2014 North Branch Nature CenterCamp Kids
Summer Camps
Day Camps for Curious Kids
Ages
4 to 14

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! The North Branch Nature Center has been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for nearly 15 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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Summary of Camps Offered

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Camps by Age
pre-K (ages 4-5) Buzzing Bugs 6/16 - 6/20
pre-K (ages 4-5) AmphibiKidz 6/30 - 7/3 *
pre-K (ages 4-5) Forest Builders 7/21 - 7/25
pre-K (ages 4-5) Woodland Wanderers 7/28 - 8/1
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 8/4 - 8/8
Grades 1 - 4 Natural History Mysteries 6/23 - 6/27
Grades 1 - 4 Things with Wings 7/7 - 7/11
Grades 1 - 4 Wading in Wetlands 7/14 - 7/18
Grades 1 - 4 Incredible Insects! 7/21 - 7/25
Grades 1 - 4 Nature's Canvas 7/28 - 8/1
Grades 1 - 4 Habitat Detectives 8/4 - 8/8
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 8/11 - 8/15
Grades 5 - 8 Avian Wonders 6/23 - 6/27
Grades 5 - 8 Summer Scientists 6/30 - 7/3 *
Grades 5 - 8 Green Mountain Trekkers 7/7 - 7/11
Grades 5 - 8 Haunted Hikes of Vermont 7/14 - 7/18
Grades 7 - 9 Hiking the Appalachian Trail 7/28 - 7/31
 
Camps by Date
June 16 - 20 Buzzing Bugs pre-k
June 23 - 27 Natural History Mysteries grades 1-4
June 23 - 27 Avian Wonders grades 5-8
June 30 - July 3 * AmphibiKidz pre-k
June 30 - July 3 * Summer Scientists grades 5-8
July 7 - 11 Things with Wings grades 1-4
July 7 - 11 Green Mountain Trekkers grades 5-8
July 14 - 18 Wading in Wetlands grades 1-4
July 14 - 18 Haunted Hikes of Vermont grades 5-8
July 21 - 25 Forest Builders pre-k
July 21 - 25 Incredible Insects! grades 1-4
July 28 - August 1 Nature's Canvas grades 1-4
July 28 - August 1 Woodland Wanderers pre-k
July 28 - July 31 Hiking the Appalachian Trail grades 7-9
August 4 - 8 Becoming Animals pre-k
August 4 - 8 Habitat Detectives grades 1-4
August 11 - 15 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

*Camp will not be held on Friday, July 4 and all camps June 30 - July 3 are prorated to reflect the 4-day week.


Buzzing Bugs
Dates:Monday to Friday, June 16th to 20th
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  - AM session only for this pre-school camp
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $120 member, $130 nonmember

The field, forest and river of North Branch Nature Center are home to an endless variety of insects just waiting to be discovered. Swinging nets and flipping logs, we’ll explore the land in search of these tiny creatures. Join us as we learn about their unique role in the environment through fun nature activities.


Natural History Mysteries (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 23rd to 27th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade
Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

A hike through the woods will turn up many mysteries, and in this camp we’ll try to solve some of nature’s riddles. Who left those tracks in the mud? Why is that tree growing sideways? What animals are hiding in the beaver pond? Join us as we unravel some of Mother Nature’s mysteries.


Avian Wonders (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 23rd to June 27th
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
Cost: $325 member, $350 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Birds have captivated people for generations. From egrets to eagles, 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 summit of Mt. Mansfield to the shores of Lake Champlain. Whether you are a passionate 'birder' or just getting started, this camp is for you! Sign up soon – this camp is limited to just 10 kids.


AmphibiKidz (AM Full, PM space available)
Dates: Monday to Thursday, June 30th – July 3rd (shorter week for July 4)
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $100 member, $105 nonmember (prorated for shorter week)

Have you ever wondered what types of wildlife live among the slippery rocks of rivers and ponds? This week we’ll search for turtles, frogs, crayfish, 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!


Summer Scientists
Dates: Monday to Thursday, June 30th to July 3rd (shorter week for July 4)
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
Cost: $260 member, $280 nonmember (includes van transportation, prorated for shorter week)

Do you enjoy science? Ever wonder what it’s like to be a scientist? Vermont’s scientists work outside all summer to study our environment and its inhabitants. We will take several field trips to meet some of these scientists and learn about their fascinating work. We’ll use cool tools of the trade and get up close and personal to see what it’s like to be a scientist in the summer. Sign up soon – this camp is limited to just 10 kids.


Things with Wings
Dates:  Monday to Friday, July 7th to 11th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade
Cost: $230 member, $250 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 further explore how to defy gravity. Fascinating fireflies, hovering hummingbirds, delightful dragonflies and more await discovery!

Summer Camp


Green Mountain Trekkers
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 7th to July 11th
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
Cost: $325 member, $350 nonmember (prorated for shorter week)

Campers will experience some of Central Vermont’s finest hikes, from the classics to those ‘off the beaten track’. Each day we will see new places and explore different natural communities. We will also go geo-caching, a 21st century treasure hunt in which people around the world search for hidden containers and trade small trinkets such as toys, stickers, key chains, and more. Sign up soon- this camp is limited to just 10 kids.

Wading in Wetlands (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 14th to July 18th   
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

Do you love animals? Do you love being in and around water? Come cool off with us this week as we learn everything we can about birds, mammals and insects that make rivers, ponds and wetlands their home. A fascinating world awaits us just beneath the water’s surface!


Haunted Hikes
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 14th to July 18th  
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade

Cost: $325 member, $350 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Have you ever felt like you weren’t alone in the forest, or heard voices in the woods and turned only to find nobody there?  This week we’ll delve deeper into the spooky ghost stories and scary legends that haunt the Green Mountain state’s enchanted fields and forests.  So prepare yourself for ghosts, ghouls, and specters as we go on the Haunted Hikes of Vermont! Sign up soon - this camp is limited to just 10 kids.


Forest Builders (AM full, PM cancelled)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 21st to July 25th 
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $120 member, $130 nonmember

Time to break out the hard hats and put on your work gloves because during this camp our Nature Center will be transformed into a preschool construction zone! We will be building with a large variety of natural materials and special tools. With the forest as our background, the possibilities of what we can construct are endless.


Incredible Insects!
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 21st to July 25th   
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

Calling all young entomologists! An endless variety of insects are hiding just about everywhere outdoors, waiting for us to find! From the tiny springtail to the giant water bug, we’ll flip logs and swing nets for bugs high and low as we discover the amazing world of these often overlooked creatures. 


Nature’s Canvas (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 28th to August 1st
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade
Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

Since the time of ancient cave paintings people have been fascinated with depicting nature through art. From the realist paintings of John James Audubon to the abstract sculptures of Andrew Goldsworthy, we will spend a week exploring the connection between nature and art through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!


Woodland Wanderers (AM space available, PM cancelled)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 28th to August 1st
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $120 member, $130 nonmember

Wander the forest this week as we flip logs, crawl through bushes, and sift through soil, all to discover the many creatures that call the forest home. From tunneling worms to towering trees, the woods offer endless explorations!


Hiking the Appalachian Trail: West Hartford, VT to Kent Pond
Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 28th to July 31st
Hours: overnight
For: Children entering 7th to 9th grade

Cost: $475 member, $525 nonmember (overnight camp, includes meals)

North Branch Nature Center is proud to offer our first foray along the Appalachian Trail. We’ll be hiking along a 33 mile section, starting in the village of West Hartford and ending at Kent Pond, near Killington.  We’ll average 8 and 1/4 miles a day as we traverse the rolling mountains and forgotten farm fields. While no previous overnight backpacking experience is necessary, participants are expected to provide their own gear and be able to hike while carrying a 35 lbs pack. Please contact us with any questions or for more details.


Becoming Animals (AM full, PM cancelled)
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 4th to August 8th
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)

Cost: $120 member, $130 nonmember

Do like pretending to fly around like a bird or eat 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!


Habitat Detectives (two spot left!)
Dates:Monday to Friday, August 4th to August 8th   
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade
Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

People say that everything in nature is connected, but how? We will be investigating a wide variety of habitats to explore these connections through games, hikes and many other nature activities. Come play and learn in the diverse habitats of North Branch Nature Center and surrounding parks.


Sticks and Stones (New spaces opened up!)
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 11th to August 15th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade
Cost: $230 member, $250 nonmember

Did you know that you can make rope from milkweed plants? How about tea from pine needles? 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.


How to Register

We are proud to offer online registration for our 2014 summer camps. Here are the ways you can register for camp:

1. Online registration by credit card, check, or cash. NOW OPEN!
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 during full-day camp sessions until 5:00 pm ($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.

Campership 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 Campership 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 Campership 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 Campership Fund. You can help make a child's summer special!

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

 

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

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