Lake Keepers Camp

Lake Keepers Camp will take a different shape in 2021.

This year we will be hosting 5 different weekend sessions for families.

It is specifically directed at children ages 9-12.

Details and a link to an online registration form can be found below. Paper registration forms are also available the the Liberty Town Office & Liberty Library.

Descriptions of the Five Sessions to Choose From:

  • Community Forest Exploration on Quigg Island

Saturday, July 24 at 10:00

Come explore the wonders and delights of Quigg Island’s forest led by Annette Naegel and Matt Bonner from the Georges River Land Trust. Bring your curiosity and they will provide the rest to help you unravel who and what lives in the island. To access the island, you will need to use a canoe, which will launch from the Rte 173 Stevens Pond swimming area.

  • Boating Safety with a Maine State Game Warden

Saturday, July 24 at 10:00

Maine State Game Warden David Ross will conduct a question-and-answer session about boating safety, boating equipment, and what to do and NOT do while boating. There will also be a discussion of Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife laws to protect water species and a demonstration by CALL’s boating inspectors who check all boats entering at the boat launch for invasive plants. Workshop will be led by CALL board member Dan Mclean. Meet at the state park.

  • Aquatic Fauna with Wildlife Biologists*

Saturday, August 7 at 10:00 *Cancelled*

Aquatic fauna will be the focus of a talk by Dana Valleau, a wildlife biologist, and Laura Lechter, a loon biologist. Everything from insects to our largest mammals will be covered. Please bring questions. Meet at the Lake St. George State Park in the parking lot behind the main building.

  • Liberty River Walk: Ecology & History

Saturday, August 21 at 10:00

This one-mile hike involves an exploration of the river as it flows through the town of Liberty. Led by CALL board members Bob Kohl and Hugh Mahon, the walk will highlight the effects of the river and forest life on the health of Liberty’s lakes. Other topics include a historical perspective as Liberty developed along the river and tips on safely enjoying the outdoors. The group will meet in the town office parking lot.

  • Fun Work Day: Watersheds and building buffers

Saturday, September 11 at 10:00

Work Day at the state park led by CALL president Teresa Smith and board member Linda Breslin. The children will learn about watersheds as well as what we can do to prevent harmful nutrients, which cause algae blooms, from entering our lakes. Participants will help to build a blueberry bush buffer along a part of the lake’s edge. Meet at the state park.

Click on "NEXT" to access the online registration below. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please submit your registration form no later than 1 week prior to scheduled event.

*You may also complete a paper copy, which can be found at the Liberty Town Office or Liberty Library.

History of Lake Keepers Camp:

Each summer since 2006, typically the 1st week in August, CALL offers a week-long "Lake Keepers Camp" for area youth who have completed the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. The children learn about our lakes and watershed ecology. The camp is free and runs from 9 am to noon each day, Monday through Friday. Sign ups begin in early May. The program is led by colunteers from CALL, staff from DEP, and other educators.

Many interesting topics are covered at camp, but in a fun way, with games and activities the children will enjoy. As examples, students learn how a watershed is created and how to keep our lakes clean by preventing non-point source pollution. They also experience the "Hooked on Fishing" programs and enjoy an informative boat trip on the last day of camp. To date, the program has served approximately 100 area youth, some of whom have attended more than once.