Check out this interview with ENC Camp Director Lori Whalen on Camp Navigator for more info about our Summer Nature Camp!
2015 Summer Nature Camp
The ENC has offered Summer Nature Camps since 1977! Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities.
Read the Nature Camp Newsletter prior to your first day of camp!
If you do not see your questions answered on this page, feel free to call us at 949-645-8489 or email the Camp Director!
How old does my child have to be to go to Nature Camp? Entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in Fall 2015 (must be at least 5 years old by the first day of camp). Students entering 7th and 8th grade in the Fall can apply for the Order of the Raven.
How many campers are in each group? Enrollment is limited to small classes of 10 students per teacher with a high school assistant. Campers are divided into groups by age.
Who are the Camp Teachers? Most of the Camp Teachers are our Naturalists who teach here throughout the school year. A few exceptional individuals join us each Summer to complement our amazing team (they also work year round in the outdoor environmental education field). All of our teachers are exceptionally qualified in elementary science education and represent a wide range of expertise in the Orange County educational community.
“Early Bird” Fees until March 31:
Full Day Nature Camp (9AM to 3PM) costs $255/student per session ($229.50 for members).
Half Day Nature Camp (9AM to 1PM) costs $175/student per session ($157.50 for members).
Fees on and after April 1:
Full Day Nature Camp (9AM to 3PM) costs $265/student per session ($238.50 for members).
Half Day Nature Camp (9AM to 1PM) costs $180/student per session ($162 for members).
Fees include all costs of instruction, laboratory and art supplies, and an organic cotton camp T-shirt.
Nature Camp is held Monday – Thursday. There is no camp on Fridays.
You must complete a separate registration form for each child enrolled. Please note our policies regarding late pick-up, registration and withdrawals (below). You may register using the online registration form.
Nature Camp News
Approximately one week prior to the start of each Camp session, you will receive a Camp email newsletter with specifics about the session including: daily schedule, appropriate clothing, parking/drop-off info, etc. If you do not receive the newsletter because your email is blocking us, the information is available HERE.
The ENC provides a limited number of partial (1/2 the camp fee) scholarships each year. Limit one per family. Sessions are determined based on availability. Campers are eligible for a scholarship based on financial need and interest in nature and science. Parents must submit a completed Scholarship Application Form, and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Students whose families are eligible for the school lunch program receive priority.
Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter to the scholarship provider, within one week of the completion of the session. Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 30, 2015 by 5PM. Scholarship recipients will be notified on June 2, 2015 by 5PM. Questions? Call Lori at 949-645-8489.
Campers will receive an organic cotton ENC Camp shirt! Daily wear of camp t-shirts is encouraged, but not required. Additional shirts may be purchased in the ENC Store.
Full Day Camp ends promptly at 3:00 PM each day. Half Day Camp ends promptly at 1:00 PM. Please be on time.
If you know you are going to be late please notify us. A $5 fee for each 15 minutes late will be charged.
Change in Session Choice
At any time: $10 processing fee.
Any time up to 2 weeks before the start of a session: $25 processing fee, balance refunded. 1-2 weeks notice: 50% refund. Less than 1 week notice: NO REFUND.