Summer 2017
Chesterbrook School of Natural Learning is hosting our 5th summer nature camp called WILD CHILD. The outdoors holds an enormous amount of potential to support healthy and complete emotional, physical, social and cognitive development! CSNL is a place where children can spend their summer exploring and discovering the world around them.

Habitats & Houses

Our camp will run 5 separate sessions (or weeks), Monday-Friday from 9:00-1:00 starting on June 26 through July 28th, 2017. You may choose 1 week or up to all 5 weeks!

Our Forest Fort

Each week will have a different theme and focus. Activities may vary based upon student inquiry and interest. Although our program offers some structured time we mostly follow an interest-led or "flow learning" teaching style. We have times for Active Learning, Connected Exploration and Dynamic Play all occuring in the great outdoors!

Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates!

Pictures and adventures from our day will be posted here, on our Facebook page and Instagram for families to view. Additional resources and activity extensions will also be available on this site.

Our Field Fairy House

Camp WILD: June 26-June 30
Children will explore the fun of family camping! Children will learn how to construct a tent, cook over an open fire, go "fishing"and have a picnic lunch after a hike into the forest. Extreme Art day will include painting with charcoal and nature collections. This will be our newest, most popular week for sure!

Habitats & Houses: July 3-7
The focus of this week is all about basic needs (food, water, shelter & space). As we learn about habitats children will be challenged to create a simple or intricate fairy house to attract creatures. Then we will be challenged to create our own forts to play in.

WILD About Birds: July 10-14
Children will learn about special functions of bird beaks and what they eat. Some explorers will have the chance to dissect an owl pellet to learn what owls eat! Children will be using binoculars and other tools to learn more about birding. This week will be filled with constructing bird houses and nests of all shapes and sizes!

Wet & WILD: July 17-21
Children will explore the importance of water for people, animals and plants. We will discover water sources for local wildlife. Explorers will have lots of time to play in the streams and rivers. Splish, splash!

The Natural Pantry: July 24-28
Children will get down and dirty with our garden vegetables! Explorers will have the chance to plant seeds, harvest vegetables and learn all about gardening for food. This week will be full of garden activities & lots of taste testing! Children will also prepare dinner and recipes for the family to enjoy at home.

Each weekday also has a theme connected with the week's focus!
Mondays-Dramatic Play
Tuesdays-Extreme Art
Wednesdays-Water Wednesday
Thursday-Forest Quest
Friday-Barefoot Friday

Nature Journals are for all ages

A snack will be provided each day in connection with our activity themes. Water will also be available.

Please send in a healthy lunch for your child each day. We strongly encourage a meal that is healthy and filling. Please do not send food that needs to be chilled or heated—unfortunately this is not a service we offer at this time. Since we are instilling a respect for the environment and its value to us, using minimal packaging and bringing a daily snack/lunch in a re-usable or recycled container is something that makes us smile! On most days, children may choose to hike out to their lunch spot in the forest. They will need to be able to carry their own lunch bag and return with their waste.

Bird Beak Buffet: Dissecting an owl pellet

Spaces are very limited. Please register your child soon to secure their spot. Email Sarah at for the WILD CHILD registration forms

Planting seeds

Monday through Friday  9:00-1:00
Member               $240/week
Non-Member       $320/week

Members include children enrolled in CSNL's Nature Preschool or Forest Kindergarten for 2016-17 and/or 2017-18 school years.

Wet & WILD ponding

For questions about our program you can contact Sarah Drowne-Surrette at 489-9776 or by email

Our camp will be held at 232 Fremont Road in Chester

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