Registration for our 2017 camps is now open!

 

2017 North Branch Nature CenterCamp Kids
Summer Camps
Day Camps for Curious Kids
Ages
4 to 14

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! The North Branch Nature Center has been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for more than 20 years. Catching frogs, watching hawks, following grasshoppers, making new friends - isn’t this just what a child’s summer should be?


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Camps by Age
pre-K (ages 4-5) Nature's Canvas 6/19 - 6/23
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 6/26 - 6/30
pre-K (ages 4-5) Forest Builders 7/10 - 7/14
pre-K (ages 4-5) Animal Tales 7/17 - 7/21
pre-K (ages 4-5) AmphibiKidz 7/24 - 7/28
pre-K (ages 4-5) Oink, Burp, Chirp 7/31 - 8/4
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 8/7 - 8/11
Grades 1 - 4 Natural History Mystery 6/26 - 6/30
Grades 1 - 4 *Swamp Things 7/3 - 7/7
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 7/10 - 7/14
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 7/17 - 7/21
Grades 1 - 4 Insect Investigators 7/24 - 7/28
Grades 1 - 4 Up, Up, & Away 7/31 - 8/4
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 8/7 - 8/11
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 8/14 - 8/18
Grades 5 - 8 Avian Wonders 6/26 - 6/30
Grades 5 - 8 *Summer Scientists 7/3 - 7/7
Grades 5 - 8 Gone Fishin’ 7/10 - 7/14
Grades 5 - 8 Trekkers 7/17 - 7/21
 
Camps by Date
June 19 - 23 Nature's Canvas pre-k
June 26 - 30 Becoming Animals pre-k
June 26 - 30 Natural History Mystery grades 1-4
June 26 - 30 Avian Wonders grades 5-8
July 3 - 7 *Swamp Things grades 1-4
July 3 - 7 *Summer Scientists grades 5-8
July 10 - 14 Forest Builders pre-k
July 10 - 14 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4
July 10 - 14 Gone Fishin’ grades 5-8
July 17 - 21 Animal Tales pre-k
July 17 - 21 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
July 17 - 21 North Branch Trekkers grades 5-8
July 24 - 28 AmphibiKidz pre-k
July 24 - 28 Insect Investigators grades 1-4
July 31 - Aug 4 Oink, Burp, Chirp pre-k
July 31 - Aug 4 Up, Up, & Away grades 1-4
August 7 - 11 Becoming Animals pre-k
August 7 - 11 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
August 14 - 18 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

* Camp will not be held on Tuesday, July 4

 


PRE-SCHOOL CAMPS AGES 4-5
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Nature’s Canvas
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 19th to 23rd
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
The natural world is brimming with beauty and inspiration. Join us and become an artist outdoors. Paint with mud, make marks and draw with charcoal, create sculptures out of sticks, weave on a branch loom, and let your creativity flow.


Becoming Animals
(camp full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 26h to June 30th
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
Do you like pretending to fly like a bird or lumber around like a bear? How about chewing like a beaver?  Every day this week we’ll become a different animal and explore their world through imaginative play! We’ll build dams, make nests, and dig dens as we become animals!


Forest Builders
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 10th to July 14th 
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
Calling all builders! Join us this week as we discover what we can construct with found supplies around the forest and fields of NBNC. We will be building with a variety of special tools and natural materials. With the Vermont landscape as our background, the possibilities of what we can construct are endless!


Animal Tales
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 17th to July 21st 
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
Naturalists love finding stories in the land around them, and there are so many stories to dive into around the nature center! This week we’ll read or tell a different story each day to guide the fun and games. As we play and learn, we’ll hear about a variety of characters and follow along with their tales.


AmphibiKidz
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 24th to July 28th
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
Have you ever wondered about the wildlife living among the slippery rocks of rivers and ponds? This week we’ll search for turtles, frogs, crawfish, and other small creatures that call the North Branch of the Winooski River home. So come join us as we learn about all things wet, wild and wonderful!


Oink, Burp, Chirp
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 31st to August 4th
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
What was that?  Did you hear what that pig just said?  Are those flies talking to each other?  Why is that bird bobbing its head?  How do ants tell their friends where the good food is?  Find out what the buzz is all about as we check out the world of animal communication.
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Becoming Animals
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 7th to August 11th
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember
See description above.


CAMPS FOR CHILDREN ENTERING GRADES 1-4
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natural History Mystery
Dates:Monday to Friday, June 26th to June 30th
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
In this camp we will follow clues from long ago as we unravel a mystery that will lead us through the sands of time. From forgotten farm fields to abandoned logging roads, we’ll explore the natural history of the nature center and the surrounding area.  Join the adventure as we solve some of Mother Nature’s mysteries!


Swamp Things
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates:Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 3rd to July 7th
Cost: $188 member, $204 nonmember (prorated for 4 day week)
Do you love animals? Do you love being in and around water? Come explore with us this week as we learn everything we can about the birds, mammals and insects that make ponds, rivers and wetlands their home. A fascinating world awaits us where water and land meet!


Sticks and Stones
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 10th to July 14th  
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
Did you know that you can make lemonade from staghorn sumac berries? How about rope from milkweed stalks? This week we’ll practice our outdoor living skills as we learn how to make use of the many amazing materials that our environment provides. From building shelters with sticks found on the forest floor to learning how to prepare wild edibles, we’ll be working with the tools that nature gives us.


Naturally Artists
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 17th to July 21st
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
Since the time of ancient cave paintings people have been fascinated with depicting nature through art. This week we’ll explore the wilder side of the world of art as we experiment with using the natural landscape as our canvas. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to explore the nature and art connection through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!


Insect Investigators
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 24th to July 28th
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
Calling all young entomologists! An endless variety of insects are hiding just about everywhere, waiting for us to find them! From the tiny springtail to the giant water bug, we’ll flip logs and swing nets high and low as we discover the amazing world of these often overlooked creatures.


Up, Up, & Away
(camp full, waitlist only)
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 31st to August 4th  
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
From birds to bats to butterflies, we’ll learn how nature has taken flight by looking at the winged wildlife of NBNC. We’ll catch, observe, and investigate these curious creatures and do our own experiments to explore how these animals defy gravity.


Naturally Artists
(camp full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, August 7th to August 11th
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
See description above.


Sticks and Stones
Dates:Monday to Friday, August 14th to August 18th  
Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember
See description above.



Travel Camps for Children Entering Grades 5-8
Hours 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Sign up soon, travel camps are limited to just 10 kids!

Avian Wonders
Dates:Monday to Friday, June 26th to June 30th
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)
Birds have captivated people for generations. From egrets to eagles and hawks to hummingbirds, come search alongside experienced birders for many birds that share our backyards. We’ll explore some of Vermont’s birding hotspots, from the cliffs of Marshfield Mt. to the shores of Lake Champlain. Whether you are a passionate 'birder' or just getting started, this camp is for you! 


Summer Scientists
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday July 3rd to 7th
Cost: $264 member, $284 nonmember (pro-rated for shorter week)
Do you enjoy science?  Ever wonder what it would be like to be a scientist?  Vermont’s scientists work intensely outdoors all summer long to study our environment.  This week we’ll join some of them and learn about the fascinating work they do up close and personal!  We’ll even set up a project of our own to help solve some of nature’s mysteries.


Gone Fishin’
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 10th to July 14th
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)
The best anglers know all about the fish they target and the waters they swim in. We’ll explore wetland ecology, study micro invertebrates (fish food), and visit a fish hatchery, all as we dip our lines in some of the best rivers, lakes, and streams that our state has to offer.  To take advantage of prime early morning and evening fishing hours, we will camp out overnight Thursday to get a jump on the next morning’s bite.  Grab your rod and reel because this week we’re Gone Fishin’!


Trekkers
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 17th to July 21st 
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)
Trekkers the summer camp will explore the wilder side of our Green Mountain State as we practice outdoor living skills such as carving, coal burning, tracking, and much more.  From crawling into abandoned beaver lodges to wild harvesting and cooking our own food over a campfire started with primitive methods, we’ll take the hands on approach as we explore our world.  Our week will culminate in a test of our skills during an overnight primitive camping trip to C.C. Putnam State Forest.


How to Register

Here are the ways you can register for camp:

1. Online registration by credit card, check, or cash.
2.Mail-in paper registration by check or cash. **Mail-in registration not available if paying by credit card**
3. Call us to register by phone at (802) 229-6206. **Phone registration not available if paying by credit card**


To help you register online, be sure to check out our online registration FAQ.

Please make checks payable to “North Branch Nature Center”. Full payment in advance is required, except by prior arrangement. Send your registration form and payment to North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or call (802) 229-6206. Upon receipt of registration and full payment, we will send you a confirmation letter with detailed camp information.

Post-Camp Child Care
Day camp hours vary, please see camp descriptions for times. Children may be dropped off 15 minutes before the camp starts. Post-camp care is available until 3pm for preschool camps ($6/day) and until 5:00 pm for full-day camps ($12/day). After-hours care is an informal extension of camp activities; it is supervised free time including games, reading, art projects and other informal activities. We can accept only a limited number of children each week, so please be sure to register for this service.

Camp Scholarship Fund
A week of nature center camp can be the real highlight of a child's summer, an opportunity to learn and explore in an environment very different from school. The scholarship fund allows families with limited financial means to send their children to summer camp, providing partial and full scholarships to children who otherwise could not participate in our camps. Although we receive some corporate donations, much of the scholarship fund comes from contributions from individuals like you. If you need financial support to send your child to a North Branch Nature Center camp, please contact us. If you can, please contribute to our scholarship fund. You can help make a child's summer special! Download a scholarship request form.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds are subject to a $20 non-refundable processing fee and will be given according to the following schedule:
    * If requested at least one month before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund (less the processing fee).
    * If requested between one month and two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a 50% refund (less the processing fee).
    * If requested less than two weeks before the first day of camp, we will be unable to issue a refund.

Every year, unfortunately, children are turned away from our camps due to lack of available room. The more notice we have of cancellation, the better our ability to fill that space with another interested child.  If your child is ill or, for any reason, misses one or more days of camp, we will not be able to provide a partial refund. Send registration form and full payment to:
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206
info@northbranchnaturecenter.org

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