Children Entering Grade 1-4
9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Limited Lunch Bunch available from 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Engage your camper in the hands-on exploration of art and nature. In each session campers will discover the diverse resources of the SM&NC’s unique facility with visits to the Heckscher Farm, Museum galleries, or nature trails, guided by one of our experienced environmental educators. In addition, we’ll also explore a number of great, age-appropriate art experiences exploring different media. This year, all grades will be in one classroom allowing for more time for creation, exploration, and fun! Limited to 12 campers for a great group experience. This camp is taught by a full-time Environmental Educator and experienced seasonal instructors.
STAY FOR LUNCH! For an additional fee, children can bring a lunch and drink and extend their time with us from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
If you have questions about summer camp content or procedures, please call 203.977.6568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for our Camp Director. For questions on the registration process or if you are having difficulties with your account, please call Registration at 203.977.6521.
Summer Camp Sessions
Please ensure that you are registering your child for the correct age/grade camps. Registrations for children outside the listed age/grade of camps will be cancelled and refunded. If you have questions, please contact Camp Director Lisa Monachelli at email@example.com.
Please note that our waitlist is now full. Cancellations will be offered to those on the waitlist in order of requests received. Any spots for which the waitlist has been exhausted will be reopened to the general public.
Session 1: Tails & Trails
June 28-July 2 FULL
Animals and the forest are two of our favorite things here at SM&NC! We’ll start off our camp season this summer with a great week exploring both! Become wildlife biologists as we search for animal signs and meet some of our non-releasable wild animals up close. Discover the tails on our farm and the animals that go with them! We’ll hike on a different trail each day to explore our forest, meadow, and vernal pools!
Session 2: Forest Survivors
July 5-9- FULL
Get a great introduction to the world of survival this week! We’ll learn the basics of what to do if you are lost in the woods, including how to build a shelter. Identify some common trees, animal tracks, and useful plants. Create some wilderness and wildlife-themed art project too! On Friday, we’ll complete a forest-wide survivor challenge scavenger hunt and reward our efforts with a S’mores campfire!
Session 3: STEAM power
July 12-16- FULL
Join us for a great week filled with science, engineering, and art! Campers will be let loose to build whatever they can in our building station extravaganza and will get to participate in our first-ever color party with throwable paintballs! We’ll figure out how many bales of hay we feed on the farm each day and see how the salamanders and frogs are doing in our vernal pools. We’ll also dive into some of our favorite science experiments and complete an outdoor sculpture art project.
Session 4: Mammal Mania!
July 19-23- FULL
A whole week on our magnificent mammals? Fur real! From our smallest gerbil to our largest cow, we’ll learn about them all! Learn how mammals are different from other vertebrates and explore some of the most interesting groups of mammals, such as rodents and hoofstock. Find out what the largest mammals in Connecticut are. Through live animals and artifacts such as furs and skulls, we’ll delve into these amazing animals and have a hair-raising week.
Session 5: Slime Time
July 26-30- FULL
Survey all things slimy in this awesome hands-on week! From fungus to snails to amphibians, discover how slime helps living things to do their jobs. Hunt for slimy creatures in the woods, net in the stream to find salamanders and frogs, and investigate the wild world of worms. Of course, this week won’t be complete without making of our favorite slime!
Session 6: Animal Trivia, Challenges & Mysteries
August 2-6- FULL
Join us for an all-new way of exploring animals! Each day we’ll challenge ourselves as we learn about our favorite animals through trivia games, who-done-it mysteries, artifact challenges, and more! We’ll try our hand at poison and venom jeopardy, a wildlife detective challenge, name that animal trivia, and more! Dissect owl pellets, participate in our close-up animal picture challenge, and create a scavenger hunt mystery for your fellow campers.
Session 7: Barnyard Bonanza
August 9-13- FULL
Our last week will be dedicated to our amazing Heckscher Farm! Each day we’ll focus on a different group of animals and dive into what makes them special. Learn about our chickens and ducks, get up close and personal with our horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, and, of course, our great goats! We’ll also end our session with a special hay ride around the farm just for campers! We’ll round the week out with some great farm-themed arts and crafts too!