Summer 2020

What do Pineys do when faced with a summer without in-person camp? They ADAPT!

White Pine is committed to supporting our community during this difficult time and looks to inspire families to get outside and access the healing power of nature. As an alternative to in-person programming, we have designed a way for your children to have a White Pine experience that can be done outside, anywhere!

Backyard Explorers, a self-directed Summer Camp, integrates nature-based activities and challenges with optional Zoom meetings and virtual mentoring support. Children will receive age appropriate materials with a daily agenda. Parents will have access to on-demand training. Online access is not required and the program can be done completely screen free!

Organized into theme weeks, families can choose to one week or four! 

Week 1 (July 6-10):  Life & Wildlife of Lakes, Ponds & Wetlands

Week 2 (July 13-17):  Outdoor Survival Skills

Week 3 (July 20-24):  Wildlife Tracking

Week 4 (July 27-31): The Magic of Birds & Bird Language


Cost: $150/week or $250/family and scholarships are available!

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Elements of Backyard Explorers

After nearly three months of home schooling, we understand that parents are looking for a break! Designed for ages 4 -15, our counselors will pack a box specifically for your child’s age. Younger campers will need some parent involvement, but bigger kids will be empowered to run their own camp day.

Our camp “in a box” model will look something like this:

  • Campers will receive a box prior to their enrolled “week” of camp. Parents can pick up the box during designated times or we can mail it for a small fee.
  • Each week will have a different theme along with age appropriate materials & activities.
  • The box will include supplies to support the theme (ie: bug jars or magnifying glasses) along with daily agendas. Each day will feature activities and challenges with a suggested schedule and parent resources.
  • Google classroom will have online resources & videos about the theme that can be viewed on-demand.
  • Occasional (and optional!) Zoom calls will allow for connecting with other campers and to share their experiences with the activities of the week.
  • Individual and group mentoring by a White Pine staff member will be available throughout the week.
  • Parent training will be on-demand to help navigate the schedule, facilitate questioning your child’s learning and provide structured “unstructured” play time outdoors.

Theme Summaries

Summer Fun

Lakes, Ponds, Rivers and Wetlands

Is there anything better than enjoying our waterways in the summer? Our Backyard Explorer program will give you all the tools you need to take a closer look at these diverse habitats throughout the week. We’ll learn about macro-invertebrates, native fish, aquatic plants, amphibians, reptiles and so much more. We can’t wait to help you discover many new things during this exciting exploration-focused week!

Outdoor Survival Skills

Ever wondered how to build your own shelter using only the materials the land provides? How do you make a fire without paper or matches? White Pine Programs has you covered. Join us for a week of exploring, building and learning new skills that will last a lifetime. Our talented Piney staff will lead your family on a journey that will open up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to understanding and using the land around you. A “Backyard Explorers” cooking challenge is on the menu as well.

Wildlife Tracking

Here at White Pine Programs we pride ourselves on being “trackers” within all the different aspects of the work we do. Our knowledgeable staff will lead children on tracking adventures and share their favorite tracking resources. We’ll introduce your family to tracking that will hopefully inspire a lifelong interest.

Birding and Bird Language

What is that bird and why is it making that sound? Birding and bird language is a passion for many of us Pineys. This week we’ll learn some basics in helping families learn how to identify birds both familiar and new. We’ll also explore what bird language teaches us about the happenings in our local habitats, such as the presence of a predator, territorial arguments, or the dynamics of mating season. Some of our most common bird friends are also our best teachers when it comes to bird language and we are excited to share this passion with you.


More Information

If your child already enrolled in White Pine 2020 Summer Camp please click here to have your current tuition applied to this program.

New to summer at White Pine? Register online today! 

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