Raccoons and Owls
Entering Kindergarten and 1st Grade (Must be five by the start of Camp Week)
Entering Grades K-1
Campers entering Kindergarten and 1st grade learn about the world around them through up close animal encounters, exploring the fields, woods and pond and participating in age appropriate hands-on activities, crafts and games, Through nature and science discoveries, Raccoons and Owls build upon their self-confidence and develop camp friendships. These groups meet at picnic tables under a pavilion or 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 from for the day’s explorations.
Raccoons ~ Entering Kindergarten (must be age 5 by the start of camp week)
Owls ~ Entering Grade 1
- 1 week sessions
- 9:00am-3:30pm (1/2 day option for 5 year olds, please see Chipmunks)
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.
Sample Day for Raccoons and Owls: An All Day Food Web
9:00-9:15 Arrival choice of a craft or games in the field
9:20-9:40 All camp morning circle with announcements and songs
9:45-10:30 Visit the garden to water and pick ingredients for a special snack
10:30-10:50 Snack time
10:50-11:50 Play a game of Predator and Prey throughout the camp
11:50-12:00 Rehydrate and wash up for Lunch; Chipmunks and Hawks picked up
12:00-1:00 Eat lunch and choose activities with rest of Lunch Bunch campers
1:00-2:00 Head to the Greenhouse to check out the carnivorous plants and their prey
2:00-2:45 Live animal presentation with a Science Center Naturalist
2:45-3:30 Venus fly trap craft