Summer Camp

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

Dates:

Weekly, June 18 – August 3, 2018

Days:

Monday – Friday

Times:

Age 2:  9:30 am – noon or 1:30 PM
(Mon/Tues/Wed, OR 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 2-8), enjoy all of the activities at the Darien Nature Center.

  • Tadpoles are born in 2015.
  • Ladybugs are born in 2014.
  • Bumblebees are born in 2013.
  • Dragonflies are born between 2010 through 2012.

TADPOLES (Age 2, and some 3-year olds)

  • Children must be born in 2015
  • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM OR 1:30 PM
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: $228 or $333
  • Thursday & Friday: $152 or $222
  • Monday through Friday: $380 or $555
  • Week 3- No Wednesday camp for July 4th holiday
  • 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. 2018 will be the first year Tadpoles can register for an extended day to 1:30 PM, in which they will eat lunch with other campers and can be picked up at the same time as older siblings.

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LADYBUGS (AGE 3)

  • Children must be born in 2014
  • 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Monday – Friday: $400
  • Week 3-No Wednesday camp for July 4th holiday: $320
  • 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 born in 2013
  • 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Monday – Friday: $400
  • Week 3-No Wednesday camp for July 4th holiday: $320
  • 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 born within 2010 and 2012
  • 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Monday – Friday: $400
  • Week 3-No Wednesday camp for July 4th holiday: $320
  • 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, 2015.

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 Timeline

Current Families:

  • A drawing box with numbers and registration request forms will be set up beginning January 22 at the front desk. Parents of children currently enrolled in a preschool or after-school program will choose a number that will determine their place in a virtual line for registration. They will fill out a request form (with their number written on it), which employees will collect and process in order. Forms are due by Tuesday, January 30. Parents will be notified by phone and email if their requested dates have filled.

Nature Center Members:

  • A new drawing box filled with the number of current members will be set up at the front desk beginning Monday, February 5. Members in good standing will be given the exclusive opportunity to enroll using the same virtual line system detailed above. Registration request forms are due by Monday, February 12th.

Public Registration:

  • Online public registration begins Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00 am.
  • Please visit the age-specific program pages to register.
  • Availability is first come first served.

Cancellation Policy

  • Membership fees are non-refundable
  • No refunds after June 4, 2018
  • When notified prior to June 4th 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 May 11th.
  • Mandatory Forms

  • Payment in full at time of registration is required.