Winter Camps at the Environmental Nature Center

Campfire_smallEducational outdoor fun for campers in K – 6th grade

Week 1:  December 22, 23, & 24, 2014  

Week 2:  December 29, 30, & 31, 2014

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Fee: $TBD
After Camp: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Fee: $TBD
10% discount for members!

Each day, campers (divided into small groups by age) will rotate between three fabulous Camp Teachers, where they will participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities.

Questions?  Call 949-645-8489 ext. 103

Withdrawal: 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.

2013 themes:

Outdoor Adventures

Nature explorations are full of excitement, surprise and discovery. On their very own outdoor adventures, campers will discover that adventure exists everywhere in the great outdoors! Campers will hike, make snow, look at live animals, do a crayfish catch, play nature games, and make toothpaste for an elephant!

Nature Play

Campers will be given the freedom to explore, imagine, and make up their own fun.  They will be given boundaries, a few supplies, a set of ground rules, and supervision.  Campers may decide to create rock towers and build stick-and-leaf boats and forts.  Materials will be available for campers to draw, paint, make tassels, and play board games.  They will be able to talk, laugh and have a good time! 

Wild Weather

Campers will take a closer look at the how and why behind some of nature’s most amazing weather patterns. Campers will be transformed into mini meteorologists as they create clouds, work with whirlpools, synthesize snow, and learn about lightening. It’s more than just the how behind weather; they’ll be so immersed in weather they might think about wanting galoshes (galoshes not recommended). Watch it pour, feel the freeze, and get wiped off your feet by wind by learning about weather this winter!

Weaving Fun (After Camp)

Campers will join Sarah Fitzgerald and Sama Wareh for some weaving fun! Campers will learn different weaving techniques to produce beautiful pieces they can take home!

Week 2 themes:

Fabulous Facts on the Trail 

Outdoors is the best place to learn about plants and animals! While hiking through the Nature Center, Campers will feel animal pelts, sketch plants while learning about their adaptations and even meet a live animal.

Nature Play

Campers will be given the freedom to explore, imagine, and make up their own fun.  They will be given boundaries, a few supplies, a set of ground rules, and supervision.  Campers may decide to create rock towers and build stick-and-leaf boats and forts.  Materials will be available for campers to draw, paint, make tassels, and play board games.  They will be able to talk, laugh and have a good time!

Spectacular Senses

Your senses are amazing! With their eyes, ears, noses, mouths and fingertips, campers will explore the world around them. Get ready to dive into a world of colors, find a bugs’ favorite flower, blind taste test some sweet treats, write in Braille, and discover how animals move so quietly.

 

Paint a Canvas (After Camp)

Campers will join Outreach Coordinator and Artist Sama Wareh for some art fun! They’ll spend four days working on one solid piece to hang in their room or give as a gift. Campers will observe and describe contrast and emphasis in works of art that highlight the environment. They will identify pairs of complementary colors by creating mini native plant art paintings that utilize proportion, line, texture, space, and value. This class will help campers develop their self-esteem and a sense of pride in their creative work.  On the last day of camp, camper’s art will be showcased at the ENC. 

Becoming a Naturalist (After Camp)

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on what it’s like to be a naturalist! Campers will work with and care for the animals at the nature center, discover the importance of plants and the secrets of the ones that grow in the nature center, experiment on the natural environment to leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of the wild world around them. Campers will get a crash course in the most fun components of being in nature and running the nature center. After this camp, you may just have a little naturalist on your hands at home!