Stewards is a field-trip based program for children, grades 6-8, offered during the summer only.
Age: For grades 6-8
Time: 9am-3pm, unless otherwise noted
Full week of day trips: $350 member/$375 non-member
Per day trip: $70 member/$75 non-member
Pre-care: $12 per day (begins at 7:30am)
After-care: $15 per day (until 5:30pm)
You must have a family membership valid through your chosen camp dates to take advantage of the member rate.
Stewards spend the day immersed in nature, learning about complex ecosystems, as well as how humans interact with and impact them. The goal of this program is to teach campers how to become responsible stewards of the natural environment through hands-on learning, interesting projects and productive outdoor activities.
SESSION A, JULY 8-12: COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS WEEK
Each day this week we will explore ocean-side habitats and surveying the animals, plants and water quality of various coastal locations from Wells, ME to Rockport, MA and compare the results.
Monday, July 8: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, ME
Tuesday, July 9: Star Island with Island Cruises, Rye, NH
Wednesday, July 10: Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA
Thursday, July 11: Parker Island Wildlife Refuge, Newbury, MA
Friday, July 12: Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH
SESSION B, JULY 29-AUGUST 2: KAYAK WEEK
Come paddle Little Harbor, Great Bay, and our coastal rivers. Monday and Tuesday are best for paddlers with little or no kayaking experience; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are for experienced paddlers. All equipment is provided.
SESSION C, AUGUST 12-16: ECO-EXPLORERS
Monday, August 12: Team Challenge & Ropes Course at the Browne Center,
Learn leadership and team-building skills while challenging yourself to overcome obstacles on a ropes course.
Tuesday, August 13: Fort Foster State Park and Kayak to Wood Island, Kittery, ME
Explore this seaside park and paddle over to Wood Island, home to the 110-year-old Wood Island Life Saving Station. All equipment provided.
Wednesday, August 14: Mt. Major Hike, Alton Bay, NH
Mount Major trail is a 3.4 mile loop and is a great hike for all skill levels. We’ll discuss the importance of watershed protection while overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
Thursday, August 15: Eco-Surf at Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
Help clean up a local beach and learn about wave dynamics while receiving a surf lesson from Summer Sessions Surf Shop. Wetsuits and gear are provided.
Friday, August 16: Marine Mammals and Whale Watch
Come on a whale watch, departing from Rye Harbor, and discover which mammals live in the Gulf of Maine.
How to Register
Please note: registration opens January 15 for members; February 1 for non-members.
To register online, click the button below. Then, choose among the sessions offered. You may also download a printable brochure and registration form.
Become a Member
Members of the Center are entitled to reduced camp prices and early summer camp registration. Your family membership must be valid through your chosen camp dates to receive the discount. Click here to learn more about all the great member benefits, join, or renew your membership.
Cancellations that are made prior to two weeks before your child’s first day of camp begins will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after that time.
The Center has created a Camp Fund to offer financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend. We encourage your support of this fund; please make a donation when you register or donate now. Your contributions are tax deductible.
Confirmation, Guidelines, and Medical Health Forms
You will receive a confirmation email for your registration.
Please download, the camp guidelines sheet and required permission forms and medical health forms. The physician’s health form (or child’s medical record sheet) requires your child’s physician’s signature. We must have a current, signed, completed health form two weeks prior to your child’s first day of camp or your child cannot attend.
Summer camp is also available for: