Appleton Farms is one of the most significant cultural and natural landscapes in American agrarian history. Our working landscape offers a diversity of learning opportunities for all ages, from soil science and habitat management to cheese making and community supported agriculture. The rich stories, rare resources, and sustainable operations, make Appleton Farms one of the finest stages in the country to showcase and teach excellence in small-scale agriculture.
Studies show that children who spend time in nature and develop a rapport with the great outdoors are healthier, happier kids. At SummerQuest, we strive to connect children with the natural world, and to exercise their imaginations as well as their muscles.
La Vida's Adirondack Leadership Program (ALP) is a wilderness expedition for ages 15-18. On this wilderness adventure, participants will backpack or canoe amidst the beautiful Adirondack Park in upstate New York, learn outdoor camping skills, connect with other students, develop their faith and gain leadership skills. Throughout the expedition, they will have the opportunity to learn what their strengths are and build a foundation for leadership that will prepare them for the future.
La Vida Adventure Camp provides adventure experiences in a safe environment that encourages youth to expand their horizons in healthy ways. Our mission is to build character and a positive self-identity. To foster this learning and growth, we use small groups with a high staff-camper ratio, personal discovery, team-building, experiential learning and adventure activities.
Explore nature and get outdoors at Joppa Flats Education Center Summer Camp. Joppa Flats Summer Camp is the perfect program for children with an interest in and curiosity about nature. Campers ages 6 to 11 have fun and make friends as they discover local habitats and wildlife. Register for a nature-based day camp sessions for childages 6-11 today!
Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time! Maritime Gloucester and the Schooner Ardelle join forces to offer the ever-popular Coastal Explorers summer program! During this week-long program, participants will be part of the crew on the Schooner Ardelle on daily voyages to ports and islands along the North Shore in search of adventure and excitement.
Children ages 9 to 13 learn how to care for, handle, and interact with all of our farm animals while discovering the wonders of the 230 acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. In addition, each day brings a special event, including yoga, plein air painting, and more. On Friday, the morning will be spent with campers from Theater in the Open and in the afternoon we will have prime seats for the Circus Smirkus matinee!
Climb aboard and set a course for fun & exploration! Through this week-long program students will learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations at Maritime Gloucester & along the coast of the North Shore. Students will spend their first two days on shore exploring topics in marine science and maritime heritage in MG’s labs, aquarium and in the field.
Working together to build one boat, students will use woodworking tools, measuring, cutting, screwing and glueing while learning concepts of boat design (stability, speed, displacement, etc). In addition, students will explore other topics of marine science and maritime heritage in our museum, aquarium and waterfront site. A popular course last year, a second session could be offered if there is enough interest.
Saturday, January 19
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