2023 Dates and Time TBA


2023 Dates and Time TBA

Rooted in nature & place-based learning, children will explore the forests, ponds, and fields. Children will discover wildcrafting techniques, develop primitive skills, create woodland art, practice storytelling, and learn how to make maps through permaculture design.


  • WILDCRAFTING – Foraging for wild foods, making herbal salves, natural dyes, plant prints & natural crafts.
  • STORYTELLING – Reading plant and animal stories, storytelling, playing tag games, & creating scavenger hunts.
  • MAP MAKING & NAVIGATION – Observing, drawing, making measurements, building models, & connections between locations.
  • PRIMITIVE SKILLS – Fort building, fire making,  tool making, identifying plants, & tracking animals

The Day May go Something like this:

(although we take it as it comes!)

8:30 Greeting Circle
9:00 Daily learning topic and related group game/activity
10:00 Free play/ snack
11:00 Storytime
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Craft or art project; building, drawing, designing, mapping
1:30 Forest, field, pond activities/ snack
2:50 Making connections, farewell circle

What to bring to camp

Please pack your child with the following daily:

  • Backpack your child can carry comfortably

  • Swimsuit

  • Sun hat or baseball hat

  • Natural bug repellent and sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Lunch

  • Snack x2

  • Water bottle

  • Rain gear, head to toe (muddy buddy)

  • Waterproof shoes or sandals

  • Extra set of clothes

  • Layers–always have a fleece or thin jacket packed

  • Wear closed toed shoes/boots and clothes that can get dirty! Close toed sandals are great.

    ** Please put child’s name on all items
    **We are outside in all weather conditions


Colleen Parenteau

Colleen Guertin Parenteau, M.S.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Environmental Studies from UVM, I began teaching field-based science and environmental education as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Oregon. Since then, I have worked as a classroom teacher, science teacher, and advocate for nature-based learning. In 2010, I earned a Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. And, during the summer of 2012, I had an exciting opportunity to teach and conduct research at a rural primary school in southwestern Kenya.
Currently, I teach science at the Tower School in Marblehead, MA. I love learning alongside students and guiding them to find solutions to problems that interest them.
I particularly enjoy teaching and learning about gardening and permaculture, growing the juiciest tomatoes, and working with children to grow food.

In my free time, I love to ski, hike, practice yoga, and play with my kids. I am an avid bird watcher and naturalist. The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Mad River Valley are some of my favorite areas to view migratory birds in the Northeast. ​


Russ Wells

Russ Wells, M.S.

I earned a B.S. and M.S. in biology, in my home state, at the University of Vermont. While I was keen to work in molecular genetics—first at Dana-Farber and later at B.U. Medical, my interest in teaching quickly grew.

My teaching experience includes a non-profit STEM enrichment start-up, the Museum of Science, and the Cambridge Montessori School. I joined Tower in 2007. Today, I teach 7th and 8th grade science and health. I am also an advisor to 7th and 8th grade students.

In the summers, I co-teach a boatbuilding workshop at Redd’s Pond Boatworks in Marblehead and spend more time outside with my wife and children.
I have been part of the mentoring group Big Brothers & Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay for many years, and have seen a once fifth grade boy become a fine young man – now adult. It’s this type of long-term relationship that I enjoy fostering the most.

All camps take place on our permaculture farmstead in Rochester, Vermont.
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