Otters and Coyotes
Otters and Coyotes investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum which include live animal encounters, nature hikes, learning to canoe on Jacobs Pond as well as participating in citizen science projects. Theme-specific topics are enhanced and supported through field trips and special guest appearances. Check the website for updated field trip and special guest details. Coyotes will delve deeper into topics through the use of age-appropriate scientific tools and technology. Otters and Coyotes will work together toward a common goal and build confidence for all members of the team. These groups meet at picnic tables under an event tent in Astro Field. This location is where most of our camp is housed and offers plenty of space to run around and a central location to head out for the day’s explorations.
Otters ~ Entering Grades 2-3 (must be age 7 by the start of camp week)
Coyotes ~ Entering Grades 4 – 6
- 1 week sessions
- All Day 9:00am-3:30pm
Week 1: Ocean Commotion (June 26 – June 30)
Discover the ocean’s wonders from tide pools to shipwrecks and Tiger Sharks to tubeworms. How does a Rock Crab survive the daily dangers of an ever-changing tide pool- join us at camp to discover the answer!
Week 2: FARMtastic (*July 5 – 7)
*No Camp July 3rd or 4th
Tend to the chickens, spend time in the Children’s Garden and visit local farms to explore where our food comes from and how we can grow our own.
Week 3: Dinosaur Adventures (July 10-14)
Do you love dinosaurs? Using engaging, hands-on activities we will explore the lives of dinosaurs and the evidence scientists use to learn about these creatures from millions of years ago.
Week 4: Wild and Wacky Science (July 17-21)
Do you love ooey-gooey nature and science? Explore the wonders of sticky mud, scat, messy nature and experiment by making your own slimy, gooey creations.
Week 5 : Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies (July 24-28)
Grab your net and bug viewer as we hunt for and compare insects and their relatives in the fields, forests, and gardens of the Science Center. Participate in the Lost Ladybug Citizen Science Project and learn about the life cycles of these fascinating creatures.
Week 6: Habitat Hideaways (July 31- August 4)
From forests to fields and wetlands to woodlands, join us in an exploration to discover the fascinating critters and plants that inhabit the world around us and learn the incredible engineering that goes into the places they call “home”.
Week 7: Nature’s Engineers (August 7 – 11)
Join us as we explore and learn from the natural world, examine inventions inspired by nature and participate in our own design challenge. As Albert Einstein said, “Look into nature, then you will understand everything better”.
Campers Grades K and up will participate in an all-day Thingamajig Invention Convention.
Week 8: Creatures of the Night (August 14-18)
Some of our favorite backyard animal friends, such as bats, owls, and fireflies emerge only under the cloak of darkness. Through exploration and hands-on activities, we will discover the amazing ways these creatures have adapted to hunt, communicate and thrive in the dark.
Week 9: Space Exploration (August 21-25)
Blast off into space to discover the wonders of our universe and our place in it. What is an eclipse? Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Why is a year on Mercury only 88 days? We’ll uncover the answers to these and other space curiosities that have mystified humans for years.