Children Entering Grades 3-7

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Farmhouse/Observatory Grounds

This year we welcome campers entering grades 3-7! 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! The camp group has a maximum of 1:5 camper-to-staff ratio to enhance the small-group experience. 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.

For more information about our summer camps, call 203.977.6521 or email

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Camp Fees

Members: $425 | Non-members: $465

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


Session 1: July 6-10

Water & the Earth - FULL

Let’s get our feet wet during this water-focused session! We’ll discover who lives within the waters of the vernal pools, explore our stream for macroinvertebrates, and venture into the world of watersheds and the water cycle! Whether it’s fresh, brackish, or salt, we’ll discover the wonderful world of water and its wild inhabitants!


Session 2: July 13-17

Up, Up & Away - FULL

Come discover the marvels of what is above our heads! We’ll focus on the biology of animals in flight, the invisible world of our atmosphere and the expanse of space! Campers will explore the mythology of the stars in our planetarium, meet some live birds of prey, recreate the science of the greenhouse effect, launch some rockets, and determine if humans can really fly up, up, and away.


Session 3: July 20-24

Survival Adventure! - FULL

During this week, campers will be split into teams for some friendly survival competition. We’ll explore different techniques of fire building, identify wild edibles, and put ourselves to the test building shelters and tracking wildlife! 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).

Session 4: July 27-31

Green Guardians- FULL

We are turning Earth Day in to Earth Week! Campers will explore how to be great stewards of the Earth and how to incorporate environmental kindness into their daily lives! We’ll take to the woods to get our hands dirty with helping to maintain our trails, learning about invasive species, creating wildlife habitat, and planting some trees on the SM&NC property. As a reward for our great work, we’ll head to our local waterways to explore the watershed!

Session 5: August 3-7

Farm & Garden Frenzy!- FULL

What would the summer be without a week of farm fun in the sun? We’ll discover where our food comes from through working in our organic vegetable garden and planting some things to take home too! Explore the world of pollinators by visiting our farm’s beehives and learn about the various types of food that is grown on Connecticut farms. Hang out with our favorite farm animals such as our goats and get your hands dirty with the world of worms and composting. We’ll hike over to our neighboring Bartlett Arboretum, too, for a day of exploring their garden areas.


Session 6: August 10-14

Full STEAM Ahead!- FULL

Our ever-popular STEAM week is back! We’ll take our cues from CSI to become forensic detectives, meet some great animal engineers, participate in our annual egg drop challenge, and get to build with a variety of great building blocks! We’ll use natural materials from the forest to create Andy Goldsworthy-inspired art, discover our favorite slime recipes, and break out our popular apple slingshots for a chance to shoot apples across the pond!

Session 7: August 17-21

Wildlife Warriors- FULL

Go behind the scenes to see how we care for our animals here at SM&NC and discover the wildlife in our forest and ponds through hands-on explorations. We’ll do a reptile and amphibian study on our grounds, learn what it takes to be an otter keeper, help to care for and feed some of our education and farm animals and investigate about some of the most interesting animals that live at SM&NC.