Earthkeepers 2023

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 facility with visits to the Heckscher Farm, Museum galleries, or nature trails, and Heckscher WILD! guided by one of our experienced environmental educators. In addition, we’ll also have many great, age-appropriate art experiences exploring different media.

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 of $60/session, 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 contact our Camp Director at 203.977.6568 or
For questions about the registration process or if you are having difficulties with your account, please call our Visitor Services Team at 203.977.6521.

Our waitlist is now closed. Any spaces that become available will be opened on Wednesday mornings at 9 am online.

Please ensure that you are registering your child for the correct age/grade camps. Registrations for children outside the camps listed age/grade of will be cancelled and refunded. If you have questions, please contact Camp Director Lisa Monachelli at

Thanks for a great summer!

Look for 2024 Camp registration dates and information coming in January!

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2023 Camp Forms: Fillable Online
2023 Allergy Forms: Download PDF
2023 Physician Form: Download PDF

Camp Fees

Members: $180/child

Members: $225/child

Members: $60/session

Please note that you must be registered for a session in order to register for Lunch Bunch. Lunch Bunch can be added up until a week before a scheduled session.

Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1: Gnarly Nature-FULL

July 3-7 (no camp on 7/4- 4-day session)

Discover some of the most amazing and unbelievable aspects of nature! From animals that use poison or venom to survive to those that change their entire forms as they grow, there are many incredible stories in the natural world! Investigate creatures that shoot blood from their eyes, those that can regrow lost limbs, and birds that are capable of silent flight. Test your knowledge with our “Gnarly or Not” true and false quiz and meet some gnarly critters up close!

Session 2: Everything-ology- FULL

July 10-14

If your child loves everything about nature, then this is the week for them! “Ology” is the study of something and this week we’ll delve into many exciting areas! We’ll study the geology of Connecticut, get hands-on with our reptiles, amphibians, and mammals during our Herpetology and Mammalogy units, and go buggy with Entomology.  Meet our trees as we become dendrologists and learn the phases of the moon during our study of selenology.

Session 3: Farm & Forest Frenzy-FULL

July 17-21

Join us for an exploration of two of our favorite places at the SM&NC—Heckscher Farm and our forest trails! We’ll spend part of the week with our favorite farm animals, including our new spring babies, helping to socialize and groom them. For the rest of our time, we’ll hit the trails, searching for signs of our local wildlife, and playing some favorite forest games.

Session 4: WILDly Creative!-FULL

July 24-28

We’ll use our favorite wild animals to spark our creativity for some great art this week! Using paint, clay, collage, and other media, we’ll create some animal-inspired art and work with some of our animals to have them create art too! We’ll visit our newest exhibition, The Fragile Bee, and work with beeswax to learn about encaustic art.

Session 5: Mighty Minis-FULL

July 31-August 4

We’ll spend our week exploring some of the small, but mighty, plants and animals in our habitats! We’ll catch and release some of the tiny invertebrates in our stream, look for the smallest inhabitants of the rotten log hotel, and hang out with the smallest residents of Heckscher WILD! Discover creatures that can jump many times their body weight and learn about mammals that weigh less than a juice box.

Session 6: Sky High-FULL

August 7-11

Join us for a week of sky-high exploration! We’ll explore the science behind the clouds in the sky and learn to recognize common constellations.  Help to launch stomp rockets and paper airplanes into the sky and challenge yourself with a walk on our slackline.  We’ll search the skies for birds and bugs and learn about our mammals that can fly and glide too.

Refunds & Session Switches