Nature’s Classroom Summer Camp

2018 Nature’s Classroom registration will open in early 2018. Please check back then! 


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.

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)

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

About our Nature’s Classroom Program Director: Lauren Boldrin

My name is Lauren Boldrin and I will be the Nature’s Classroom Camp Director this summer, excited to return for my second summer at Southlands! During the school year, I teach Math and Science to fourth graders in Amenia, New York. Previously, my summers have been spent getting 3 through 5 years olds with special needs ready to enter into school districts. My love for the outdoors and Science shows my passion for the Nature’s Classroom Program. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Inclusive Education from SUNY Cortland and I have my Master’s Degree in Education with a Concentration in Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University. I look forward to having a great summer at Southlands!