About Camp Wonderkin

Nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County and surrounded by forest and field, Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve offers the perfect setting for Camp Wonderkin - a nature based STEAM camp designed for age 4-9 and led by science teacher and educational consultant, Jessie McFarland and owner and lead teacher of a STEAM based studio called Little Wonderkin, Cate Liguori. Each day of this unique camp experience will focus on various concepts of the STEAM acronym - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. We will be studying soil and stream, learning how to tap a maple tree, building leaf robots, experimenting with nature potions, making natural dyes, painting with natural tools and drying flowers to create mixed media wall hangings and nature wands.  Children will also have the opportunity to contribute to a Natural Lands stewardship project.  Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. We will spend valuable time connecting with nature each day as we practice yoga and mindfullness, take nature walks and develop our team building skills with fun and energizing games and activities.  The week will end with a gallery walk displaying the children's creations. 


Who: Children age 4-9 

Where: Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve is a nature preserve located in Chester County, PA and is about 15 minutes drive from both West Chester and Kennett Square. The nearly 1,300 acre preserve features beautiful walking trails, a natural playground and the most amazing scenery. We will be utilizing the outdoor space, covered patio, restrooms and indoor space in the event of extreme weather.

When: Camp dates for 2021 will be released in January.

Full day and half day options available.  Full - 9AM - 3PM, Morning 9AM - 12PM, Afternoon 12PM - 3PM.

Facilitators: Jessie McFarland and Cate Liguori will be leading all camp activities and will be present at all times. Two additional counselors will be on staff with no more than 30 children each day making a teacher to child ratio of 1:8.

Cost: Full day Option: $400, Half Day Options: $200

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information. Feel free to email us with additional questions/concerns.

Sample Schedule

9:00-9:30 – Unstructured Exploration/Tinker Lab

9:30-10:30 – Daily Morning STEAM Project (e.g. stream study and nature potions)

10:30-10:45 – Snack

10:45-11:15 - Bluebird Monitoring

11:15-12 – Yoga, music and storytelling

12-12:30 – Lunch/Tinker Lab

12:30-1:15 – Team building activities and games

1:15-1:30 - Snack

1:30-2:30 – Daily afternoon STEAM (e.g. nature hike and collection, leaf robot creations)

2:30-3:00 – Reflection circle, pack-up and playtime 

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