Tadpoles and Chipmunks

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.


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


2018 Themes

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 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 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 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 9: Space Exploration (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.

Sample Day for Tadpoles and Chipmunks: A ‘Salamander Day’

9:00-9:15 Arrival and quiet games

9:20-9:40 All camp morning circle with announcements and songs

9:45-10:30 A forest exploration walk looking for salamanders

10:30-11:00 Snack and stories like The Salamander Room

11:00-11:30 Salamander craft made from recycled materials

11:30-12:00 An active  game like “Salamander Tails”

12:00     Pickup

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