Day Camp Information

Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Summer Camp Program

We believe that children thrive when given the freedom to immerse themselves in nature through exploration and guided discovery. By slowing down and using their senses to fully experience the world around them, campers develop a sense of curiosity, love and responsibility. Through this, they emerge with deeper empathy, a better sense of their place in the world, and the knowledge that they can make a difference.

CAMP IN THE TIME OF COVID: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are consulting with and following guidelines set forth by the CDC, the Vermont Department of Health, and the American Camp Association (ACA) regarding safe camp procedures for campers and staff.

View the ACA Field Guide for Camp HERE.

 

2021 OFFERINGS


JUNE 14 through 18: BARNYARD AND BEYOND FARM CAMP

For children entering Grades 1, 2 and 3. Limited to 6 campers.
June 14 – 18, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250.

Campers will explore life on the farm, with a focus on our farm animals, the crops we grow, and our Children’s Garden. Through games and imaginative play, they’ll discover what roles the plants and animals play on our farm, their life cycles, and how a farm works. Campers will dig into dirt, gather eggs, and sink fingers into soft wool as they engage in hands-on farm-related activities.


JUNE 21 through 25: AG CAMP: INQUIRY AND EXPLORATION ON THE FARM

Children entering Grades 4, 5 and 6. Limited to 6 campers
June 21 – 25, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250

Campers will explore the biology of various animals found on the farm and in the fields, and the  interdependencies of species. Through inquiry and observation, they will deepen their understanding of the intertwining communities using nature journals to document their explorations. Campers will probe into pollinators, track chickens, and ruminate with sheep as they engage in agricultural-related activities.

 
June 28 through July 2: TRAIL CREW CAMP

For children entering Grades 7 and 8. Limited to 6 campers. 

June 28 – July 2,9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250

Trail crew members will trek through field and forest, learning how to steward working lands. Through hands-on explorations and projects, they’ll develop practical backcountry and primitive skills, engage in citizen science, and participate in service learning projects.  Crew members will navigate with map and compass, construct shelters, lop invasives, and tackle trail work as they explore the front and backcountry of Merck Forest.

 
July 12 through 16: AQUA CAMP: INQUIRY AND EXPLORATION IN PONDS AND STREAMS

For children entering Grades 4, 5, & 6. Limited to 6 campers.
July 12 – 16, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250.

Campers will explore the inhabitants of the streams and ponds of Merck Forest and how they are interdependent. Through inquiry and observation, they will deepen their knowledge of the importance of mountain streams, of pond ecosystems, and the interdependence of aquatic life using nature journals to document their explorations. Campers will monitor waterways, inventory invertebrates, and collect amphibians as they engage in hands-on aquatic activities.

 
July 19 through 23: DRAGONFLIES AND CATTAILS CAMP

For children entering Grades 1, 2 and 3. Limited to 6 campers.
July 19 – 23, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $250

Campers will explore life in our ponds and streams, as they learn about the plants and animals that live in and around these watery worlds. Through games and imaginative play, they’ll discover the qualities of water, the creatures that live in watery environs and how those animals are adapted to live in an aquatic world. Campers will scoop up salamanders and frogs, capture caddis flies, and play in babbling brooks as they engage in hands-on aquatic-related activities.

 
July 19 through 23: WILDERNESS CAMP: INQUIRY AND EXPLORATION IN THE FOREST

For children entering Grades 4, 5 AND 6. Limited to 6 campers.
July 19 – 23, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $250

Campers will explore the biology of various mammals that live in the Northern Taconic forests and how these mammals and their environment are interdependent. Through inquiry and observation, they will deepen their knowledge of natural communities, as they use nature journals to document their explorations. Campers will sketch squirrels, investigate skulls, and sleuth for evidence of creatures as they engage in forestry-related activities.

 

 
July 26 through 30: TRAIL CREW CAMP (Session 2)

For children entering Grades 7 and 8. Limited to 6 campers.

July 26 – 30, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250

Trail crew members will trek through field and forest, making an impact on the land.  Through hands-on explorations and projects, they’ll develop practical backcountry and primitive skills, engage in citizen science, and participate in service learning projects. Crew members will navigate with map and compass, construct shelters, lop out invasives, and tackle trail work as they explore the front and backcountry of Merck Forest.

 
August 2 through 6: WOODS AND WILDLIFE CAMP

For children entering Grades 1, 2 and 3. Limited to 6 children.
August 2 – 6, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250

Campers will explore life in our forests as they learn about the animals and trees that call the northern Taconic Mountains home. Through games and imaginative play, they’ll discover what animals live in Merck Forest’s woods, how those animals meet their needs and how they are adapted to living in the forest as well as how a forest works. Campers will dig into crumbling logs, scout deer trails and scamper through the woods as they engage in hands-on forest-related activities.

If, after reviewing the documents in the registration packet, you have questions or require additional information,
contact Education Director Christine Hubbard at 802-394-2519 or christine@merckforest.org .