Camp Themes

Welcome to Nature Adventures Camp 2017

From the Director

Welcome to the South Shore Natural Science Center’s Nature Adventures Camp, a place where your child will explore and discover the wonders of the outdoors instilling a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, hang out with friends and play outside, and at camp the possibilities are endless. Our camp provides a balance of structured and free play with environmental exploration, the use of scientific tools, and age-appropriate learning activities. These experiences will encourage children’s natural curiosity of the outdoors while building social and life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and self-confidence.

We seek to foster an appreciation for and love of nature by inviting campers to explore the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In so doing we hope to inspire your children to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of tomorrow, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to develop a deep and enduring connection with the natural world.

As you read this, the camp team is excited to be planning fun, creative and enriching hands-on nature-inspired STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) adventures for our campers and we hope your children join us!

–          Tricia DeGiulio, Director of Environmental Education & Camping, tdegiulio@ssymca.org

2017 Camp Themes

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. Each week we feature a different camp wide theme.

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 4: Vet School Camp (July 17-21) Grades 5-8

Join naturalists from SSNSC to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science.  Campers will learn about animal anatomy, gain important observational skills using tools such as microscopes and stethoscopes, help prepare food for the Science Center animals and work collaboratively to solve veterinary mysteries.  Includes an off-site fieldtrip to the New England Wildlife Center.

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 6: Explorers:  Marine Biology (July 31-August 4) Grades 6-8

Explorers will take a mid-week field trip to experience the marine environment on the North River from the pontoon boat of The North and South Rivers Watershed Association” as part of their exploration of marine habitats. We’ll discover marine animal adaptations and conduct hands-on studies of marine animal artifacts from our collections onsite, then explore tide pools on the Boston Harbor Islands during our overnight camping experience on Thursday evening.  Tents and meals on the overnight are provided.

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 8: Explorers:  Survival Skills (August 14-18) Grades 6-8

Could you survive in the wild? What skills do you need to spend a night in the outdoors without the conveniences of home? Join us as we learn about fire building, shelter creation, orienteering and basic first aid. Includes a fieldtrip to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation and  on an overnight in Myles Standish State Park where you can test your new skills.  Tents and meals on the overnight are provided.

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.

Week 10: Minecraft Mania (August 26 – September 1) Grades 2-5

The game is all the rage, but what does it apply to in real life? We will spend part of our day on the computer in supervised Minecraft construction projects, then step outside and replicate in real life what we did on the screens. This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.

Week 10: Minecraft Mastercrafters (August 28 – September 1) Grades 4-8

An advanced Minecraft program where educational gaming and hands-on science and engineering projects meet. Focus on energy, powering mechanisms, and using redstone to build and design your way through the tricky labyrinth.  This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.

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