Earthkeepers 2022

Children Entering Grades 1-4

9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Limited Lunch Bunch available from 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Overbrook Nature Center

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 campus with visits to the Heckscher Farm, Museum galleries, and nature trails, guided by one of our experienced environmental educators. In addition, we’ll also enjoy 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 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.

Registration opens:

  • February 7, 2022: Family Plus and Director's Circle Members
  • February 14, 2022: All other members
  • February 28, 2022: Non-members

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Camp Fees

SESSIONS 1, 3-6:
Members: $215
Non-Members: $255
Lunch Bunch:
Members: $50 per session
Non-Members: $60 per session

Members: $172
Non-Members: $204
Lunch Bunch:
Members: $40 per session
Non-Members: $48 per session

Refunds & Session Switches

Camp Refund Policy

As of 6/1, refunds, credits, and session switches are no longer available.

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

At this time our waitlist option has expired.  Any cancellations that we get will be reopened weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9am online. Openings will be noted here. 

Session 1: Hooray for Habitats!

June 27-July 1

Every animal needs a habitat to survive! From the trees to the seas, from the soil to the sky, come learn who lives where—and why! We’ll do hands-on investigations of our favorite wild woodland habitats, such as hidden vernal pools and our “rotten log hotel.”  These field studies will allow budding naturalists to dig in the dirt, meander through a meadow, discover the pond and beyond, explore the forest floor—and more!

Session 2: The Great Invertebrate Date

July 5-8 (4-day session)

No bones about it, this is going to be a great week! Join us for a look at all things invertebrate! We’ll learn about our honeybees and other pollinators, search out insects in the forest and meadow, and explore how these boneless beasts grow up.  We’ll hold our famous Hissing Cockroach races and have a chance to eat some bugs too!

Session 3: Blast from the Past

July 11-15

Take a journey into the past as we explore the lives of early farmers and the Woodland Indians that called Connecticut home hundreds of years ago. See how fossils and rocks are formed, learn about dinosaurs that roamed our area, go on a pirate treasure hunt, and try your hand at making fire with a bow drill.  We’ll try our hand at some early farm tools and hold our own fossil dig.

Session 4: Cold-Blooded Critters

July 18-22

Snakes, frogs, and lizards, oh my! Join us for a great week of herpetology as we get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians.  Search for species in our stream and forests, meet the exotic herps that call Heckscher WILD! home, paint your own toad abode, and make some great slime.

Session 5: Nocturnal in Nature

July 25-29

Discover what happens when the sun goes down.  Learn the stories behind common constellations, dissect an owl pellet, and meet some live nocturnal creatures. We’ll do some glow-in-the dark painting and play our favorite nocturnal-themed games. Campers will also get to come to a special evening night hike with their families too!

Session 6: Barnyard Bonanza!!

August 1-5

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 round the week out with some great farm-themed arts and crafts too!