Procedures and Tips:
We will be outside the whole time unless there is severe weather or steady rain. We will be hiking, exploring, and playing on grass trails, in the woods, and in or near creeks. Classes for children 5 and under do not include creek play at the large creek.
All classes will have a maximum of 10 kids. There will be 2 staff members present at all times.
Dress in ‘old’ clothes – kids often get dirty and/or wet at our programs. You might want to pack a change of clothes for the ride home.
Wear appropriate shoes! Participants’ shoes WILL get wet and muddy. In warmer weather, hiking sandals that cover the toes are a good choice – no flip flops please. Alternately, a participant could wear sneakers and bring water shoes for exploring the creek. In colder weather, water-proof insulated boots are the best choice.
Refillable water bottles are a good idea. We will have drinking water available for refilling but please bring the bottles filled at the start of class.
A snack will be provided each day. It will be nutri-grain type bars and juice boxes because these items are double packaged. Please let us know if there are allergies or, if you prefer, you may provide your own snack.
In case of severe weather, classes will move to an inside location.
In the spring, summer, and fall, there could be ticks and poison ivy. We have not experienced a lot of either, but they can be found on the property. So, when your child gets home, we advise he/she take a bath or shower and check for ticks. This is simply good practice when you have been out exploring in the woods.
For our Nature Play classes (ages 3 – 5), an adult participant is required to attend. Seating will be on mats on the ground so the adult may want to bring a chair to sit on.
A Note about Bathrooms
We do have access to a bathroom in a building, however, we are not always close to this building. We do offer bathroom breaks, especially before heading to the creek. However, kids cannot always wait until we get back to the building, so we have been known to use the woods (we always carry toilet paper).
Please leave all electronics at home. There is a real risk of items getting wet and damaged. If electronics are brought to camp, they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. Playful Wanderings is not responsible for any damage to electronics during camp.