SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM:|
Explorers Full Day Camp
Entering Grades 2-6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Campers will explore all aspects of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in this hands-on, exciting camp. From Heckscher Farm and our nature trails to streams and ponds, campers will work with animals, plant in our garden, study vernal pool amphibians, and more. Each session will consist of a mix of field studies, farm experiences, live animal interaction, arts and crafts, and nature exploration specially designed to get older campers excited about the outdoors.
Each day will begin with introductory activities in our Observatory outdoor classroom (indoors in inclement weather). Days will include special guests, behind the-scenes visits on Heckscher Farm, live animal handling, cooking experiences, and opportunities for older campers to work with younger campers. The camp group has a maximum of 1:8 camper-to-staff ratio to enhance the small-group experience.
Camp staff includes full-time SM&NC Environmental Educators and camp counselors. Each session is designed to provide fresh experiences for campers enrolled in multiple sessions. New themes will ensure exciting encounters for first year and seasoned campers alike. Please refer to individual session descriptions to see which weeks pique your camper's interest.
For more information about our summer camps, call 203.977.6521 or email us.
Session 1: July 2-6 (no camp on 7/4)
Food, Fibers & Farm
Explore the ins and outs of Heckscher Farm; a 10-acre working New England Farm, complete with barns, pastures, and an organic garden. Heckscher Farm is home to many different animals from honey bees to horses. Campers will get a chance to meet a variety of farm animals and learn how to care for the each individual animal from our farmers. We'll also explore the other products the farm produces, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, apple cider, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, wool, and more. Campers will help farmers with some of their daily task including prepping diets and exercising animals.
Session 2: July 9-13
The Secret Life of Water
Explore all the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's natural water sources from Bendel Pond to Poorhouse Brook to our seasonal vernal pools. We will explore the uses of water within watersheds, how the SM&NC animals use water, and have a chance to splash around and cool off with water ourselves. We'll also experiment with the different properties of water in its solid, liquid, and gas form to discover its many secrets!
Session 3: July 16-20
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!
This week will inspire creativity and curiosity in regards to how things work. Campers will conduct experiments, create original works of art, get a look inside everyday electronics, learn the ins and outs of building things, and see the importance of numbers in everyday life. We will explore the fun behind some of the most talked about industries while learning the connection between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M). We will start off with our annual Egg-Drop Challenge, use natural materials to build forts, and used recycled materials to construct marbles runs, catapults and more.
Session 4: July 23-27|
Wild & Rare
Explore the amazing world of predators and endangered species as we celebrate our special exhibit Once Endangered: The Return of Peregrine Falcons and Wolves. Campers will get a chance to explore the exhibit and participate in activities related to endangered species. We will meet and care for some of the resident predators here at SM&NC, see how we can help endangered species, explore the carnivores that call Connecticut home and visit some other large predators at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, in Bridgeport, on our camp field trip.
Session 5: July 30-August 3
The Nature of Navigation
The ease of navigating in 2018 is something many of us may take for granted due to portable GPSs. Campers will figure out how people got around before the modern technologies we have today. We will make and use our own compasses, learn how animal instinctually know where and how to migrate, create maps, and discover the fun of scavenger hunts. We will also visit the SM&NC planetarium to learn how the early Native Americans and explorers used the night sky to navigate.
Session 6: August 6-10
Plant it, Pick it, Cook it, Make it
There are hundreds of plants covering the 118 acres of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Learn how to identify and examine the uses of these plants. Unlock the strategies on how to use field guides and even create your own field guide. Explore how plants grow by learning their lifecycle and see why butterflies and bees are essential for us to have beautiful flowers to enjoy and for food pollination. Tour the Heckscher Farm organic garden and help harvest some plants to be turned into tasty treats to take home.
Explorers Full Day Camp
Camp Hours: Explorers Camp begins at 9:00 am and finishes at 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday (no camp on 7/4). We cannot accommodate early drop-offs and the road to the Observatory drop off area will open promptly at 9:00 am.
Location: Explorers Camp is located at the Observatory. The Observatory entrance is located on Scofieldtown Road and can be accessed from our upper parking lot. You may pull into the Observatory driveway for drop-off/pick-up.
First Day of Camp: On the first day of each session, we will be available on the first day of each session to meet parents and answer any questions you may have about the program. At that time we will confirm that all documents are in order. If you have questions prior to your first day of camp, please feel free to e-mail our Camp Director, Lisa Monachelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check-in & Check-out: At drop-off & 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 their first day of camp.
Lunch and Snack: Please provide a daily bag lunch (reusable bags are preferred) and snack for your child. We ask that campers come with 2 reusable water bottles 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. There will be a refrigerator available.
Dress Code: Pants or shorts and a T-shirt are the norm. 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 and we may ask for a towel or water shoes if we are using sprinklers or exploring the stream. 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!
We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing a memorable summer experience.