2020 Little Naturalists Summer Camp
Educational outdoor fun for preschool campers, age 3 & 4
10% discount for members!
Each day Little Naturalist Campers will be led by an ENC Naturalist for a hands-on nature based outdoor play curriculum filled with adventure experiences and learning activities.
(Families will provide snacks and lunch and a hearty breakfast before camp is recommended)Read the Nature Camp Newsletter prior to your first day of camp! Questions? Call 949-645-8489 ext. 112
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 using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities.
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? 3 or 4 years old by the first day of camp.
I have elementary aged children, can they be in the same group with my preschooler? Our Campers are divided into groups by grade level. Curricula and activities are designed for these different age groups, which are developmentally distinct from each other.
I am worried about leaving my child at Camp. May I attend with them? Little Nature Camp is an opportunity for children to learn about nature in a unique and safe environment where they can practice and build developmental skills such as language, problem solving, physical adeptness, and self-competence. Part of that developmental process is learning how to listen and learn with new teachers, build new relationships with peers, and get an opportunity to practice independence and separation from parents. Children will develop skills in handling changes, challenges and decision-making- which are all important foundational life-skills.
What is the registration deadline? Registration closes at noon on the Friday before each camp, but frequently camps fill long before that. An additional fee ($60 per camper) applies for late registration (less than 96 hours before the first day of a camp session). Please realize that Camp Staff does not work between 5PM on Friday and 8AM on Monday, so contacting us about late registration over the weekend may not guarantee a spot in camp for your child.
How many campers are in each group? Enrollment is limited to small classes of 9 students per teacher with a high school assistant.
Who are the Camp Teachers? The Little Naturalist staff consists of a Naturalist with Early Childhood Education (ECE) and an Assistant Outdoor Classroom Specialist with ECE. High School assistants may also be included with additional staffing.
- Refund requests made 4 weeks or more prior to the start date of camp are subject to a $25.00 fee per week of camp.
- Refund requests made 2-4 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to $50.00 fee per week of camp.
- Refund requests made with 1-2 weeks notice 50% refund.
- Less than 1 week notice no refund requests will be processed.
- All session changes will incur a $25.00 fee. Session change requests require at least 10 days notice. Requests to change from full day to half (or vice versa) fall under this fee.
You must complete a separate registration form for each child enrolled. Please note our policies regarding late pick-up, registration and withdrawals (below).
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.
The ENC provides a limited number of partial (1/2 the camp fee) scholarships each year. Limit one per family. Sessions are determined based on availability. Campers are eligible for a scholarship based on financial need and interest in nature and science. Parents must submit a completed Scholarship Application Form, and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Students whose families are eligible for the school lunch program receive priority.
Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter to the scholarship provider, within one week of the completion of the session. Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 28, 2020 by 8AM. Scholarship recipients will be notified on May 29, 2020 by 5PM. Questions? Call Valerie at 949-645-8489 ext. 112.
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.
Full Day Camp ends promptly at 3:00 PM each day. Half Day Camp ends promptly at 1:00 PM. 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.
Change in Session Choice
Be sure you sign up for the correct session(s)! There is a $20 session change fee PER CAMPER PER SESSION. (i.e. if you have two kids and want to switch them from session 1 to session 2 it will cost you $20.)