Registration begins for Hildene summer camps

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Journal Staff

MANCHESTER — The opening of registration for Hildene summer camps is a local harbinger of spring in The Shires of Vermont.

Perennial favorites like "Nets, Buckets and Boots," "The Wild and Wonderful World of Plants," "Farm Camp" and others will be returning. New this year are, "Community Building and Woodland Adventures" and "Pollinator Power."

Each summer, guided by its mission: Values into Action, Hildene offers a broad spectrum of camps appropriate for children entering first through sixth grade, exploring areas as diverse as forest, field, farm, wetland, pond and river. Campers experience a wide variety of hands-on activities that are both educational and fun in programs designed to instill a respect and appreciation for the natural world around them.

Guidance comes from camp staff dedicated to fostering a child's love of learning and includes this summer: Diane Newton, Hildene director of education; Lisa Maggio, Hildene education assistant; Ann Hausslein, avid gardener, forager and early childhood teacher at The Little School in Weston; Meg Minehan, an outdoor enthusiast, Oak Meadow teacher and co-leader of Forest and Field Explorers in Andover; and Anharad Llewelyn, visual arts teacher at Long Trail School in Dorset.

Hildene camps are limited to 12 campers, are a week long, and typically fill early. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and campers gather first at the Lowerre Family Youth Education Building before heading outside.

To give all prospective campers the opportunity to attend the camp of their choice, enrollment priority is given to children who have not previously attended a particular camp.

For more information or to request a brochure, call 802-367-7965 or email newton@hildene.org.

Detailed descriptions, camp schedules, fees, and printable registration forms are online at www.hildene.org/learning/summer_day_camps.

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