Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Phone (717) 642-5840

Endorsed by Gettysburg Area School District
and Fairfield Area School District

ADVENTURE CAMP is back with Strawberry Hill and YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County! “Adventurers” will explore more than 600 acres of forests and creeks at Strawberry Hill through fun and educational science-based programs, enjoy 2 afternoon free-swim sessions (swim lessons not included), and take a Field Trip Day!

Program runs Monday – Friday          9am – 4pm             For children entering Grades 1 – 7

Check out our Discovery Weeks for preschool and Kindergarten children!

 

2017 Dates & Details To Be Announced in February — REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
See below for examples from 2016.

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Camp Details

The overarching goal of the Adventure Camp Program is to provide children with a safe place to learn about their environment.  Children will participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities based on the weekly theme, including hikes, stream exploration, sports, games, and crafts.  A description of each of the weekly themes is provided below!

All programming will be held at Strawberry Hill with some additional swim afternoons at the YWCA and field trips to exciting environmental education destinations.

Strawberry Hill’s fun environmental education programs meet state and federal academic standards for science and ecology, bridging an important summer learning gap.

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Exploration Experts
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During the first week of camp, Adventurers will be introduced (or reintroduced) to Strawberry Hill through exploration! Campers will explore the forests, streams, and historical sites of the preserve perhaps going where no camper has gone before.

Inspiration: Nature
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Did you ever notice the word “art” is in the word “earth”? This week campers will get in touch with both while creating art using the environment around them. Expect lots of fun projects including natural materials, land art and recycled art! We will travel to Hershey PA this week to take a guided tour of Hershey Gardens*.

Chesapeake Challenge I
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This week is all about the creeks! For our first week of Chesapeake Challenge, campers will explore the Swamp and Middle Creek Watersheds here at Strawberry Hill. Adventurers will find out what makes these watersheds important habitats and resources. This week’s field trip will be to Fuller Lake in Michaux State Forest*!

DISCOVERY WEEK: Chesapeake Challenge I
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Discovery Week is for preschool and Kindergarten children!
This week is all about the creeks! For our first week of Chesapeake Challenge, campers will explore the Swamp and Middle Creek Watersheds here at Strawberry Hill. Adventurers will find out what makes these watersheds important habitats and resources. This week’s field trip will be to Fuller Lake in Michaux State Forest*!

Enrollment Options
Half Day (Thursday is a full day due to Field Trip: 9am – 4pm)
9am – 12:30pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, except Thursday pick up at YWCA

Full Day
9am – 4pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Jurassic Week
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Adams County is a pretty historical place, but did you know that the T-Rex was actually native to Pennsylvania?  During this week campers will dive into the natural and cultural history of Strawberry Hill and the surrounding area. Adventurers will find out who and what roamed these lands before us and what they left behind.  A guest speaker from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia will join us for a day of dinosaur discovery.
No camp on Monday, July 4th.

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Do you have what it takes to be a survivor? Find out in our fifth week of camp, Survivor: Mt. Hope! Campers will learn all sorts of survival skills and attempt to complete some unique challenges! Expect activities including orienteering, shelter building and fire starting. For this week’s field trip we will visit Roundtop Resort* in Lewisberry, PA for a day full of mountain adventures!

Mad Scientists
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Become a mad scientist! Join us for a week of awesome experiments! During this week of camp, Adventurers will learn to answer questions and solve problems through experimentation and the scientific method. This week, we will travel to Harrisburg to explore Wildwood Nature Center*!

Animal Planet
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Join us for the seventh week of camp where we will explore the wild world of animals! During this week, Adventurers will learn about all of the animals that call Strawberry Hill home. Expect activities focused around birds, mammals, insects, aquatic animals and the adaptations that make them so amazing! Zoo America* in Hershey, Pa will be our field trip destination this week where we will get an up close look at the animals of North America!

DISCOVERY WEEK: Animal Planet
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Discovery Week is for preschool and Kindergarten children!
Join us as we explore the wild world of animals! During this week, Adventurers will learn about all of the animals that call Strawberry Hill home. Expect activities focused around birds, mammals, insects, aquatic animals and the adaptations that make them so amazing! Zoo America* in Hershey, Pa will be our field trip destination this week where we will get an up close look at the animals of North America!

Enrollment Options
Half Day (Thursday is a full day due to Field Trip: 9am – 4pm)
9am – 12:30pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, except Thursday pick up at YWCA

Full Day
9am – 4pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Chesapeake Challenge II
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Join us for the second week of Chesapeake Challenge! During this week, campers will learn what it means to have a “healthy” watershed.  Expect lots of creek exploration and an introduction to the macroinvertebrate organisms of Strawberry Hill. For our last field trip of the summer, we will go canoeing on Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park* in Hanover, PA!

*Field Trip locations are tentative and subject to change.

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Drop-Off and Pick-up For Adventure Camp

On Field Trip Days (Thursdays unless otherwise noted), ALL children MUST be dropped off at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, no later than 9:10 am.

Morning drop-off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County:
Sign your child in at the check-in station each morning when you arrive at the YWCA. Sign in may occur no earlier than 8:50am. We do not and will not assume responsibility for children before they are signed in.   Children may not be left unattended at a bus stop and MUST be signed in before boarding the bus. The bus will leave the YWCA at 9:10 and will not be held later.

Morning drop-off at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve:
UNAVAILABLE on Field Trip Day (Thursday unless otherwise noted).
Sign your child in at the check-in station each morning when you arrive at the Preserve. Sign in may occur no earlier than 8:50am. We do not and will not assume responsibility for children before they are signed in. Children may not be left unattended.

Afternoon pick-up:
All children must be picked up at the YWCA every day.
Pick-up always occurs at the YWCA at 4:00pm, unless you have made alternate arrangements ahead of time.

 

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