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2018 North Branch Nature CenterCamp Kids
Summer Camps
Day Camps for Curious Kids
4 to 14

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, 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 20 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 6/18 - 6/22
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 6/25 - 6/29
pre-K (ages 4-5) *Bountiful Bugs 7/2 - 7/6
pre-K (ages 4-5) Winged Wonders 7/9 - 7/13
pre-K (ages 4-5) Animal Tales 7/16 - 7/20
pre-K (ages 4-5) Smooth, Slimy, Slithery 7/23 - 7/27
pre-K (ages 4-5) Oink, Burp, Chirp 7/30 - 8/3
pre-K (ages 4-5) Becoming Animals 8/6 - 8/10
Grades 1 - 4 Natural History Mystery 6/25 - 6/29
Grades 1 - 4 *Mini Monsters 7/2 - 7/6
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 7/9 - 7/13
Grades 1 - 4 Naturally Artists 7/16 - 7/20
Grades 1 - 4 What Floats Your Boat? 7/23 - 7/27
Grades 1 - 4 On the Fly 7/30 - 8/3
Grades 1 - 4 Seeds, Shoots and Roots 8/6 - 8/10
Grades 1 - 4 Sticks and Stones 8/13 - 8/17
Grades 5 - 8 Avian Wonders 6/25 - 6/29
Grades 5 - 8 *Gone Fishn' 7/2 - 7/6
Grades 5 - 8 Ephemeral Artists 7/9 - 7/13
Grades 5 - 8 Trekkers 7/16 - 7/20
Camps by Date
June 18 - 22 Nature's Canvas pre-k
June 25 - 29 Becoming Animals pre-k
June 25 - 29 Natural History Mystery grades 1-4
June 25 - 29 Avian Wonders grades 5-8
July 2 - 6 *Bountiful Bugs pre-k
July 2 - 6 *Mini Monsters grades 1-4
July 2 - 6 *Gone Fishn' grades 5-8
July 9 - 13 Winged Wonders pre-k
July 9 - 13 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4
July 9 - 13 Ephemeral Artists grades 5-8
July 16 - 20 Animal Tales pre-k
July 16 - 20 Naturally Artists grades 1-4
July 16 - 20 Trekkers grades 5-8
July 23 - 27 Smooth, Slimy, Slithery pre-k
July 23 - 27 What Floats Your Boat? grades 1-4
July 30 - Aug 3 Oink, Burp, Chirp pre-k
July 30 - Aug 3 On the Fly grades 1-4
August 6 - 10 Becoming Animals pre-k
August 6 - 10 Seeds, Shoots and Roots grades 1-4
August 13 - 17 Sticks and Stones grades 1-4















* Camp will not be held on Wednesday, July 4


Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Nature’s Canvas
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 18th to 22nd
Cost: $220 member, $230 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
Dates: Monday to Friday, June 25th to June 29th
Cost: $220 member, $230 nonmember
Do you like pretending to fly like a bird or lumber around 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!

Bountiful Bugs
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, July 2 – 6 (No camp July 4th)
$176 member, $184 nonmember (pro-rated for 4-day week)
The field, forest and river of the North Branch Nature Center are home to an endless variety of insects just waiting to be discovered. While gently swinging nets and flipping over logs, we’ll explore the habitats of NBNC for all varieties of 6-legged friends. Join us as we learn about the unique role of these animals in our environment and why they abound!

Winged Wonders
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
$220 member, $230 nonmember
From birds to butterflies, moths to bats, if flying creatures are your thing, then this is the camp for you. Summer is one of the best times to find birds and flying insects in the fields and forests of NBNC. Following Monarchs through fields of milkweed, campers will explore the sweet nectary world of pollinators. We’ll turn to the riparian forests in search of foraging warblers and look for nests in dense clusters of willows. We may even sprout some wings of our own and take flight in search of winged wonders!

Animal Tales
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 16th to July 20th 
Cost: $220 member, $230 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.

Smooth, Slimy, Slithery
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
$220 member, $230 nonmember
What’s smooth, slimy, slithery, and lives at NBNC? All sorts of cool critters! Worms, snakes, frogs, slugs, ladybugs—we’ll look high and low as we go on some nature safaris to seek out all things smooth, slimy, and slithery. We’ll also investigate how these adaptations help these animals survive the warm summer sun.  

Oink, Burp, Chirp
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 30th to August 3rd
Cost: $220 member, $230 nonmember
What was that? Did you hear what that pig just said? Are those flies talking to each other? Why is that bird bobbing its head? How do ants tell their friends where the good food is? Find out what the buzz is all about as we check out the world of animal communication.

Becoming Animals
Dates: Monday to Friday, August 6th - 10th
Cost: $220 member, $230 nonmember
Do you like pretending to fly like a bird or lumber around 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!

HOURS: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natural History Mystery
Dates:Monday to Friday, June 25th to June 29th
Cost: $245 member, $265 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!

Mini Monsters
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, July 2 – 6 (No camp July 4th)
$196 member, $212 nonmember (pro-rated for 4-day week)
Ever wondered how a fly sees, how water boatmen float, or why worms wiggle? Learn the secrets of these and other small superstars as we explore the meadows, woods, and waters of NBNC. How do the “monster” characteristics of these animals help them survive and thrive?

Sticks and Stones
Dates:Monday to Friday, July 9th to July 13th  
Cost: $245 member, $265 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.

Naturally Artists
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 16th to July 20th
Cost: $245 member, $265 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 nature and art connection through games, crafts, natural exploration and more!

What Floats Your Boat?
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
$245 member, $265 nonmember
Water! This week we’ll cool off as we explore the North Branch of the Winooski River and some of its wooded tributaries. How does this river shape the land around it? What creatures lurk beneath its surface? How far will a boat made of sticks and vine float before crashing? Answer these questions and more while we wade in the water.

On The Fly
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
$245 member, $265 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.

Seeds, Shoots and Roots
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
$245 member, $265 nonmember
Come explore the amazing world of sun-catching superstars. Learn the language of a leaf and break the code of the secret seed. Watch plants move and groove! We’ll get the scoop on pocket-sized plants, dinosaur-time tall towers, and figure out the many amazing uses that people and animals have for these silent residents of our fabulous planet.

Sticks and Stones
Dates:Monday to Friday, August 14th to August 18th  
Cost: $245 member, $265 nonmember
See description above.

Travel Camps for Children Entering Grades 5-8
Hours 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Sign up soon, travel camps are limited to just 10 kids!

Avian Wonders
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29
$340 member, $365 nonmember (includes van transportation)
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 cliffs of Marshfield Mountain to the shores of Lake Champlain. Whether you’re a passionate ‘birder’ or just getting started, this camp’s for you! 

Gone Fishin’ (Includes an overnight!)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, July 2 – 6 (No camp July 4th)
$272 member, $292 nonmember (pro-rated for shorter week; includes van transportation)
The best anglers know all about the fish they target and the waters they swim in. We’ll explore wetland ecology, study what fish eat, and visit a fish hatchery, all as we dip our lines in some of the state’s best rivers, lakes, and streams. We will camp out on Thursday to take advantage of prime early morning and evening fishing hours. Grab your rod and reel because we’re Gone Fishin’!

Ephemeral Artists
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
$340 member, $365 nonmember (includes van transportation)
Nature will be our muse this week as we travel central Vermont committing random acts of art. Like fall’s fleeting foliage, our art will be designed to fade back into the landscape from whence it came. Mosaics of leaves will brighten an otherwise drab gray sidewalk. Sculptures of precariously balanced sticks will pop up alongside wooded trails. Using only found natural materials, the local terroir will be reflected in our ephemeral art.

Trekkers (Includes an overnight!)
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
$300 member, $325 nonmember (price reflects no transportation cost)
In the summer camp edition of our popular after-school program, we’ll practice outdoor living skills such as carving, coal burning, and tracking. This year we’ll dive deep into the local landscape, staying in Montpelier for all of our adventures. From crawling into abandoned beaver lodges to wild harvesting and cooking our own food over a campfire started with primitive methods, we’ll take a hands-on approach. Our week will culminate in a test of our skills during an overnight primitive camping trip.


How to Register

Here are the ways you can register for camp:

1. Online registration by credit card, check, or cash.
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**

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.

Camp Scholarship 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 scholarship 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 scholarship 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 scholarship fund. You can help make a child's summer special! Download a scholarship 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

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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