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SESSION 1 (4 days)
Members: $160 | Non-members: $190
Members: $200 | Non-members: $240
STAY FOR LUNCH!
For an additional fee, children can bring a lunch and drink and extend their time with us from 12:30 - 1:15 pm.
SESSION 1 (4 days)
Members: $40 | Non-members: $48
Members: $50 | Non-members: $60
Creative Kids Nature Camp
Entering a 4s Preschool or Kindergarten
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Art, Nature & Me Preschool
Visit Heckscher Farm, explore our forest, and meet our live animals. Each week's theme will be chock full of age-appropriate, hands-on adventures both inside and out. Children will also create art projects to remember their camp experience. Our indoor and outdoor classroom areas are set up with play opportunities unique to each themed session.
Each class is taught by an early childhood professional with previous teaching experience at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
For more information about our summer camps, call 203.977.6521 or email us.
Session 1: July 2-6 (no camp on 7/4)
Wonders of Water
Explore the wild, wonderful world of water and all that it has to offer! Search for salamanders in our vernal pools, spy some critters in our stream and see if you can spot some turtles! Explore the science of water and the water cycle, visit with ducks, frogs and other animals that call the water home and create some great art with water as our inspiration.
Session 2: July 9-13
Roots, Shoots, Critters & Boots
Get hands-on at Heckscher Farm! Discover what's growing in the garden and visit with horses, goats, chickens and other residents of the farm. We'll get our hands dirty as we dig in the soil and learn about the roots, shoots and fruits that grow in our gardens. Meet many of the animals that call Heckscher Farm home and discover the many things that come from the farm.
Session 3: July 16-20
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Off on a Hike We Go!
March down the beaten path and discover all that nature has to offer! Venture off the path to visit different exciting habitats and explore the forest floor! Hike a different SM&NC trail every day and do activities right out in the forest. We will make art from nature and even make art in nature.
Session 4: July 23-27|
Every "Buddy" Eats
From falcons to wolves, learn the roles that predator and prey play in the balance of nature. To celebrate our summer exhibition, Once Endangered: The Return of Peregrine Falcons & Wolves we'll explore the meaning of endangered species, hike into our hardwood forest and learn about the relationships between the many animals that call it home.
Session 5: July 30-August 3
Down on Heckscher Farm
Ever wonder exactly what farmers do? Come down and explore Heckscher Farm and experience the full chorus of sounds that you hear on a farm. Meet and greet our oxen, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits and horses. Campers will interact with animals, learn what products come from each animal, and enjoy a tasty treat from our organic garden and make a wool craft.
Session 6: August 6-10
Read & Roam
Back by popular demand! Children will explore and connect with literature about some of their favorite animals on Heckscher Farm and in the forest. Children will be able to relate to literature with real wildlife and get up close and personal. Younger children will create art from natural materials gathered on their adventures. Older children will draw pictures and maintain journals. This hands-on experience will serve to pique your child's interest in science and nature and foster an appreciation for the wonders of life.
Creative Kids Camp Information
Camp Hours: Creative Kids Camp begins at 9:15 am and ends at 12:15 pm, Monday-Friday. Due to camp prep, we cannot accommodate early drop-offs. However, campers may register for lunch bunch and extend his/her day until 1:15 pm.
Location: The Creative Kids Camp is in our preschool building, which is just past the main Museum Building.
First Day of Camp: On the first day of each session, the office will open at 9:05 am. We will be available to meet parents and answer any questions you may have about the program. If you have questions prior to your first day of camp, please e-mail our Head of Preschool Camp, Lisa Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check-in & Check-out: At drop-off and pick-up, we ask that you sign your child in/out with the on-duty counselor. If there are persons other then parents who are authorized to pick up your child they must be listed on your camper information form. If changes or additions occur during the course of camp, we must be notified in writing. Please note that we may ask for photo ID from those picking up campers–please have friends and family be prepared.
Medical Issues: Serious medical conditions must be brought to our attention before camp begins. If, for example, your child has an allergy requiring an EpiPen, there are additional documents that you and your child's doctor must sign before camp begins. All appropriate medical forms and permission agreements with required signatures MUST be submitted one week before the start of your child's first camp session. Per Connecticut State Camp Regulations, no child will be allowed to attend camp unless ALL forms are on file prior to the first day of camp. We will go over forms 1-2 weeks prior to the start of camp. Please call 203.977.6531 to set up a time to come in to go over any preschool medication forms.
Lunch & Snack: Please provide a daily bag snack (reusable bags preferred) for your child. We ask that campers come with a reusable water bottle each day. SM&NC is a NUT AWARE camp, so please do not send items with any type of tree nut/peanut product in them; please check labels carefully. Refrigeration is available. If your camper is registered for Lunch Bunch, please send a daily nut-free lunch as well.
Dress Code: Long pants or shorts and a T-shirt are recommended. Since campers will be in the forest and on the farm, open toed shoes, flip flops, or sandals are NOT allowed. Socks and a pair of sneakers you don't mind getting dirty are perfect. We also recommend bringing an extra change of clothes. Please be sure that your child arrives at camp with a long-lasting, waterproof sunscreen applied. Due to state regulations, our staff cannot apply sunscreen or bug spray. Please check for ticks at each day's end!
Special Friends: Depending on age and enrollment, campers will be grouped into 3 or 4 classrooms each session. If you would like your child to be in a classroom with one special friend, please make a note of the child's name on your camper's forms. Please note that requests must be made by parents of both children to be considered and that requests are not guaranteed, although we will do our best to accommodate.
We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing a memorable summer experience.