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Nature Explorer Summer Camp at Temple Shalom

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Nature Explorer Camp at Temple Shalom is an 8-week camp for Toddlers (18 months-2.8 years) and Preschoolers (ages 2.9-entering Kindergarten). Each week focuses on a different theme incorporating art, science, math, whole-body play, water fun, drama, and much more. Once a week, a specialist visit will help enhance the weekly theme (for example, during animal week campers will meet real rainforest animals!). 

Nature Explorer Camp relishes the fun and creativity that makes a summer camp so special. The staff is excited to spend the day outside with your children exploring nature, gardening, running in sprinklers, creating artwork, and growing new friendships.

Acres Away, LLC

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Acres Away's Summer Riding Program is being offered weekly from June until September. Children will ride twice daily in small groups or partners according to riding abilities. All riding and on-the-ground curriculum is built around each level of riding skills (if any) that a child may already have.

Campers are taught English and Western styles of riding as well as horse driving. Riding will take place in the ring, fields, and arenas. Students are taught how to steer and use their whole bodies while riding a horse—they don't ride around endlessly in a circle! Children will play games on horseback and ride patterns, obstacle courses, and more.

Safety is the number-one priority, and Acres Away has knowledgable instructors on site. The horses are safe and quiet teachers for children learning how to ride. Children will learn how to take care of horses from feeding to leading to bathing and everything else they need to know.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy

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The Coastal Ocean Science Academy connects youth to local coastal habitats and the factors that shape them through authentic research experiences. Based at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, the one-week middle school and two-week high school programs include trips to field sites around the North Shore, both on and off the water. Scholarships are available to eligible families. Scholarship deadline: May 22nd. For more information and to sign up, contact Val Perini at 781-581-7370 (x373) or v.perini@northeastern.edu, or visit the website.

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Earthplace - The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center - Camps

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Summer is a great time for nature exploration and discovery at Earthplace!

At Earthplace Summer Camp, campers of all abilities from ages 2-15 are welcome. All enjoy an unspoiled natural setting—on the trails, by the pond, in the fields, or under the shade of the pine grove. Camps run in weekly sessions from mid-June through mid-August.

The experienced staff is trained to ensure a safe and fun summer filled with adventure, friendships, and plenty of fresh air. With engaged staff and a ton of rotating nature-based activities, each week is sure to be a new and exciting experience for even the most frequent camper. Earthplace Summer Camp offers schedules to fit your family with programming 5 days a week; register for one week or every week. Convenient drop-off and extended day options are available, and camp is on rain or shine.

Join Earthplace for “good messy fun” this summer!

Please visit the website for details, or email b.newman@earthplace.org.

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Wildwood: A Mass Audubon Camp

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Wildwood is a place where kids ages 9-17 can take a break from busy schedules, video games, cell phones, and the distractions of everyday life and get outside to do what kids do best—have fun!

At Wildwood, campers do all of that and so much more. They venture into the great outdoors, track animals, build shelters, plant seeds, plot courses, and paint pictures. Throughout camp, they build a community where each person is an important part of the group and is valued and respected.

Campers learn that they can master challenges and have the power to make a difference.

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Franklin Park Zoo Summer Programs

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Looking to go a little wild during summer break? Franklin Park Zoo offers the perfect opportunity to learn about amazing wildlife while having a blast. They offer summer programs for children ages 6 through 13.

ZooCamp at Franklin Park Zoo offers eight one-week sessions throughout the summer. Session themes include "Zoo Explorers," "Nature Detectives," "Animal Adventurers," and "Conservation Heroes." Sessions feature a curriculum of animal, science, and conservation-based games and activities as well as a daily live animal encounter and behind-the-scenes experiences.

The Junior Zookeeping program will be offered in two two-week sessions. Junior Zookeepers will have the opportunity to work closely with Zoo staff in various animal and behind-the-scenes areas. 

Visit http://www.zoonewengland.org/zoocamp or call 617-989-2006 for more information!

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Curious-on-Hudson

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Curious-on-Hudson is an innovative enrichment center for kids (in K-5 and middle school) offering STEM/STEAM camps and classes throughout the summer. These programs are unique and appeal to kids who need the freedom to tinker, explore, and create in a warm environment that encourages kids to think outside the box and takes their curiosity seriously. Curious-on-Hudson is inspired by the Tinkering School of San Francisco and the many passionate artists and scientists who have inspired generations. Their programs are offered at their Dobbs Ferry location and at area schools and community centers. 

The unique loft location on the Hudson River allows Curious-on-Hudson to offer a wonderful marine science program called "The Aquanauts" as well as a number of outdoor-based building and exploring programs. Learn more at the website or inquire at info@curiousonhudson.com

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