River Rats Camp: Horseshoe Crabs

Our youngest campers join us for a week of exploring, discovery and adventures at the waters edge near Creek Farm in Portsmouth, NH.  Each week, our Horseshoe Crab campers gain confidence near the water by playing games, doing projects, singing songs and most importantly taking part in nature-play along our shorelines.  Through these activities, these campers become naturalist and river explorers.

A Typical Day at River Rats Camp

It is hard to describe a typical day at River Rats Camp.  On some days we will  be casting off on a rowing adventure while on other we’ll be playing games and exploring the shoreline.  Our philosophy for all of our camps is to connect kids to nature and the water through experiences and play.  Each day starts with a plan and is adjusted to meet the groups interest and needs, but almost always includes games, arts, mud, and of course water. Through these nature experiences, students naturally learn about the shoreline and our rivers and become the next stewards of our waters. Our youngest campers will spend the most of the week at Creek Farm in Portsmouth on shore and using our small boats and will spend time on the Gundalow at the dock.

8:50-9:05 Arrival, check in and free time at Creek Farm

9:05–9:20 Morning Ice Breaker Game

9:20 – Daily Activity –Boat Building – build a boat using a variety of open ended materials.  Kids can work in groups or alone to create a boat that should float and have a name.  Kids can test their boats on the calm waters of Sagamore Creek and describe their creative design.

10:30 Snack

10:45 Shoreline Exploration – we will set off on a shoreline walk stopping to tidepool, discover shore-side animals, collect periwinkles and get our feet wet. 

11:45 Closing circle and Game

11:50-12:05 Pick Up

Contact Us

Gundalow Company
60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 433-9505
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