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Nature Camp Themes

Session 1: Nature Detectives (June 20 – 24)

Nature detectives will dig into the mysteries of nature and science first-hand. They will unravel some of nature’s secrets, separating fact from fiction. While sleuthing, they will come to understand more about nature and the science of mystery itself. Send your own Sherlock Holmes to get dirty and sticky and perhaps even wet in the pursuit of the truth and how the world works!

Session 2: Water Wonders (June 27 – July 1)

Campers will explore the fascinating science behind water, learning about water tension, solutions, and its important role on Planet Earth.  Campers will leave camp understanding how precious water is and how we can conserve it in a drought.  We’ll even discover ways to cool off using water responsibly!

Session 3: California Adventures (July 5 – 8)

What makes our home so special?  We are fortunate to live in a state with a lush diversity of habitats, plant communities, and wildlife!  Campers will learn all about our state flora and fauna, as well as our National Parks System.  They will develop a sense of pride for living in the great state of California as they learn about our natural history and the people who inhabited this land before us.

Session 4: Amazing Animals (July 11 – 15)

If your camper loves animals, they will love this camp. Animal lovers will get a closer look at the animals that inhabit our world through games, hands-on activities, and crafts. Campers will get some up-close and personal time with some of the native animals that live in and around the ENC. Whether your child is just beginning to burrow into the world of animals or is an animal expert, this is the purr-fect camp for them.

Session 5: Planet Protectors (July 18 – 22)

Your child will transform into a steward of the Earth as they meet vulnerable and threatened native wildlife, participate in service learning projects, and create solutions for some of our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.

Session 6: Nature Creativity (July 25 – 29)

Nature has inspired talented artists since people lived in caves!  Campers will draw inspiration from the Nature Center to create amazing masterpieces across multiple media. Artists will tap into their creative genius with guided curriculum and help from the great outdoors. The natural world offers the opportunity for children to return to their roots as they draw, design, paint, and create their way toward beautiful works of art. This camp will culminate in an all-camp art show on the final day of this camp week.

Session 7: Plant Power (August 1 – 5) 

If your camper has a green thumb (or even a brown thumb!), sign them up for this week of camp.  We cover everything from compost, to invasive weeds, to pollination, to photosynthesis!  Campers will leave this week of camp with a deep respect for seeds, flowers, gardens, and trees.

Session 8: When I Grow Up… (August 8 – 12)

Campers will explore life cycles of plants and animals, comparing how each organism’s journey is unique.  We’ll meet critters that go through metamorphosis!  And by the end of the week we’ll be discussing how WE grow and change throughout our lifetime.  What do your children envision for their futures?

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