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Science Explorers Camp (age 9 – 13)

2020 Science Explorers Camp

9-13 year old campers will join Environmental Nature Center Naturalists to engage in unique learning activities. Each week campers explore a different theme through hands-on activities like collecting field data, conducting research, creative projects, and learning to care for our live animals! Each Thursday campers take a walking field trip to the Newport Aquatic Center, where they will board canoes, explore the Back Bay, and visit the Back Bay Science Center to observe marine animals in their touch tanks.

The ENC has offered Summer Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting.  ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close.

  • Camp is held MONDAY-THURSDAY, no camp on Fridays
  • Participants will receive a camp t-shirt.
  • Participants should bring a snack, lunch, reusable water bottle, water appropriate shoes and clothes, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • For safety purposes, participants should be comfortable with water related activities (i.e. canoeing) and be able to fully comprehend camp guidelines.

How the Camp Benefits Campers:

Surrounded with like minded children, your camper will be engaged in a positive atmosphere while taking part in fun activities. Campers gain confidence in doing outdoor activities, discover more reasons why nature and science is interesting, learn how scientists collect and analyze field data using scientific tools, make friends, and create long lasting summer memories! ENC’s camps focus on providing quality education throughs hands-on experience with nature.



If you do not see your questions answered on this page, feel free to call us at 949-645-8489 or email the Camp Director!

How old does my child have to be to go to Nature Camp?  Age 9 through 13 years old by the start of the session you are enrolling in. If your child is age 3 or 4, you must register for our Little Naturalist Camp.  If your child is age 5 through 8, you must register for our Nature Adventure Camp.

How many campers are in each group?  Enrollment is limited to small classes of 15 students per teacher with a high school assistant.

Who are the Camp Teachers?  Most of the Camp Teachers are our Naturalists who teach here throughout the school year.  A few exceptional individuals join us to compliment our amazing team (they also work year round in the outdoor environmental education field).  All of our teachers are exceptionally qualified in elementary science education and represent a wide range of expertise in the Orange County educational community.

What will the kids be doing? Camp teachers develop their own curricula and turn it into our Camp Director two weeks before the start of each camp. Each week has a different theme and different activities, so feel free to sign up for more than one session!

Full Day Nature Camp (9AM to 3PM) costs $275/student per session ($247.50 for members).
Half Day Nature Camp (9AM to 1PM) costs $200/student per session ($180 for members).

Fees include all costs of instruction, laboratory and art supplies, and an organic cotton camp T-shirt.

Nature Camp is held Monday – Thursday.  There is no camp on Fridays (except during the week of July 1).

Nature Camp News

Approximately one week prior to the start of each Camp session, you will receive a Camp email newsletter with specifics about the session including: daily schedule, appropriate clothing, parking/drop-off info, etc.

Camp T-Shirts

Campers will receive an organic cotton ENC Camp shirt!  Daily wear of camp t-shirts is encouraged, but not required. Additional shirts may be purchased in the ENC Store.

Late Pick-Up

Camp ends promptly at 3:00 PM each day. Please be on time.

If you know you are going to be late please notify us.  A $5 fee for each 15 minutes late will be charged.

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