Day Camp 2014

Summer 2014

Updated 4-16-14

Grades listed are for your child’s grade in Fall of 2014.
Prices listed assume you have a current Friends of the Nature Center membership at the Family level or higher.  If not, add $55 per family (not per child.)  Click here to learn about the benefits of membership.

PreK and Kindergarten

MINI-CAMP – $65
Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am  (8/10 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 2014, 12:30pm-3:00pm (2/10 enrolled)
Campers will spend fun and action-packed hours at Audubon with a naturalist. We’ll take walks, discover things, play games, get dirty, and spend as much time as possible outside! This is a great introduction to camp and what Audubon is all about. We’ll meet some animals, use some nature tools, and get your child hooked on nature!

Mini Camp

GREEN PLAY – $65
Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am (9/10 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8, 2014, 12:30pm-3:00pm (0/10 enrolled)
There are tons of studies that show more unstructured play in nature is better for kids – all around. So… in this camp we are going to play! We’ll use natural materials and some cheap and fun accessories to build forts, dig holes, make mud pies, play tag, climb, and learn how to play outside.

NATURE MUSIC – $65
Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, 2014, 12:30pm-3:00pm (2/10 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am (0/10 enrolled)
Birds and frogs and foxes sing. Crickets chirps and grasshoppers buzz. The wind whistles with the trees and the raindrops kerplunk as streams murmur. We will listen to nature, learn songs about nature, and make a few nature instruments to create our own nature music.


Grades 1 and 2

WILD DISCOVERIES – $125
Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (11/12 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (4/12 enrolled)
Explore some of the more interesting destinations on our sanctuary… the overlook, the tower, the “forever bridge.” See where the beavers chewed down trees. Learn where the salamanders live. Throw in songs, games, and crafts and you have a full week.

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HOWLS AND GROWLS – $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (0/12 enrolled)
Animals communicate in many different ways, many of which we don’t understand. Sometimes that is scary! We will learn about different animal sounds, what they mean and try to replicate some. There are so many other ways to communicate! We will try our hand at communicating with light, smell, color, and movement.

ART CAMP – $145
Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (8/12 enrolled)
Nature will provide both our inspiration and some of our materials. Campers will draw, paint, and build using leaves, sticks, mud, and more. Projects will be made to take home but some may end up on display at the center. Nature is our canvas and our medium in this camp.

BUDDING NATURALISTS – $125   FULL – Taking a waitlist
Tuesday-Friday, July 29-August 1, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
The natural world is a fascinating place! In this camp, we’ll use some naturalist tools such as binoculars, microscopes, traps, and terrariums to learn about nature. Perhaps a little dissection here and there, a bit of germination, and voila! The passions of a naturalist are born.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH – $125
Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (4/12 enrolled)
There are lots of ways to be friends with the Earth – plant things, raise things, clean up habitats, build wildlife shelters, take care of animals, use less water, recycle, or just play outside! We will make friends with the earth and learn about other people who used their friendship with the earth to make a big difference!

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades 1-2) – $125
Tuesday-Friday, August 12-15, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (1/12 enrolled)
We’d like to tell you about this camp, but shhh!  It’s a surprise!  There will be some traditional Audubon elements, but lots of surprises.  We’ll divide into normal age-groups for some things, but come together as a big camp group for others.


Grades 3 and 4

NATURE NUTS – $125
Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (3/12 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (0/12 enrolled)
This group is nuts about nature! Nuts, yes! And also, pinecones, seeds, beetles, worms, slugs, snakes, frogs, trees, flowers, birds, fungi… You name it, they’ll explore it and report it through maps, art, songs, and games.

Mud walk

ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE- $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (4/12 enrolled)
Animals are unique and accomplished builders. Outside we’ll explore structures that animals build including bird nests, spider webs, tunnel systems. We’ll then become architects and build some of these creations- both inside and outside with both natural and craft materials.

SCALES & COLD-BLOODED TALES – $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (8/12 enrolled)
Audubon is basically a big swamp, which makes it a great home for cold-blooded things! We’ll meet Audubon’s live animals and get up close to them. Some cold-blooded guests will come in to visit. From insects to turtles, this camp will explore everything that’s cold-blooded.

ADVENTURE’S OUT THERE – $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 29-August 1, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (11/12 enrolled)
Fill your water bottle, pack your bag and hit the trail! Each day we’ll adventure to different areas of Audubon. We’ll go off the trail, explore uncharted territory and find out what it feels like to have mud between our toes. Who knows what we’ll discover out there?

SWIRLS, WHORLS & RAINBOWS – $145
Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm (1/12 enrolled)
When it comes to art there are few things more inspiring than nature. The colors, patterns and light are simply magical. We will look at the differences, create masterpieces from the miniscule, and transfer the world into art. Along the way we will learn a few of the reasons behind the patterns, swirls, and whorls.

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades 3-4) – $125
Tuesday-Friday, August 12-15, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (1/12 enrolled)
We’d like to tell you about this camp, but shhh!  It’s a surprise!  There will be some traditional Audubon elements, but lots of surprises.  We’ll divide into normal age-groups for some things, but come together as a big camp group for others.


Grades 5 through 7

NATURE SAFARI – $125
Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (10/12 enrolled)
Experience nature on a whole new level! Trap and release wild animals so you can see them up close. Explore the trails, the habitats, and discover what lives there. This group will go almost anywhere to see incredible things!

Pond Dipping

MUIR CAMP – $135
Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (1/12 enrolled)
Inspired by famous naturalist John Muir, these campers will trek through the woods, fields and wetlands and write about their adventures. John Muir formed deep connections with wild areas and we will explore how to establish a sense of place, and how a person’s identity can be reflected in a natural landscape.

ECO EXPLORERS – $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 29-August 1, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (3/12 enrolled)
Explore the areas around you in depth! We will look into the underworld, inside a forest and between layers of a field. Learn about ecosystems and all the pieces of the eco-puzzle. We will see what we can find as we explore the areas at Audubon.

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades 5-7) – $125
Tuesday-Friday, August 12-15, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (2/12 enrolled)
We’d like to tell you about this camp, but shhh!  It’s a surprise!  There will be some traditional Audubon elements, but lots of surprises.  We’ll divide into normal age-groups for some things, but come together as a big camp group for others.


Grades 8 through 12

COUNSELOR CAMP – $90*
*It’s free if you’re signed up to JC/CIT
Tuesday-Thursday, June 24-26, 2014, 11:00am-3:00pm (1/20 enrolled)
This camp is a how-to for those wishing to be a Camp Counselor. Not only will you learn tips and tricks for being the most awesome counselor ever, you’ll also learn the songs, games, and activities that make Audubon camp what it is! The skills you’ll get in this camp can be applied to any youth supervision position – babysitting, a job, lifeguard, Sunday school, etc. Oh, did we mention it is fun and funny? And required for the kids who want to be a counselor at Audubon.

Teen Treks July 12-15

TEEN TREKS – $165
Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (1/9 enrolled)
Tuesday-Friday, July 29-August 1, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm (1/9 enrolled)
We live in a beautiful region! Expand your nature explorations as we travel in the Audubon van to a different outdoor site each day. Past trips have included Chautauqua Gorge, Arkwright Falls, Jakes Rocks, and Presque Isle. Different weeks have different itineraries and activities.