Emmaus Summer Camp

Join us at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary for a summer full of exploration!

Discover the power of outdoor adventure!
At summer camp, we inspire all ages to be future environmental stewards.

POOL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY CAMPS

3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049

Half Day & Full Day Options ● Extended Camp Hours Available

Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Register before May 1, receive 10% discount!

*Links connect to online registration. First-time participants must create an account.

If you need help registering contact Maureen Ruhe, Director of Education Administration, at 610.965.4397, X136 or mruhe@wildlandspa.org!

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JUNE:

June 11-15 | Nature's Song |Levels: You & Me and Preschool

Nature’s song can be heard moving through a willow’s branches, in water flowing over rock or emerging from the throat of a bull frog.  We’ll sing our own song and set out through meadow and forest in search of nature’s version of the same. This week is designed with the littlest explorers in mind. They’ll engage their creative spirit with crafts, burn off some of their boundless energy in structured play and take memories and stories of their daily adventures home.  For You & Me: Register only one partner of your adult/ child team.

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm) :
Grade: You & Me | Preschool

June 18-22 | Outdoor Skills Camp |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

The ability to decipher clues and develop reasonable conclusions is pivotal to survival. As a new twist on our popular Outdoor Skills camp, a mysterious character and video clues will introduce our topic of the day. Participants will have to solve a mystery to locate necessary equipment to carry out our planned activity. Our week will still contain plenty of basic survival and recreational skills like geocaching, compass skills, setting up a campsite, foraging and cooking over a campfire. Special guest, arborist Joshua Tree will harness and allow children to reach the tree canopy.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a hike on the Appalachian Trail and visit Lehigh Gap Nature Center. 

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm) :
Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

June 25-29 | Where's Wildlife |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Common animals native to PA are easily identifiable on sight by the average resident. What makes someone a naturalist is the knowledge to interpret signs those animals leave behind.  That kind of eye is gained through years of training and observation. This week, budding naturalists will learn how to determine what creature has been or is around them.  We will observe bugs, the feathered, furred, slippery and scaled. Live animals, hikes and games are part of the fun. Each camper goes home with a Wildlands Conservancy Junior Naturalist Patch. Register only one partner of your adult/ child team.  All activities are age level appropriate

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a field trip to the Trexler Nature Preserve.

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm) :
Grade: You & Me| Preschool| k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

JULY:

July 2-6 (no class July 4) | Outside Art |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

A person’s art is uniquely their own. And difference in perspective leads to exciting discoveries about the range and beauty of interpretation. Each day participants will be immersed in a different topic. We’ll float in and look under water before we paint it. We’ll meet creatures and examine plants and trees before we turn the essence of those experiences into art. This week allows children to understand the biodiversity found in the natural world and to view it through each other’s eyes. We will use different techniques to create arts and crafts inspired by nature. Drawing, painting and other basic art forms will be explored.

Special guest Roey Ebert of PBS’s  Roey’s Paintbox will join us for the am session

*Fee: $135 for half-day camp; $215 for full-day camp; pre and post camp $20 each

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm) :
Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

July 9-13 | Wildlife Warriors |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Everything in nature fills a niche. All creatures great and small contribute to this world of ours and are a part of the whole.  What do we do though, when animals get too close for contact? When there is a snake in the grass, spider in the house, or skunk beneath the deck? This week, we’ll learn how to cohabitate with the rest of the animal kingdom. We’ll learn how to protect wildlife from harm we inflict and how to keep wildlife from becoming a nuisance.  Whether your favorite critter may be a bug, the feathered, furred, and slippery or scaled, we’ll learn why it is loveable. Live animals, hikes, crafts and games are part of the fun. Register only one partner of your adult/ child team.  All activities are age level appropriate.

Campers in grades 6 and up will explore protected delicate amphibian habitat on South Mountain Preserve

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm) :
Grade: You & Me | Preschool | k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: k-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

July 16-20 | Water's Edge |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Each week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by water. This week will focus on water play and the properties of water. The tubes are inflated, ponds are alive with movement and everything about the stream is waiting to be discovered. A week of fun and educational games, experiments and discovery ends with a water obstacle course for all ages.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will participate in a full-day Lehigh River Bike and Boat Adventure. Additional details upon registration.

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade: You & Me | Preschool | K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

July 23-27 | Science in Nature |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Inventors and engineers often take inspiration from nature. The first telescope is 3,000 years old. Lime was used to create concrete 2,000 years ago. Man has always observed and experimented with elements found in nature. Maybe the young engineer in your home is experimenting with kitchen sink science, dismantling non-functioning electronics or simply quietly observing everything outdoors. All things fit together physically and chemically and support other life in a myriad of ways.  This week can be characterized as very STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-oriented. We’ll incorporate our fun approach to solve problems, experiment and build. Register only one partner of your adult/ child team.  All activities are age level appropriate.  Special guest Davinci Science Center will work with the K-2 and 3rd-5th grade groups in the am.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will visit the National Canal Museum to explore the engineering of the Lehigh Canal

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade: You & Me | Preschool | K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 | 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 | 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

AUGUST:

July 30- August 3 | Running Water |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

Each week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by water. This week will focus on human’s impact on water. The tubes are inflated, ponds are alive with movement and everything about the stream is waiting to be discovered. A week of fun and educational games, experiments and discovery ends with a water obstacle course for all ages.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will participate in a full-day Lehigh River Bike and Boat Adventure. Additional details upon registration.

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

August 6-10 | Realm of the Forest |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

This week we will explore legends of mystical beings that are found in the natural world. The younger campers will concentrate on tracking and building a village for fairies suspected to reside within the confines of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. The older campers will concentrate on solving the mystery of beings such as The Dwayyo,  Snallgaster, jackalopes and fur bearing trout. We will spend most of our time in the forest uncovering what is out there. Activities are designed for imaginative, open minded fun seekers. Register only one partner of your adult/ child team.  All activities are age level appropriate Special guest Archery Addictions will spend time with 3rd-5th and 6+ groups during an a.m. session.

*Campers in grades 6+ will visit the old growth area of Jacobsburg State Park

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade:  You & Me | Preschool | K-2 | 3-5 6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

August 13-17 | Living Water |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Each week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by water. This week will focus on animal’s connection to water. The tubes are inflated, ponds are alive with movement and everything about the stream is waiting to be discovered. A week of fun and educational games, experiments and discovery ends with a water obstacle course for all ages.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will participate in a full-day Lehigh River Bike and Boat Adventure. Additional details upon registration.

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade:  You & Me | Preschool | K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade:  K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

August 20-24 | Ecowarriors Camp |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

Planet Earth is a wonder. While we can’t explore the entire Earth in a week; we can dig into the fields, forest, waterway and ponds of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. Campers will get to know the living things that inhabit our corner of the Earth and how historic figures helped to preserve and improve the environment. Simple everyday habits can have a negative impact on nature and a slight adjustment can wipe out that impact. Local ecowarriors will teach us what people, young and old alike, can do to make our lives and all of nature better.

*Campers in grades 6 + will visit Wildlands Conservancy’s stream restoration project in Monocacy Park, Bethlehem

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

August 27-31 | Wild Endings |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

Once again, those who have not begun their school year can have a last week of summer fun. We’ll have one more chance to explore, float and splash. Looking toward autumn we’ll observe the seasonal adaptations of the plants and wildlife that call the sanctuary home. Your favorite naturalists will be using their skills and creative juices to make this week extra exciting. We are planning on squeezing every last minute out of summer we can.

Before Camp Extended Hours (7:30 – 9:00am):

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 |  6+

Half Day Afternoon (1pm-4:00pm):

Grade:  K-2  | 3-5 6+

Full Day (9am- 4pm):

Grade: K-2 | 3-5 |  6+

After Camp Extended Hours (4:00-5:30pm):

All Ages

SCHEDULE & FEES

With half- and full-day options every week, our summer camps have flexibility built right in.

HALF-DAY

Snack provided.

Fee: $169

9 am – noon

or 1 – 4 pm

FULL DAY Snacks provided. Send a non-perishable lunch.

Fee: $269

9 am – 4 pm

Extended Camp Hours: Great for Working Parents  

Fee: $25/week

Times: 7:30-8:45 am or 4:15 -5:30 pm

IMPORTANT FORMS

Parental Agreement 1          Parental Agreement 2 of 2 

Permission to Pickup        Medication Release Form

Food allergy & Analphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

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