Wells Reserve at Laudholm is home to a beautiful historic farmhouse and 7-miles of trails where families can explore forest, a salt marsh and estuary, and Laudholm Beach. The wide open spaces in between are perfect for sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If that weren’t enough to entice you, the staff at the Reserve has a few great days of activities planned for February vacation — from nature-inspired camps and crafts to a day dedicated to spending time outdoors.
On Tuesday, February 21, the Reserve is offering a Wild Winter Camp for 7-12 year olds. This unique camp, which runs from 9-3 p.m., provides a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Campers will spend time on the trails searching for tracks and playing nature-themed games, including one that focuses on the adorable (and rare) New England Cottontail rabbit. Inside, kids will take part in a winter wildlife scavenger hunt and learn about how different animals walk through the snow.
If your kiddo can’t make it to Tuesday’s camp, Wells Reserve is hosting a second camp on Wednesday, February 22 called Sea Sleuths. This camp, which is also geared towards 7-12 year olds, focuses on sea creatures. Kid scientists can view real plankton under the microscope, visit a touch tank, and create their own planktonic creature with a variety of fun craft supplies. Like Wild Winter Camp, there will also be a chance to explore the Reserve, with a walk down to the sea, where kids will enjoy the magic of a winter beach and explore the vast tide pools. This camp also runs from 9-3 p.m.
If you know a young naturalist or scientist who might be interested in either camp, you can find registration information here.
Winter Wildlife Day + Play
On Thursday, February 23, kids and parents are invited to Winter Wildlife Day. The Center for Wildlife, a rehabilitation center in York, will be presenting some of their favorite local animal friends (10-11 a.m.) Afterwards, author Lyn Smith will read from her book, A Porcupine’s Promenade, and help kids create their own little porcupine to take home (11-noon). Kids can also enjoy face painting, more cool crafts to make, and a chance to search for animal tracks outside.
From noon-2 p.m., kids and adults of all ages can visit for an afternoon of winter play! Bring your own snowshoes, cross-country skis or sleds and explore. Snowman making is also welcome! The Reserve will have hot cocoa and a bonfire for all to enjoy. While you’re there, stop at the Visitor’s Center for an explorer’s backpack and guide, which provides more fun ways for families to discover this quiet, beautiful place together.
Visit here to learn more about Wells Reserve.
Unless noted, photos courtesy Wells Reserve.