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The Next Step In Your Adventure

Join us this summer for an outdoor adventure steeped in the natural world, rooted in a strong sense of community, and infused with a wild sense of play. If you like our school programs, you'll love our summer programs.

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Ages 4 to 7

Experience the world through the eyes, ears, nose and paws of a different animal each morning. Start the morning with animal stories at our meeting circle, then begin the days ramblings. Search the meadows and marshes for food that animal might eat. Follow tracks and signs, and see if we can find and observe the animals themselves!

We learn about animals by imagining we are those animals. The morning is filled with playing games, inventing games, spontaneous creations, and just exploring in the wild. We might walk like a raccoon and learn to catch clams, or play osprey tag and look for fish. Each day holds surprise and wonder.

  • Session 1: July 10-14
  • Session 2: July 17-21
  • Price: $200 per session (Multisession discounts apply)
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Location: Cox Reservation, Essex


Session Themes:

        Session 1 : Land and Air: Insects, Bobolinks, Cottontail rabbits, Deer, and           Coyote

    Session 2: Water: Snails, Minnow, Shellfish, Egret, River Otter

    Financial aid is available. Click here  to download our application. Deadline to apply is May 15.

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    Survival! Rockport 

    Ages 8 to 12

    Practice the arts of survival and community building in nature. Search for underwater discoveries. Figure out what it would take to live comfortably in the local woods. Along the way, meet new friends and learn about wildlife.

    Our site is nestled in a beautiful woodland alongside several ponds and streams in Rockport and potentially another location. Alongside a merry band of intrepid explorers, you will learn how to build shelters, identify wild edibles, purify water, try to catch fish, craft tools, and track animals. The plan for each day is decided at a morning meeting, by all of us together. You get to be the leaders as we find a way to survive and live off the land!

    • Session 1: July 17-21
    • Session 2: July 24-28 (Session FULL please email if you want to be added to waiting list)
    • Session 3: July 31-August 4
    • Session 4: August 7-11
    • Price: $320 per session (Multisession discounts apply)
    • Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Aftercare: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.   $50 / week
    • Price Includes: Survival Gear (Firesteel, carabiner, orienteering compass, and bandana) and S'mores!


    • Adventures sites are Gott-Lane Woods and Old Garden Beach in Rockport
    • Drop off at Rockport Elementary School
    • Pick up at Old Garden Beach (at Rockport Elementary School in case of rain or hazardous weather)

    Session Themes

    Session One: Lost in the wilderness!

    • Orienteering

    • Map Making

    •       Natural First Aid

    •       Group Challenges

    • Fire Making and Outdoor Cooking

    • Shelter Building

    • Wild Edibles

    •       Water purification

    Session Two: Shipwrecked!

    •    Snorkeling /Diving for Sunken Treasure

    •    Celestial Navigation

    •       Raft Making

    •    Fire Making and Use

    •    Shelter Building

    •    Wild Edibles

    •   Water purification and desalination

    Session Three:  Lost Science Expedition

    •   Nature Observation

    •   Scientific Discoveries

    •      Wildlife Tracking

    •      Tool Making

    •      Shelter Building

    •      Water Capture and purification

    •      Wild Edibles

    Session Four:  Lost in the Wilderness

    • Orienteering

    • Map Making

    •       Natural First Aid

    •       Group Challenges

    • Fire Making and Outdoor Cooking

    • Shelter Building

    • Wild Edibles

    •       Water purification

    Financial aid is available.Click here to download our application. Deadline to apply is May 15.

    This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health



    When you participate in a Kestrel Summer Adventure, here is what you can expect:

    Education Our instructors are well-trained, practiced, professional educators, which means we never rely on canned or scripted summer activities. We think - and research shows - authentic learning occurs when children are encouraged to learn by doing. We create real and lasting growth through a focus on sensory awareness, imagination and systems thinking. 

    Adventure The hallmark of a great adventure is that you have no idea what is going to happen next. With Kestrel your child becomes the central character in an unfolding story. Though we take great pride in thoroughly preparing for each program, we never plan the outcome, which we believe should happen naturally and spontaneously, drawing on the unique qualities of the landscape, and the particular interests, questions, and experiences of the children who participate. On a summer adventure, you learn to expect the unexpected. 

    Play Playfulness is the fullest expression of our natural drive to explore, engage and connect with the world. When children freely engage in play, they learn new things, develop key social and emotional skills, feel part of a community and take on new challenges. Engaged in transformative play, children build healing relationships with the key people in their lives. No Kestrel program is complete without joy and laughter.

    Community At Kestrel we make room for all kinds of learners and all kinds of personalities because we believe every child has something to contribute and every child has a role to play. Participants may arrive as a collection of individuals, but they leave as a community of friends.