Entering Grades 2-6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Knobloch Farmhouse Education Building
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 be 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 Knobloch Farmhouse 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 be unique, providing fresh experiences each week for campers enrolled in multiple sessions.
For more information about our summer camps, call 203.977.6521 or email.
Session 1: July 1-3 (no camp July 4-5)
Campers will come join us to kick off the summer with a wonderful week in Connecticut’s woods! We’ll go on a variety of flora and fauna finding hikes, all while learning about trail mapping, orienteering, and wilderness survival. With their self-made and customized naturalist guides in hand, campers will get to develop their observational and detective skills to find and catalogue a variety of animals in our stream, pond, and woodland habitats.
Session 2: July 8-12
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead II
Our popular science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics week is returning for a second year! We’ll explore new themes, including reverse engineering, forensic science, the physics of sound, make a variety of DIY crafts, and much more. Campers will get to finish off the week with competing in our three-story high egg drop challenge!
Session 3: July 15-19
Often overlooked, we frequently take for granted the job that both human and nature recyclers do to keep our homes and environments clean. This week, we’ll celebrate their work by making upcycled art & musical instruments, going on decomposer digs, scavenger hunts, racing in a miniature recycled boat regatta, having hissing cockroach races, and more!
Session 4: July 22-26
The Great Animal Adventure
Animals from near and far have made the Stamford Museum their home. This week, campers will get to work with some of their favorite animal friends in Heckscher Wild! by learning their habits, habitats, and diets. Connecticut’s own animals will also play a central role as we explore our native species and what makes them special. To cap off the week, we’ll have our expert campers hold our annual presentation on their animals for families!
Session 5: July 29-August 2
Our second S.T.E.A.M. focused week, Environmental Engineers will have our campers explore the natural aspects of both physical and life sciences. We’ll do a variety of activities including micro-scale bridge building, light up our night sky in our planetarium, and meet several of our true animal ecosystem engineers who build up and alter the world around them. Campers will get to show off what they’ve learned with this week’s several fort-building excursions!
Session 6: August 5-9
No summer session would be complete without the help of our Heckscher farmers! This week, campers will help the Heckscher farm staff with feeding & cleaning our farm animals, all while learning about our fuzzy friends who call the farm home. We’ll also learn about the fibers and milk that some animals provide, taste some foods produced at Heckscher farm, and celebrate the end of summer camp with our famous camper-run pizza party!