Children Entering a 4s Preschool or Kindergarten
9:15 am - 12:15 pm (Limited Lunch Bunch available from 12:15 - 1:15 pm)
Art, Nature & Me Preschool
Children entering PreK4 or K will go wild for art and nature at our newly updated camp! We’ll explore all of the best that SM&NC has to offer and get your campers unplugged and OUTSIDE hiking on trails, participating in outdoor art, visiting animal pastures, experiencing free play, rolling over logs, and more! Give your kids the camp experience they crave and that is vital to their development! Find joy and explore curiosity this summer! Our Wild at Art camp is taught by our Preschool Teachers and experienced seasonal staff.
STAY FOR LUNCH! For an additional fee, children can bring a lunch and drink and extend their time with us from 12:15 - 1:15 pm.
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.
NEW this year: a special spring session of Wild at Art open to current SM&NC preschool students only! Join us for this special chance to be heroes for our animals! We’ll work on some great projects for wildlife such as helping to fill feeders, build brush piles, and plant native plants for our pollinators! Help to make food for our pigs and salads for our turtles. Work with our staff to create art with our animals too! Kids will be kept within their current classrooms if possible. Lunch bunch is not offered for the spring session. Registration closes on March 19.
Session 1: Animal Champions- FULL!
Summer Camp Sessions
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 email@example.com.
If you would like to be put on a waitlist for full sessions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session 1: Wild Wonderful Water
June 28-July 2- FULL
Explore the wild, wonderful world of water and all that it has to offer! Search for salamanders in our vernal pools, spy some critters in our stream, and see if you can spot some turtles! We’ll explore the science of water and the water cycle, visit with ducks, frogs, and other animals that call the water home, and create some great outside art with water as our inspiration.
Session 2: Moo Crew!
July 5-9- FULL
Our most popular week returns! Join us for hands-on exploration and adventure on the farm. Meet the Heckscher Farm animals from chickens to cows, and everything in between. Discover the moos, baas, quacks, and oinks on the farm through stories and art. We’ll take a special look at the importance of cows learning about the many things we make from milk. Campers will also make some butter to taste. We want you to join the ‘Moo Crew”!
Session 3: Night and Day
July 12-16- FULL
Whooo’s out when the sun goes down? Discover the world of nocturnal animals such as owls and bats and how they do their job under the cover of night. We’ll learn about the phases of the moon and the pictures in the stars. We’ll have our own pajama day celebration, meet some of our favorite daytime animals, and make some art inspired by our nocturnal friends.
Session 4: Builders & Engineers II
July 19-23- FULL
Last year’s favorite returns! Kids are natural builders and creators! We’ll give campers a great week of building, tinkering, and designing both in the classroom and out on the trails. We’ll create some outdoor sculpture and recycled art, give kids free rein with loose parts on our outdoor STEAM trail, and discover how animals are builders too! Join us for a great week of exploration and figuring out how things work!
Session 5: The Forest is a Wonderful Place
July 26-30- FULL
“The forest is a wonderful place—I want to go there!” Join us for an exploration of one of our favorite places as we search for critters under our magical trees! Build a fairy house or gnome house, visit the “rotten log hotel,” search for animal tracks, and, of course, show us your salamander face!
Session 6: Roots, Shoots, Critters & Boots
August 2-6- FULL
Get hands-on at Heckscher Farm! Discover what's growing in the garden and visit with horses, goats, chickens, and other residents of the farm. We'll get our hands dirty as we dig in the soil and learn about the roots, shoots, and fruits that grow in our gardens. We'll meet many of the animals that call Heckscher Farm home and discover the many things that come from the farm.
Session 7: Science Sleuths
August 9-13- FULL
Have your youngest scientists join us for a fun week of experiments! We’ll learn about simple machines by using a pulley, wheelbarrow, and corn grinder. Learn about what sinks and floats, make it snow in summer, concoct our favorite slime recipes and more! We’ll also discover how art and science come together as we create some amazing outdoor art.