Summer at Willow

Learn something new and have fun doing it! Summer at Willow offers the ideal environment for children ages 3-13 to engage in fun, hands-on activities and creative pursuits. Kids discover new skills, expand interests and passions, and explore the outdoors, all on our 34-acre wooded campus in Gladstone, NJ. 
 

Program details: 

  • GRADES:  Campers entering PreK/K (ages 2.5-5), Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8
  • TIME: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. For those interested in full-day camp, Willow has arranged for campers to be bussed from our campus to Meadowbrook Country Day Camp in Long Valley for the afternoon.
  • COST: $300 per session, unless otherwise indicated. Cost for full-day camp with afternoons at Meadowbrook is $750. This includes lunch, a backpack, transportation, shirt, snack, etc. 
Space is limited! Choose your weeks and programs below: 

Grades PreK/K

Birds, Butterflies & Tie-Dye: Inspired by the artist Alexander Calder, our little campers will collect natural materials on our beautiful campus and use them to craft mobiles, make fun math games, tie-dye and more! These projects will help campers develop fine motor skills, learn basic math skills, and most importantly, encourage team-building and creativity. Teacher: Maggie Grabko 

Grades K-2

Spanish: Play games, sing songs, and engage in fun role play activities as you develop the ability to understand and communicate in Spanish using everyday expressions and basic phrases. Ask and answer questions. Learn new vocabulary. Discuss cultural events, and cook Spanish food, too! Teacher: Maria Alonso, Willow teacher

Grades 3-5

Writers Workshop: Come explore your creativity in our Writers’ Workshop camp! Writers will immerse themselves in the writing process, selecting their own topics for their fiction or non-fiction pieces. Students will see the magic that transpires when they incorporate a variety of craft elements into their writings, such as figurative language, vivid word choice, catchy leads, and full circle endings. These writings will be polished through teacher and peer conferences, revisions, and final edits. Teacher: Meagan Coy, Willow teacher

Writers Workshop

Grades 6-8

Coding/Programming in Python: From primitive types to data structures like lists and classes, this course is a short introduction to the world of programming. Python is one of the most widely used programming languages in the industry, and it’s the perfect language for beginners. If your child is interested in computers and wants to know how they work, this is the perfect introduction to computer science! Teacher: Ra Cohen, Willow teacher

 

 

Grades PreK/K

Petals, Puddles & Photography: Inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy, our preschool campers will create nature sculptures using materials found on our beautiful campus. Sculptures and mandalas will be created in the outdoors using flower petals, pebbles, and various natural materials. Mandalas are meditative creations that begin as a circle and grow outwards, using patterns and color. Once each natural Mandala sculpture is completed, campers will learn how to take photographs of their creations. Teacher: Maggie Grabko

Grades K-2

Mad Scientists: Learn about science through interactive, hands-on activities. Our Mad Scientist program turns children into junior scientists and guides them on a journey of exciting science adventures! Each day, following a theme, we will address different scientific concepts through engaging experiments and discussions. Daily themes include explosions, ooey gooey, and rainbows. Let your child roll up their sleeves and dive right in to a love of science! Teacher: Alexis Smith, Willow teacher

Grades 3-5

Dig Into the Past: Mimic the work of archaeologists and paleontologists and dig up the past of the land now occupied by The Willow School. Through each successive layer of digging, campers will go back in time to piece together an understanding of the past. Each young archaeologist and paleontologist will get the chance to handle and interpret real artifacts and fossils and employ techniques used by experts in both fields. Teacher: Keith Mann, Willow teacher

Dig Into the Past!

 

Grades PreK/K

Music, Movement & Theory: Come join the fun as you learn about music! During the week we will learn music theory, such as treble clef, lines, and notes. Students will learn music signs and symbols, such as forte for loud, and how to play these dynamics sounds. We will explore different instruments, including percussion, strings, and horns. We will also learn to move to music by learning many different songs and having fun. Teacher: Susan DeBue, Willow teacher

PreK/K Summer Music

Grades K-2

Summer Safari: Love animals? Then Summer Safari is perfect for you! Take a closer look at animals from around the globe and the depths of the oceans while we explore concepts such as habitats, food chains, and biodiversity. Each day you will discover different animals, play educational games, and make creative crafts. Let your child’s love of animals foster a love of science! Teacher: Alexis Smith, Willow teacher

 

Grades K-2

Music, Movement & Theory: Come join the fun as you learn about music! During the week we will learn music theory, such as treble clef, lines, and notes. Students will learn music signs and symbols, such as forte for loud, and how to play these dynamics sounds. We will explore different instruments, including percussion, strings, and horns. We will also learn to move to music by learning many different songs and having fun. Teacher: Susan DeBue, Willow teacher

Grades 3-5

Inventors Workshop: Is your child the next Da Vinci? Are they constantly tinkering and asking how and why? Then Inventor’s Workshop is perfect at letting them explore their curiosity and desire to create. Campers will reinvent the mouse trap, compete for the best paper airplane, and create an intricate Rube Goldberg machine with their friends. Teacher: Alexis Smith, Willow teacher

Inventor's Workshop

Grades K-2

Bugs & Biomimicry: While searching for bugs in the pond, stream, and meadow, learn about the incredible technology that bugs use to communicate, fly, hop, breathe, navigate, see…and so much more! Copy bug technology to create useful inventions to help the world! Teacher: Marissa Mizeski, Willow teacher

Bugs & Biomimicry

Grades 3-8

Kitchen Lab: Making Science Delicious: This interactive culinary nutrition program will nurture curiosity around the science of food while introducing some basic culinary skills and concepts. Campers will gain kitchen confidence and knowledge while answering questions such as: How do we taste sweet foods? How does smell affect our ability to taste? What happens when chocolate goes from liquid to solid? These questions and others will be explored through experiential cooking lessons. The last day of camp will include a “Chopped”-style activity where teams will create a recipe with mystery ingredients and share it with their fellow campers. Cost: $445. Teacher: Chef Casey Obraitis, Culinary Nutrition Educator from Living Plate

Grades K-2

Little Scholars Enchanted Adventures: Sprinkle some pixie dust and jump on your unicorn, we are heading into the Enchanted Forest! Adventure seekers will spark their creativity as they learn about the secret world of fairies, gnomes, elves, unicorns, and all things whimsical. Let your imagination run wild!

Grades 3-5

Sew Cool! Make Your Own Bag: Sew a funky floral tote that is both fashionable and functional, using hand and machine sewing techniques in this fun sewing class! Upcycled fabrics will be used to make this colorful tote. Learn sewing machine basics, including how to thread a machine, wind and install a bobbin, and basic safety practices. Please bring your own machine if you can, or we will provide one. Teacher: Susan Stevenson, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology who has worked for a variety of fashion labels in New York City, including LL Bean, Ralph Lauren, and Adidas.

Grades 6-8

Community Engagement: During this two-week camp Middle School campers will delve into issues that they are concerned about, locally and globally. We’ll explore these areas of interest through research, study, and field trips. We’ll consider multiple perspectives and ethical issues raised by our investigations. We’ll work together to decide how we can respond, and plan community engagement and service trips to make a difference. Second week of camp will be held August 5-9. Teacher: Sally Zeiner, Willow’s Director of Community Outreach and Logistics

Service Learning

Grades PreK/K

Stories Under the Willow Tree: Play outside, use your imagination, and get creative! Little explorers will dig in the dirt, play, sing, dance, and make art. On the last day of camp, children will perform for their parents and caretakers. This camp will help your little ones prepare for school by socializing and learning partnership and collaboration. Teacher: Aneta Sakowski, Willow teacher

Stories Under the Willow Tree

Grades K-2

Little Scholars Builders: Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers! Come build some awesome creations with us! We will create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, Legos and many other interesting items. Skills necessary… none! Skills gained: communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity, and teamwork.

Grades 3-5

Sew Cool! Make Your Own Travel Pillow: Using a combination of machine and hand sewing techniques, we will make a cozy travel pillow personalized with an appliqué of your initials in this fun beginner sewing class. Upcycled fabrics will be incorporated into the pillow’s design. Learn sewing machine basics, including how to thread a machine, wind and install a bobbin, and basic safety practices. Please bring your own machine if you can, or we will provide one. Perfect for beginning or returning students! Teacher: Susan Stevenson, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology who has worked for a variety of fashion labels in New York City, including LL Bean, Ralph Lauren, and Adidas.

Grades 6-8

Community Engagement: During this two-week camp, Middle School campers will delve into issues that they are concerned about, locally and globally. We’ll explore these areas of interest through research, study, and field trips. We’ll consider multiple perspectives and ethical issues raised by our investigations. We’ll work together to decide how we can respond, and plan community engagement and service trips to make a difference. First week of camp will be held July 29-Aug. 2. Teacher: Sally Zeiner, Willow’s Director of Community Outreach and Logistics

 

Grades 3-8

Living Plate Kitchen Lab:

Sally Zeiner, Director of Outreach and Logistics is here to help! Contact her at (908) 470-9500 or via email

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