Session 1: July 1- 5

Session 2: July 8- 12

Session 3: July 15- 19

Session 4: July 22- 26

Session 5: July 29- Aug 2

Session 6: August 5- Aug 9

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Nature's Classroom Summer Camp

Session 1: July 1- 5

Session 2: July 8- 12

Session 3: July 15- 19

Session 4: July 22- 26

Session 5: July 29- Aug 2

Session 6: August 5- Aug 9

The Nature’s Classroom is just a short walk through the fields from the Southland Foundation’s main barn to our “classroom” next to the pond. The children are outside from 9am through 1pm. Our weekly sessions will have a central focused theme to which all activities are related. Ours days will include related projects, games, arts and crafts, music, hikes, stories, free time and discovery. Some days will also include water play and interaction with live animals. The children will have pony rides once a week, with the option for additional riding lessons if parents choose.

Typical Schedule for a day at Nature’s Classroom: 

  • Arrival: Free Play with Designated Activities (arts and crafts, games, stories related to the theme)

  • Morning Meeting/Share

  • Story Time

  • Craft

  • Hike ( to Farmer Lenny’s Barnyard, South Barn, or Scavenger Hunt)

  • Lunch

  • Free Play

  • Dismissal

Some themes this year include: 

  • Barnyard Palooza

  • Interesting Insects

  • ROCK and Roll

  • Terrific Transportation

  • Wacky Weather

  • Going Green (All About Plants)

  • Flying High (Animals in Flight)


About our director Anya Tomaseski

My name is Anya Tomaseski and I will be the Nature's Classroom Camp Director this summer. I am excited to return for my third summer at Southlands, this time as director! I am a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh currently majoring in Elementary and Special Education and working towards my Master's degree. I have spent many hours in and out of the classroom, creating fun and engaging activities for my students. My passion for animals and the outdoors will show through the activities I have planned for my campers this year! I look forward to having another great summer at Southlands!


The Southlands STEAM in Nature Camp

The Southlands STEAM in Nature Camp aims to provide an enriching, age-appropriate summer program that supports children connecting with the land and its creatures through STEAM based programming, using the natural environment as the foundation for learning. The program will afford a multitude of opportunities to become change agents and future leaders.

STEAM has the power to propel minds. Art humanizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We connect to the beauty around us through art, freeing our curious minds to ask questions to which science, technology, engineering, and mathematics hold many of the answers. Viewed through this lens, we can look far beyond the basics to the complex.

Some program highlights include:

  • Constructing and using simple machines with natural and recycled materials

  • Designing and building bridges and shelters

  • Understand systems thinking with a focus on sustainability and water

  • Participating and creating Southlands’ Valley Quests

  • Developing Southlands’ Character Pillars: confidence, leadership, and responsibility