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2022 Summer Camps at North Branch Nature Center

ABOUT SUMMER CAMPS

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, ages 6-8, and ages 9-13.

NEW THIS YEAR - 4 CAMP MAXIMUM PER CHILD

In an effort to make our camps accessible to as many families as we can, we are asking families to sign up for no more than 4 camps per child. If space is still available in our camps after the first week of registration, we invite you to register for additional camps at that time.

NBNC MEMBERS DISCOUNT

As always, NBNC members receive a discount on summer camp registration. If you became a member or renewed your membership within the last year, you will receive an email a week before registration opens with a promo code for 6% off camp fees. If you have not yet become a member or renewed your membership, please do so here!
Your confirmation receipt will include the members discount code.

More About NBNC Summer Camps

Click on a camp in the list farther down this page to open up a camp description and additional details. Camps appearing "Fully Booked" before February 7th at 6 pm have not yet opened for registration.

In an effort to serve as any families as possible, we are asking families to sign up for no more than 4 camps per child. If space remains after the first week of registration, we invite you to sign up for additional camps at that time.

Please visit northbranchnaturecenter.org/COVID for our evolving guidelines, expectations, and policies surrounding COVID-19.

HOURS & AFTER-CARE

All camps begin at 9 am. Please see age groups for pick-up times. Children may be dropped off after 8:45 am. Please respect this drop-off time as a courtesy to our staff who will be preparing for the day right up until 8:45.

Post-camp after-care is available until 3 pm for preschool camps and until 5 pm for all other camps. After-care is an informal extension of camp activities with supervised free time for games, reading, art projects and more.

Aftercare registration is available at the bottom of this page below camp registrations.

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 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.

In the event that NBNC needs to cancel this camp as a result of COVID-19 concerns, a full refund will be issued

Camp is often the highlight of a child’s summer, an opportunity to learn and explore in an environment very different from school. We provide a limited number of financial support packages that typically provide a 50% discount off camp registration, though we occasionally accommodate greater support requests on a case-by-case basis.

If you need financial support to send your child to camp, please email [email protected]org with the following information:
-Your name, address and phone number
-Camper's name and age
-Camp titles

Please contact us well before camp registration opens so that we may discuss options in advance of registration and provide you with an appropriate discount code.

This year we are additionally reserving space in every camp for families needing financial support. If your desired camp is full, please join the waitlist and contact us to inquire about this space.

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, Pete Kerby-Miller, Fiona Modrak, and Dave Muska. Each summer we also hire several fantastic additional staff 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.

Registration Open!

We use a built-in registration platform by Sawyer. 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 Ages 6-8

9 am - 3 pm
$280 (6% discount for NBNC members with promo code)

Summer Camps for Children Ages 9-13

9 am - 4 pm
$330 (6% discount for NBNC members with promo code)

Aftercare Registration

Aftercare runs until 3 pm for preK - K camps and until 5 pm for 1st - 8th grade camps.

April Break Camps

April 18 - 22 2022
$65/day or $310 for all five days
Ages 5-8

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.

"We feel the beauty of nature… we know that however much in our separate
domains we abstract from the unity of Nature, this unity remains.
"

—Ernest Everett Just (1833 - 1941)

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206

Hours: Center Open Monday-Friday 9-4
Trails Open 24/7