Explorers Adventure Camp 2022
Children Entering Grades 3-7
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Knobloch Family Farmhouse
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 working with animals, planting in our garden, studying 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. This year we welcome campers entering grades 3-7! 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.
- February 7, 2022: Family Plus and Director's Circle Members
- February 14, 2022: All other members
- February 28, 2022: Non-members
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.
At this time, the waitlist has expired. Any cancellations that we get will be reopened weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9am online. Openings will be noted here.
Session 1: Farmers & Growers
June 27-July 1
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.
Session 2: Yuck Week (4-day session)
Join us for a week of all things wonderfully icky! Visit the vernal pools to see how our amphibians are growing up, perfect your favorite slime recipe, and delve into the world of fungus and mold as we grow our own. Discover good and bad invertebrates as help to remove invasive and pests from the forest and garden and get your hands dirty as we dig into the soil. Meet live animals that people often think are icky and find out how amazing they actually are. Explore decomposition and how our compost helps our garden grow. We’ll also have a great game of camp Capture the Flag to end our week.
Session 3: Build it, Break it, Mold it, Make it
One of our most popular themes returns! Enjoy a great week of constructing with LEGO and other building kits as we complete some engineering challenges. Crack open a geode as we explore how rocks are formed, create art with paintballs, and sculpt with clay. Learn how to construct a survival shelter, take apart some old electronics to see how they work, and turn paper into flying machines. We’ll even get to make some tasty treats including S’mores over our campfire.
Session 4: Go Native!
Connecticut is home to many amazing animals! Learn about our native wildlife by exploring the many habitats at the SM&NC. Using wildlife artifacts, we’ll focus on some of the larger animals, such as bear and deer, that call our state home and discover how to identify our local snakes. We’ll also travel back to the time of the Woodland Indians to see how they used local resources to survive. We’ll also visit our pollinator garden and woodland meadow to understand the importance of native plants to our ecosystems, help to remove some invasives, and do some planting of our own. We’ll also take a walking field trip to Scofieldtown Park to see what birds and insects can be found.
Session 5: Cool Concoctions Camp
Does your camper love science and seeing how things go together? Join us for a week of great science experiments and cooking. We’ll make a variety of our favorite polymers, explore exothermic reactions, and create our own art supplies. Make your own pizza dough and butter to take home, mix your own soil for plant propagation, and make some of our favorite slime recipes to see what is your favorite.
Session 6: Vertebrate Zoology
Explore the ecology of vertebrate animals as we study the five classes of boned beasts—amphibians, reptiles, fish, mammals, and birds. We’ll learn about many classes of mammals, including rodents, weasels, and hoofstock and meet native and exotic reptiles and amphibians. See what species of birds we can find on the property and create a fish print. We’ll also use our collection of skulls and bones to see the adaptations of each of these groups of animals.