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Summer Guided Discoveries

2017 Guided DiscoveriesGuided Discoveries are week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 14. Programs, taught by experienced naturalists and educators, give children an in-depth exploration of nature and science. Scholarships are available. Please contact Education Director Audrey Eisenhauer at 603-968-7194 x14.
Click on the dates below to expand and see full program offerings for that week, register using the form below, and download required forms for participation.

June 26-30

Animal Superheroes
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6

You may not consider animals to be superheroes, but they do have superpowers. We call them adaptations. Learn about nature’s superpowers as we explore ways animals find food, avoid being eaten, and protect themselves from the elements. Discover some of these adaptations through experiments, games, and visits with live animals.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Critter Classes
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages 9-12

This week is all about animals! Each day we will focus on a different class, or group, of animals through observations, activities, projects, and opportunities to meet our animal ambassadors up close. Find out what it means to be a member of a class of animals and how different species play a role in their natural community.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9
This week of fun is inspired by Tracy Kane’s fairy house stories. We will build and float fairy boats on the pond and construct fairy houses and gnome homes among the trees in the forests and the flowers in the fields. We will even build a few structures big enough to fit inside!
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

July 3-7

Nature Explorers
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6

These adventures introduce the wonders of the natural world. Through many outdoor activities and discoveries we will explore, excite, and learn together.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Outdoor Living Skills
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages 10-14
Experience the outdoor living skills necessary to be outdoors comfortably. Under the guidance of The School of the Forest staff, explore knife use and safety, fire making and responsible use, outdoor shelter making, trip planning, and making and using tools like baskets and rope. Learn about our ecosystem in a hands-on way by keeping weather journals, pressing plants, and learning about the animals inhabiting the world around you, including up close encounters with live animal ambassadors.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member

Insectigation
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9
Join us for an insect investigation! Insects are everywhere and we will explore fields, forests, ponds, and streams in search of different types of insects. We will use sweep nets, aquatic nets, set pit-fall traps, and look under logs to discover the diversity of insects around us. Meet some animal ambassadors that rely on insects as a diet mainstay.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

July 10-14

Yoga Wild
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 6-8

Come along on a journey as we get wild with yoga! Meet a live animal each day and learn new yoga poses expressing its movements and postures. Practice yoga outdoors in the fields and forests. Our adventures will include nature scavenger hunts, nature journaling, mindful listening, and relaxation in the forest, and fun yoga games.
Cost: $170/member; $190/non-member

Junior Animal Keepers
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 9-12
Otter popsicles? Training time for a coyote? Treats and puzzles for opossums? Do you love caring for animals? Do you wonder what the Science Center’s animals eat for dinner? Join us to learn how New Hampshire’s wild animals survive. Then apply that knowledge by helping to care and feed the wildlife at the Science Center. Go behind the scenes to watch our staff train animals, and then make puzzles and treats to engage our resident animals. On the last day, family, friends, and Science Center staff will stop by to learn about your adventures.
Cost: $150/member; $170/non-member

Summer Sensations
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 4-6
Explore New Hampshire’s summer environment with a focus on each of the five senses. Smell, taste, touch, see, and hear your way through a week full of fun.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

July 17-21

Junior Animal Keepers
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 9-12
Otter popsicles? Training time for a coyote? Treats and puzzles for opossums? Do you love caring for animals? Do you wonder what the Science Center’s animals eat for dinner? Join us to learn how New Hampshire’s wild animals survive. Then apply that knowledge by helping to care and feed the wildlife at the Science Center. Go behind the scenes to watch our staff train animals, and then make puzzles and treats to engage our resident animals. On the last day, family, friends, and Science Center staff will stop by to learn about your adventures.
Cost: $150/member; $170/non-member

The Nature of Clay I
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ages 7-10
Want to take earth and turn it into art? Using wild animal ambassadors and the natural beauty of the ponds, fields, and forests as inspiration, we will transform our ideas into ceramic treasures. Under the guidance of Community Clay Center instructors and Science Center staff, explore a variety of ceramic techniques to create functional and sculptural projects.
Sessions I and II will feature different projects and activities. The ceramic process will be completed at the Community Clay Center in Plymouth. Finished projects will be ready for pickup by August 21. Shipping is available for an additional fee.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member
After Camp Care
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-10
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor explorations.
Cost: $40/member; $60/non-member

Up, Down, and Around
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 4-6
Investigate land, water, and air animals. Plan on plenty of outdoor exploration and hands-on crafts. Meet many different species to learn what makes them different from each other and why they live where they do.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

July 24-28

Sky Hunters
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6
Learn about the hunters that command the skies. Investigate the world of flying predators.Visit with live owls, hawks, and falcons. Meet other airborne predators too, such as dragonflies and bats.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

The Nature of Clay II
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ages 10-14
Want to take earth and turn it into art? Using wild animal ambassadors and the natural beauty of the ponds, fields, and forests as inspiration, we will transform our ideas into ceramic treasures. Under the guidance of Community Clay Center instructors and Science Center staff, explore a variety of ceramic techniques to create functional and sculptural projects.
Sessions I and II will feature different projects and activities. The ceramic process will be completed at the Community Clay Center in Plymouth. Finished projects will be ready for pickup by August 21. Shipping is available for an additional fee.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member
After Camp Care
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 10-14
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor explorations.
Cost: $40/member; $60/non-member

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9
This week of fun is inspired by Tracy Kane’s fairy house stories. We will build and float fairy boats on the pond and construct fairy houses and gnome homes among the trees in the forests and the flowers in the fields. We will even build a few structures big enough to fit inside!
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

July 31-August 4

Flap, Hop, and Wiggle
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6
Flap like a falcon, hop like a hare, and wiggle like a worm! It’s all about movement as we explore different groups of animals and focus on the ways they move. Become an expert on animal locomotion through up close observations of our animal ambassadors, outdoor activities, and stories.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

AquaCamp
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages 9-12
Water is the key to life! With Senior Naturalist Dave Erler, dive into science to discover the properties of water, learn about the plants and animals that live in water, try your hand at fishing, and measure water quality. Bring your mud boots to do some stream splashing and wetland walking. Adventures include an interactive cruise on Squam Lake, field trips to a local bog, a beaver pond, and waterfall, and a fishing adventure. Transportation for field trips are included in fee.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member

Mad Science
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9

Experience a week of wacky, hands-on fun as we explore science inspired by the natural world around us. Each day will be filled with mixing, growing, fizzing, bubbling, and more as we ask questions and see what kinds of answers explode around us!
Cost: $150/member; $170/non-member

August 7-11

Marvelous Mammals
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6
Discover what makes mammals special as we focus on this diverse group of animals. From herbivores and insectivores, to carnivores and omnivores, mammals serve a range of functions in the natural world. Meet a mammal up close each day and learn about the role it plays and the adaptations it uses to survive.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Art Naturally
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ages 9-12
Let nature serve as your inspiration to create art from and of nature. Explore the Science Center grounds from the top of Mount Fayal to the shores of the lower pond as we study form, examine color, and observe light to inform the art we create. Up close encounters with our animal ambassadors will provide the opportunity to focus on detail. Use a variety of media to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, and share your work at an art show for family and friends.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member
After Camp Care
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor explorations.
Cost: $40/member; $60/non-member

Insectigation
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9
Join us for an insect investigation! Insects are everywhere and we will explore fields, forests, ponds, and streams in search of different types of insects. We will use sweep nets, aquatic nets, set pit-fall traps, and look under logs to discover the diversity of insects around us. Meet some animal ambassadors that rely on insects as a diet mainstay.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

August 14-18

Art Naturally for Young Artists
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ages 7-9
Let nature serve as your inspiration to create art from and of nature. Explore the Science Center grounds from the top of Mount Fayal to the shores of the lower pond as we study form, examine color, and observe light to inform the art we create. Up close encounters with our animal ambassadors will provide the opportunity to focus on detail. Use a variety of media to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, and share your work at an art show for family and friends.
Cost: $280/member; $300/non-member
After Camp Care
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-9
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor explorations.
Cost: $40/member; $60/non-member

Wild Tales and Trails
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages 4-6
This full-day session features our favorite nature-based children’s stories, adventures along the trails, visits with live animals, and more! Start each morning with a wild tale - a children’s book featuring nature and wildlife. Venture outdoors to discover and learn about the creatures and habitats from the story and meet a live animal connected to the tale.
Cost: $240/member; $260/non-member

About Our Instructors

Kasia Beznoska
Session(s): Yoga Wild
Kasia Beznoska is the owner of Growing With Yoga and has been a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor since 2010. She is the director of Loving-Kindness Peaceful Youth and is an Early Childhood Educator. Kasia graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Psychology, and went on to organize and teach yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, and camps for children in NH, MA, and VT.

Jordan Fitzgerald
Blue Heron School Lead Teacher
Session(s): Animal Superheroes; Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes; Insectigation; Nature Explorers; Summer Sensations; Junior Animal Keepers; Up, Down, and Around; Sky Hunters; Flap, Hop, and Wiggle; Mad Science; Marvelous Mammals; and Wild Tales and Trails
Jordan received a B.A. in Education of Young Children from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is certified for Montessori 3- to 6-year-olds by the North American Montessori Center. She has worked in various early childhood learning centers for over 15 years and is an outdoor education advocate.

Jadi Mercer
Session(s): Art Naturally and Art Naturally for Young Artists
Jadi received her B.S. in Interior Design from Appalachian State University in North Carolina but decided she loved working with kids. She went back to school at Plymouth State University to earn her Master's in Art Education. She presently works happily at Holderness Central School teaching art to K-8students. She is a new mom who enjoys yoga, traveling, cooking new things, cycling, and of course, creating art.

Penny Huymen
Session(s): The Nature of Clay
Penny Huymen, co-founder of the Community Clay Center in Plymouth received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute and a Master’s degree from Kent State University. Penny’s clay experiences are vast and varied including being a juried resident artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and at The European Ceramic Work center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She has taught the art of clay to all ages and abilities and is currently adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University. Owning the Community Clay Center has fulfilled her lifetime dream of sharing her 40 years of ceramic arts experience at this community studio. [ I looked it up – it’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch]

Michelle Chamberlain
Session(s): The Nature of Clay
Michelle Chamberlain, co-owner of Community Clay Center, holds a Master's of Education in Health Leadership, is a licensed K-12 health educator and currently teaches at Franklin High School. She vividly remembers creating her first clay projects in the fourth grade and ever sincehas sought out clay experiences in the state of New Hampshire. Michelle loves spending her summers and freetime guiding others in the magic of creating with clay.

Dave Erler
Senior Naturalist
Session(s): AquaCamp and Critter Classes
Dave received a B.S. in Outdoor Education and B.A. in Physical Geography from St. Cloud State University. In 1977, he completed graduate work at Texas A&M University in Environmental Interpretation. Dave began working for the Science Center in July 1979, having previously worked seasonally for the National Park Service, University of Minnesota Extension Service, National Audubon Society, and two years at the Campbell Gard Environmental Education Center (Ohio).

Christopher Russell
Director, School of the Forest
Session(s): Outdoor Living Skills
Christopher is an graduate of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School and co-founder of The Forest School, Jack Mountain’s youth and teen outdoor living skills program based in Wolfeboro. Christopher studied Political Science and Environmental Studies in college. He is a passionate outdoorsman, photographer, and writer who enjoys having the opportunity to share that passion with young people. Christopher has solo-hiked half the Appalachian trail, canoed in the north Maine woods, and camped out anywhere he could find a flat site for his tent, including the hills of Arkansas, mountains in Nova Scotia, and as much of his native Maryland as possible.

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