IT’S SUMMER CAMP TIME! Wish your child could be outside playing, learning and exploring more this summer?  From preschool naturalists to high school bouldering and mountain biking adventures…  Beaver Brook has a summer camp option for everyone!  Print 2019 At-a-Glance here.

 

Since 1976 Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH has hosted hundreds of children each summer.  Our exciting camps for 4 year olds through 9th grade include active hands-on activities, creative problem-solving and independent thinking. Teachers promote face to face healthy social interactions in their classes.

See below for a list of camps and descriptions.  If you are unsure of which program would be best for your camper, feel free to call us and we can talk you through some options!  603-465-7787.

OUTDOOR NATURE CAMPS DESIGNED FOR ALL AGES.  explore all summer long with Beaver Brook.

Forest Friends   with Becky Kellner                                                                   $165/$149 Members

Campers will meet some of our resident wildlife and learn interesting facts about the forest and who lives there. The week will consist of art, hikes, games and songs all designed to build a strong foundation of nature education for young campers. We will learn about different animal habitats and the importance of preservation. Exploring different trails each day will allow us to discover the amazing gifts that reside in New Hampshire.

Age:  4 year olds & Kindergarten. Children must be four years old at the start of class, able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Date: June 24-28 9am-12 pm     

Nature Explorers   with Abby Zimmerman                                                      $165/$149 Members

Students will learn to sharpen their observation skills while hiking Beaver Brook’s trails. Meet some of our resident wildlife and learn interesting facts.  The week will consist of artistic exploration, investigative hikes, and games designed to introduce nature’s beautiful gifts to young explorers. We will teach the importance of nature and show how even our youngest explorers can help make a difference.  On a different trail each day, we will discover the beauty, peace and wonders of the woodlands.

Grades: 4 year olds & Kindergarten.     Requirement: Children must be four years old at the start of class and able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Dates: July 8-12 9am-12 pm

Nature Trails   with Sofia Fahsi                                                                      $165/$149 Members

Students will discover the beauty, peace and wonders of the woodlands by exploring different trails and natural spaces each day.  Students will enjoy games, stories and crafts related to ponds, plants, worms, birds, bees and the mammals of beautiful Beaver Brook. 

Grades: 4 year olds & Kindergarten.     Requirement: Children must be four years old at the start of class, able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Dates: July 15-19  9am-12 pm

Earth Sprouts      with Virginia Commisso                                             $165/$149 Members

Children develop a self-awareness and a sense of belonging by playing and learning outdoors.  We will explore Beaver Brook through activities, games, songs, and crafts that celebrate the natural world around us.  We will deepen  the use of our senses with focusing skills and calming body awareness movements.  Earth Sprouts will grow in their awareness of and gratitude for the wonders surrounding them.

Grades: 4 year olds & Kindergarten.    Requirement: Children must be four years old at the start of class, able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Dates: July 22-26 M-F 9am-12 noon

Kneehigh Naturalists   with Dennis Kane                                                 $165/149 Members

Get ready for a week of summer fun for our youngest naturalists.  We will explore the fields, wetlands, and woodlands surrounding Beaver Brook in serach of animals and other natural discoveries.  Our mornings will be filled with songs, stories and games as we enjoy nature’s offerings..

Grades: 4 year olds & Kindergarten.    Requirement: Children must be four years old at the start of class, able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Dates: July 29-Aug 2 9 am-noon

Superheroes of Nature  with Cat Kolar                                    $165/149 Members

Who can leap over an eight-foot fence? Who can hear a mouse 1/2 mile away? Who can fly more than 100 miles per hour? Many species of New England Wildlife have fascinating abilities. We’ll build our science vocabularies and use hands-on exploration to learn about the superpowers of a different local animal each day. Come for stories, crafts, short hikes, and outdoor discovery. Be amazed at what you’ll learn about our local superheroes!  

Grades: 4 year olds & Kindergarten.    Requirement: Children must be four years old at the start of class, able to separate from his/her parent, and be completely toilet trained.

Dates: Aug 5-9    9am-noon

Farmyard Fun   w/ Winnie Crouse & Cathy Ingram    $266 Members  (includes fieldtrips)

If you had lived at Maple Hill Farm 100 years ago, what might your day have included? Come to our Farmyard Fun class and meet some of the animals that would have been on your farm, have fun experiencing some of the activities of the farm, and learn how each of the animals provides something useful to the family. Pet a chicken. Milk a cow. Spin some wool. Play with baby goats. Visit honeybees. Make butter and cheese. We will do many fun farm activities, plus explore on Beaver Brook trails and even have time for games and crafts. Bring your lunch for a picnic at the brook (Some field trips to milk cows and feed chickens).

Grades: 1st & 2nd     Dates: June 24-28 9am-3pm

Nature Nuts           with Angela Craggy                         $270/$243 Members

Get nutty and explore. This class will hike Beaver Brook trails & picnic along the way as we investigate the meadows, woods, streams, & ponds that we find.  We will searching for animal signs & discover what nature has in store for us each day from leaping frogs to butterflies.  Games, crafts, stories, & hands on activities will be used to teach children about nature and how to have a great time outside. We plan to host a special Friday Nature Museum with student tour guides sharing their knowledge and observations.

Grades: 1st & 2nd   Dates: July 8-12  9am-3pm

Backyard Fun            with Rosemary Clough                        $270/$243 Members

This class incorporates art, music, hiking and storytelling into a rainbow of outdoor adventures. We will use a variety of yoga postures (tree, mountain, turtle, flower etc.) & other activities to energize, strengthen, balance and find ways to be mindful, as we connect each day’s discoveries with nature.  Grow with a fun-filled week of unplugged play and learning.

Grades: 1st & 2nd   Dates: July 15-19 M-F 9am-3pm

Animals & Their Habitats with Carol RItchie                $270/$243 Members

The fields, forests, and waters of Beaver Brook are home to many creatures, great and small. Porcupines, raccoons, rare turtles and white tailed deer-we will see where they live and what they eat.  Come explore these diverse habitats: ponds, vernal pools, field, forest and wetland. We will look for animal tracks and signs; find bugs and butterflies, and  net frogs and crayfish in the pond. Many people are surprised at how many species live in New Hampshire!

Grades: 1st & 2nd  Dates: July 22-26  9am-3pm

Wildlands & Watering Cans  with Stephanie Jones                                     $270/$243 Members

Get ready to explore the beautiful Maple Hill gardens and to get your hands in the dirt. Students will learn all about plants and animals that live in our own backyards and the helpful organisms that make plants grow. We’ll tend the Children’s garden at Maple Hill Farm, observe and catch insects, and gather wild berries. Students will examine plants from germinating seeds to the beauty of wildflowers that you will dry and take home. Students will paint, draw and play games too.

Grades: 1st & 2nd    Dates: July 29-August 2  9am-3pm

Flying Creatures    with Angela Craggy                                                              $270/$243 Members

Investigate the many winged creatures, past & present. Let’s “take to the air” together to explore these winged marvels. Design your own bug container; create gliders and a tangram flying creature. Explore the habitats throughout the Beaver Brook Trails while hiking from meadows to woods and wetlands. A special Thursday twilight class will explore the world at dusk, including bats, owls & more.

Grades: 1st & 2nd

Dates: August 5-9 M, T, W, F 9-3, Th 4:30-8:30 pm (Twilight Class)

Frogs, Toads & Turtles  with Anjali Longan                                          $270/$243 Members

What better way to explore summer than to get to know a frog. Learn all about the characteristics of frogs from Spring Peepers to Bullfrogs. Visit the wetland habitats to observe and identify tadpoles. An evening class on Wednesday will focus on toads and making your own toad house! Hunting for turtles will round out the week with an exploration of the Wildlife Pond. Learn about rare and endangered reptiles and amphibians that live at Beaver Brook.

Grades: 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Dates: June 17-21 M, T, TH & F 9am-3pm Wed 4-8 pm evening class instead of day class

Enchanted Forest   with Stephanie Jones                                  $270/$243 Members

We all know that the woods are a magical place, filled with interesting plants and animals. While learning about the animals in the woods around us, we will let our imaginations soar to include those little woodland folk that many people hope to see. We will build elf, gnome and fairy houses. We will hike every day, catching frogs, bugs and butterflies. We will create fairy gardens and chase little elfin boats down the creek. We will learn to appreciate and enjoy the everyday magic of nature.

Grades: 2nd, 3rd & 4th      Dates: August 5-9 M-F 9am-3pm

Farm Fresh      with Kathy Parker                        $295/$266 Members (includes fieldtrips)

Learn where your food comes from.  Chickens, vegetables, cows and berries:  they all grow locally.  Learn about all the great products that are locally grown or produced and what a locavore is!  Students will enjoy hands-on crafts and cooking activities such as washing, carding, and dying wool, making yogurt, bread, jam, and ice cream.   We will also enjoy hiking on Beaver Brook trails.

Grades: 3rd & 4th

Dates: June 24-28 M-F 9am-3pm

Summer Scientists   with Jen Farquhar                                               $270/$243 Members

Summer is the perfect time for scientific experiments.  Give your child the chance to develop a love of learning how and why things work – all while being outside and enjoying nature at the same time. We will design, build and float boats, make oobleck and homemade silly putty and fling eggs off of Egg Rock. When we get hungry we will engineer our own solar powered ovens to cook up a delicious treat!  Le’ts enjoy a memorable week making new friends and learning to love science and nature.                              

Grades: 5th & 6th        Dates: July 29- Aug 2nd  M-F 9am-3pm.

Water Wonders    with Angela Craggy                               $295/$266 Members (includes fieldtrip) While hiking the trails of Beaver Brook we will visit streams,  ponds and wetlands with nets & special ‘fishing techniques’. Examine & learn about the tiniest, most rare and largest creatures that live in these aquatic environments. We’ll enjoy picnics, stories and investigations along the trail. Be sure to wear footwear and clothes that can get wet or muddy each day, as we get up close and personal with the water world. This class includes a field trip to Odiorne State Park for tide pooling.

Grades: 3rd & 4th

Dates: July 22-26 M, T, Th, F 9am-3pm, W 9am-5pm

Campfire Cooking*  with Angela Craggy                                             $270/$243 Members

Join us for a week of cooking outdoors with a different cooking method each day! We will create our basecamp at the Beaver Brook campsite and use the stone fire circle each day. We will learn about fire safety, how to build a fire, and several different cooking techniques such as pie irons and foil packets.  Camp cooking options are boundless! Bring your own lunch each day, but your appetite as well. We will work up an appetite as we hike the trails and explore the nature around us.  *This program is not suitable for someone with food allergies.

Grades: 3rd & 4th  Dates: July 15-19 M-F 9am-3pm

Outdoor Explorers   with Angela Craggy                                                        $270/$243 Members

A fun-filled week of exploring the fields, water and woods throughout Beaver Brook. We will set off on adventures through meadows and fields, vernal pool and Spatterdock Pond. (Did you know that the word Spatterdock means ‘pond lily’?) We will have a day of forts, cook over a campfire and create a special Friday Nature Museum that showcases our week at Beaver Brook.  Hiking, games, crafts, and more.

Grades: 3rd & 4th Dates: July 29-Aug 2 M-F 9am-3pm

NEW!! Wizardry in the Woods   with Kathy Parker                                                  $270/$243 Members

Descriptions coming soon but it does include potion making, inventions and magic in the woods…..

Grades: 3rd & 4th

Dates: July 8-12 M-F 9am-3pm

Kids Night OUT!       with Tara Happy                                                          $270/$243 Members

When other Beaver Brook campers are headed home for the day, our group will be venturing off into the forest for campfires, flashlight games and lots of nighttime exploring!  We will count the bats as they wake up, go on firefly hunts, and learn the summer constellations as we test out some telescopes.  You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to explore Beaver Brook after hours!!! …and during our daylight time we can still enjoy all the traditional summer fun: splashing in ponds, fishing for crayfish, scavenger hunts and more!  Pack a dinner, your flashlight and don’t forget your sense of adventure!

Grades: 4th, 5th  & 6th         Dates: July 22-26  M -F 4:0pm-9:30 pm 

Lip Balm & Lavender     with Rivka Schwartz                                               $220/$194Members

A class on herbs, wild edibles and challenging your taste buds. Throughout the week we will spend time in the kitchen creating herbal gummy bears, ginger cookies, herbal marshmallows and more. Herbs will be used to make our own dream pillows, compresses and of course lip balm! We will indulge in our harvests each day, finishing off the week with an English tea party in the Maple Hill gardens.   *This program is not suitable for someone with food allergies.

Grades:  5th & 6th

Dates: July 15-19 M-F 9am-3pm

Conservation Heroes   with Lindsey Shaklee                                                 $270/$243 Members

Join  Lindsey to learn about the impact of Conservation Heroes from history and learn how we can be the conservation heroes of the present and the future!  We will: learn about invasive species and make flower bombs with native plant seeds; learn about the power of solar energy as we make a solar oven; learn about sustainability and make our own reuse-able shopping bags.  And because Lindsey knows that the most important activity for becoming a conservationist is spending time outdoor — you can bet there will be plenty of hiking, games and FUN!

 Grades:  5th & 6th Dates: Aug 5-9 M-F 9am-3pm

Base Camp*  with Roisin McElroy                   $405/$365 (Members includes 2 OVERNIGHTS) Discover and learn some basic outdoor skills; how to use a compass, build a safe and effective campfire (where we will cook all of our meals) all while spending five days and two nights in the woods! This class is designed for the self-reliant young person with a real interest in the outdoors. Participants must carry their own equipment. A complete gear list will be sent to participants prior to the start date of the program. No visitors please. We try to minimize the distractions of the outside world and maximize the attractions of the natural world! Fee includes meals from Wednesday supper to Friday breakfast. Remember to bring lunch on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. *This program is not suitable for someone with food allergies.

Grades: 5th & 6th Dates: June 24-28 M & T 9am-3pm, Weds 9am-Fri 12pm

Forest Forts    with Kat Dickau                                                                        $270/$243 Members

What could be better than building a fort in the woods? Students will design and build survival shelters and forts as well as explore the forest, the creeks, and the ponds. Activities include scavenger hunts, tracking, learning to walk quietly in the woods. We hope you will have fun while learning how to respect and enjoy nature safely.

Grades: 5th & 6th

Dates: July 22-267 M-F 9am-3pm

New! Hunters and Gatherers   with RIvka Schwartz                         $295/$243 Members 

We will move through the woods and fields learning to identify and harvest wild foods.  We will cook the foods we’ve foraged, make some traditional herbal remedies as well as make cordage and other useful items.  Games and archery will be part of the week as well as animal tracking and animal habits.  Exploring the garden for its beauty and the spices and herbs it contains will add to our wild concoctions.

Grades:  6th & 7th Dates: July 29-August 1 M-F 9am-3pm

Rocky Ridge Explorers with Bruce Fessenden                                            $265/$238.50 Members This class rocks!! Get a close up look at the rocks that are under your feet, in stone walls, or come from the mountains of New Hampshire and other parts of the world. Hike along the glacial fault that cuts through Beaver Brook. Each day will include activities and trail adventures that will turn kids into backyard geologists and give them the opportunity to add to their rock collection. A fabulous Wednesday night class will focus on stargazing.

Grades: 5th, 6th & 7th Dates: July 8-12 M, T, Th, F 9am-3pm W, 6pm-10pm (Twilight class)

Water Adventures by Foot & Canoe  with Bruce Fessenden

$295/$266 Members (includes fieldtrip)

Discover the uniqueness of river and stream habitats with Bruce as your guide. Wear your old sneakers and wade the streams with a net to see what lives in the pebbled bottom. Use a minnow trap to study small fish and create a classroom habitat to raise crayfish. The highlight of the week is a flatwater canoe trip on a nearby river. Led by certified instructors from the River Classroom program, the morning begins with the students learning canoe and water safety, paddling techniques and the correct way to get into and out of a boat. Once on the water, a search for wildlife begins. Great Blue Herons, turtles, fish, small invertebrates and amphibians all can be seen in their natural habitat. There is one adult in every canoe with 2 students.

Grades: 6th & 7th  Dates: Aug 5-9 M-F 9am-3pm

Forest S.T.E.M     with Jen Farquhar                                                     $270/$243 Members

Let’s spend a week outside MAKING!  This S.T.E.M. class is for boys and girls who are interested in learning new skills and creating new things.  Nobody gets things right the first time.  We’ll try and try again.  With a little instruction and lots of exploration, we will make homemade paper, CO2 rockets, pool noodle airplanes, catapults and more.  Can you build a tower out of newspaper that can survive high winds and earthquakes?  Have you ever made a boat using only natural materials? (What?  No tape or string?)  Join us for a fun-filled week of exploration!

Grades: 6th, 7th & 8th Dates: June 24-28 M-F 9am-3pm

Brook to Bay with Bruce Fessenden                             $360/$324 Members (includes two fieldtrips) Each day visit different fresh water and ocean habitats for some hands-on exploration. We will collect live organisms for closer study in the field and in the classroom. Two ocean field trips are part of this course. On Wednesday, visit several locations on the New Hampshire seacoast and explore a pebble beach, tide pools, a sunken forest and a fish pier. On Friday, visit historic Gloucester, Massachusetts and see some of the sights before heading out to sea with Cape Ann Whale Watch to look for a variety of whales, dolphins, sea birds and possibly sharks and sea turtles. Family members are welcome to sign up for the Friday Whale watch too.

Grades: 6th, 7th & 8th Dates: July  22-26 M, T, Th 9am-3pm, W 9am-5pm, F, 9am-7:30pm

NEW!! Bouldering and Belaying  with Tara Happy

$290/$261 Members (Three Full Days and a fieldtrip)

Do your kids like to climb? Of course they do. Scrambling up large boulders and hopping from rock to rock are all time favorites for most children, so let’s spend three days doing just that! Your young climbers will be introduced to bouldering as form of rock climbing and learn the basics of this dynamic sport in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We will spend our first two days hiking Beaver Brook’s rockiest of trails and our third day on a field trip to Vertical Dreams, an indoor climbing facility in Nashua, for individualized instruction in belaying and climbing on an indoor climbing wall. This summer adventure is an introductory class and no prior knowledge is necessary. Our days will still be an adventure for experienced climbers. Come try it out!

Grades: 7th & 8th & 9th Dates: July 30-Aug 1 T-W-Th 9am-4pm

NEW! Redlining Beaver Brook     with Erin Kennedy                                   $270/$243 Members

Hike the all the trails at Beaver Brook Hollis and earn the Redlining Patch!  This class is for kids who are up to spending all five days outdoors and hiking approximately 6 miles each of those days.  Along the way, we will explore and highlight many features that make Beaver Brook the incredible environment that it is.  From the Old Rattlesnake Den Area, Cellar Holes, Porcupine Dens, Beaver Dams, fields, forests, wetlands and more!  Learn what it means to be a prepared and responsible hiker and to enjoy the nature around you respectfully.  Sturdy waterproof hiking boots, rain gear and a backpack of food, water and extra clothing will make this week outdoors a great experience. 

 Grades: 7th , 8th & 9th Dates: July 15-19 9am-3pm

Intro to Mountain Biking    with Matt Lydon          $270/$243 Members

 

Mountain Biking at Beaver Brook! This camp is designed for those who want to learn mountain biking skills. Campers should be comfortable riding their bikes for sustained amounts of time. Students will learn and practice off-road riding skills as well as basic bike mechanics, as well as fun & games in a relaxed non-intimidating setting. You must bring your own bike in operating condition and a helmet. 

 

Grades: 7th, 8th & 9th  Dates: July 8-12 M-F 9am-3pm

 

Register starting April 1 (for members) and April 8th (General Public)

Get Ready for Camp Info

Immunization Form

BBA Allergy Action Plan (if needed)

Registration & Cancellation policies.

  • All programs require pre-registration.
  • All registration is available on a space available basis.
  • Registrations cannot be processed without full payment
  • Minimum and maximum registration numbers have been set for all programs.  If the minimum numbers are not met, the program may be cancelled.
  • The date, time or location for any program may be changed in the case of unforseen circumstances.
  • Waiting lists may be established as program fill up, if deemed necessary.
  • Registrations are accepted with credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, & Discover) or checks.
  • Full refunds are available 30 or more days before camp begins minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • There are no refunds after that unless the program is cancelled by Beaver Brook Association, the participant’s spot can be filled by someone on the waitlist or a participant’s doctor submits a letter specifying inability to participate.
  • Scholarships may be available and requests must be made on an official application form.  All requests are confidential and will be evaluated based on financial need.
  • Transgender Policy:  BBA does not have a transgender policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read this letter from a summer camp teacher to the parents of her campers last year…. Dear parents of our summer campers,

I would like to extend a thank you for sending your children to our Beaver Brook camp this year.  I have had an amazing time with them. 
Your children have made instant best friends and life long memories. It is sincerly priceless to see their excitement at holding a frog for the first time or watch them overcome a fear of insects….
 
Don’t feel as if you have missed out though, these moments are the ones your child needs to experience on their own, without you looking on.  These are the things only we summer camp teachers get to see.  🙂  Summer camp isn’t just about playing outside; it’s also about the independence of learning to pack your own bag to go hiking and carry your own water bottle …or how to cope with a now soggy shoe.  Life lessons.
Thank you for picking up your dirty, soggy children at the end of each day . Hopefully one look at their big smiles and bright eyes will make it all worth it.  Thanks for letting them live their summer the way children should.  Snack Rock, Bob the Weasel, Porcupine Tree.  – This is what summer is about.
Thank you!

Our current camps are time tested, kid-approved, and staffed by experienced educators whose passion and love of the outdoors naturally transfers to the children with whom they interact. Sure sounds better than playing video games, right?!

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