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Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp at The Bartlett

Early Bird Discount of 10% off if you sign up by April 25th!

Summer Camp Brochure 2016
The lush grounds of the Bartlett Arboretum feature 20 acres of manicured gardens showcasing plants from around the world, while our trails wind their way through more than 70 acres of forest, wetland, meadow, and pond habitats. We offer a unique opportunity for children to explore and learn about plants, animals, and a variety of nature-related topics in a convenient and safe residential setting.

Children joining camp will be on their way to becoming true junior scientists and naturalists. They will learn all about the natural world around them and connect with it on a daily basis. Our enthusiastic staff consists of college aged men and women who are passionate about nature and protecting it for future generations. Your child will learn the basics of gardening, work on creative art activities, meet plants and animals from around the world, and most importantly, have days full of fun!

We look forward to providing your child with a summer program filled with exploration, hands-on learning and fun as they expand their appreciation of nature.

WEEK 1 (JUNE 27 - JULY 1):  WETLANDS, RIVERS AND PONDS  
We’ll kick off the summer getting wet and muddy exploring the different aquatic habitats here at the Arboretum.  We’ll wade into streams, search for birds and reptiles in our wetland, and of course, do lots of scooping in our pond.  This is a great week for the explorer in your family.
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WEEK 2 (JULY 5 - 8): HABITAT AND BIOME EXPEDITION (4-day session)
Campers will journey around the planet without leaving the Arboretum grounds.  We’ll explore the biodiversity of rainforests, the challenges of desert-life, and the ruggedness of mountain ranges.  Campers will discover carnivorous plants, eight-legged acquaintances, furry cacti, and so much more. We’ll also build our own mini-terrariums!
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WEEK 3 (JULY 11 - 15): HOW TO BE A SECRET SCIENCE AGENT
We’ll get into a little bit of everything this week (as long as it relates to Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math). We’ll explore our environment, experiment, build, measure, record and create so by the end of the week each camper will have the tools they need to be a Secret Science Agent.
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WEEK 4 (JULY 18 - 22): INSECTS, INVERTEBRATES, AND ARACHNIDS 
Bugs are an extremely important part of our ecosystem. This week campers will have an opportunity to explore our insect and invertebrate collection. We’ll dig in our worm bin, meet desert arachnids, and rainforest decomposers.
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WEEK 5 (JULY 25 - 29): EDIBLE GARDENING

Many families and communities are disconnected from where their food comes from. We’ll take this week to reconnect in our vegetable and herb gardens.  Campers will harvest crops from our gardens to share with their families at home. And we’ll taste some special snacks throughout the week!

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WEEK 6 (AUGUST 1 - 5): PLANTLORE, POTIONS AND CRAFTS

People have utilized plants since the dawn of human existence, not only for food, but for shelter, clothing, medicine, art, and spiritual purposes.  This week we will discover the magic of plants, exercise our creativity and view nature through new eyes. 

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WEEK 7 (AUGUST 8 - 12): ANIMAL INVESTIGATION

This is the week for animal lovers.  We’ll investigate a different animal group every day. Some special visitors will bring in animals for campers to meet and interact with upclose.  We’ll do some basic birding, scour for animal tracks throughout our woods, and examine animal homes on the property.

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Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Day: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ages: 
4* - 11 years
*4-year-olds attend half day camp from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Prices:
4-day weeks:$260 (members), $300 (non-members)
5-day weeks: $300 (members), $350 (non-members)
Extended Day (until 5:00 p.m.): $10 per hour per day, 2 hour limit (members and non-members)
Age 4 Half-Day 4-day weeks: $120 (members), $140 (non-members)
Age 4 Half-Day 5-day weeks: $150 (members), $175 (non-members

Early Bird Discount of 10% if you sign up by April 25!

Camp registration begins January 15, 2016 and continues until full. Pre-registration required. Full payment is required at pre-registration; 50% refundable up to May 30. No refunds after May 30.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens will provide a healthy snack, however children are responsible for their own peanut-free lunch. Children should dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be spending time outside each day.

Please contact Todd DuPont, director of Children's Education, at tdupont@bartlettarboretum.org for more information.

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