Nature Connection Summer Camp
Empowering Youth Through Nature Based Education
Additional Scholarships Available For Peekskill Residents – Please indicate the amount you can pay on form.
Nature Connection, founded in 2015, is a summer program for children in and around the town of Beals, a coastal village in Downeast Maine. Over the past four years, Nature Connection has served approximately 30 elementary and middle school youth. Through STEAM-based activities as well as community service projects, Nature Connection offers participants hands-on opportunities to explore nature and to develop their skills as scientists, artists, and community builders. Broadly, the program provides a safe, nurturing environment that enables children to cultivate innate positive qualities within themselves and to connect with the natural world around them. Building on its annual growth, the program is poised to enter its fifth year with a focus on expanding offerings for middle and high school aged youth. NECS is piloting this program this Summer in Peekskill NY.
To create a safe, community-based space for children and youth to become leaders of their own intellectual and moral development based on an understanding of themselves as agents of positive change. Nature connection will engage participants in nature-centered activities designed to foster the well-being of participants and their communities, and encouraging an understanding and respect for the interconnectedness of all living things.
Over the course of the program, participants will gain a greater understanding to themselves and their connection to nature, explore their environment, and learn about sustainable living practices, and ecological balance principles. Each day will be spent learning about their inner strengths through activities designed to foster leadership, and teamwork, while exploring and discovering nature. Activities will include art & science projects, stories, journaling, games, hiking, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding and community service. There will be a weekly field trip to visit a farm in Garrison.
FREE and Reduced Price for Peekskill Middle School Students with Financial Need, CALL (914) 930-1777 for more information on the camp
We are interviewing Camp Counsellors Ages 18 or older. If you know of a youth who would like to serve as a camp counselor this summer, please have them contact us or APPLY VIA THIS LINK.