fairview Farm, reptiles, mammals, tracking techniques and a kayaking experience in the pond!

 

Garden Camp – This Session is Full! Please contact Lauren to be put on a waiting list.

Before April 1: $250 per camper

After April 1: $275 per camper

July 30 – August 3 from 9 to 2

Get your hands dirty learning about fun and healthy gardening techniques! We will learn about healthy plants and soils, water, garden ecosystems, and fun ways to use your harvest! This camp is offered for a wide age range and will have separate and combined activities for different age groups!

 

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Programs for Ages 7 to 10

 

Tree Frogs

Before April 1: $250 per camper / week

After April 1: $275 per camper / week

Week 1: July 16 – 20 from 9 to 2

Week 2: July 23 – 27 from 9 to 2 – This Session is Full! Please contact Lauren to be put on a waiting list.

Adventure is waiting for you!  Learn about the birds and animals living in the woods and fields on Fairview Farm.  Get ready to investigate the creatures living in the pond.   Join us as we explore the outdoors with hikes, games, wild-craft projects, storytelling and more! We will also have a special guest, Lolly Hopwood, performing fun songs for kids about nature! Each week has a different focus, so campers can come for both!

Week 1 we will explore different habitats all over Fairview Farm, reptiles, mammals, tracking techniques and a kayaking experience in the pond!

Week 2 will focus on gardening, bugs, survival techniques, fort building, birding and fishing in the pond!

 

Garden Camp – This Session is Full! Please contact Lauren to be put on a waiting list.

Before April 1: $250 per camper

After April 1: $275 per camper

July 30 – August 3 from 9 to 2

Get your hands dirty learning about fun and healthy gardening techniques! We will learn about healthy plants and soils, water, garden ecosystems, and fun ways to use your harvest! This camp is offered for a wide age range and will have separate and combined activities for different age groups! We will also have a special guest, Lolly Hopwood, performing fun songs for kids about nature!

 

Click here to register!

 


Programs for Ages 10 to 12

 

Pleasant Valley Mills Farm Camp – This Session is Full! Please contact Lauren to be put on a waiting list.

Before April 1: $290 per camper

After April 1: $315 per camper

July 9 – July 13 from 8 to 2

*takes place at Pleasant Valley Mills Farm in Mendham

Experience the workings of a family farm! Roll up your sleeves and pitch in to take on the daily care of the farm animals, work in the organic vegetable garden, learn about local wildlife, traditional natural crafts, and more. Each day will involve creative projects, outdoor experiences and exploration of the neighboring habitats along the North Branch of the Raritan River! Each day focuses on a different farm creature, including sheep, pigs, chickens, honeybees and ponies!

 

Garden Camp – This Session is Full! Please contact Lauren to be put on a waiting list.

Before April 1: $250 per camper

After April 1: $275 per camper

July 30 – August 3 from 9 to 2

Get your hands dirty learning about fun and healthy gardening techniques! We will learn about healthy plants and soils, water, garden ecosystems, and fun ways to use your harvest! This camp is offered for a wide age range and will have separate and combined activities for different age groups!

 

Photo Camp

Before April 1: $250 per camper

After April 1: $275 per camper

August 6 – August 10 from 9 to 2

Grab your camera and explore Fairview Farm, learning to observe and record the amazing wildlife and wonders of the preserve!  Campers will learn techniques in capturing moments of nature through photos and short films.  Beginning with some basics of cinematography and photography, the week will include plenty of exploration time and culminate in a show of printed photos and screening of camper’s video clips.

 

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About Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve

Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve is home to the Raritan Headwaters Association. A former dairy farm, the 170-acre property now serves as a living classroom. Habitat restoration projects & scientific studies are underway across the site to support native flora and fauna, including a number of threatened & endangered species.

Fairview Farm is open every day from dawn until dusk. A visit here is a unique experience. There are no picnic tables, trash cans or playgrounds. There are, however, five miles of trails through fields & woods, a small pond, and butterfly garden.  Our nature classrooms are located in our 1800’s era barn complex. Learning spaces also include an Exploration Room in our brick cottage. Fairview Farm is a place to enjoy all sorts of recreational pursuits – nature walks, bird watching, photography, painting en plen aire, nature-journaling, and catch and release fishing in our pond.

 


Meet Our Educators!

 

Director of Education,

Lauren Theis

Each day at RHA’s Nature Day Camp is a unique experience; structured and unstructured play time allows children to interact on their own terms with nature. Curiosity and wonder are encouraged along with fun activities, crafts and games that provide positive outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime!  Fresh air, muddy feet and new friends are all part of what makes our Nature Day Camp so special. If it’s your first time to Fairview Farm, stop in our office to say hi and take advantage of the visit to explore the beautiful property for yourself.  You can’t help but make new discoveries while you’re here! If you’re a seasoned alum, you already know what a magical place this is, and we can’t wait to see you again this summer!

 

The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.” -Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder


 Jim Fenton

A Canadian expat from British Columbia, Jim is enjoying learning about all of the different plants, wildlife and waterways of New Jersey. As an avid birder and traveler, Jim has searched for birds in 16 different countries. Jim also loves primates–he and his wife have studied primates in Costa Rica, Uganda and Kenya. In East Africa, Jim taught school aged children about wildlife conservation and learned Swahili in return. Jim is excited to share his experiences and learn from some new friends at Nature Day Camp!


Jean Gilbert

Jean enjoys sharing her love of nature with children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Environmental Education from Rutgers University and  a Master’s degree in Education. She has over twenty five years of teaching experience as a certified teacher of science k-12 and as a tutor of math and science. Working with children and animals are among her favorite passions.


Daina Gulbis

Daina loves nature and the great outdoors.  Her childhood free time was full of treehouse and creek adventures.  Daina is passionate about educating children of all ages about the importance of the world that surrounds us, the world outside the door.  Daina is a mother, an engineer, a girl scout leader, a Master Gardener, a yoga teacher, an overnight camp counselor and also a substitute at the local elementary school.  She is excited to spend time outside this summer sharing her passion with the Nature Day Campers!


Tracy Gordon

A lifetime resident of Morris County, Tracy has spent many hours wading through the streams of the Raritan Headwaters.  She has a passion for insects and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and a NJ Teaching Certificate of Eligibility for grades K-5.   One of her favorite jobs was working as a mosquito inspector searching for larvae in nearby swamps and woodland pools.  Bicycling, canoeing, camping, bee- keeping and gardening are among her favorite outdoor activities. Tracy loves going on adventures with her grandchildren who live in Vermont.   She enjoys any opportunity to share her love of nature (especially bugs!!) with children.


April Rastaetter

April is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in Environmental Policy at Rutgers! She is so excited for Nature Day Camp, to share her passion for the environment and water conservation. When not at school or work April loves to go on hikes and read outside. She finds that being outside, regardless of the season, always makes her feel better.

 

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir


 Gina-Michelle Rogers

Gina has a passion for science education and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College). She also has a Master’s degree from Rutgers in Biological Science Education. She has been teaching middle school science for six years in Morris County. She loves to hike and spend time outdoors whenever possible!


Erica Rossetti

Erica is RHA’s current Americorps Watershed Ambassador! Spending a year-long term of service working with kids in local schools, out in the streams, and through community service projects like our Annual Stream Clean Up, Erica is looking forward to a fun summer at Nature Day Camp!  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from University of Delaware, where she was a Teaching Assistant, studied abroad in Fiji, and graduated with honors!


Special Guest – Lolly Hopwood!

Lolly Hopwood has been singing songs for children for 18 years. As half of the group Lolly & YoYo, she plays interactive adventure based shows that draw the audience into the performance using stories, songs & games that engage kids bodies & minds. She has released three kindie albums, Go Go Go, An Adventurous Day, and Nice Things, which came out earlier this year. Lolly & YoYo have also published a children’s book, Move!, and the two authors have played with kids all over the country in support of the book. They also jumped around with Chica on the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout!


Click here to register!

 

Registration Tips:

– Click “Add Campers/Sessions” to add additional children and weeks of camp.

– If you’ve already registered a camper this year, you’ll have to use a different email address to avoid an error message.

– Enter Promo Code “SIBLING” to redeem your sibling and additional week discounts!

 

 For questions or more information about our Nature Day Camps,

or if you need help registering, please contact Lauren at (908)234-1852 x314 or ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org

See you this summer!