Summer Camp 2021

Offerings in multiple locations throughout the Lehigh River watershed!

At summer camp, we inspire all ages to be future environmental stewards. Browse offerings at each location, or bookmark this page for later!

Creek splashes, views through animal eyes, all that is wild and in disguise. The magic of summer memory making comes alive with Wildlands!


NEW in 2021:  Additional Lehigh River Watershed Locations!

Select Camp weeks in Fogelsville, Allentown, Northampton, Pen-Argyl and more!


  • Full day sessions only: 9am-4pm,
    • send a non-perishable lunch
      • no snack provided
  • Available age levels (for the grade your child has just completed)
    • Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary camp location:
      • Kindergarten-2nd grades
      • 3rd-5th grades
      • 6th grade plus
    •   Satellite locations
      • Ages 5-14
  • Fee: $295 per week
  • Extended Camp Hours: Great for working parents! $30 per session, per week                                                 
    • AM session: Drop off 7:30 -8:45 a.m. PM session: Pick up 4:15-5:30 p.m.
    • select this as an “add-on” during the registration process.

Interested in our at-home summer camp options? To learn more, click here.


Question about Registration? Contact Brandon Swayser, our Education Administrator, at bswayser@wildlandspa.org

Questions about Summer Camp? Contact Denise Bauer, our Senior Environmental Educator, at dbauer@wildlandspa.org


Camp Weeks 2021


Rhythm of Nature

Listen for the rhythm of nature creaking in an old tree’s branches, in water flowing over rock or emerging from the throat of a bullfrog. Every sound has meaning, cause or purpose. Learn to hear it. Discover what it means. Rhythmically duplicating the sounds we hear, animal ambassadors and experiments fill our days.

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June 14th-18th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus

   SPECIAL GUEST at our Emmaus location ONLY: A friend from the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema Lehigh Valley Program will be on hand to teach campers how to recognize rhythm!

June 28th to July 2nd, Trexler Nature Preserve Environmental Center, Schnecksville

July 12th-16th, Louise Moore Park, Easton


Outdoor Skills

Sharpen your survival skills while developing a strong connection to nature. Campers acquire the techniques needed in order to survive in any type of outdoor environment. Throughout the week, learn to track wildlife, build shelter, and make fire. Our trained educators will introduce these and other basic wilderness survival skills using fun, hands-on lessons.

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June 21st to 25th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus 

   SPECIAL GUEST at our Emmaus location ONLY: Arborist Joshua Tree will lift 3rd-5th children to the tops of the tree canopy!

July 6th to 9th, Lone Lane Park, Allentown

July 26th to 30th, Trexler Nature Preserve Environmental Center, Schnecksville


Wild Things

Solve challenges affecting wildlife in exotic locations! Discover what to do to make things better for animals where we live. Explore habitats, meet our animal ambassadors, and have fun with experiments and educational games.

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 June 28th to July 2nd, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus –

   Age groups K-2, 3-5 only

   SPECIAL GUEST at our Emmaus location ONLY: Elmwood Park Zoo with exotic animal species.

July 19th to 23rd, Upper Macungie Park, Fogelsville

August 16th-20th, Trexler Nature Preserve Environmental Center, Schnecksville


Outside Art

Hug a tree, walk in water and look into the face of an owl before you turn it into art. Understand the biodiversity found in the natural world by viewing it through someone else’s art and eyes. Featuring hands on exploration, drawing, painting, sculpting and other basic art forms.

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July 6th to 9th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus

   SPECIAL GUEST: Wright Creations Ceramic Art


Stories For The Wild Child

When fiction meets reality, hungry caterpillars, Hedwig the owl and Stuart Little rustle in the leaves. Imagination, knowledge and exploration allow us to see the world a new light. Our adventure begins when a story comes to life! Guest readers, games, crafts and experiments are the hub of our week. 6+ work together to create their own story.

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July 12th to July 16th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus

   SPECIAL GUEST: Pennsylvania Youth Theater works with campers on their end of session campfire presentation


Water's Edge

 Each water-themed week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by 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. This week we focus on the properties of water, and water play.

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July 19th to July 23rd, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus


Science in Nature

Curiosity, experimentation, and discovery- unearth the thrill of science, technology and engineering, and the beauty of the natural world. What will you create? What part of nature will inspire you? Put your STEM glasses on through many hands-on experiments and investigations. Also, the Great Catapult Challenge takes place this week!

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July 26th-30th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus


Running Water

Each week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by 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. This week we focus on human impacts to water and watersheds.

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August 2nd to 6th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus-

   Age groups K-2, 3-5 only


Realm Of The Forest

Come with us on an adventure into another realm! Magic and mystery fill the air. K-2nd grade campers follow fairy dust into an enchanted forest. Crafts, pretend play and engineering are directed by woodland fairies. 3rd-5th grade work to unravel secrets left behind by people long passed. Focus is on exploration, experimentation proving or disproving myths and legends. Campers build a mini mud brick and mortar village.

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June 14th-18th, Louise Moore Park,  Easton

August 9th to 13th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus –

   Age groups K-2, 3-5 only


Living Water

Week 3 of Water Camp! Each week contains different activities exploring everything that is found in and around or is impacted by 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. This week we focus on wildlife in our watershed and water’s importance to animals.

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August 9th-13th Wayne Grube Park,  Northampton 

August 16th to 20th- Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus


Ecowarriors

Discover how knowledge and action can start a movement. Together we will learn how to adjust our simple everyday habits in order to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. With hands on activities and experiments we will explore ways we can protect the environment we live in.

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June 21st to 25th, Earl Adams Park, Breinigsville 

August 2nd to 6th, Grand Central Environmental Education Center, Pen Argyl

August 23th to 27th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus-

   Age groups K-2, 3-5 only

   SPECIAL GUESTS at our Emmaus location ONLY: Local Ecowarriors teach us what they do for planet earth.

 


New in 2021: Conservationist Camps for Tweens and Teens In Grades 6+


Ornithology- The Connection Between Earth and Sky

Imagine an increased heart rhythm, an elevated perspective with a panoramic view, a leap and falling into flight. Take part in a bird banding experience with our own ornithologist, Brandon Swayser. Contribute to bird conservation with hands-on construction of roosting and nesting structures. Learn what goes into maintaining healthy bird habitat in your own backyard and beyond. Discover a deeper understanding of a bird’s life, ignite or feed an avian passion, enrich your life, join millions of people worldwide, become a birder!

   SPECIAL GUEST! Elmwood Park Zoo with exotic animal species.

June 28th-July 2nd, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus


Aquatics- Wading With a Purpose

Water is almost everywhere- in plants, living organisms, rivers, oceans, lakes, streams and ice. Bodies of water are magnets to wildlife and people alike. We can degrade it, maintain it or rehabilitate it. Help us bring a dying pond back to life! Under expert guidance, devise a step-by-step plan and as part of the team, create a healthy new aquatic habitat. There is plenty of exploration, discovery and fun in between. Come join us in clean, fresh water- conserve it, clean it, recreate in it!

August 2nd-6th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus


Stewardship- Focusing On the Land

Habitats at Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary are mostly composed of fragments of colors in a sea of green. This mosaic is made up of a variety of habitat types that serve a much greater purpose than just a splash of color. As a member of our baseline data collection crew, we will learn what it takes to manage and maintain our natural areas by handling a management project of our own. Together we will navigate, discover, and identify the vegetation found within these habitats. By gathering data with mapping technology and drone footage, we’ll create a management plan that will be used by the Wildlands conservation team. Learn the importance of a diverse habitat, how to spot a healthy forest, how historical land usage can be determined through observation and how to be a proper steward of the land.  Our work is interspersed with bits of fun and games. Whether you feel more of a connection to plants or animals, supporting them starts here. Discover how you can make a difference because the change for a better tomorrow starts today.

August 9th-13th, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus 


Important Forms

Covid-19 Health and Safety Information

Parental Information          Parental Agreement 

Food allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

REFUND POLICY

-Cancellations made at least 3 weeks before the start date of the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 8-20 days before the start

date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made between within a week of the start date will receive a 25% refund.

-If you cancel with less than 72 hours’ notice, your entire registration fee will be forfeited.

-A 25$ processing fee may be applied to some cancellations.

-In the event of a medical emergency and/or participant illness, a pro-rated refund will be issued only upon written request accompanied by a physician’s statement.

-There are no refunds issued for inclement weather. Full refunds are given for any program Wildlands Conservancy cancels.

-A one-time reservation change can be accommodated.

-Wildlands Conservancy reserves the right to use discretion when issuing refunds.