2017 Summer Nature Camp: Week 10

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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 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

Specialty Camps

Naturalists and Adventurers (Ages 11-15)

  • Full day  9am-4pm   $330 member/$380 nonmember
  • Includes two local field trips in addition to the aerial park

Tree Tops

This camp is designed to explore animal and plant life in the canopy of the forest.  From “dreys” (loose leaf nests made by grey squirrels) to lichen, and predators to prey, there are many fascinating things to discover about nature in the air!  Search for the perfect tree to climb in preparation for an exciting trip to the aerial park, Fields Of Fire in Mystic. Spend the afternoon taking the ropes course challenge up in the treetops!




Camp Abilities  (Ages will vary)

  • Half day   9am-1pm  $200member/$240 nonmember
  • Teacher/camper ratio will be determined by need

This camp is specially designed for those who may not be physically able to participate in classic nature camp activities like hiking, but would equally enjoy being outside, meeting our residents live animals, pond dipping, playing camp games, making crafts and keeping a nature journal.  If you have a child that fits this description, please contact the Camp Director ,Pauline Gaucher, by e-mail at pgaucher@dpnc.org or by phone @ 860-536-1216 ext. 204.  Age range will vary, depending on interested applicants.  Registration is through the Camp Director only.