Summer Camp at the EBW Nature Center

What better way to spend your summer vacation than at the EBW Nature Center!  The Nature Camp is designed for students PreK - Grade 2 (in spring) and the Eco Camp is designed for students Grade 3-6 (in spring).  Full day (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) and half day (8:30 am - 12:45 pm) options are available as well as early drop off (7:30 am - 8:30 am) and late pick up (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm).  

The EBW Nature Center Summer Camp will be offering nine weeks of summer camp starting Monday, June 20 and running through Friday, August 19.  Each week has a different nature/science theme which is explored through literature, art, writing, hands-on experiments and outdoor exploration.  Mornings consist of lessons and activities that reflect upon the week's theme.  Afternoons consist of swimming, recreational games and outdoor exploration.  

Summer Camp Programs

Nature Camp
4 Year Old Pre K-Grade 2 (in spring). Fun and educational program focuses on science, art, literacy and the outdoors. Using various children’s nature themed books explore and learn about the natural world with hands-on activities, crafts, animal visits, story times, hikes and recreational swimming. Each class led by an educator and assistant counselor (1:10 ratio) supported by volunteers, lifeguards and staff certified in first aid.  Financial assistance is available upon request by contacting the office.

Using Paul Showers’ Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books® this summer we will be taking a closer look at how our eyes, ears, mouths, bones and heart allow us to make the most of each camp day.  We will learn about the importance of keeping our bodies healthy, our skin protected, our blood pumping and our bellies full with healthy food so that we can have the best summer yet!

6/20 The Skeleton Inside You. Did you know that Hughie has more bones, and Thomas has more vertebrae in his neck, than we as humans do? Study how our bones give our body structure, let us move and protect our organs.

6/27 Hear Your Heart. Stethoscopes allow doctors to listen to the beating of our hearts. When we are swimming at Mill Woods our hearts are beating much faster than when we are listening to a relaxing story. Detect how no matter what we are doing our hearts are always pounding.

7/5 Look at Your Eyes. Whether our eyes are brown, green or blue we use them to look for our color group, to keep an eye out for our friends and to spy on our critters. Watch activities that explain how our eyes allow us to observe our surroundings. 

7/11 Ears are for Hearing. Counselors teaching. Kids laughing. Bonnie chirping. Listen to lessons about how our ears allow us to hear the sounds we associate with summer camp.

7/18 What Happens to a Hamburger? While we may not be eating hamburgers at camp we definitely consume plenty of food. Take in what happens to those veggies, fruit, sandwiches, and chips that we chow down on during snack and lunch times and absorb how they fuel us throughout  the day and make us strong.

7/25 A Drop of Blood.  Blood flows through our body, from the top of your head to the tips of your fingers and toes.  What does it do? Why do we need it?

8/1 Your Skin and Mine. From the top of your head to the soles of your feet, you are all wrapped up in skin.  Absorb how the sunscreen we apply and the hats and swim shirts we encourage campers to wear protect this vital organ.

8/8 How You Talk. Ribbit. Chirp. Squeak. Hello. From campers to counselors to Nature Center animals we all have our own unique way of communicating. Study how our tongues, teeth and vocal cords collectively work together allowing us to verbalize our thoughts.

8/15 Germs Make Me Sick. No one wants to miss a day of camp due to illness. Get your hands on how germs are all around us but just make sure you do not catch a bad germ! 

Eco Camp
Grades 3-6 (in spring). Fun field studies program explores our relationship with the natural world. Hands-on experiments, field trips, journals, art, team projects, outdoor activities and recreational swimming. Camp led by an educator and assistant counselors (1:10 ratio) supported by volunteers, lifeguards, and first aid-certified staff.  Financial Assistance is available upon request by contacting the office. 

This summer we will have fun exploring a variety of science majors.  Each Wednesday take an offsite field trip that ties in with the week's theme.  Field Trips will depart at 9:00 am and return at 1:00 pm.

6/20 Botany. Did you know that the world’s tiniest tree is 2 inches and that strawberries are the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside?  Grab your field pack and field guide and explore the world of botany.

6/27 Chemistry. We all know that when you combine 2 parts hydrogen with 1 part oxygen you get water but did you know that lightning strikes produce O3 which is actually ozone?  Mix up some elements and learn the art of chemistry.

7/5 Physics. Did you know that light from the Earth takes 1.255 seconds to reach the Moon or that because of the differences in gravity a 200 pound person would weigh only 75 pounds on Mars?  Try to defy some laws of physics but just remember for every action that is an equal and opposite reaction.  

7/11 Geology. Did you know that CT’s state mineral is the garnet and that the state fossil is Eubrontes giganteus?  Come and unearth more “rocky” facts about CT’s geology.

7/18 Astronomy. While we are all familiar with the Big and Little Dippers could you pick out Hercules or Delphinus?  Travel into the vast universe that exists outside of Earths’ atmosphere and learn to identify stellar celestial objects.

7/25 Geography. Did you know that the state of CT is approximately 4,845 square miles and that Mt. Frissell is the highest  point in CT while Long Island Sound at sea level is the lowest?  Discover more facts about CT’s unique geography.  

8/8 Meterology. Meterologists often use a chaos theory called ensemble models to help them interpret various weather uncertainties.  Learn to accurately predict the daily camp forecast but just do not call for chaos! 

8/8 Archaeology. Everyone knows Indiana Jones but do you know what archaeologists do besides dig in the ground? Unearth the past to understand the present.

8/15 Human Biology. Did you know that the human brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10 watt light bulb and that every day the average person loses 100 strands of hair?  Acquire these and more facts about the body.


Swim Lessons and Recreational Swim

Swim lesson levels 1-6 are included as part of camp registration on a first-come, first-served basis for selected weeks at Mill Woods pool.  Each swim lesson clinic is 2 weeks.  In order for a camper to be eligible to participate, the camper must be registered for camp for both weeks of the swim clinic.  If a camper is only registered for 1 week of camp during a 2 week swim clinic, the camper will participate in recreational swim.

Sample agenda of camp day

8:30 am – 8:45 am Regular sign-in and morning circle
8:45 am – 9:45 am Nature lessons: indoor and outdoor lessons and crafts
9:45 am – 10:00 am       Morning snack
10:00 am – 10:45 am     Morning hike
10:45 am -11:45 am Nature lessons (see above)
11:45 am -12:00 pm     Change and sunscreen
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm     Lunch outdoors and half-day sign-out 
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm         Recreation swimming or swim lessons (Nature Camp)/                                                                                         Recreation Activities (Eco Camp)
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Recreation activities (Nature Camp)/                                                                                                                     Recreation swimming or swim lessons (Eco Camp)
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm       Afternoon snack
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Recreation stations (children will sign-up in morning for afternoon station)
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Closing circle
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sign-out

Camp Pricing

Please note that due to increases in minimum wage we had to increase camp prices for the 2016 Summer Camp Program The prices below are for a full week of camp (Monday - Friday; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm ).

  • Member $195
  • Nonmember $210
  • Early Drop Off (7:30 am - 8:30 am) Member $30 - week
  • Early Drop Off (7:30 am - 8:30 am) Nonmember $35 - week
  • Late Pick Up (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm) Member $30 - week
  • Late Pick Up (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm) Nonmember $35 - week
  • Half Day $80 Discount from Full Day

Counselor in Training (CIT)

Ages 13-15. Develop leadership skills and gain experience helping students during lessons, leading by example in recreation activities, serving as a role model and greeting visitors. Interested participants can sign up for only 1 week or can sign up for all 9 weeks of the summer CIT program.  CIT's are required to be at camp from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm but may arrive as early as 7:30 am and stay as late as 5:30 pm.  Requires permission of the director.

Sample Agenda of CIT Day

7:30 am – 8:30 am Assist in supervision of campers in program room and animal room
8:30 am – 8:40 am Assist campers in putting their stuff away
8:40 am – 8:50 am Assist your group’s campers in getting ready for the day (bathroom, water fountain,                                             etc.)                                                                                                                           8:50 am – 9:45 am         Assist with morning lessons
9:45 am – 10:00 am Put snack bins out and back when empty
10:00 am – 11:45 am Assist with morning lessons and hike
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Prepare for lunch (take lunch bins outside)
12:00 pm – 12:40 pm Help with Lunch (assist campers with lunch, take inside to use bathrooms)
12:40 pm – 12:50 pm Carry lunch bins inside and help with clean up
12:50 pm – 2:00 pm Help supervise campers during swim time at Mill Woods Pool
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Supervise cubby area and bathrooms as children are changing
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Help with recreational game
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Bring afternoon snack bin outside and back in when done
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Assist with recreation stations
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Return to color group for closing circle
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Assist in supervision of campers in reptile, animal, and program rooms

 CIT Pricing

The prices below are for a full week of the 2016 CIT program (Monday - Friday;     7:30 am - 5:30 pm ).

  • Member $25
  • Nonmember $30