Nature Explorers Summer Day Camp
Monday - Wednesday, 9am-4pm, June 4-6
20% Sibling Discount
Day Rate: $45
Half Day: $25
Before and after care available upon request.
This environmental education experience will engage young learners through games, art, science, songs, stories, and nature walks. An early introduction to biology increases children’s curiosity and understanding of the natural world. Each day will feature a different environmental theme, and participants can choose to come for a day, half-day, or for all three days. Camp will be located at the pavilion at Spring Gulch Park in Highlands Ranch, at 9920 Silver Maple Road.
Monday: Plants and Bugs
Learn the parts of a plant and what a plant needs to grow. Dissect a seed, make a grasshead, and go on a botany scavenger hunt. Make leaf rubbing collages and plant your own take-home plant! Discover the world of spiders, insects, worms, rolly pollys, and more! Learn the categories of invertebrates, and sing the insect body parts song. Play pollination party and ant city, make butterfly life-cycle stick puppets, ID seashells, and go on a bug hunt.
Tuesday: Cold-blooded Vertebrates
An introduction to fish, reptiles, and amphibians while making amphibian slime, reptile clips, and magnet fishing poles. Design a shark tooth necklace, a real snake skin bookmark, and a frog fort. Meet a tortoise, and play ranger tag and the habitat game.
Wednesday: Warm-blooded Vertebrates
Investigate birds by playing bird behavior bingo and making recycled binoculars. Learn about raptors, make migratory bird mobiles, play predator and prey, and take part in a bird beak buffet. Take a closer look at native mammals, make your own butter, design mammal masks, and play ranger tag. Learn how to identify tracks, scat, and other signs of wildlife.
To Register, email: email@example.com
Space is limited, a deposit of half of the registration fee holds your spot.
The instructor, Amalia Celeste Fernand, has a Master of Science in ecological leadership and education. Her bachelor’s is in environmental studies with minors in marine science and anthropology. She has worked with children in 22 countries on five continents, currently lives in Michigan, and grew up in Colorado. Her first experiences teaching environmental education where as a high school counselor at Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools. She founded Nature Explorers International (NEI) with the mission to: inspire excitement and curiosity for the environment through art, science, and outdoor experiences. Amalia recently published a coloring field guide on Michigan wildlife and is working on the Colorado version.
There will be two adults, both with masters degrees in a branch of education, on site at all times. Participants will be divided during some activities and lessons into groups of ages 4-6, and ages 7-10.