Our February Vacation Camps: An Opportunity for Kids to Embrace Winter's Magic

Editors note: Since posting, all places for the Brave Bears program have been taken and we now have a waiting list; please submit this form to join it. Registration remains open for the Wild Walkers program, for which we still have a few spots remaining.

"I don't know how you survive being stuck inside all winter with the kids living up there."

If you're raising kids in Vermont, but have relatives living in a warmer climate, you might have heard some variation of this question at some point, likely from more than one person. 

To Vermonters, statements of wonder and disbelief like these have it all wrong from the get-go; that does sound awful being cooped up the entire winter with bored kids! Luckily, if outfitted with the right winter gear, kids are happy to go outside and play.

With this truth in mind, our upcoming February vacation camps are exciting opportunities for kids ages 6-14 eager for new adventures within the winter landscape. 

We are offering two one-day camps this year and both camps revolve around the theme, "All Who Wander Are Not Lost". Campers will practice self-sufficiency as they learn wayfinding skills. Our Wild Walkers program for ages 10-14 is Tuesday, February 16th; Brave Bears, for kids ages 6-9, will take place the following day, Wednesday, February 17th. 

Education director Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor will be one of the leaders for the two programs and she's looking forward to sharing with campers the unique magic of being outside in the winter:

This best thing about being outside in the winter is the freshness the season brings. Things look and sound differently than in any other season and the campers find new things at every turn. Perhaps a set of tracks that tells a great nature story, the discovery of an animal burrow in the snow or the sound of the bare trees in the wind. All of a sudden the chill in the air is forgotten by the kids and awareness of the natural world is heightened. Time outside during the winter months is amazing and I am so glad I get to share it with the youth that attend our vacation camps.

This camp is a great chance for kids to break out their snowshoes with kids their own age! For the younger set, we have a limited number of snowshoes that we can lend out; just inquire by emailing Kimberly at kimberly@nature-museum.org. 

We hope your little (or big) one will join us; it is bound to be a rollicking good time in the snow!

Sign Up Today

Save $5 when you sign up before February 9th!

- Register for Wild Walkers Camp, Tuesday, February 16th
Ages 10-14, 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m.

- Brave Bears Camp, Wednesday, February 17th
Ages 6-9, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.,
PROGRAM IS FULL; Join the waitlist