Nature & Zoo Camps

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City Growers - Summer in the Soil Urban Agriculture Camp

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Summer in the Soil Urban Agriculture Camps combine greening and growing, cooking, green arts, S.T.E.A.M., and youth development activities for a summer of exploration and growth. From roots to fruits to compost pile, campers will examine where their food comes from and why it matters, and have lots of fun.

About the unique pricing model at PS 516 in Sunset Park:

To ensure that all families have access to high-quality and exciting summer camp opportunities, City Growers offers 45 full scholarships to free-lunch qualifying families living in City Council District 38. This is made possible through year-round fundraising by the City Growers team and the generous sponsors and donors passionate about the mission. The remaining 15-20 spots are offered at cost, resulting in a below-market-rate price point.

Please visit the website for more information, including pricing, and to register your camper(s).

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Appalachian Mountain Club - Teen Wilderness Adventure

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AMC's Teen Wilderness Adventures are fun, outdoor trips for teens ages 12-18 in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. These exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education programs range in length from 5-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities—like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, and rafting—with spectacular destinations. Group size ranges from 6 to 10, and each trip has at least two instructors at all times. Teen Wilderness Adventures participants learn valuable wilderness skills and develop essential life skills. This unique combination fosters an appreciation for the environment, develops self-esteem, instills a spirit of adventure, and promotes teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community through memorable wilderness experiences.

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Fruiggie Eco Art Summer Camp

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Fruiggie Eco Art Summer Camp allows students to explore their creativity while understanding the connection between environmental awareness, health consciousness, and arts & crafts. Students will engage in eco-friendly, nature-themed activities and craft projects such as nature paint making, DIY back-to-school supplies using eco friendly materials, DIY bedroom decor projects, and trips to local compost gardens, parks, museums, the Recyclarium facility, and more. Students will also dance, sing, and play while learning the importance of recycling, upcycling, and connecting with nature in a non-toxic and healthy environment. Camp also features visiting instructors such as a yoga teacher, a vegan chef, and more. Healthy organic, vegan snacks and drinks/smoothies are included; students must provide their own lunches.

Wolf Conservation Center

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Get wild with wolves this summer! Campers will explore nature like an expedition leader and study plants and animals like a scientist—all while peering into the lives of one of the most magnificent creatures: wolves.

The Wolf Conservation Center’s Wild for Wolves Summer Camp offers kids the unique chance to venture into woods, ponds, and open fields teeming with everything from woodpeckers to wolves to worms. Amongst a howling chorus of wolves, campers will call to owls and hawks, investigate the underwater lives of frogs, and witness the growth of critically endangered wolf pups from special vantage points. Join the Wolf Conservation Center for the wildest summer yet!

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Bergen Equestrian Center

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At Bergen Equestrian Center's summer program, campers start the morning off in the barn learning about horses, grooming, equipment, and how to prepare for riding. They have a one-hour riding lesson specially tailored to their abilities and experience levels, and they learn from a blacksmith, an equine vet, and a dentist. Fun-filled afternoon activities include playing games, painting, participating in horse shows and barn scavenger hunts, playing in the sprinklers, and making horse-centric arts and crafts. Special programs include horseless horse shows, pizza Fridays, games on horseback, face painting, costume contests, and horse finger painting. Campers also get the opportunity to spend time in the BEC/Audubon Butterfly Garden with the Bergen County Audubon Society learning about the plants and animals that share the environment. For more information, visit bergenequestrian.com, call 201-336-3370, or email bergenequestriancenter@gmail.com.

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Woodcock Nature Center

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At Woodcock Nature Center's state-licensed summer camp, your child will explore the beautiful 149-acre preserve through hands-on activities that bring them closer to local wildlife, including encounters with resident animals, nature crafts, hiking, kayaking on the pond, wilderness skills, and so much more.

A Friday night campout option for campers and their parents is also available: set up tents, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy all the wonders a star-filled Woodcock night has to offer.

Camp is for pre-K through 8th grade and runs from June to August. Some weeks fill quickly, so register now.

Get wild at Woodcock this summer!

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The Connecticut Audubon Society

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The Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps are state-licensed and offer both full- and half-day sessions in unique learning environments. Campers ages 4 through 14 attend weeklong science- and nature-themed programs that inspire and build a life-long connection to the natural world. Students ages 14-18 can apply for half-day or full-day Junior Counselor volunteer positions.

Whether in the woodlands and meadows of the Fairfield Larsen Sanctuary or the marshes, beaches, and tidal pools of the Milford Coastal Center, campers get to explore and investigate nature’s riddles, learn about habitats, develop outdoor skills, and meet live animals.

All camp programs are led by teacher-naturalists and college-educated staff with experience in education and/or science and training in first aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen use. The high staff-to-camper ratio ensures all campers a safe, educational, and enjoyable camp experience.

Fernbrook Farms Summer Camps

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Fernbrook Farms is one of NJ’s top nature camps engaging campers by exploring the complex interconnectedness of the natural world on a 230-acre farm. Through hands-on choice activities, campers are inspired to pursue their natural curiosities in the creek, meadow, pond, forest, and more. At Fernbrook Farms, your kids might get a little dirty; to be honest, they’re going to get dirty for sure, but that’s what happens when kids are truly active and experience nature personally. Kids are engaged with farm animals and inspired to explore in the farm's ecosystems, leading to future stewardship for the environment. Favorite activities include exploring the creek for bugs and fossils, building shelters in the forest, catching fish at the pond, harvesting and cooking fresh vegetables from the children's garden, and so much more. Fernbrook Farms offers full-day camp for 5-14 year olds and partial-day camp for 3-5 year olds. 

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