CREA Summer Day Camp

Every week at CREA, campers hike into the Cathance River Nature Preserve, exploring over 5 miles of trails within its 235 acres of forest; cool their toes in the Cathance River while hunting for frogs; fish in deep river pools, catching and releasing fresh-water fish; scoop pond muck in search of newts, tadpoles, and insect larvae; engineer boats and test them out in the river rapids; hunt for salamanders under rotting leaves and logs, and more! At CREA, campers learn that nature is a wondrous place, filled with magic, mystery, and adventure!

“…the very first day my son never even made it to the car before he started gushing about his day – he was so excited he would have slept there if you let him.” – Camp Parent

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Daily adventures at CREA Camp: In addition to exploring our beautiful forests, CREA campers will engage daily in nature-based art, hands-on science exploration, active games, and activities. Campers will explore new interests, develop new skills, and build friendships under the supervision of our experienced and lively camp team. Each week ends with a full day of hiking on the Preserve, including lunch on the bank of the river and wallowing in the cool clay-mud at Clay Brook – campers are sure to come home tired and dirty!

2021 Camper Sessions & Availability:

Daily Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm | Location: Cathance River Nature Preserve – Topsham, ME 

All sessions of 2021 CREA Camp are SOLD OUT. Please contact our Camp Director to join the waitlist –

July 5 – 9


Owl Eyes: What can you hear with your “deer ears” on? What can you see from your special sit spot in the forest? Campers will explore, challenge, and enhance their 5 senses this week. Create wild camouflage and search for critters within the depths of the forest and pond with your amazing owl eyes!

July 12 – 16


Wilderness Squad: This week is all about wilderness challenges! Can you find frogs, turtles, insect larva, salamanders, and fungus? You’ll design mini ecosystems, investigate animal tracks, and create your own walking stick!

July 19 – 23


Adventure Skills: Calling all CREA Explorers! This week you’ll practice outdoor adventure skills and discover how to be a LNT (Leave No Trace) leader. Camper teams will race to identify local plants and animals and test their shelter building techniques! From knot tying and basic orienteering, this week we’re ready for adventure!

July 26 – 30


CNI: Have you ever wondered what kind of animal left scratch marks on that tree? Or what coughed up that furry pellet? What made those tracks in the riverbank? As a CNI (CREA Nature Investigator), you’ll work to solve nature puzzles as we explore fields, forests, and ponds!

August 2 – 6


August 9 – 13

Jr. & Sr. Biologists: Campers will explore the outdoors with a scientist’s perspective, taking part in ecological research and monitoring projects. Campers will be given a research question to consider at the beginning of each camp day. You will be guided through techniques for collecting data and analyzing results that could hold the answer! You might spend the day tracking turtles, testing water quality, or measuring salamander diversity at different spots. Campers will be immersed in nature, practicing fieldwork techniques – a hands on way to learn and have fun outdoors! 

“I feel that CREA has enriched his life. He didn’t seem to have a single favorite experience, he enjoyed it all! He loves the outdoors and playing outside. CREA is an awesome privilege to have in a day where children only ever want to sit inside and watch YouTube.” – Camp Parent

New for 2021 CREA Camp

Multi-Age Sessions: Weekly sessions will be available to campers across multiple grade levels, better accommodating siblings. Campers will be grouped by ages into small pods that will stay together throughout the camp day. 

Extended Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm for 2021 Summer Camps. We’ve added one hour to the camp day to accommodate parents’ work schedules.

Wilderness Wisdom Wednesdays: This summer, we will dive even deeper into the natural world. Each week, a local specialist will share with campers a topic related to the week’s theme. Presenters’ bios and details will be shared with registered families prior to each camp session. 

CREA Counselor-In-Training Program

Young naturalists ages 14 – 16 can apply for our Counselor-in-Training leadership development program.  Each CIT session is a 2-week commitment. CIT’s will be immersed in camper groups daily, building their leadership skills and confidence while enjoying all of the camp day fun! CIT’s will meet with CREA’s Camp Director every day for leadership team building projects and games, lesson preparation, and discussions.

“Thank you for such a wonderful two weeks of camp for Maggie. She really had a great time and had her eyes opened to what it’s like to be responsible for others, and also loved all the science and nature. I can’t think of any two week span of her life where she came home everyday reporting the day was “awesome” until this. Thank you again, we are so grateful to you and CREA for this experience.”

– 2019 CIT Parent

2021 CIT Sessions:

All CIT Sessions are SOLD OUT for the 2021 CREA Camp season.

July 5 – 16  (2 week session) | Ages 14 – 16
July 19 – 30 (2 week session) | Ages 14 – 16
August 2 – 13 (2 week session) | Ages 14 – 16

If you have any questions regarding 2021 CREA Summer Camp, please contact:

Jenny Mueller, Camp Director | | (207) 331 – 3202 x4

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