ALL NEW SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR
PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Registration is NOW OPEN
Preschool Camp for 4-5 Year Olds
Weeks June 15-19 or June 22-26,
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
We are looking forward to welcoming your budding naturalists for mornings of discovery and fun! Hands-on activities will include explorations in our woodlands, stream and marsh, fun with our friendly program animals, a morning with the farm animals, and nature crafts.
Each week is $185 per member child and $260 per non-member child
(Fee includes daily snacks and a camp t-shirt)
(A $75 deposit or full payment is required at registration).
Summer Camp for 6 & 7 Year Olds
and 8 & 9 Year Olds
Weeks: July 6-10, July 13-17, or July 20-24,
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
During five action-packed days in July, 6-9 year-olds will become beekeepers, farmers, naturalists, vegetable gardeners, chefs, artists, treasure hunters, and scientists! Get outside and have fun while you form friendships with campers from surrounding towns and cities, swim in our
crystal-clear pool, explore our 102-acres of woodlands and wetlands, and enjoy loads of games and activities.
Each week is $395 per member child and $470 per non-member child
(fee includes daily snacks and a camp t-shirt.)
(A $175 deposit or full payment is required at registration).
For an additional cost of $50 there will be optional Friday evening camp-outs for individual campers accompanied by a parent.
We would like to thank our Outdoor Partner, L.L. Bean, and local chapters of the National Charity League (Nutmeg, Redding, & Ridgefield) for supporting this program.
Our story begins in 1975 when our founder, Carmen Mathews, decided to share her glorious property with children from the inner city.
“I’ve been given so much, been successful in my vocation and have had a happy life, I wanted to serve youngsters who might never have this kind of opportunity. I had a growing realization that the use of my lovely farm must evolve. I felt I had to use its advantages to help the disadvantaged. I had this exquisite terrain all around me and I wanted it to be used in the most wonderful way possible.” Carmen Mathews
Carmen and her friends converted the spacious turkey coop on the hill into the first bunkhouse. They brought in electricity to power a few lightbulbs, they hung up curtains and brought in cots, the cold water was supplied from a single hose running from a spigot, and the small supply of warm water came from the black hoses that two counselors criss-crossed along the roof to gather warming rays from the sun. From these humble beginnings our summer camp program has evolved into a well respected and well loved tradition.
Now housed in our beautiful 7,000 square foot Learning Center, our State-licensed camp brings together children from the inner cities of Connecticut with children from the surrounding area. Together these youngsters, from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds form friendships, develop an understanding and appreciation of one another as individuals, and have a marvelous time discovering the many wonders of the farm. Their days are filled to the brim with activities like woodlands and wetland explorations, arts and crafts, swimming, camping, stargazing, harvesting fresh foods from the garden, working with our farmers, and having good old fashioned “unplugged” fun. They leave us with a strong sense of accomplishment, walking a little taller and always filled with positive memories.
We would be so grateful if you or your business would like to sponsor a camper! Please Sponsor a Camper Here
Camp Counselor Positions are Available
Are you a college student who loves to be outside and enjoys working with children? Are you also looking for an Environmental Education position? If so, please take a look at our counselor positions.