Camp Themes

Welcome to Nature Adventures Camp 2018

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

2018 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: FARMtastic (June 25 – June 29)

Where does our food come from? We will visit a local farm and discover how food is harvested. We will tend to the chickens and spend time in our Children’s Garden.

Week 2: EcoArtists (*July 2-6)
*No Camp Wednesday, July 4th

Calling all artists! Join us to create beautiful pieces of art inspired by, and constructed out of NATURE! We will have a local artist show us how to create art from recycled materials.

Week 2: Minecraft Mania (*July 2-6) Grades 2-5
*No Camp Wednesday, July 4th

The game is all the rage, but what does it apply to in real life? Minecraft Mania is a program where educational gaming and hands-on science and engineering projects meet. Engage in both computer and real world activities covering geology, engineering, physics, and biology. This camp is supported by the imaginative creators at Wicked Cool for Kids.

Week 3: Digging for Dinosaurs (July 9-13)

We have discoveries to be made! Do you love dinosaurs? Using hands-on and engaging activities we will explore the lives of dinosaurs and the evidence that scientists use to learn about these million year old creatures!

Week 4: Ocean Commotion (July 16-20)

From tide-pools to shipwrecks, from the deep sea to the shore! Discover the wonders of the ocean and the secrets of the animals that live there!

Week 4: Vet School Camp – Marine Animals (July 16-20) Grades 5-8

Join educators from SSNSC and special guests to learn about marine animals and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with the Science Center’s reptiles and amphibians to learn about basic 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. In addition this week will focus on marine animals including a squid dissection, a visit from SALT the inflatable humpback whale and field trip to learn about ocean animals!

 

Week 5 :  Creepy Crawlers (July 23-27)

Grab your bug net and viewer! Put on your muck boots and grab your goggles! We’ll be hunting for insects in the fields and searching for amphibians in the swamps! Participate in the Lost Ladybug Citizen Science Project and learn about the life cycles of these fascinating creatures.

Week 6: Wild & Wacky Science (July 30- August 3)

It’s time to get messy! Whether you’re exploring in the mud kitchen, or experimenting with volcanoes and slime! Come discover the science of what makes things gross!

Week 6: Vet School Camp – Land Animals (July 30- August 3) Grades 5-8

Join educators from SSNSC to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with the Science Center’s reptiles and amphibians to 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 field trip.

Week 7: Nature’s Engineers (August 6 – 10)

Ever wonder how strong a spider’s web can be? Or how birds construct such perfect nests? 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 1 and up will participate in an all-day off-site Thingamajig Invention Convention, August 9th

Week 8: Space Exploration (August 13-17)

Blast off into space! Come explore the solar system with us as we discover the mysteries of space! What causes an eclipse? Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Why is a year on Mercury only 88 days? We will uncover the answers to these and other space curiosities that have mystified humans for years.

Week 8: Explorers:  Survival Skills (August 13-17) 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: Creatures of the Night (August 20-24)

Some of our favorite animal friends, such as bats, owls, and fireflies emerge only under the cloak of darkness. Help us discover the secret to their night time success. We will discover how these amazing animals have adapted to hunt, communicate, and thrive in the dark. 

 

Week 4: Vet School Camp (July 16-20) Grades 5-8

Join educators from SSNSC to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with the Science Center’s reptiles and amphibians to 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 field trip.

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