This summer marks 18 years that Wild Earth will get kids outdoors in the Hudson Valley.
At Wild Earth, all of the senses are engaged as campers meet local plants and animals, learn wilderness skills, create natural crafts, and build deep connections with friends and inspiring adult and teen mentors.
Guided by patterns we’ve observed in nature, we begin each day by gathering in the woods through songs, expressing gratitude, and finding new ways to play. We form smaller groups and set up camp in the forest by building fire pits and shelters. Our instructors tailor activities to the interests of the campers, fostering curiosity and guiding learning through skillful questions, opportunities for appropriate risk-taking and empowering challenges.
If you need financial aid, be sure to register to hold your space! We cannot hold a space without your registration. Click here to read our summer camp registration policies and Q&A.
We now use a rolling admissions process; additional spaces are added to our camps throughout the spring. If you find a waitlist, please join our waitlist at no cost and our staff will reach out to you when a space becomes available.
This summer, we are excited to hold the following camps: Kestrel, Raven, Kingfisher, and Ropes. To provide the safest programming possible, we have made the following decisions: Wild Earth will not run the typical two-week Screech Owl sessions, but we are hoping to meet 4-7 year olds in other ways. Raven and Ropes: Teen camps will be offered as two-week camps again this year. We will have two sessions of each camp. Registration opens Monday, February 1 at noon.
Due to COVID restrictions, Wild Earth has decreased camp capacity significantly this year. Our hope is to get as many children out in the woods as is safely possible and to meet this goal, we are limiting the amount of sessions individuals can sign up for. In addition, it is difficult to meet the wide range of needs when some participants are showing up for day one and others have already been at camp for 2-4 weeks prior. We are anticipating the children to have additional social and emotional needs, after experiencing all the traumas and challenges 2020 has presented. In an effort to make sure everyone is on similar footing, we are restricting enrollment to only one session so that everyone can start their session in a similar space to their peers.
Please review our updated COVID safety information here.
Every camper must provide proof of vaccination, immunity, or medical exemption. (Religious exemption does not meet this requirement.)