The Wilderness Club is a summer camp founded by our Director, Tina Lokai, and our Director of Education, Amanda MacDermid, in the summer of 2014. For years, Tina and Amanda were eager to find a way to share their knowledge and passion for the natural world with all of the wonderful children in their lives. As a result, The Wilderness Club was created; and it has turned out to be everything they hoped and more!
By combining their skill sets and working tirelessly to create extraordinary programs for their campers, Amanda and Tina have successfully become the first and only camp permitted to run in Ringwood State Park, led many exciting hikes, hosted live wildlife presentations, and MUCH more for the past 7 years.
April 5 - 7, 2021
Ringwood Spring Break
Registration Deadline: March 24
April 12 - 14, 2021
West Milford Spring Break
Registration Deadline: March 22
2nd grade & up for the 2020-2021 school year
10am - 3pm • $140
We are so excited to expand our explorations and spend our spring break on the beautiful grounds of Camp Hope for the first time ever! On this 3 day expedition, recruits will explore local hiking trails while analyzing species of backyard birds, critters, and insects. The importance of plants and trees will be discussed with an emphasis on their role during the spring and each recruit will even create their own personal garden. Adventures allow recruits to expand their knowledge and most importantly, gain respect for the natural world.
Camp Hope, West Milford
The Wilderness Club
June 19 - 23, 2023 and August 14-18, 2023
2nd & 3rd grade for the 2022-2023 school year
9am - 3pm • $250
$75 deposit required for registration
**Registration does not include both weeks of Wilderness Club. Each week of Wilderness Club must be registered for separately
Calling all explorers! Join us for our 7th year as we embark on a week long adventure along the grounds of Ringwood State Park. Recruits will explore numerous hiking trails while using their personalized identification guides to analyze the environment around them.
Explorations into the Botanical Gardens, streams, forests, and ponds will reveal critters and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Recruits will be expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world in pursuit of an “I Respect My Environment” badge of honor. Recruits get access to an exciting animal show and earn their own animal name.
Ringwood State Park
July 8 - July 9, 2021
4th grade & up for the 2020-2021 school year
6pm - 9:30pm • $75
When you go to sleep, the forest awakens! On this 2 day adventure, you will experience the forest like never before. Our Night Owls will use light systems to catch incredible bugs, experiment with black lights, stargaze, and explore the Ringwood graveyard. They will also go on flashlight hikes along the grounds, study nocturnal creatures, and roast marshmallows under the moonlight. This 2 day adventure is perfect for experienced Wilderness Explorers who are ready for a challenge!