Children Entering Grades 3-7
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Campers will explore all aspects of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in this exciting, hands-on, 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. Days will include special guests, behind the-scenes visits on Heckscher Farm, live animal handling, and cooking experiences! Camp staff includes full-time SM&NC Environmental Educators and experienced seasonal educators.
Each session is designed to be unique, providing fresh experiences each week 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. Each week is limited to 12 campers for a small group experience. Please refer to our general camp information for COVID protocols.
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.
If you would like to join the waitlist for closed sessions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your child(ren)'s name and interested session(s).
Session 1: Farmers & Growers
June 28-July 2- FULL
We’ll focus on Heckscher Farm as we discover all about life on a Connecticut farm. We’ll see how our spring garden is progressing and help the farmers with some chores, such as collecting eggs and grooming goats. From chickens to cows, we’ll visit with many of our farm animals, learn how to lead an oxen team, and how to walk a goat. We’ll also explore farm fibers such as wool to see how it goes from sheep to sweater. Peak in our barns, try some antique farm tools to grind corn and other tasks, and plant your own vegetables to take home. Campers will also get a gift certificate to our Sunday Farm Market to see what our local farmers are growing and producing!
Session 2: Vet School Camp
July 5-9- FULL
Have a camper who wants to be a vet? This week is a perfect fit! We’ll delve into the ins and outs of our animals here at SM&NC, from how we feed and enrich them to the inner workings of their body systems. We’ll study the differences between skulls and bones of different animals, get a peek into how their organs work through staff-led dissection, discover what goes into the nutrition of our farm and exotic animals, and learn how to handle some of our animals as well. Work with our farmers and animal care staff to create feed for the animals and provide enrichment, too.
Session 3: Survival Adventure II!
July 12-16- FULL
During this week, campers will take on even more survival challenges! Start the week with a small group survival scenario challenge! Then, we’ll explore different techniques of fire building, identify wild edibles, and put ourselves to the test building shelters! We’ll learn how to map trails and the basics of orienteering by compass. Learn about the science of eating bugs and get to try some too (if you dare). Discover how to identify tracks and signs of local wildlife through our Track Test Trail. End our week with a S’mores campfire and a chance to test your knowledge in survival jeopardy!
Session 4: What’s it Matter?
July 19-23- FULL
Explore the world of solids, liquids, and gases and how they interact to create our world! Our week will be full of hands-on experiments to demonstrate the properties of states of matter. Study how materials change in our reactions lab, compete in the H2Olympics, take apart electronics in our Reverse Engineering lab and more! We’ll explore the in-between states of matter by making our favorite slime and dough recipes, find out how states of matter and chickens are related, and turn liquid milk into a stone-like solid!
Session 5: Herpetology 101
July 26-30- FULL
Join us for a week-long search in all of our habitats for the many slimy and scaly creatures that call SM&NC home. We’ll peek in the ponds, look under logs, meander through the meadow and more! We’ll learn about the reptiles and amphibians native to Connecticut and meet some that live around the world too. We’ll learn the proper way of handling snakes, turtles and other herps both in the wild and in our nature center classroom. Our week will end with our Slimy & Scaly Open House, where campers will show off their small group work by handling and presenting animals to family and friends.
Session 6: May the Forces be with You!
August 2-6- FULL
From gravity to friction, there are forces all around us! Discover the science behind how things fly and why all things that go up must come down. Through some great hands-on experiments, we’ll defy gravity, use friction to drill holes and create smoke, use buoyancy to make things float, and use drag force to protect an egg during our annual Egg Drop Challenge. Send rockets into the air, discover how the planetary forces keep our solar system in line, paint with gravity, and create your own marble roller coaster. Our all-time favorite apple slingshots will return this week too! Campers will also be a force for good at SM&NC as we complete some special projects to benefit our farm and wild animals.
Session 7: Feasts for the Beasts
August 9-13- FULL
Everybody’s somebody’s lunch! We’ll discover, from sheep to snakes, what everyone eats and the tools that animals use to eat and not be eaten! We’ll help to feed our exotic animals in Heckscher WILD and learn what our carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores eat. We’ll also get to help out our farmers by aiding in the feeding of our pigs, rabbits, otters, and other animals. The week won’t be complete, of course, without a chance to feed us, which we’ll do through some great cooking experiences to make some of our favorite recipes to take home!