About Camp Wonderkin

Nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County and surrounded by forest and field, Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve offers the perfect setting for Camp Wonderkin - a nature based STEAM camp designed for age 4-10 and led by science teacher and educational consultant, Jessie McFarland and owner and lead teacher of a STEAM based studio called Little Wonderkin, Cate Liguori. Each day of this unique camp experience will focus on various concepts of the STEAM acronym - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. We will be studying soil and stream, monitoring blue bird activity, building leaf robots, experimenting with flora and fauna potions, painting with trees and grasses,  and creating mixed media wild wands.  Children will also have the opportunity to contribute to a Natural Lands stewardship project.  We will spend valuable time connecting with nature each day as we practice yoga and mindfulness, take hikes and climbs and develop our team building skills with fun and energizing games and activities.  

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Details

Who: Children age 4-10 | Small Facilitator to child ratio

Where: Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve is a nature preserve located in Chester County, PA and is about 15 minutes drive from both West Chester, Downingtown and Kennett Square. The nearly 1,300 acre preserve features beautiful walking trails, a natural playground and the most amazing scenery. We will be utilizing the outdoor space, covered patio, restrooms and indoor space in the event of extreme weather. Natural Lands is a non-profit organization committed to saving open space, caring for nature and connecting people to the outdoors. 

When: July 18th - 22nd | 2022 | 9AM - 3PM (August dates may also be released)

Facilitators: Jessie McFarland and Cate Liguori will be leading all camp activities and will be present at all times. 

Cost: $425

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information. Feel free to email us with additional questions/concerns.

Sample Schedule

9:00-9:30 – Unstructured Exploration/Tinker Lab

9:30-10:30 – Daily Morning STEAM Project (e.g. stream study and nature potions)

10:30-10:45 – Snack

10:45-11:15 - Bluebird Monitoring

11:15-12 – Yoga, music and storytelling

12-12:30 – Lunch/Free Play

12:30-1:15 – Team building activities and games

1:15-1:30 - Snack

1:30-2:30 – Daily afternoon STEAM (e.g. nature hike and collection, leaf robot creations)

2:30-3:00 – Reflection circle, pack-up and playtime 

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"Nature holds all the answers - go outside and ask some questions - open your heart and listen for the response!" - Wyldfyre