2015 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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Camps by Age
pre-K (ages 4-5) Water Wonders 6/15 - 6/19
pre-K (ages 3.5-5) Mud, Air, Fire, Water 7/6 - 7/10
pre-K (ages 4-5) Nature’s Canvas 7/20 - 7/24
pre-K (ages 4-5) Bountiful Bugs 7/27 - 7/31
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 8/3 - 8/7
Grades 1 - 4 Bug Bonanza 6/22 - 6/26
Grades 1 - 4 Over the River & Thru the Woods 6/29 - 7/3
Grades 1 - 4 Swamp Stompers 7/13 - 7/17
Grades 1 - 4 Natural History Mysteries 7/20 - 7/24
Grades 1 - 4 Up, Up, & Away 7/27 - 7/31
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 8/3 - 8/7
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 8/10 - 8/14
Grades 5 - 8 North Branch Trekkers 6/22 - 6/26
Grades 5 - 8 Gone Fishin’ 6/29 - 7/3
Grades 5 - 8 Avian Wonders 7/6 - 7/10
Grades 5 - 8 Summer Scientists 7/13 - 7/17
Grades 7 - 9 Green Mountain Trekkers 7/6 - 7/9
Grades 7 - 9 Hiking the Long Trail 8/3 - 8/6
 
Camps by Date
June 15 - 19 Water Wonders pre-k
June 22 - 26 Bug Bonanza grades 1-4
June 22 - 26 North Branch Trekkers grades 5-8
June 29 - July 3 Over the River & Thru the Woods grades 1-4
June 29 - July 3 Gone Fishin’ grades 5-8
July 6 - 10 Mud, Air, Fire, Water pre-k
July 6 - 10 Avian Wonders grades 5-8
July 6 - 9 Green Mountain Trekkers grades 7-9
July 13 - 17 Swamp Stompers grades 1-4
July 13 - 17 Summer Scientists grades 5-8
July 20 - 24 Nature’s Canvas pre-k
July 20 - 24 Natural History Mysteries grades 1-4
July 27 - 31 Bountiful Bugs pre-k
July 27 - 31 Up, Up, & Away grades 1-4
August 3 - 7 Becoming Animals pre-k
August 3 - 7 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
August 3 - 6 Hiking the Long Trail grades 7-9
August 10 - 14 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Water Wonders
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 15th to 19th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

We’ll investigate the many forms water takes as it moves in and around NBNC. Expect many wet and wild adventures as we experiment with water and explore the pond, the North Branch of the Winooski River, and all things aquatic!


Bug Bonanza (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 22nd to June 26th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 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 high and low as we discover the amazing world of these often overlooked creatures.


North Branch Trekkers (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 22nd to June 26th
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (plus overnight on Thursday)
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade

Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Spawned out of our popular afterschool program, North Branch Trekkers the summer camp will explore the mighty North Branch of the Winooski River. From its confluence with the Winooski in Montpelier, to its headwaters in Elmore, we’ll wade in its waters as we search for signs of wildlife, identify wild edibles, learn outdoor living skills, and practice Leave No Trace principles. We’ll build our skills towards an overnight primitive camping trip to C.C. Putnam State Forest on Thursday. Sign up soon – this camp is limited to just 10 kids.


Over the River & Thru the Woods (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 29th to July 3rd
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

People say that everything in nature is connected, but how? We will explore a wide range of habitats around NBNC and investigate their connections through hikes, games, and other adventures. Come play and learn by the river, in the forest, and in the fields with us!


Gone Fishin’
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 29th - July 3rd
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
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 learn about stream ecology, study micro invertebrates (fish food), and visit a fish hatchery, all as we fish along the waters of the Winooski and its tributaries. Grab you rod and reel because this week we’re Gone Fishin’! Campers age 15 and over will need to purchase a VT state fishing license.


Mud, Air, Fire, Water
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 6th to July 10th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 3.5 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)

Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Come join us for week of discovery and excitement as we use all of our senses to explore the elements. We’ll play in the Mud Kitchen, disperse seeds in the air, cook over a fire, find out what floats and sinks in water, and more. Be prepared to get wet and muddy!

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Avian Wonders
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 6th to July 10th
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
Cost: $330 member, $355 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.


Green Mountain Trekkers (cancelled)
Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 6th to July 9th
Hours: overnight
For: Children entering 7th to 9th grade

Cost: $480 member, $530 nonmember (includes meals and campsite fee)

On this trip, we’ll be basecamping in Groton State Forest and will go on different adventures everyday. Come ready to hike, explore, practice backcountry cooking, observe the stars, and learn to be a pro at leave-no-trace camping. While no previous camping experience is necessary, participants are expected to provide their own gear.


Swamp Stompers (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 13th to July 17th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 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 swamps their home. A fascinating world awaits us in the water and the mud!


Summer Scientists (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday July 13th to 17th
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For: Children entering 5th to 8th grade
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)

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 an experiment of our own to help solve nature’s mysteries.


Nature’s Canvas (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 20th to July 24th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
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.


Natural History Mysteries (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 20th to July 24th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

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!


Bountiful Bugs (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 27th to July 31st
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 3.5 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Experience the wonder and excitement of searching for grass-hoppers, butterflies, honey-bees, dragonflies, beetles, ants, and more! Journey with us as we investigate the fields, explore the forest, and probe the depths of the pond in search of insects and their kin.


Up, Up, & Away (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 27th to July 31st
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

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.


Becoming Animals (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 3rd to August 7th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)

Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

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


Naturally Artists (camp full, waitlist only)
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 3rd to August 7th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

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 connection between nature and art through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!


Hiking the Long Trail: Old Job Trail to White Rocks Mtn summercamps3
Dates:Monday to Thursday, August 3rd to August 7th
Hours: overnight
For: Children entering 7th to 9th grade

Cost: $480 member, $530 nonmember (includes meals)

North Branch Nature Center is proud to offer our first foray along the Long Trail. We’ll be hiking along a 20 mile section, starting on the Old Job Trail, east of Mt Tabor, VT and ending at the White Rocks Picnic Area near Wallingford, VT. 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.


Sticks and Stones
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 10th to August 14th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Did you know that you can make lemonade from staghorn sumac berries? How about rope from milkweed plants? 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 2015 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 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.

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! Download a campership 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

 

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

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