2016 North Branch Nature CenterCamp Kids
Summer Camps
Day Camps for Curious Kids
Ages
4 to 14

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! The North Branch Nature Center has been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for more than 15 years. Catching frogs, watching hawks, following grasshoppers, making new friends - isn’t this just what a child’s summer should be?


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Camps by Age
pre-K (ages 4-5) Nature's Canvas 6/13 - 6/17
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 6/20 - 6/24
pre-K (ages 4-5) Forest Builders 7/5 - 7/8
pre-K (ages 4-5) Animal Tales 7/11 - 7/15
pre-K (ages 4-5) AmphibiKidz 7/18 - 7/22
pre-K (ages 4-5) Nature’s Canvas 7/25 - 7/29
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 8/1 - 8/5
Grades 1 - 4 Natural History Mysteries 6/20 - 6/24
Grades 1 - 4 Swamp Things 6/27 - 7/1
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 7/5 - 7/8
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 7/11 - 7/15
Grades 1 - 4 Insect Investigators 7/18 - 7/22
Grades 1 - 4 Up, Up, & Away 7/25 - 7/29
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 8/1 - 8/5
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 8/8 - 8/12
Grades 5 - 8 Avian Wonders 6/20 - 6/24
Grades 5 - 8 Summer Scientists 6/27 - 7/1
Grades 5 - 8 Gone Fishin’ 7/5 - 7/8
Grades 5 - 8 North Branch Trekkers 7/11 - 7/15
 
Camps by Date
June 13 - 17 Nature's Canvas pre-k
June 20 - 24 Becoming Animals pre-k
June 20 - 24 Natural History Mysteries grades 1-4
June 20 - 24 Avian Wonders grades 5-8
June 27 - July 1 Swamp Things grades 1-4
June 27 - July 1 Summer Scientists grades 5-8
July 5 - 8 Forest Builders pre-k
July 5 - 8 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4
July 5 - 8 Gone Fishin’ grades 5-8
July 11 - 15 Animal Tales pre-k
July 11 - 15 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
July 11 - 15 North Branch Trekkers grades 5-8
July 18 - 22 AmphibiKidz pre-k
July 18 - 22 Insect Investigators grades 1-4
July 25 - 29 Nature’s Canvas pre-k
July 25 - 29 Up, Up, & Away grades 1-4
August 1 - 5 Becoming Animals pre-k
August 1 - 5 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
August 8 - 12 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Nature’s Canvas (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 13th to 17th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

The natural world is brimming with beauty and inspiration. Join us and become an artist outdoors. Paint with mud, make marks and draw with charcoal, create sculptures out of sticks, weave on a branch loom, and let your creativity flow.


Becoming Animals (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 20th to June 24th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Do you like pretending to fly around like a bird or lumber like a bear? How about chewing like a beaver?  Every day this week we’ll become a different animal and explore their world through imaginative play! We’ll build dams, make nests, and dig dens as we become animals!


Natural History Mystery (full, waitlist only) Summer Camp

Dates:Monday to Friday, June 20th to June 24th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

In this camp we will follow clues from long ago as we unravel a mystery that will lead us through the sands of time. From forgotten farm fields to abandoned logging roads, we’ll explore the natural history of the nature center and the surrounding area.  Join the adventure as we solve some of Mother Nature’s mysteries!


Avian Wonders (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Monday to Friday, June 20th to June 24th
Hours: 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
For: Children Entering Grades 5-8
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Birds have captivated people for generations. From egrets to eagles, hawks to hummingbirds, come search alongside experienced birders for many birds that share our backyards. We’ll explore some of Vermont’s birding hotspots, from the summit of Mt. Mansfield to the shores of Lake Champlain. Whether you are a passionate 'birder' or just getting started, this camp is for you! 


Swamp Things (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Monday to Friday, June 27th to July 1st
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Do you love animals? Do you love being in and around water? Come explore with us this week as we learn everything we can about birds, mammals and insects that make ponds, rivers and wetlands their home. A fascinating world awaits us where water and land meet!


Summer Scientists

Dates: Monday to Friday June 27th to July 1st
Hours: 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
For: Children Entering Grades 5-8
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Do you enjoy science?  Ever wonder what it would be like to be a scientist?  Vermont’s scientists work intensely outdoors all summer long to study our environment.  This week we’ll join some of them and learn about the fascinating work they do up close and personal!  We’ll even set up an experiment of our own to help solve nature’s mysteries.


Forest Builders (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Tuesday to Friday, July 5th to July 8th 
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $168 member, $176 nonmember (prorated for 4 day week)

Calling all builders! Join us this week as we discover what we can construct with found supplies around the forest and fields of NBNC. We will be building with a variety of special tools and natural materials. With the Vermont landscape as our background, the possibilities of what we can construct are endless!


Sticks and Stones (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Tuesday to Friday, July 5th to July 8th  
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $188 member, $204 nonmember (prorated for 4 day week)

Did you know that you can make lemonade from staghorn sumac berries? How about rope from milkweed stalks? This week we’ll practice our outdoor living skills as we learn how to make use of the many amazing materials that our environment provides. From building shelters with sticks found on the forest floor to learning how to prepare wild edibles, we’ll be working with the tools that nature gives us.


Gone Fishin’ (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Tuesday to Friday, July 5th to July 8th
Hours: 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
For: Children Entering Grades 5-8
Cost: $264 member, $284 nonmember (includes van transportation)

The best anglers know all about the fish they target and the waters they swim in. We’ll learn about stream ecology, study micro invertebrates (fish food), and visit a fish hatchery, all as we fish along the waters of the Winooski and its tributaries.  To fully take advantage of prime early morning fishing hours, we will camp out overnight Thursday.  Grab you rod and reel because this week we’re Gone Fishin’!


Animal Tales (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 11th to July 15th  
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Naturalists love finding stories in the land around them, and there are so many stories to dive into around the nature center! This week we’ll read or tell a different story each day to guide the fun and games. As we play and learn, we’ll hear about a variety of characters and follow along with their tales.


Naturally Artists (2 spots left!)

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 11th to July 15th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Since the time of ancient cave paintings people have been fascinated with depicting nature through art. This week we’ll explore the wilder side of the world of art as we experiment with using the natural landscape as our canvas. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to explore the connection between nature and art through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!


North Branch Trekkers

Dates:Monday to Friday, July 11th to July 15th 
Hours: 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
For: Children Entering Grades 5-8
Cost: $330 member, $355 nonmember (includes van transportation)

Spawned out of our popular afterschool program, North Branch Trekkers the summer camp will explore the mighty North Branch of the Winooski River. From its confluence with the Winooski in Montpelier, to its headwaters in Elmore, we’ll wade in its waters as we search for signs of wildlife, identify wild edibles, learn outdoor living skills, and practice Leave No Trace principles. We’ll build our skills towards an overnight primitive camping trip to C.C. Putnam State Forest on Thursday.


AmphibiKidz (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Monday to Friday, July 18th to July 22nd
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.summercamps3
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Have you ever wondered about the wildlife living among the slippery rocks of rivers and ponds? This week we’ll search for turtles, frogs, crawfish, and other small creatures that call the North Branch of the Winooski River home. So come join us as we learn about all things wet, wild and wonderful!


Insect Investigators (1 spot left!)

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 18th to July 22nd
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Calling all young entomologists! An endless variety of insects are hiding just about everywhere outdoors, waiting for us to find! From the tiny springtail to the giant water bug, we’ll flip logs and swing nets high and low as we discover the amazing world of these often overlooked creatures.


Nature’s Canvas (full, waitlist only)

Dates:Monday to Friday, July 25th to 29th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

The natural world is brimming with beauty and inspiration. Join us and become an artist outdoors. Paint with mud, make marks and draw with charcoal, create sculptures out of sticks, weave on a branch loom, and let your creativity flow.


Up, Up, & Away (1 spot left!)

Dates:Monday to Friday, July 25th to July 29th  
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

From birds to bats to butterflies, we’ll learn how nature has taken flight by looking at the winged wildlife of NBNC. We’ll catch, observe, and investigate these curious creatures and do our own experiments to explore how these animals defy gravity.


Becoming Animals (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, August 1st to August 5th
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For: Pre-school children ages 4 to 5 (entering Kindergarten)
Cost: $210 member, $220 nonmember

Do you like pretending to fly around like a bird or lumber like a bear? How about chewing like a beaver?  Every day this week we’ll become a different animal and explore their world through imaginative play! We’ll build dams, make nests, and dig dens as we become animals!


Naturally Artists (full, waitlist only)

Dates: Monday to Friday, August 1st to August 5th
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Since the time of ancient cave paintings people have been fascinated with depicting nature through art. This week we’ll explorethe wilder side of the world of art as we experiment with using the natural landscape as our canvas. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to explore the connection between nature and art through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!


Sticks and Stones

Dates:Monday to Friday, August 8th to August 12th  
Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
For: Children entering 1st to 4th grade

Cost: $235 member, $255 nonmember

Did you know that you can make lemonade from staghorn sumac berries? How about rope from milkweed stalks? This week we’ll practice our outdoor living skills as we learn how to make use of the many amazing materials that our environment provides. From building shelters with sticks found on the forest floor to learning how to prepare wild edibles, we’ll be working with the tools that nature gives us.


How to Register

We are proud to offer online registration for our 2016 summer camps. Here are the ways you can register for camp:

1. Online registration by credit card, check, or cash. Now Open!
2. Mail-in paper registration by check or cash. **Mail-in registration not available if paying by credit card**
3. Call us to register by phone at (802) 229-6206. **Phone registration not available if paying by credit card**


To help you register online, be sure to check out our online registration FAQ.

Please make checks payable to “North Branch Nature Center”. Full payment in advance is required, except by prior arrangement. Send your registration form and payment to North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or call (802) 229-6206. Upon receipt of registration and full payment, we will send you a confirmation letter with detailed camp information.

Post-Camp Child Care
Day camp hours vary, please see camp descriptions for times. Children may be dropped off 15 minutes before the camp starts. Post-camp care is available until 3pm for preschool camps ($6/day) and until 5:00 pm for full-day camps ($12/day). After-hours care is an informal extension of camp activities; it is supervised free time including games, reading, art projects and other informal activities. We can accept only a limited number of children each week, so please be sure to register for this service.

Campership Fund
A week of nature center camp can be the real highlight of a child's summer, an opportunity to learn and explore in an environment very different from school. The Campership Fund allows families with limited financial means to send their children to summer camp, providing partial and full scholarships to children who otherwise could not participate in our camps. Although we receive some corporate donations, much of the Campership Fund comes from contributions from individuals like you. If you need financial support to send your child to a North Branch Nature Center camp, please contact us. If you can, please contribute to our Campership Fund. You can help make a child's summer special! Download a campership request form.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds are subject to a $20 non-refundable processing fee and will be given according to the following schedule:
    * If requested at least one month before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund (less the processing fee).
    * If requested between one month and two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a 50% refund (less the processing fee).
    * If requested less than two weeks before the first day of camp, we will be unable to issue a refund.

Every year, unfortunately, children are turned away from our camps due to lack of available room. The more notice we have of cancellation, the better our ability to fill that space with another interested child.  If your child is ill or, for any reason, misses one or more days of camp, we will not be able to provide a partial refund. Send registration form and full payment to:
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Meet the Counselors

kenKen Benton

Ken joined NBNC in 2012 through AmeriCorps and is currently running the North Branch Trekkers afterschool program as well as teaching the ECO program at several local schools.  After receiving a B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University, he spent several years traveling the country, teaching environmental education through the Student Conservation Association and the Audubon Society.  Ken is currently finishing his M.A.Ed. with a focus on natural science and environmental education through Hamline University.  Whenever Ken is not birding, hunting or fishing, he can be found amidst a jungle of vegetables, tending to his garden.Contact Ken .

Eve Bernhard

eveEve is thrilled to be teaching, learning, and exploring alongside all the children and critters at NBNC this summer. Eve grew up romping in the forests of the Catskill Mountains and along the banks of the Hudson River, finding friends in the ecosystem. Through alternative-minded schooling at Bard College at Simon's Rock and Hampshire College, Eve delved into the arts of ecology, sociology, writing, photography, and questioning.  After graduating she traveled around working on farms, studying traditional skills, and taking photographs. She has also worked as a librarian, cat hotel attendant, snowshoe guide, and visitor services agent at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Eve is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and ongoing student of wilderness survival and natural history. Eve has been most inspired by her work as a nature mentor and holistic educator. Eve is eager to continue nurturing deep connections to the natural world through experiential learning.

haleyHaley Cushing
Haley grew up on the coast in Maine but ventured out to Washington to study at Whitman College. Since then she has served in Americorps as a wildland firefighter and trailbuilder, led adventure trips for teens in British Columbia and most recently, worked as an outdoor educator in California. She is excited to be back in the Northeast this summer!

joshuaJoshua Klavens

Joshua Klavens is an ecological and social activist who aspires to bring people together and build strong communities that can take better care of the earth. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College, and is working on various conservation and community projects while he prepares for grad school. His skills include talking to dogs and believing he can learn to play guitar. In his spare time he enjoys free running, making crafts and medicine with wild plants, and repairing whichever piece of his outdoor gear happens to be destroyed at the moment. He believes we can save the world together!

fionaFiona Modrak
A lover of all things outdoors, Fiona graduated with a Natural Resources degree from Cornell University in 2013, which she then proceeded to use to teach students about the natural world. As an outdoor educator and naturalist in Texas and Ohio, she has led hundreds of kids to explore and experience the outdoors. After two years at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, she is ready to explore new places while continuing to inspire kids to do the same.

Carrie Riker

carrieCarrie started her Vermont adventures by leading summer camps at North Branch back in 1999. She moved here to finish her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England. She also holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and is a licensed teacher in the state of Vermont. She has been exploring the outside world with children for 20+ years. She is excited to be working with ECO at Twinfield Union School this year. She is also involved with several other environmental science programs. She has a great love for small nature moments, crazy camp songs, and starting her day with tea on the porch with her cat and pup.

 

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206
info@northbranchnaturecenter.org

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