Dog Days of Summer Camp

Summer fun at Darien Nature Center continues for one more week. Campers will continue to explore, learn and grow in the wilds of Cherry Lawn Park. Build friendships and develop an appreciation for nature and science. Indoor and outdoor activities create wonderful opportunities for fun and exploration.

Dates:

July 31st – August 4th, 2017

Days:

Monday – Friday

Times:

9:30 am – 1:30 pm Monday – Friday

Ages:

3-7

Price:

$400

Membership is NOT required.

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Summer Camp

The Darien Nature Center bursts with activity and excitement as we open our doors each year for our six week summer program.

Dates:

June 19th – July 28th, 2017

Days:

Monday – Friday

Times:

Age 2:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm (Mon/Tues/Wed, Thurs/Fri OR Mon-Fri)
Ages: 3+:   9:30 am – 1:30 pm Monday – Friday

Membership is required.

Summer is the time to explore, learn and grow.  Our well-rounded program encourages campers to build friendships and develop an appreciation for nature and science. Indoor and outdoor activities create wonderful opportunities for fun and exploration. Each week a different nature inspired theme reflects our commitment to the natural world around us.

Action packed days help children to develop their independence while having fun and discovering nature. Activities include:  nature hikes, games, stories, songs, water day, visits with our zoo room animals, and Friday family presentations! Tadpoles, Ladybugs, Bumblebees and Dragonflies (children ages 2-7), enjoy all of the activities at the Darien Nature Center.

  • Tadpoles are born between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
  • Ladybugs are born between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
  • Bumblebees are born between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
  • Dragonflies are born between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011.

TADPOLES (Age 2)

  • Children must be 2 by December 31, 2016
  • 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: $225
  • Thursday & Friday: $150
  • Monday through Friday: $375

(Week 3, Wednesday-Friday: $250)

  • Children may attend one or more weeks.

The Tadpoles program is led by our experienced school year teachers who are skilled at meeting the needs of such young campers.

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LADYBUGS (AGE 3)

    • Children must be age 3 by December 31, 2016
    • 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Monday – Friday: $400

(Week 3, Wednesday – Friday: $240)

  • Campers bring a bag lunch (nut free)
  • Children may attend one or more weeks.

 

Each 3+ section is led by a Camp Senior Counselor, Junior Counselor and Counselor in Training volunteers.

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BUMBLEBEES (AGE 4)

    • Children must be age 4 by December 31, 2016
    • 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Monday – Friday: $400

(Week 3, Wednesday – Friday: $240)

  • Campers bring a bag lunch (nut free)
  • Children may attend one or more weeks.

 

Each 3+ section is led by a Camp Senior Counselor, Junior Counselor and Counselor in Training volunteers.

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DRAGONFLIES (AGES 5-7)

    • Children must be age 5 by December 31, 2016
    • 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Monday – Friday: $400

(Week 3, Wednesday – Friday: $240)

  • Campers bring a bag lunch (nut free)
  • Children may attend one or more weeks.

 

Each 3+ section is led by a Camp Senior Counselor, Junior Counselor and Counselor in Training volunteers.

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FAQ’s

Q. Can I request to be in a class with a specific teacher and/or friend?
A. We are sorry, but we cannot take friend or teacher requests for the summer.

Q. My child doesn’t make the age cut-off, can he/she still attend camp?
A. It would be nice if we could take everyone, but we do have to make a cut-off. Your child must be of-age by December 31st, 2016.

Q. My child is being potty-trained, how do I handle that while he/she is at camp?
A. Talk to your child’s teacher and we will do our best to help you and your child through the process.

Q. Can I sign my 2-year-old up for 5 days?
A. Yes. This is the first year we are offering this option. Please be sure your child is up for the challenge.

Registration

Register online:

  • Online registration begins Monday, February 27th at 9:00 am.
  • Please visit the age-specific program pages to register.
  • Availability is first come first served.


Mandatory Forms

Cancellation Policy

  • Membership fees are non-refundable
  • No refunds after June 5, 2017
  • When notified prior to June 5th regarding a cancellation, program fee will be refunded as follows: 50% refund if we cannot fill your space. 75% refund if we can fill your space.

Terms and Conditions

  • Campers must meet age requirements for each group.
  • Medical and emergency forms must be completed and submitted to the Nature Center by June 1st.
  • Payment in full at time of registration is required.