2021 Summer Camps at North Branch Nature Center
Summer Camps at NBNC offer a safe place where children can interact directly with nature through observation, questioning, and hands-on exploration. From flipping rocks along wooded streams to chasing butterflies through the fields, this is what a child’s summer should be. Every day we create memorable experiences in the outdoors and send children home with a renewed excitement of the natural world. Please review individual camp descriptions for more information. We offer camps for three age groups: ages 4-5 (entering preschool - Kindergarten); entering 1st - 3rd grade; and entering 4th - 8th grade.
As always, NBNC members receive a discount on summer camp registration. This year, all members will receive an email when registration opens with a promo code for 6% off camp fees. Make sure to become a member or renew your membership to receive that promo code before signing up for summer camps.
More About NBNC Summer Camps
HOURS & AFTER-CARE
All camps begin at 9 am (see age group for pick-up times). Children may be dropped off after 8:45 am. Post-camp after-care is available until 3 pm for preschool camps ($6/day) and until 5 pm for all other camps ($12/day). After-care is an informal extension of camp activities with supervised free time for games, reading, art projects and more. Space is very limited, so register early.
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 your child's camp, you will receive a full refund (less the processing fee).
- If requested between one month and two weeks before the first day of your child's camp, you will receive a 50% refund (less the processing fee).
- If requested less than two weeks before the first day of your child's camp, we will be unable to issue a refund.
Every year, unfortunately, children are turned away from our camps due to lack of space. The more notice we have of cancellation, the better our ability to offer that space to another interested child.
If your child misses one or more days of camp, for any reason, we cannot provide partial refunds.
Camp is often the highlight of a child’s summer, an opportunity to learn and explore in an environment very different from school. Our Campership Fund provides a limited number of partial and full scholarships, allowing families with limited means to send children to camp. If you need financial support to send your child to camp, please click here for the application materials!
KIDS NEED NATURE
If you would like to help share the experience of camp or other Nature Center children’s programming with another child, please contribute to our Kids Need Nature Fund when registering your own child.
ABOUT OUR SUMMER STAFF
Get ready to have fun, because summer field staff include some of your kids’ favorite year-round NBNC staff including Ken Benton, Carrie Riker, Zac Cota, and Dave Muska. Each summer we also hire several fantastic additional staff: folks with backgrounds in teaching and experience in environmental science or outdoor education. Visit 'About Us' on our website for more information about our top-notch staff.
Got a teen who loves nature and being with children? Each year we welcome a few students (age 14 to 19) to be Counselors-In-Training. If your teen is interested in spending two to four weeks as a CIT, please contact [email protected] Stipend available.
Check back in February 2021 for Camp Registration
We use a built-in registration platform by Sawyer. This system confidentially stores your child's information to make it easier to register your children for multiple programs. If you're new to the platform: when you click "More Info," then "Registration" below, the platform will ask you to create a Sawyer account. This only takes a few seconds. But wait, you're not done yet! Once you've logged into your new account, return to this page and continue with the the registration process.
Preschool/Kindergarten Summer Camps
(for ages 4 - 5) 9 am - 2 pm
$250 (6% discount for NBNC members with promo code)
Summer Camps for Children Entering Grades 1 - 3
9 am - 3 pm
$280 (6% discount for NBNC members with promo code)
Summer Camps for Children Entering Grades 4 - 8
9 am - 4 pm | price as indicated
(6% discount for NBNC members with promo code)
Aftercare runs until 3 pm for preK - K camps ($6/day)
and until 5 pm for 1st-3rd and 4th-8th grade camps ($12/day)
April Break Camps
Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Children in grades K-3 join us for one, two or three days of spring nature adventures and activities. We will make art using natural materials, explore the fields and forest for signs of wildlife, try our hands at wild edible cooking and give back to the land in celebration of Earth Day. Check back for April Break 2021 dates.
Connecting People to the Natural World