Classic Nature Camp

Classic Camps

Our classic Nature Camp provides a well-rounded experience for campers of every age. Children have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats such as ponds, streams, meadows and forests, in addition on to area beaches and marshes for camps that go on field trips. Animal encounters are a favorite as we introduce our resident frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits and birds of prey throughout the week. 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.

Classic Camp is offered for age appropriate groups for ages 3-15. To sign your child up for one of these camps, select the week or weeks below. Members login with their email address and receive their member discount. Nonmembers pay the listed price or may register for membership.

Ducklings Age 3 (all weeks), Eagles 1/2 day, Ages 4-6 (all weeks), Eagles full day, Ages 4-6 (all weeks), Investigators, Ages 7-8 (weeks 2-11), Explorers, Ages 9-10 (weeks 2-11), Naturalists, Ages 11-12 (weeks 3-5, 7, 9, 11), Adventurers, Ages 13-15 (week 4)

All weeks not listed above are Specialty Camps or Shared Camps.

Our camps for ages 3 to 15 all work in concert with our mission: To inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as a part of it – past, present and future. Our camps are guaranteed to provide your child with outdoor fun, adventure, games, new skills and relationships, confidence building, education, natural history and exposure to local natural habitats! To enroll, please look at the camp offerings and register either online or in person at the Nature Center. Any questions, please email our Camp Director, Pauline Gaucher at

Pre-and After-Hours Need more than a typical camp day to accommodate your work schedule? We offer pre-camp(8:15-9am) and post-camp(4-5:30pm) hours every day so that your children can have extended fun! (**please note that with some shared camp days, pre- and after camp are not offered or limited to days spent @ DPNC)

We offer a variety of camps all summer long.

Please note: On-line registration will close the Thursday before each camp is to start. Additional registrations will be handled in person or you may call 860-536-1216 @ ext. 21204.

Summer Camp Weeks and Start Dates

Session Weeks / Dates

Session Weeks / Dates

Session Weeks / Dates

1 – June 12-16 5 – July 10-14 9 – Aug 7-11
2 – June 19-23 6 – July 17-21 10 – Aug. 14-18
3 – June 26-30 7 – July 24-28 11 – Aug. 21-25
4 – July 3- 7 8 – July 31- Aug 4

Important information:

Summer Nature Camp registration form

Physical Exam form

Administration of Medication form

Summer Nature Camp FAQs

Camp Scholarships:

If you are in need of a camp scholarship please email Camp Director Pauline Gaucher at Scholarships are given for one week of camp only, and are reviewed in the order received.

Camp Scholarships: Donate

If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please do so here.

Camp Scholarship Donation

Jobs and Volunteer

We are always looking for students to volunteer! Volunteers work with our paid staff on programs. You must be at least 13 years old, participate in an interview and attend a training session. If you are interested in applying, please fill out a volunteer application.

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To see current job offerings go here.