Day Camp 2016

 Summer 2016

Updated 8-8-16, 8:00am

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Grades listed are for your child’s grade in Fall of 2016.
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 (age 4 by July 1)

TINY CAMP – $50
Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am (3/10 enrolled)
This is a mini version of Mini Camp! Just three days, it is a good intro to the four-day camps and parents are welcome to join us.

MINI CAMP – $65 Taking a Waitlist
1: Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am  (10/10 enrolled) FULL (1)
2: Tuesday-Friday, July 12-15, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am  (10/10 enrolled) FULL 
Campers will spend fun and action-packed hours at the Nature Center 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 our day-long camps and what camp is all about. We’ll meet some animals, use some nature tools, and get your child hooked on nature!

Mini Camp

GREEN PLAY – $65 Taking a Waitlist
1: Tuesday-Friday, July 19-22, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am (10/10 enrolled) FULL (2)
2: Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am (10/10 enrolled) FULL (1)
There are tons of studies that show 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.

FOREST KIDS – $65 One slot open!
Tuesday-Friday, August 2-5, 2016, 9:00am-11:30am (9/10 enrolled)
Unstructured play is great for children, but unfettered play is even better! In this camp we will use our imaginations and spend the day playing in the forest with just what we find there! Exploring, playing, imagining, creating, this camp is a throwback to the “original” childhood!


Grades 1 and 2

WILD DISCOVERIES – $125 FULL – Taking a Waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 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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BUDDING NATURALISTS – $135 FULL – Taking a Waitlist
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
For those kids who are really into nature, this camp will take them to the next step! Journal techniques, famous naturalists’ stories, and a take-home naturalist toolkit will be part of this camp.

DIRT CAMP – $125 FULL – Taking a waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, July 12-15, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled) 
At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. We will investigate dirt, play in the dirt, build with dirt, and help make dirt in this camp!

NATURE COLLECTIONS – $135 FULL – Taking a waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
Nature is full of fascinating objects from perfect rocks to skulls to feathers. We will learn what to collect and what not to collect, how to preserve things, and ways to identify what we find.

FORTS AND FIELDS – $125 FULL – Taking a waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, August 2-5, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
Free play in nature is good for kids – their physical, mental, and emotional health and development improve when they play outside in nature. This camp will allow kids to play as they wish, and be healthier without them even knowing it!

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades K-2) – $125 FULL – Taking a WAITLIST (4)
Tuesday-Friday, August 9-12, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
Surprise camp includes favorite elements from the summer camps – which we don’t know until we reach the end of camp! That’s why it is a surprise. We’ll divide into normal age groups for some things but come together as a big group for others.


Grades 3 and 4

NATURE NUTS – $125
Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (11/12 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.

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ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE– $125
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (9/12 enrolled)
With little more than plants, mud and rocks, animals build some incredible things! We will investigate some of these architectural marvels and try to build some of our own!

EAT IT, WEAR IT, USE IT – $125 FULL – Taking a waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, July 12-15, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
In the spirit of being outdoors and the tradition of the classic Foxfire books, this camp will teach kids the useful nature of nature! From wild edibles to simple tools, campers will learn how we rely on nature for food and resources and how to take care of nature responsibly.

ART CAMP – $145
Tuesday-Friday, July 19-22, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (11/12 enrolled)
Silhouettes, patterns, colors, and textures all make nature a work of art that cannot be replicated. We will use all of these things to create art and better appreciate the natural world as well as identification methods for what we find. We will explore outside, too!
This camp is made possible in part by support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grants Program.

NATURE COLLECTIONS– $135
Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (8/10 enrolled)
Nature is full of fascinating objects from perfect rocks to skulls to feathers. We will learn what to collect and what not to collect, how to preserve things, and ways to identify what we find.

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades 3-4) – $125
Tuesday-Friday, August 9-12, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (10/12 enrolled)
Surprise camp includes favorite elements from the summer camps – which we don’t know until we reach the end of camp! That’s why it is a surprise. We’ll divide into normal age groups for some things but come together as a big group for others.


Grades 5 through 7

NATURE SAFARI – $125 FULL – Taking a waitlist (3)
Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled) 
Experience nature on a whole new level! Investigate wild animals and their behavior and maybe 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

GREAT ADVENTURES – $135  FULL – Taking a Waitlist
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (10/10 enrolled)
Where are we? How do we get from here to there? In this camp we will explore the outdoors with compass, GPS, topographical maps and more. We will even take a field trip or two to test your skills!

AQUATIC EXPLORERS – $135 FULL – Taking a Waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, July 19-22, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (10/10 enrolled)
Water is essential to life and we will investigate some of that life! Ponds, springs, and creeks are all aquatic habitats that we immerse ourselves and connect our lives to in during this week. We will take a field trip offsite to some aquatic habitats we don’t have onsite.

NATURE COLLECTIONS – $135 FULL – Taking a Waitlist (1)
Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
Nature is full of fascinating objects from perfect rocks to skulls to feathers. We will learn what to collect and what not to collect, how to preserve things, and ways to identify what we find. (The rest of the Grades 5-7 camps filled up, so we expanded this week to include our 5-7 graders who aren’t signed up yet!)

WILD THINGS – $125 FULL – Taking a Waitlist (2)
Tuesday-Friday, August 2-5, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (12/12 enrolled)
Being able to play in nature is not only fun, it is important for a child’s development. Through free play in nature kids will learn and grow, gaining skills that make them better able to succeed in the world.

SURPRISE CAMP (Grades 5-7) – $125 Second session now open!
Tuesday-Friday, August 9-12, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (20/24 enrolled)
Surprise camp includes favorite elements from the summer camps – which we don’t know until we reach the end of camp! That’s why it is a surprise. We’ll divide into normal age groups for some things but come together as a big group for others.


Grades 8 through 12

CAMP LEADERS – $90*
*It’s free if you’re signed up to JC/CIT
Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016, 1:00pm-4:30pm (17/20 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 Day 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 Nature Center.

Teen Treks July 12-15

TEEN TREKS – $160 Session 1 FULL – taking a waitlist
1: Tuesday-Friday, July 12-15, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (7/9 enrolled)
2: Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (9/9 enrolled) FULL
We live in a beautiful region! Expand your nature explorations as we travel 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.