Family Education

Free Family Fridays, Ecology Walks & Summer Camps

Ecology for the whole family

Free Family Fridays, Ecology Walks and two Summer Camps provide a wide range of activities for people of all ages.


Bug Safari

July 19

Butterfly nets in hand with a bug examiner! Head out into the meadow!

Tree Identification

July 26

How many trees do you know? The forest is full! Come explore!

Wildlife Detective

August 2

We head out into the forest and meadows and look for signs of life! What are the animals up to?

Fairy Village

August 9

Populated with forts and fairy houses, the Village is a wonderful place to play and learn.

Exploring Owl Pellets

August 16

How many bones can you find and identify? Kids love owl pellets more than slugs!

Ecology Walks

We invite all ages to attend our free ecology walks.  There is one per season on Fridays at 10am.  The evening walk in August starts at 8pm.  Walks are limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Late Winter

Find out what is happening in nature as the days get longer.  Who is awake and about?


The spring ecology walk in late April finds more birds passing through, snow melting, lots of animal tracks and maybe some early wild flowers.


The evening ecology walk is special!  Starting at 8 pm, we will explore the meadows looking for bats, birds and the night sky.


Our autumn walk focuses on the changes in the seasons. What are the trees and birds doing to prepare for winter?  Where have the butterflies gone?  How are flowers preparing?

Summer Ecology Camps

Summer Ecology Camps offer exciting, outdoor nature experiences for young children. Registration is now open!

Through gardening, games, experiments, and observation, young campers enjoy an introduction to ecology and the natural world in these half-day camps. Activities include planting and maintaining a flower/vegetable garden, bug hunts, nature hikes, tree and animal identification, an ocean touch tank, and more.

These two weeks of Summer Ecology Camps include Eco-Explorers for children ages 7 to 9, and Little Sprouts for ages 4 to 6. Both camps allow developing minds to get up close and personal with plants, insects, animals, and natural systems they might find in their Maine backyard. Camp activities take place at Merryspring Nature Center, in a mostly outdoor setting.

Summer Ecology Camps are made possible through a partnership between Merryspring Nature Center and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District.

Eco-Explorers (Ages 7 to 9)

For children ages 7 to 9 who are looking to explore the natural world, conduct experiments, and get up-close-and-personal with the plants, insects, and animals in their Maine backyards.

📅 June 24 – 28, 2024
🕐 8:45 am – 12:00 noon
✔️ $150 per camper
📍 Merryspring Nature Center

Little Sprouts (Ages 4 to 6)

For younger campers ages 4 to 6 who love to be outdoors, discover the world around them, play outdoor games, and get creative.

📅 July 8 – 12, 2024
🕐 9:00 am – 11:30 am
✔️ $135 per camper
📍 Merryspring Nature Center

Touch Tank

About Soil


Fairy Village

Wildlife Detective

Nature Journaling