Campers will participate in outdoor activities even while it’s raining, unless the weather is deemed unsafe by Fish and Explore. In case of lightning or thunder, we will seek shelter either indoors or in our vehicle. The campers will remain sheltered for the duration of the inclement weather and for fifteen minutes after the last visual lightning or audible thunder.
Fish and Explore
Options available for rising 3rd through rising 9th graders
Each day, campers will meet at Landon, travel together on a Fish and Explore van to their locations, and then return to campus. The van will leave campus each day at 8:30 a.m. so your prompt arrival is very important.
Native Animal Explorers
June 20–24 FULL WAITLIST AVAILABLE
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Rising 3rd through rising 6th graders
Arrival/dismissal zone: Green
What to bring: Sneakers or river shoes (no Crocs or flip-flops), snacks, lunch with drink, hat, water bottle, towel, change of clothes, hand sanitizer, face mask, sunscreen (labeld with name). A detailed list of what to bring will be emailed prior to each week.
Nothing gets children more interested in the outdoors than encountering the animals that call it home. Explorers will embark on a journey to a different trail, park or body of water each day. We will hike trails, wade streams, and walk pond and lakeshores to find native wildlife. Campers will observe, catch, photograph and release frogs, toads, tadpoles, salamanders, lizards, turtles, crayfish, minnows, and many more small critters. Fish and Explore makes it easy for kids to understand safe handling techniques that result in a better understanding and appreciation of small animals. We incorporate principles of appreciation and understanding so that campers learn to enjoy the wild animals as part of our ecosystem, not as pets.
August 8–12 FULL WAITLIST AVAILABLE
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Rising 6th through rising 9th graders
June 27–July 1, August 1–5 FULL WAITLIST AVAILABLE
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Rising 3rd through rising 5th graders
What to bring: Sneakers or river shoes (no Crocs or flip-flops), snacks, lunch with drink, hat, water bottle, towel, change of clothes, face mask, hand sanitizer, sunscreen (labeled with name). A detailed list of what to bring will be emailed prior to each week.
Fishing is about enjoying the outdoors, having fun and catching fish! We will start out the week by learning the basics about fishing gear and tackle. As the week progresses, we will learn about water safety, nature awareness, and how to understand different types of water to increase awareness of how to play safely in and around all bodies of water. An introduction to river navigation and moving water safety helps prepare campers to fish independently. Each day, campers will explore new fishing environments such as ponds, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, creeks, and the Chesapeake Bay. Our highly trained fishing instructors will provide an extensive amount of individualized attention to each camper as they learn about casting, rigging, knot tying, how to select tackle and lures and identifying fish. More experienced campers will learn to target specific species of fish, read the water to locate fish and identify fish species they catch. Ultimately, campers will use all the above training to locate and catch fish! We practice Wildlife CPR (Catch, Photograph, and Release).
Fish and Explore just completed its 10th summer as a premier summer camp and fishing and nature guide service. Our mission is to advance appreciation, stewardship, exploration and investigation of nature. We are dedicated to developing programs that are structured around elements that naturally excite children – animals, water, and a little dirt! We practice Wildlife CPR (Catch, Photograph, and Release) with all our outdoor encounters. Our programs are designed to excite children about nature while teaching them self-confidence, respect for others, and how to sustain the great outdoors for their future appreciation.