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Science Explorers Camp (4th – 8th grade)

2019 Science Explorers Camp

9-13 year old campers will join Environmental Nature Center Naturalists at the Back Bay Science Center to engage in unique learning activities. Each week campers explore a different theme through hands-on activities like collecting field data, canoeing, conducting research, creative projects, and touching live marine animals!

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.

Registration is through the City of Newport Beach, just click HERE!

  • Camp is held MONDAY-THURSDAY, no camp on Fridays (except the week of July 4th). Camp week of 7/1-7/5 will run Monday-Friday, no camp on Thursday 7/4.
  • 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.
  • Drop off and pick up is at the Back Bay Science Center:  600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

How the Camp Benefit Campers:

Surrounded with like minded children, your camper will be engaged in a positive atmosphere while taking part in fun activities whether out on the water, in the science lab, or out on the wetland trails. 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. 


Science Explorers Camp





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?  9-13 years old. Younger campers can enroll in 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!

Fees: $400/session

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

Contact Aimee directly at aimee@encenter.org to receive your ENC member discount. 

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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