February Break Natural Skills Camp

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Join us on the Willowell land for a week of outside learning and free play! This is a 5-day program for students age 6-12 that will take place from Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd. It is held on the Willowell Land at Stoney Meadow Lane in Monkton from 9am to 3pm each day.

This natural skills camp will keep kids active and engaged during February break. They will develop knowledge and skills surrounding winter survival and outdoor learning. Activities include shelter building, fire making, tree identification, animal tracking, and creating natural art. Every day includes a structured morning lesson, and plenty of unstructured time for free play and group games.

Please make sure your child has everything they will need for a day outdoors, including:

-waterproof winter clothing

-winter boots

-winter hat and gloves

-water bottle

-lunch and snack



February 18th - 22nd, everyday

Drop off at 9am // Pick up at 3pm


Stoney Meadow Lane
Monkton, VT 05443


6 - 12


Sliding Scale: $100-$250 (pay what you’re able) | 

Full tuition is due upon applying


Complete the online registration form by clicking below

Registration Form



I. Make checks payable to the Willowell Foundation, and mail to PO Box 314, Bristol, VT 05443.

II. Pay through PayPal. Please add a $10 processing fee to tuition total when paying online. Enter child’s name and “February Break” in the description.


Zack Smithwood

Zack is an AmeriCorps State member serving with the The Willowell Foundation. Zack was born and grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. He spent many summers attending and working at summer camps on the lake. Zack graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. While at St. Mike’s, Zack enjoyed running the college’s intramural sports and playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team. Zack became a mentor with the college’s Little Brother/Little Sister program and expanded his passion for youth development and mentorship.

After college, Zack started his service with AmeriCorps at the Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond, Vermont. He spent one season on the farm before starting a year-long service job as the Youth Activities Coordinator with the Recreation and Parks Department in Winooski, Vermont. While in Winooski, Zack enjoyed running many sports programs for the city’s youth like basketball, football, and tennis.

Today, Zack is thrilled to be mentoring the youth at Willowell. He can’t wait to help in the Willowell garden next Spring, and he hopes to bring some gardening projects to Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool. When Zack isn’t serving with Willowell, you might find him working on an alpaca farm, or exploring a new river bend with his fishing pole.