Camp Groups

Our exciting nature-based weekly themes emphasize fun, hands-on experiences for campers to discover the natural world around them through age-appropriate activities. Campers at each age level develop skills and knowledge which encourage confidence, cooperation, curiosity, and compassion for the natural world.  

We offer Half-Day camps for our younger campers, Ages 3 through 5, and Full Day options for campers entering Grades K through 8.

See age groups below for more details:

Ages 3-5

The youngest campers discover the wonders of the natural world through age appropriate hands-on activities, including nature walks, stories, crafts, music, and meeting live animals. These young campers use their senses to participate in activities which encourage sharing, learning together, and being a friend to nature.  These groups meet behind the Science Center next to the owl enclosure at picnic tables. On rainy days, they are based in one of the preschool rooms but will go outside for rainy walks! Both of these locations offer easy access to the preschool bathroom and the Camp Director’s office.

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Tadpoles ~ Age 3 (must be toilet trained)

  • 2 options:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday
  • 1 week sessions
  • 9:00am-12:00pm

Chipmunks ~ Age 4 and 5 (must be toilet trained)

  • Monday through Friday
  • 1 week sessions
  • 9:00am-12:00pm

Entering Grades K-1

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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 & Owls ~ Entering Grades K-1 (must be age 5 by the start of camp week)

  • Monday-Friday
  • 1  week sessions
  • 9:00am-3:30pm (Half day options for 5 year olds, please see Chipmunks group)

Entering Grades 2-6kayaks

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

  • Monday-Friday
  • 1  week sessions
  • All Day 9:00am-3:30pm

Specialty Camps Entering Grades 2-8

These programs are designed for campers who are looking for a concentrated focus on a specific area, whether they are looking for in depth experiences in nature or to build upon a current STEM passion. Led by partner orginizations and/or SSNSC naturalists, campers spend the week participating in team-building skills through hands-on explorations and STEM activities. While some of the specialty camps take place on site, others involve fieldtrips and offsite overnights.

  • Monday-Friday
  • 1  week sessions
  • All Day 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Explorer groups include 1 off-site overnight

Check HERE for more details regarding Specialty Camp weeks.