Summer camp registration opens Feb 1 at 12pm on our website. Our camps fill quickly. Spaces are available first come, first serve. Read our Summer FAQ to be sure you are ready to register.
Wild Earth is dedicated to making programming accessible and affordable to families in the Kingston community, regardless of ability to pay. Tuition is based on your family’s need.
Children of all genders, ages 8-11.
Aug 12 – 16, 2019
9am-3pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Bussing from midtown Kingston and/or wrap-around care is available. More details to come!
at the Sojourner Truth / Ulster County Landing Park
916 Ulster Landing Rd, Saugerties, NY 12477
At Kingston Kingfisher Camp, our day begins by giving thanks together amongst the forest and the sky. After a few songs and silly movement games bring us further into our bodies, we split into smaller groups (packs) venturing further into the forests, streams and rocks.
The days are filled with nature-based games that expand our awareness, storytelling from skilled instructors and visiting elders, songs inspired by nature’s beauty, stream wanders that cool us down, and exploring the forest, sculpting clay from the stream banks, looking for mysteries amongst logs and rocks, building forts and shelters in the leaves, wandering the caves and boulders.
At the end of the day, with cattail fluff in our pockets, our faces painted with mud (and charcoal) and smiles on our faces, we return to a large village-like circle where we share stories from our day.
Kingston Kingfisher Camp is where your child will:
“We love the beautiful wilderness and kind spirits of the counselors towards the children.”
“Particularly impressive are the counselors and the calm, kind way things happen.”
“The counselors are amazing–whatever you’re doing to select and train them is working. They are the heart of the program.”
“The staff is terrific. I like the idea that the kids have room to roam in the woods and that the counselors are there to facilitate when the kids want to explore. I appreciate that there is a structure to the program, yet plenty of room for the kids and counselors to be creative.”
“We appreciate how Wild Earth teaches our child how to be a mindful observer and participant in the natural world. We are always struck by the genuineness, knowledge and enthusiasm the counselors have for all things Wild Earth.”
“My children were in love with their experiences at camp; my son is very reticent to engage with groups of people and he told us that he wants to go to Wild Earth “for the rest of my life!” I am so happy for them and look forward to future engagements with Wild Earth.”
“I believe that our child has had more fun in the woods of the Hudson Valley then anywhere else we have been. There is no camp like Wild Earth in our state.”
“I think this program has transformed my son. He has enjoyed no other camp program like he’s enjoyed this one. We have already signed him up for autumn and are committed to his returning next summer.”
“I like that my daughter is outside all day and in the morning must think about packing appropriate clothes for her adventures. I like that she is given independence at camp to explore. She comes home tired, but is always happy to get up the next morning and go.”
“I really appreciated the singing, the guitars, the authentic and accepting vibe, the beauty of the creek in the sunshine, the way Wild Earth is undaunted by rain, and that my son felt free to be himself. I really appreciated the communication; I got calls from counselors on the day my son had a tick and the day he got a big scratch. I believe the counselor to camper ratio is spectacular! My kid got a lot of attention and I never felt as if he might be falling through the cracks or blending into the background.”
“My daughter had a great time and continued to develop skills outside and I think became more confident.”
“I especially liked our child’s heightened awareness of the plants, animals, and elements around us. Now we have new games to play at home! And the twice daily tick checks and tick awareness emails were truly appreciated.”
“The girls liked it a lot and were totally connected to earth. They loved learning firsthand how to make fire from a bow stick and tinder.”
“My kid is always exhausted, smelly, and full of stories after a day at Wild Earth. We’ve been thrilled with how her connection with nature has grown over the years with help from Wild Earth.”
Using multigenerational mentoring, our experienced and inspiring adult and teen instructors guide the children in engaging earth-based activities, awareness games, experiential knowledge of plants and animals, natural craft, and story and song.
Gratitude and reverence for the earth, as well as fostering a vision of community based on mutual respect and acknowledgment are modeled and encouraged.
Campers are grouped (by age) in "packs" of 8-12 children. Each pack is guided by at least three of our skilled instructors who facilitate exploration and discovery on beautiful and magical forested land. Learn more on our Summer Camp FAQ page.