Summer Nature Day Camps


Early Bird Pricing Available through December 31st!


 

DayCamp_BestFriendsOnHike02Camp sessions have specific themes that will guide conversations and activities.  All camps include hiking, songs, crafts, stories, and of course games and forts in the meadow.  We will be exploring nature through sensory exploration and hands on activities. Each camp will end with a special ceremony where parents and family members are invited to experience a slice of camp life through stories and songs.


 

Camp Descriptions and Details

 

Half Day Camps

9:00 – 1:00pm

Ages 4 – 5 & Grades K – 1st


Snouts and Sniffers

All the better to smell with my dear! Animals have a keen sense of smell; the shape of their noses helps them find food, protect themselves, and even breathe. We will learn the peculiar places a nose can be found on an animal’s body and hone in our own sense of smell through games and activities. We’ll also spend plenty of time using our other senses as we explore the forest through blindfolded “feeling” hikes (with some assistance), scavenger hunts using our sense of hearing, and games to improve our sense of sight and ability to see things in the forest.

Paws and Claws

Frogs have suction cups on their feet, raccoons have five toes like us, and pelicans use their feet for paddles! We will discover how our feathered and furry friends use their feet. Campers will have a chance to pretend they have the feet of their favorite forest animals through puppets, skits and crafts. We’ll also spend lots of time learning to wiggle like worm, slide like and slug, and run like a fox as we discover all the ways people and animals can move through the forest.

Forest Games and Meadow Madness

Young adventurers will discover Tryon’s secret places through fun-filled forest games and scavenger hunts. In the meadow we’ll play ecology games and spend lots of time building forts. We’ll also spend time learning new songs, watching skits, and making nature based arts and crafts. This camp will be devoted to structured nature play and discovery as campers learn what makes Tryon Creek so special!

Gimme’ Shelter

All living things need shelter to survive. Campers will discover how animals make shelter while we challenge ourselves daily to make the best human shelters out of natural materials. We’ll be inspired by the variety of animal shelters we discover in our forest and we’ll help our animal friends by building owl nesting boxes, bat boxes, and other animal homes. We will discover animal shelters high and low as we roll logs, turn over rocks, and find nests hidden in the canopy. Finally, we’ll play lots of “camouflage” and other hiding games as we learn how animals stay hidden in their homes so well!

Creek Week

You get a line and I’ll get a pole, we’ll go fishin’ in the crawdad hole. Campers will discover what is living in Tryon Creek. We will search the creek for critters and campers will get an up-close look at who lives in our creek! We’ll also discover the many sources of water that feed Tryon Creek as we discover springs and small creeks throughout our forest. We’ll learn to give the creek a health checkup and we’ll also get wet (not creek water) as we play water games and experiment with the properties of water. This camp will also include plenty of time learning about frogs, salamanders, screech-owls and other animals who depend on our creek for survival.

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Full Day Camps

9:00 – 3:00pm

Grades 1 – 5

Campers will be grouped by age


Gimme’ Shelter

All living things need shelter to survive. Campers will discover how animals make shelter while we challenge ourselves daily to make the best human shelters out of natural materials. We’ll be inspired by the variety of animal shelters we discover in our forest and we’ll help our animal friends by building owl nesting boxes, bat boxes, and other animal homes. We will discover animal shelters high and low as we roll logs, turn over rocks, and find nests hidden in the canopy. Finally, we’ll play lots of “camouflage” and other hiding games as we learn how animals stay hidden in their homes so well!

iSPY

Summer Camp is a place to be away from screens, but it can also be a place that utilizes technology. During this camp we will incorporate technology to help us solve mysteries of the forest. We’ll use ipads in the forest for scavenger hunts and nature photography, GPS units to track animal homes and map secret places, and dissecting scopes and microscopes to discover all the creatures hidden by their size. This camp will also feature plenty of time away from screens as we make use of indigenous technology for making rope, crafting tools, and catching food.

Hunter Games

You can’t eat what you can’t catch! Campers will discover the amazing defenses animals have to not become lunch. We will also discover keen senses that predators have to make sure they get lunch. There will be a visit from a feathered hunter that will reveal their amazing adaptations for hunting. Campers will play games that put them in the shoes of both the hunter and the hunted.

Creek Week

You get a line and I’ll get a pole, we’ll go fishin’ in the crawdad hole. Campers will discover what is living in Tryon Creek. We will search the creek for critters and campers will get an up-close look at who lives in our creek! We’ll also discover the many sources of water that feed Tryon Creek as we discover springs and small creeks throughout our forest. We’ll learn to give the creek a health checkup and we’ll also get wet (not creek water) as we play water games and experiment with the properties of water. This camp will also include plenty of time learning about frogs, salamanders, screech-owls and other animals who depend on our creek for survival.

Forest Games and Meadow Madness

During this exciting week, campers will journey to the far reaches of the park and activities will guide observations to the small details that make this place special. Secret places will be discovered through geo-caching and orienteering scavenger hunts. Friendships will be forged through fort building, games, and nature play. Memories will be preserved through nature sketching, map making, and exciting arts and craft projects. We’ll also have plenty of time for hands-on science explorations and experiments. This fun-filled camp has something for everyone!

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