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Winter Camps


Educational outdoor fun for campers in K – 6th grade

Week 1:  December 26 – 29, 2016. 

Week 2:  January 2 – 5, 2017.

Full Day Camp: 9AM – 3PM. Fee: $265 ($238.50 for members)
Half Day Camp: 9AM – 1PM. Fee: $180 ($162 for members)
10% discount for members!


The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977! We provide quality science education in an outdoor setting. Our campers learn while adventuring! ENC Nature Camps emphasize experiential learning. Campers spend time outdoors observing Nature up close. Educational concepts are introduced in a fun environment. Campers make crafts, play games and participate in hands-on activities. Each day, campers (divided into small groups by age) will rotate between our fabulous Camp Teachers, where they will participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities.

Read the Nature Camp Newsletter prior to your first day of camp!

Questions?  Call 949-645-8489 ext. 103


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?  Kindergarten through 6th grade.

My children are a few years apart, can they be in the same group? Our Campers are divided into groups by grade level. Curricula and activities are designed for these different age groups, which are developmentally distinct from each other.

What is the registration deadline? All camps are open until full. An additional fee ($60 per camper) applies for late registration (less than 96 hours before the first day of a camp session). Please realize that Camp Staff does not work between 5PM on Friday and 8AM on Monday, so contacting us about late registration over the weekend may not guarantee a spot in camp for your child.

How many campers are in each group?  Enrollment is limited to small classes of up to 15 students per teacher with a high school assistant.

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 to compliment 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.

What is your withdrawal policy? 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.

Can I change sessions? Be sure you sign up for the correct session(s)! There is a $10 session change fee PER CAMPER PER SESSION. (i.e. if you have two kids and want to switch them from session 1 to session 2 it will cost you $20.)

2016 themes:

Nature Adventurers (WK 1)

Some campers who stay for the Full Day of Camp during week 1 will become Nature Adventurers from 1 – 3PM! From nature play to wilderness survival skills, campers will immerse themselves in the wonder of Nature. Campers will enjoy inventing scavenger hunts, creating nature sculptures, weaving, and play the ultimate game of “camouflage hide and seek”.

Frozen (WK 1)

Why is ice slippery? Why do scientist study ice?  Come explore ice’s states of matter and discover how it changes as it warms up, cools down, contains salt, and as it goes into sublimation. Experiment with instant ice, ice cores, and dry ice!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Wild Things! (WK 2)

Come and take a walk on the wild side! Express your wild tendencies while exploring the many layers of life around us.

The focus will be on native creatures and their survival adaptations.


Winter in the Pacific Ocean (WK 2)

Ever wonder what ocean plants and animals are doing underwater? Delve into how some marine species in California survive winter in the water. Campers explore adaptations such as blubber, fur, migration, and seasonal preparation. Interactive games, experiments, and crafts make exploring winter time in the Pacific Ocean fascinating!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

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