Summer Camp 2024

For ages 2 to 13 - Outdoor experience in the woods, field or seashore during the summer

Summer Camp

Weekdays
8 AM-5 PM

$310 for 4 days
$245 for 3 days
$170 for 2 days
$85 for 1 day
Please read our program description and policies under the parent handbook tab for more detailed information. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

SUMMER OUTSIDE!

Ready Set Go Outside will offer children an opportunity to create their own learning environment outside of the classroom.  Children will explore areas in their community through hiking, writing, reading, art, ponding, tide pooling, building with tools, whittling, orienteering, listening, singing, observing, digging, creating and socializing.  The tools used to enhance learning activities will be found in the forest or reused and recycled from the community.  Teachers will facilitate child led learning experiences where children are free to be who they are.  No lining up.  No testing.  No electronics. No ads… just exploring our natural world while teachers observe, advise on safety, and offer knowledge of natural habitats.

The main goals will be to guide children in:

  • creating a strong sense of self
  • developing independent learning skills
  • cultivating enthusiasm and curiosity through sensory experiences
  • building skills to handle challenging situations
  • becoming socially confident in an unstructured setting
  • exploring ways to become helpful members of community
  • emotional regulation and happiness
girls crossing river on downed tree
Mixed age groups facilitate more social learning.  Children learn kindness, cooperation and responsibility when grouped with younger and older children. They increase their capacity for empathy and consideration when navigating relationships with children of various ages. They are motivated by the skills they see being used by children who have mastered them which in turn motivates them to become teachers or helpers to children who have not mastered the skills that they currently have. Teachers will observe children trying new roles and coping skills as the younger, middle or older child in a group setting.
preschool children gardening

Meet the Founder

I am passionate about the environment and spending time in natural settings for myself and others.  My natural science background includes studies in ornithology, marine biology, plant identification, wetland ecology, mycology, edible plants, gardening, composting, herpetology, environmental science and entomology. My early childhood background consists of 24 years of experience working with children and various psychology and curriculum courses from college to childcare training.  I have also attended various outdoor recreation courses in and outside of college including the Maine Guide Course and canoeing instructor certification.  I am currently CPR/First Aid certified. (Marisa- owner/director/teacher)

marisa tobey teaching children about horseshoe crabs

Dates and destinations for 2024

All trips are subject to change with notice due to scheduling problems and weather.

Week 1 

June 17 (Monday)-Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

June 18 (Tuesday)- Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth (LT 3:15 PM)

  • Hiking, tide pool exploration, playground, rock climbing, big field games, bird watching, herp hunting, fairy house/den building, ponding.
  • Wear quick dry clothes and good hiking/running shoes (good for rock climbing), bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, snacks, water bottle and lunch.

June 19 (Wednesday) Bradbury Mountain, Pownal

  • Possible activities: Hiking, rock collecting, rock climbing, playground, geocaching, fairy house or den building
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle.


    Week 2

    • June 24 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

      • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
      • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

      June 25 (Tuesday)- Maine Wildlife Park, Gray

      • We’ll take the day to explore all the animals in the park.
      • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle.

      June 26 (Wednesday)- Florida Lake, Freeport meet at 86 Beech Hill Road or 82 Wardtown Road, Freeport

      • Possible activities: hiking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, stream and pond study with nets, whittling, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting, swimming.
      • Wear quick dry clothing or a bathing suit, good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, water bottle.

      June 27 (Thursday)- Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick (LT 10:05 AM)

      • Possible activities: Horseshoe crab study, sand play, playground, mud mucking, bird watching, big field games.
      • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off, water bottle.

    Week 3

    July 1 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    July 2 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    July 3 (Wednesday)- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

    • Possible activities: We will spend the morning exploring the gardens, tree houses, ponds, streams, and the children’s area.  After lunch we will head to the Maine Aquarium for hands on study of live ocean creatures like crabs, sea cucumbers, skates, sharks, lobsters and more.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, a hat for sun protection, and a water bottle.

    Week 4

    July 8 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    July 9 (Tuesday)- Mr. Drew and His Animals Too and Mount Apatite, Auburn

    • visit with live Lizards, snakes, insects, spiders, turtles, etc., then hiking, exploration with nets, stream study, bird watching, herp hunting, fairy house/den building
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    July 10 (Wednesday)- Bradbury-Pineland Corridor and Elmwood Trails, Pownal

    (500 Lawrence Road, Pownal, ME)

    • Possible activities: Hiking, rock hounding, rock climbing, geocaching, fairy house or den building, journaling or drawing in hammocks, forest games, stream exploration.
    • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bathing suits for wading in the stream, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle.

    July 11 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    Week 5

    July 15 (Monday)- Winslow Park, Freeport (LT 12:41 PM)

    • Possible activities: Tide pooling, sand play, playground, mud mucking, bird watching, big field games, nature hike, rock climbing, mini beast hunting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle.

    July 16 (Tuesday)- Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Freeport (LT 1:33 PM)

    • Possible activities: Hiking, tide pool exploration, rock climbing, mud mucking, big field games, bird watching, herp hunting, fairy house/den building.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle.

    July 17 (Wednesday)- Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth (LT 2:26 PM)

    • Possible activities: Hiking, tide pool exploration, rock climbing, mud mucking, big field games, bird watching, beach treasure hunt.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good walking shoes that are easy to take on and off, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle.

    July 18 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    Week 6

    July 22 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    July 23 (Tuesday)- Frost Gully Trails, Freeport meet behind Burr Cemetery 56 Durham Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: Hiking, stream exploration, log climbing, mud mucking, bird watching and owl pellet dissection, herp hunting, fairy house/den building.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, water bottle.

    July 24 (Wednesday)- Toot’s Ice Cream, Yarmouth 

    • We’ll head to Toot’s for a cold ice cream treat and explore the animals that live there.  If we have time/interest, we’ll stop at the Yarmouth town playground.
    • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle.

    July 25 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    Week 7

    July 29 (Monday)- Cousin’s Island Sandy Beach, Yarmouth (LT 12:27 PM)

    • Possible activities: Tide pooling, sand play, sea glass collecting, bird watching, beach hike, rock climbing, wading, games.
    • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle.

    July 30 (Tuesday)- Ferry Beach State Park, Saco (LT 1:30 PM)

    • Possible activities: Indoor nature center, sand play, ponding, bird watching, beach hike, wading, blueberry picking, board walk trail hike.
    • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle.

    July 31 (Wednesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    August 1 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    Week 8

    August 5 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    August 6 (Tuesday)- Leon Gorman Park, Freeport 

    • Stream exploration, rock climbing, herp hunting, hiking, beaver dam investigation, fairy house or den building, bird watching, forest games.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking shoes or water shoes that are comfortable (the children like to take their shoes off and put their feet in the river), water bottle.

    August 7 (Wednesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

    August 8 (Thursday)- Range Pond State Park, Poland

    • Possible activities: Hiking, playground, swimming, ponding, bird watching, edible wild plants, fairy house/den building, mini beast hunting.
    • Wear bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, towel, coast guard approved life jacket, water bottle.

    Week 9

    August 12 (Monday)- Mackworth Island, Falmouth (LT 11:06 AM)

    • Possible activities: hiking, bird watching, fairy house building, games, pond study, journaling, animal tracking, nature crafting, turkey hunting, insect collecting, tide pooling, sand play, fairy house building, rock climbing
    • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

    August 13 (Tuesday)- Reid State Park, Georgetown (LT 11:54 AM)

    • Possible activities: Tide pooling, sand play, rock collecting, bird watching, beach hike, stream play, rock climbing, swimming.
    • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle.

    August 14 (Wednesday)- Peak’s Island (LT 12:47 PM)  trip is for age 5 and older

    • Possible activities: Ferry boat ride, hiking, tide pool and beach exploration, bird watching, rock collecting, rock climbing, icy treat at the island store.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good walking shoes or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle.

    August 15 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

    Week 10

    August 19 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

    • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle.

    August 20 (Tuesday)-Leon Gorman Park, Freeport

    • Possible activities: Stream exploration, rock climbing, herp hunting, hiking, beaver dam investigation, fairy house or den building, bird watching, forest games.
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking shoes or water shoes that are comfortable (the children like to take their shoes off and put their feet in the river), water bottle.

    August 21 (Wednesday)- Androscoggin Bike Trail trip, Brunswick ages 5 and over only/younger group will stay at 79 Beech Hill Road

    • Possible activities: biking, bird watching, games, river exploration, nature crafting, swimming.
    • Wear quick dry clothing, good biking/running shoes, water bottle.

    August 22 (Thursday)- Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth

    • Possible activities: Hiking, tide pool exploration, rock climbing, playground, fort exploration, frog catching, photography (bring a device)
    • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits (wading only) and good hiking/running shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle.
    Please read our program description and policies here for more information. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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    “Our son loved outdoor learning and all the amazing hands-on experience Marisa created for the group. The kids weren’t rushed through lesson after lesson. They had time to figure things out and truly understand… This year our son went back to public school and to my surprise he was at or above where he needed to be starting Middle school… I am so happy for him and could not be happier with his experience at RSG….I know our son is better off today.”
    Jennifer Elgaaen
    “My children love this program. Marisa is so inclusive and so good with creating fun and memorable experiences for the kids. I would highly recommend this for kids who love to be outdoors learning!”
    Kate Sansom
    “I love this school because you don’t have to wear a mask and you don’t have to sit down all day and you get fresh air and you get to skate and in the summer, you can go swimming in a pond and you have fun and we have a big cabin. Will you please come.”
    Wyatt Jackson (6)
    “Ready Set Go has been amazing for our outdoorsy, adventurous and dirt loving kiddo. The owner Marisa and her wonderful staff are caring, energetic and passionate people who create wonderful experiences and memories every day. We couldn’t think of a better place for our son and we would recommend Ready, Set, Go! to anyone who has an outdoor, adventure loving kiddo!“
    Shay Murphy
    “Fantastic opportunity for experiential, outdoor education for students! If you have a child who loves the outdoors, this is a great opportunity for them to learn and be active in nature.”
    Anonymous
    “Highly recommend Ready, Set, Go! My kids have been attending for a little over a year now and love it! Marisa and staff allow the kids to learn and experiment on their own and with some guidance. The kids come home with smiles on their faces from experiences that are not only fun, but educational. 10/10 in my book!”
    Autumn Hawkes
    “My daughter attended Ready, Set Go Learning Center to compliment her half day Pre-k experience for school. Her love for the outdoors has blossomed along with her confidence, creativity and inquisitive nature. The programming, staff and opportunities afforded by this program are beyond our wildest dreams.”
    Jillian Merrill
    “My children attended Ready, Set, Go! and LOVED it! My kids knew that they were loved and in a nurturing environment where they were encouraged to be kids. Their days were filled with play that was developmentally appropriate and that sparked their interest and creativity.”
    Kari Crosman
    “Both my kids went to Ready, Set, Go Learning Center for their preschool years. The environment is great for learning, creativity, and positive social experiences. The staff were so kind, loving, and fun. I really appreciated the connection to the natural environment, field trips, and many opportunities for play. I would highly recommend sending your children here!”
    Elizabeth Cyr
    “This was absolutely the greatest experience ever. The teachers and the owner are amazing, informative and loving. They always communicate and are transparent about everything. This childcare is a MUST try. ❤️”
    Majlinda Mulla