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Our financial aid philosophy is take what you need and give what you can. We recognize that there are economic hardships, and we want to be accessible to all, so we ask that you pay whatever it is that you can.
The more you can pay, the more children we are able to extend aid to. Before you request financial aid we ask families to consider if there are family members or friends who might help provide a scholarship to your family for this program.
Camp will run Wed, July 3 & close for Thurs, July 4
While Wild Earth is usually closed on Wednesdays, on the week of July 4 we will run camp Wed, July 3 and close for Thurs, July 4.
Boys and girls ages 4-7.
Register for one two-week session or multiple two-week sessions. Limited space available.
Wild Earth’s new home, 135 acres on Rock Haven Road, Kerhonkson
9:15AM-3:15PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no camp on Wednesdays)
$640 per two-week session. $150 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit per child per session is required with registration. Sibling discounts apply. Limited scholarships available depending on enrollment and need.
In the shade of hemlocks and hardwoods, a gentle stroll from crystal-clear mountain streams, we build a village in the forest and deepen our relationships with each other and the natural world. We gather inspiration from the forest to guide our activities through movement, song, crafts, stories, games, fire and fun!
Children walk away from Screech Owl Camp feeling at home in nature and at home in themselves. Our Screech Owl staff is filled with seasoned teachers and naturalists who meet children where they are and help them to find harmony and joy both within the group and the forest.
Our sensitive, attentive Screech Owl instructors follow the curiosities of the children, allowing campers to follow their interests and emerging passions under the gentle guidance of caring mentors.
Each day begins with a morning circle where thanksgiving, songs and silly movement games bring us further into our bodies. During the day we’ll play amongst the trees, create bridges across the stream, learn earth living skills, build fairy houses and explore nature’s treasures.
We’ll take plenty of time during the day to recharge with snacks, lunch and rest. At the end of the day, with leaf and flower crowns on our heads, our faces painted decorated with rock paint, and smiles from ear to ear, we’ll return, energized from a day in the woods!
Screech Owl is where your child will:
“I felt it was run very professionally. The staff was so friendly, warm and energetic with the children. I thought the attention to drop off and pick up was great and organized, and SAFE.”
“We really appreciated the quality of the counselors, who are positive, nurturing and centered people who love nature and have so much to teach.”
“Loved the focus on nature and that my son is more familiar not only with being in nature but recognizing plants and learning more about what is around him.”
“Loved that there was such a strong art component. My son was very interested in both the field games/active play and the fiber arts (spinning, dyeing, weaving), and in this session he got to choose both. This is the best Screech Owl session he has attended and I felt the art component made it worth the price.”
“The location was beautiful and offered so much–woods, water, farm, fields, flowers, sticks and stones, animals, birds and insects all in one location.”
“I really appreciated meeting other local families and having more social interaction due to carpooling and playdates after camp.”
“Loved the friendly counselors; I particularly liked that there are plenty of male counselors who were singing and storytelling and were very involved. We love the little huts and the stars made of sticks and yarn that came home.”
“We loved meeting other families and now we run into them all over town–we are weekenders so this is a huge benefit to us. We feel like our world has become a little smaller since we joined Wild Earth.”
“We love all the songs and that kids learned a lot about different flowers and plants. We also appreciate the gratitude practice and have tried to do this at home.”
“My son always shows increased independence and an increase in resiliency after Screech Owl camp.”
“We really appreciated the technology-free, fun, gentle, non-competitive vibe.”
“Children need to build a relationship with the environment. Attending this program meant my child’s full attention was on being in the woods, talking and caring about nature.”
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.