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After School Nature Camp (age 5 – 10)

After School Nature Camp

This Fall the ENC is offering After School Nature Camp to enhance the education of children in our community. After School Nature Camp is currently being offered for kids enrolled in Kindergarten – 5th grade this fall (at least 5 years old by Sept. 1). After School Nature Camp is offered in two week sessions. Nature Adventure Camp is 1-4PM. Science Explorer Camp is 3-5PM. Fees are as follows:

  • Nature Adventure Camp (1-4PM), Monday/Wednesday/Friday, $210.00 per session. 
  • Nature Adventure Camp (1-4PM), Tuesday/Thursday, $145.00 per session. 
  • Science Explorer Camp (3-5PM), Monday/Wednesday/Friday, $140.00 per session.
  • Science Explorer Camp (3-5PM), Tuesday/Thursday, $100.00 per session. 

ENC members can use their discount code to receive a 10% discount.

After School Nature Camp provides a learning experience while also giving campers the opportunity to get outside for fresh air, physical activity, and a chance to hang out socially with their peers. Students attending school in person or at home are provided with critical programming they need to re-engage, re-connect, and thrive. After their virtual or in person school day is done, campers spend time at the ENC with friends and mentors for hands-on learning, creative enrichment and expression, a chance to explore without stress.

The ENC will adhere to health and safety standards based on the most up-to-date and scientific information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the OC Health Care Agency. Learn more about our modified Camp COVID-19 Policies HERE.

The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977! Nature Camp provides nature play and 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.

Session 1

Sept. 14 – 25

M/W/F Option – Click HERE

T/Th Option – Click HERE

Session 2

Sept. 28 – Oct. 9

Register HERE

Session 3

Oct. 12 – 23

Register HERE.

Session 4

Oct 26 – Nov. 6

Register HERE.

Session 5

Nov. 9 – 20

Register HERE.

Session 6

Nov. 23 – Dec. 4

Register HERE.

Session 7

Dec. 7 – 18

Register HERE.

Winter Camps!

December 21 – 23 & 28-31



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 After School Nature Camp? After School Nature Camp is currently being offered for kids enrolled in Kindergarten – 5th grade this fall (at least 5 years old by Sept. 1).

What is the registration deadline? Registration closes at noon on the Friday before each camp, but frequently camps fill long before that. 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.

Who are the Camp Teachers?  Most of the Camp Teachers are our Naturalists who teach here throughout the school year.  A few exceptional individuals will join us to compliment our amazing team (they also work year round in the elementary education field).  All of our teachers are exceptionally qualified in science education and represent a wide range of expertise in the Orange County educational community.

What will the kids be doing? Campers explore the Center, interact with our Animal Ambassadors, play educational games, create nature themed arts and crafts, do science experiments and so, so much more. Each week has different activities, so feel free to sign up for more than one session!

What is your refund policy?
  • Refund requests made 4 weeks or more prior to the start date of camp are subject to a $25.00 fee per week of camp.
  • Refund requests made 2-4 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to $50.00 fee per week of camp.
  • Refund requests made with 1-2 weeks notice 50% refund.
  • Less than 1 week notice no refund requests will be processed.
  • All session changes will incur a $25.00 fee. Session change requests require at least 10 days notice. Requests to change from full day to half (or vice versa) fall under this fee.


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

During the week before 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.

Late Pick-Up

Full Day Camp ends promptly each day. 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

Be sure you sign up for the correct session(s)! There is a $25 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 $50.)

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