Children’s Camps & Afterschool Programs

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“My daughter Attie has attended Bonna Wieler’s “Touching the Earth and Arts Camp” at her property in Strafford for the last five or six years. She has always LOVED these camps. Bonna’s land has a wonderful mix of different environments, and she arranges a wide variety of creative and fun activities involving art, nature, and ecology, and making good use of the land. Bonna is also a wonderful trip leader and encourages every child to have fun, test their limits, and do their best, as well as respecting the natural environment. We are so glad we found Bonna and her wonderful summer camp adventures.”
Reiko Ohnuma

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Outdoor Adventure AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM–Sept 2016-May 2017

Location: Thetford Hill, VT at Open Fields School, Academy Rd. We walk Thetford Elementary School students over to join at Open Fields.

Times:  3pm-5:15pm

Costs:  $18/day, with additional $10/day for kayaking days.

Registration:, Outdoor Adventure program.  or contact <> or download ofs-afterschool-2016-17-registration-pdf



April 17-21 week, 2017

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Photo by Katherine Rose

Location:  Touching the Earth and Arts Land in S. Strafford.

Times:8am-4pm. Extended day available by request if needed

Costs:    3-days (contact us to choose dates, we are tending towards twth)   $60-80/day sliding scale.  1/2 days for 4 year olds are possible, with adjusted rate.

Campers will be outdoors as much as possible,  hiking and exploring, tracking,  learning primitive fire-building and cooking outdoors, and creating with natural arts and crafts.  Children from all towns are welcome, ages 4-14. Volunteer Counselor-in-Training positions available for ages 15-18.

Program: Our goals are to provide a small group outdoor experience, and to teach:

  • Respect for the environment, and respect for each other.
  • Environmental awareness while exploring out-of-doors.
  • Creativity through natural arts.almost-ready-for-rain
  • Learning of outdoor, camping, and primitive skills.


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Our unique approach to creating memorable summer camp experiences for children and adults focuses on finding our place in the natural environment and developing our relationship with our environment through the creation of art using natural materials. For 20 years, we have worked with children and families in the Upper Valley to create summer camp experiences that last a lifetime.

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Having too much fun on a hot day


TEA Camp Session 1: JUNE 26-30, 2017  (Ages 8-14)

Based at our land-based campsite in S. Strafford, VT, this camp focuses on outdoor exploration and education, gentle waters kayaking adventures with instruction, fiber arts and/or other natural arts.   Campers may participate in a two-day overnight primitive camping/kayaking trip on the Connecticut River. Instruction and guiding, kayaking gear and group camping gear is provided, along with individual camping gear as needed. Transportation and carpooling can be arranged from the certain locations to camp in S. Strafford. Please confer with us.
2017 TEA camp registration

shore kayaksProgram:

Our goals are to provide a small group outdoor experience, and: respect the environment, respect each other, increase environmental awareness explore our surroundings, explore natural arts enhance our awareness of the connections between ourselves and our environment. Camps will focus on personal growth and responsibility through adventure, outdoor skills, Leave No Trace ethics, team building activities, hiking and map-reading, kayaking. Please download our day camp gear and overnight camp gear guides so that you bring everything you need to camp.


9 am to 4:30 pm, with some overnights


  • $650 with a 1-2 night camping trip ($25 pre-registration fee)
  • $750 – week-long traveling camp, such as Acadia in Maine, Adirondacks, Cape Cod, or Plum Island, MA, week-long trip (with $25 pre-registration fee)
  • Some camperships are available


  • Transportation may be arranged from Norwich/Hanover
  • Carpooling is encouraged, we are happy to help you coordinate.

Registration and Waiver:

To register, please download our 2017 TEA camp registration form and waiver,

For kayaking trips, please additionally fill out this waiver

return forms to:

Touching the Earth and Arts
attn: Bonna Wielerfelted bowl
107 Miller Pond Rd
Thetford Center, VT 05075


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