2017 Summer Nature Camp: Week 5

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  • Valid physical/immunization or exemption and authorization to administer medication forms need to be on site no later than one week before camp starts or you risk losing your space.
  • Visit our main Summer Nature Camp page for downloadable information including everything you need to know and all required forms.

Pre- and After-camp Care

Pre-camp (8:15-9am) is available for all camps, except Ducklings. $30 member/$35 non member/full week only

After-camp (4-5:30) is available for all full day camps except Farm & Sea. $55 member/$65 non member/full week only.

  • Emergency use of pre- and after-camp will require payment of the full week’s fee

register for pre-camp  register for after-camp

Classic Nature Camp

Remember when summer seemed to last forever?  The world always seemed to slow down as the temperature went up.  As children, we were able to throw our schedules to the wind and our attention to the clouds, green grass and butterflies.  Our classic Nature Camp brings those moments back for a new generation.  It provides a well-rounded experience for campers of every age.  We explore the many miles of trails available to us, including Coogan Farm, for most camps.  Children have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats such as ponds, streams, meadows and forests, in addition to area beaches and marshes for camps that go on field trips.  Every camper will get a close up look at the Nature Center Exhibits including the very popular Night in the Meadow theater.  Animal encounters are a favorite as we introduce our resident frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits and birds of prey throughout the week.  At nature camp, children make friends and practice social skills through fun games, test their physical motor skills by climbing on our favorite rocks and boulders and express themselves creatively through various art projects and activities. Nature camp brings children back to basics and nurtures connections to the natural world.

Ducklings (Age 3)

Must be potty trained

    • Half day 9-11:30   $140 members/$165 nonmembers
    • Bring a nonperishable snack
  • No pre- or after-camp


Eagles (Ages 4-6)

Must be potty trained

  • Half day 9am-1pm   $185 member/$215 nonmember
  • Full day 9am-4pm  $270 member/$315 nonmember
  • No after-camp for Eagles half day
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Investigators (Ages 7 & 8)

  • Full day 9am-4pm   $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Includes three local field trips


Explorers (Ages 9 & 10)

  • Full day  9am-4pm   $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Includes three local field trips


Naturalists (Ages 11 & 12)

  • Full day  9am-4pm   $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Includes two local field trips


Specialty Camps

Adventurers (Ages 13-15)

  • Full day  9am-4pm  $435 member/ $485 nonmember
  • Field trips are possible and will be determined as a group
  • Overnight will take place on Thursday

Primitive Skills with Overnight @ Coogan Farm

Let the primitive journey begin by selecting, harvesting and processing your own walking stick.  Campers will add to their primitive skills knowledge by making char cloth and setting it on fire by using flint and steel.  Learn how to make a “rabbit stick”, weave a fish trap and more.  Put your skills to the test in an overnight stay in a tent on Coogan Farm.  As a group, campers will set up the campsite and learn to use a variety of tools such as knives, draw knives, hatchets, rasps, hand saws and fire.




Natural Art With Nature Nik (Ages 7-10)

  • Full Day  9am-4pm   $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Includes three local field trips

Inspired by the artist Andy Goldworthy,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0 ,this camp will explore art in nature.  Campers will travel around the Nature Center environment in creative ways, make land art, meet live animals to inspire creativity, and make up games. Artists will use all natural materials to create art that is not wasteful, yet flows, just as nature flows. Come discover many ways to make temporary art installments in nature!



*Back By Popular Demand!

Yoga Camp (Ages 9-13)

  • Full day 9am-4pm $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Bring yoga mat or thick towel to use on the ground

Campers will find their zen in the woods, meadow and at Coogan Farm.  They’ll be encouraged to open their mind and body to the peacefulness of nature and their inner being by practicing gentle yoga in the warmth of the morning sun and relief of the afternoon shade.  This group will focus on engaging all of their senses and experience a deep connection to the world around them.  They will have opportunities to express their peacefulness through nature journals, mandala and natural art. The practice of yoga and art in nature is the ultimate combination.



Shared Camp

*Back By Popular Demand!

Farm and Sea

A Collaborative Camp With The Mystic Seaport (Ages 8-14)
  • Full Day 9am-4pm  $350 member/$400 nonmember

Get the best of both worlds with this unique camp where campers spend the morning focusing on the history of the Coogan Farm with the Nature Center, and the afternoon sailing at Mystic Seaport.  Time at Coogan Farm and the Nature Center will include exploration, hands-on activities at the farm, and participation in the Giving Garden.  Campers will eat lunch before traveling to Mystic Seaport where they will learn how to sail in JY15 sailboats (weather permitting).

  • Register through Mystic Seaport/Rebecca Shea 860-572-5322, ext. 1
  • Registration for pre-camp (8:15-9am) is separate and handled through the Nature Center.

Drop off at Coogan Farm/Pick up at Mystic Seaport.  Travel to the Seaport will include either walking or by van.

register for pre-camp