In2Nature Wilderness Camp

We are so excited to introduce a NEW camp this year for students entering grades 5th and 6th this upcoming fall! Our “In2Nature Wilderness Camp” is a step up from our traditional Pollinator Camps and will welcome facilitators from the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program and Artsy Doodle Craft Studio.

Campers will meet July 23-25 from 9:00am-12:30pm each day to participate in the following activities:

Day 1

  • Take a hike through the Hope Grows property and learn which essentials to bring with you in a backpack that you’ll take home!
  • Practice shelter building by making a tent, lean-to, or using a tarp.
  • Woodland mapping: your team will embark on a search party to comb through our basecamp for items to bring back and create a map of your surroundings and its resources.

Day 2

  • Have fun with nature art.
  • Make S’mores Kits to enjoy during fire-building skills.
  • Observe pollinator habitats, plant-pollinator relationships, and interdependencies within the web of life.
  • Discuss the differences between Honey Bees and Native Bees while making mason bee houses and beeswax candles.

Day 3

  • Learn how to use a compass and build a fire (and eat S’mores!)
  • Test your knowledge of flora and fauna identification with a scavenger hunt! (Think poison ivy, animal tracks, scat, and more!).
  • Microenvironment observation: pick your own special “Sit Spot” where you’ll sit quietly and observe with all your senses, noticing how your Sit Spot changes or if any new creatures come to visit.

Questions? Contact Jessica Giannotta at or 412-369-HOPE (4673) extension 108.