2017 Summer Nature Camp: Week 9

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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.  $55 member/$65 non member/full week only.

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

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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 9 am-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  $445member/$495  nonmember
  • Includes a Thursday overnight stay at Coogan Farm



Mystic River Adventure!

Fun and adventure awaits you along the Mystic River in this brand new camp!  At the beginning of the week, campers will learn basic skills and techniques of paddling a canoe.  Each morning, these skills will be put to the test on the water as we explore like Lewis and Clark and play like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn!  During the course of the week campers will fish and crab at some of our favorite spots.  Perhaps even cook some catch over an open fire. Afternoons will be spent on land setting up a campsite, playing games, hiking and trying our hand at fish printing.  Round out the week with a trip to the neighborhood ice cream shop! We will also be spending two days @ Mystic Seaport in row boats exploring the Mystic River !

**New Price: Member $360/nonmember $410


**This camp has been modified in both our description and price. Please call to register (860)536-1216. Spaces still available.

**No overnight.



Natures Engineers (Ages 10-12)

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

Come join us for a camp inspired by nature’s own engineers! If you like to build, solve problems, explore and play then this is the camp for you. We’ll learn how animals construct beautiful dams, gardens, and homes and how they inspire us to make our own inventions. Did you know that velcro and zippers were inspired by Nature?! We will learn much more as we try to recreate these animal inventions making models and maybe even come up with some inventions of our own. Throughout the week we will be building dams in the streams, making our own paper, learning to weave, collecting clay from the stream to make pottery and much more.


Shared Camp

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, You Fish     (Ages 8-10)

A Collaborative Camp With New England Science And Sailing
  • Full day  9am-4pm    $400
  • Registration will be handled by NESS online at www.nessf.org; call NESS at 860-535-9362 with any registration questions.
  • Drop off at NESS; Pick up at Coogan Farm  (Pre- and after camp not available)

Begin each morning at New England Science & Sailing (NESS) to investigate fish shapes, colors, and behaviors using underwater cameras, microscopes, and snorkel gear.  Fish print on your own T-shirt, perform a fish dissection, get into the field by powerboat to explore fish populations, and try your hand at fishing using rod & reel, dip nets, seine nets, and cast nets.  For the afternoon, campers will be transported to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) at the Coogan Farm to “fish for” creative inspiration on the trails, at the mysterious Stillman mansion foundation and in the rich earth of the Giving Garden.  Bring your inspiration to life inside the beautiful Jules Xavier Schneider Art Barn for Nature and the Arts, up on the hill at the Hamm Pavilion overlooking the Mystic river or at a chosen spot on the farm, using found and natural materials.