2017 Summer Nature Camp: Week 7

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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 and Nature Kingdoms.   $30 member/$35 non member/full week only

After-camp (4-5:30) is available for all full day camps except Nature Kingdoms.   $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 three local field trips

Specialty Camps

Adventurers (Ages 13-15)

  • Full Day  9am-4pm  $300  member/$350 nonmember
  • Includes three local field trips, unless the majority of the group decides to focus their energy and time into projects on site. (number of trips may vary).


* Back By Popular Demand!

Larping and Fort Building

Orc’s, elves, goblins and dwarfs, OH MY!!  Let your imagination go mythical with a week of “Live Action Role Playing” and fort building in the forest.  Campers will design and build their own foam boffer swords and cardboard shields.  Enhance the LARPING experience by collectively building a fortress from gathered materials and let the wild rumpus begin!




Eco Copy Cats (Ages 7-9)

  • Full day  9am-4pm   $290 member/$340 nonmember
  • Includes one or two field trips to accommodate time for projects

Ever wonder why animals camouflage?  Why does that moth have a design on it’s wings that look like owl eyes?  Nature includes mimicry for good reason.  Come join us in learning about how and why nature likes to copy itself and what we’ve learned from copying nature, too!  Campers will learn about cool animal adaptations that teach us how to swim, fly and even build better.  This camp includes meeting live animals, scavenger hunts to find our elusive nature friends, nature copycat games and more!  Copy that!


Shared Camp


Nature Kingdoms  

A Collaborative Camp With Mystic Museum of Art

(Ages 8-12)

  • Full Day  9am-4pm  M,W,F at DPNC / T, TH at MMOA  $330 members/$385 nonmember
  • No pre- or after-camp
  • May be a member of either organization
  • Registration is through DPNC

Join us for a shared camp experience between The Mystic Museum of Art and The Denison Pequotsepos/Coogan Farm Nature And Heritage Center.  Campers will spend two days along the bank of the Mystic River and in the MMOA studios, and three days on the trails and in the meadows and woods of DPNC, sketching, painting, collecting, playing and building unique natural kingdoms.  From animal habitats to mythical woodland figures and miniature furniture, the outcome will only be limited by individual imaginations!  Camp will culminate in a collaborative site specific installation, to be determined by the group.