Nature Adventure Camp
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.
This year’s Summer Nature Adventure Camp at the Environmental Nature Center is for kids age 5 – 8. Campers age 3 & 4 can enroll in our Little Naturalists Camp! Campers age 9-13 can enroll in our 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!
My children are a few years apart, can they be in the same group? 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.
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 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!
- 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.
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
You must complete a separate registration form for each child enrolled. Please note our policies regarding late pick-up, registration and withdrawals (below). You may register using the online registration form.
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. If you do not receive the newsletter because your email is blocking us, the information is available HERE.
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 Mindy at 949-645-8489 ext. 102.
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 $25 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 $50.)