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.

DOROTHY RIDER 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+

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

If you need help registering contact Brandon Swayser at bswayser@wildlandspa.org!


Use Discount Code WCCAMP2020 for 10%  Off Summer Camp Through May 1!


Expand a week to view offerings!

JUNE:

June 15-19 | Rhythm of Nature |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

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.  For You & Me: Please register child only.  SPECIAL GUEST! A musician from El Sistema Lehigh Valley- Allentown Symphony Association will lead campers in a rhythm exercise in an a.m. session.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a field trip to Ringing Rocks, Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

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

All Ages

Morning- Only (9:30am – 12:00pm)

You & Me | Preschool

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 22-26 | Outdoor Skills |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

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. SPECIAL GUEST! Arborist Joshua Tree will lift 3rd-5th children to the tops of the tree canopy during a morning session.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a field trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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

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. SPECIAL GUEST! A Baum School of Art teaching artist will join us for one day during an am session.

*Fee: $148 for half-day camp; $228 for full-day camp; pre and post camp $24 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:

July 6-10 | Wild Things |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

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.

For You & Me: Please register child only. SPECIAL GUEST! Elmwood Park Zoo with exotic animal species.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a field trip to Wildlands Conservancy’s Burkhart Preserve

 

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

You & Me | Preschool

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 13-17 | Stories for the Wild Child |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

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.

For You & Me: Please register child only.  SPECIAL GUEST! Pennsylvania Youth Theater works with campers on their end of session campfire presentation

 

*Campers in grades 6 and up will go on a field trip to create a live action play at Lockridge Park in Alburtis.

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

You & Me | Preschool

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 20-24 | 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 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.

This week will focus on human impact/effect!

*Campers in 6+ Canoe through Island Park, an abandoned early 1900’s amusement park that now contains a remarkable ecosystem and fascinating local history.

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

You & Me | Preschool

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 27-31 | Science in Nature |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

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.

For You & Me: Please register child only. 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 Minsi Lake rehabilitation project and geocache at Bear Swamp

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

You & Me | Preschool

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:

August 3-7 | Running 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 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.

This week will focus on human impact/effect!

 * Campers in 6+ will canoe through the calm waters of Beltzville Lake and into Wild Creek Cove. Then hike to explore a stunning waterfall and diverse habitats.

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

All Ages

Half Day Morning (9am- 12:00pm):
Grade: You & Me | PreschoolK-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 10-14 | Realm of the Forest |Levels: You & Me, Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6+

Come with us on an adventure into another realm! Magic and mystery fill the air. Younger campers follow fairy dust into an enchanted forest. Crafts, pretend play and engineering are directed by woodland fairies. Older children work to unravel secrets left behind by people long passed. Focus is on exploration, experimentation proving or disproving myths and legends. For You & Me: Please register child only. SPECIAL GUEST! Jim Wilson, an expert on ceremonial stone landscapes, will lead the 6+ field trip. Special Guest Archery Addictions will spend time with 3rd-5th and 6+ groups during an a.m. session.

*Campers in grades 6+ will visit a historically significant local ceremonial stone landscape on privately owned land in Longswamp Township

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

You & Me | Preschool

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 17-21 | 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.

This week will focus on animal connection!

*Campers in 6+ will bike along the scenic D&L trail, with opportunities to cool off in the shade or water. Then, stay cool with a canoe trip down the Lehigh River.

 

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

All Ages

Morning-Only (9:30am-12:00pm):

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 24-28 | Ecowarriors |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

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. SPECIAL GUESTS! Local Ecowarriors teach us what they do for planet earth.

*Campers in grades 6 and up will visit Lehigh Gap Nature Center, the only Superfund site in the country restored to an environmental education 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

August 31- September 4 | Wild Endings |Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6+

Look 3 weeks into the future and you can see autumn. We have one last chance to explore, float and splash! Some of your favorite educators are taking control, using their knowledge and creativity to make the most out of your final summer days. Join us for one last week of discovery and exploration before the bustle of back to school.

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: $185

9 am – noon

or 1 – 4 pm

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

Fee: $285

9 am – 4 pm

You & Me and Preschool Camps:

You & Me camps are for 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups, please only sign up the child of each child-adult team. Preschool camps are for 4-5 year old children. Snack provided.

Extended Camp Hours: Great for Working Parents  

Fee: $30/week

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

IMPORTANT FORMS

Parental Information        Parental Agreement 

Food allergy & Analphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

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