With some Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Day Camps already half full, it is not too early to register your kids for this summer.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, ACNC provided a safe Day Camp experience for more than 250 children in 2020. Audubon is looking forward to yet another summer filled with youngsters exploring the woods, building forts, and taking adventures to explore local natural wonders.
Summer Day Camp actively engages children with the outdoors, captivating their interest and inspiring them to connect with the natural world. Audubon achieves this by providing campers with time for free play, outdoor adventures, interactive nature-based lessons, and discovery-based activities.
Four types of camps are offered this summer.
Free Exploration Camps are nature-play based and driven by the campers’ interests. Adults are present to supervise and teach when questions arise. Research shows that unstructured play, especially outdoors, is a key developmental component missing from the lives of many children. Time is divided between 80% nature play and 20% structured time.
Deep and Sticky Learning Camps provide opportunities for naturally curious children to wonder, deduce, and conclude through personal experience, the ideal learning environment. These camps are more structured, using themed topics and lessons to engage campers. Time is divided between 70% learning and 30% nature play.
Participants in Offsite Destination Camps visit natural destinations in the region. The exact itinerary is weather-dependent and finalized on camp week.
Overnight Camp involves teamwork, listening, trust, identification, and other confidence-building skills. Campers develop these skills during “Into the Woods,” a four-day/two-night overnight experience.
Again this year, Audubon is offering early pre-camps and later post-camps for campers. This extends the camp day with activities and adventures and gives adults more flexibility in their schedule.
ACNC members at the Family level and higher receive 25 percent off each session. Camperships are available for families with financial need. Scholarships are available for campers who meet merit-based criteria. Apply online at AudubonCNC.org/scholarships or contact ACNC. First round application deadlines are May 1.
Camp t-shirts are optional with registrations before June 1.
For a brochure with all the details and to register, call (716) 569-2345 or visit AudubonCNC.org/DayCamp.