Winter Camps at the Environmental Nature Center

Campfire_smallEducational outdoor fun for campers in K – 6th grade

Week 1:  December 22, 23, & 24, 2014  FULL (wait list)

Week 2:  December 29, 30, & 31, 2014  Register HERE

Full Day Camp: 9AM – 3PM. Fee: $199
Half Day Camp: 9AM – 1PM. Fee: $135
10% discount for members!



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

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.

Week 1 themes:

Campy Awesomeness

Campers will join Camp Teacher Bob to enjoy some of everyone’s all time favorite camp activities: making snow, taking hikes, telling stories, catching crayfish, doing experiments, making goo, making slushies, and building forts.

Marvelously Misunderstood Animals, Part 1

Through hands-on activities and creative crafts, campers will learn about some amazing but misunderstood animals. Campers will have a great time with Naturalist Rebecca as they see and touch live animals! 

Nature Play

Children will join Lead Naturalist Chhay to learn the importance of playing outside and being in nature.  Campers will discover various outside activities including several physical and creative forms of play.  They will explore the various plant and animal communities that the Nature Center has to offer, and discover why it’s important that we conserve and respect wild places.  

Handmade Fun!  (Full Day ONLY)

Campers will join Outreach Coordinator Sama to learn how to weave beautiful creations, build sculptures from their imagination, and draw animals that live in cold places. Between creativity and fun games, Winter Handmade Fun will have the campers coming back for more! 

Food, dude!  (Full Day ONLY)

Join Naturalist Leslie Helliwell to learn about exciting topics such as, Heat is Neat, the Right Pot for What Ya Got, the Yeast Beast, Grain on the Brain, Edgy Veggies, Soup for a Group, Dessert Doesn’t Hurt, and Teas, If You Please. Campers will learn basic kitchen safety as the discover the science behind the art of cooking!

Week 2 themes:

Sustainability Superheroes! 

Campers will become sustainability superheroes with Naturalist Hilary! They will have a great time exploring how their everyday actions and choices affect nature and the world around them.  They will learn how to live more sustainably, discover ways to live simply in our fast-paced world, and think critically about the choices they make as consumers.

Marvelously Misunderstood Animals, Part 2

Through hands-on activities and creative crafts, campers will learn about some amazing but misunderstood animals. Campers will have a great time with Naturalist Rebecca as they see and touch live animals!

Magic in the Redwoods

Children will discover the science of magic! Lead Naturalist Chhay will demonstrate magic through science using everyday household items. Learning about science is fun!

ENC-sect Olympics (Full Day ONLY)

Camper Architects will work with Education Coordinator Alex to look at designing arenas in which their ENC insect champions will compete. This is a process, though, as builders will work on and play with human-sized obstacle courses first, to get a feel for it. They will then miniaturize everything, creating their own circus/arena on a small scale. Finally, when arenas are set and campers are ready, we will borrow insects from their homes to compete in the ultimate ENC-sect Olympics before returning said insects to their homes with their laurels and trophies to share with their insect families.

Food, Dude!  (Full Day ONLY)

Join Naturalist Leslie Helliwell to learn about exciting topics such as, Heat is Neat, the Right Pot for What Ya Got, the Yeast Beast, Grain on the Brain, Edgy Veggies, Soup for a Group, Dessert Doesn’t Hurt, and Teas, If You Please. Campers will learn basic kitchen safety as the discover the science behind the art of cooking!