Summer Camp Discovery Adventures

Half Day or Full day Field Trips

Kenosha County Parks and Hawthorn Hollow have partnered to offer summer camp field trips geared for schools, daycare centers, summer camps, home school groups, scout groups and the like. This unique partnership blends a nature-based field trip to Hawthorn Hollow and the convenience of a pavilion with picnic areas and playground at Petrifying Springs Park.

Hawthorn Hollow’s educators engage students in activities with inquiry as they discover meaningful levels about relationships and interconnections within the world around them. Field trips to Hawthorn
Hollow focus on essential hands-on learning experiences for engaging students in a place-based learning process. Learning in this way helps students to discover the natural world with a meaningful experience for life-long learning. Kenosha County Parks continues to bring our community together by providing the best parks in the State! Petrifying Springs Park is the flagship of Kenosha County Parks. Known to locals as “Pets”, this
park is the oldest in the system and offers a wide range of enjoyment for people of all ages throughout the year. This park offers pavilions, picnic area, playgrounds, sport fields, hiking trails, and much more!


Discover Pollywog Pond


Discover the wonders of Pollywog Pond! Summer provides a bounty of life in and around Hawthorn Hollow’s one acer Pollywog Pond.

Students will have encounters with hundreds of aquatic animals who make their home in Pollywog Pond! Participants have a unique opportunity to explore Hawthorn Hollow’s pond by using aquatic nets, viewers, and scientific equipment. A true adventure around the corner!

Power to the Pollinators!

Power to the Pollinators! Program explores the unsung heroes of our planet. Without their work, our
gardens, farms, and natural ecosystems could not exist! Participants become beekeepers as they discover the roles of honey bees and how honey is produced! Students will investigate a wide a variety of pollinators as they sweep the meadow using field nets, field guides and viewers. This programprovides an understanding of why we all need pollinators.

Growing Healthy

The Growing Healthy program takes place at Hawthorn Hollow’s Homestead Farm! This program introduces students to where their food comes from and healthy choices. Participants see first-hand how food grows, raising chickens and the art of bee keeping. This program engages students with harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, and seeing first-hand honey bees at work in our glass display hive.

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