Nature Discovery Camp

Nature Discovery Camp

We hold nine weeks of summer camp plus multiple mini camps throughout the year. Age groups consist of Turtle Tots: 4 year old– rising Kindergarten, Explorers: rising 1st & 2nd graders, and Trailblazers: rising 3rd & 4th graders. Turtle Tots camp runs from 9 AM-Noon with an optional extension until 3 PM for rising kindergarteners. Explorers and Trailblazers camp runs from 9 AM-3 PM.

Our day camp offers science and nature-based learning through lessons, songs, games, crafts, experiments, hikes, and more. Each day, children are outside exploring the natural world with guidance from seasoned educators. Each week has a different theme including Art in NatureNature Detectives, Enchanted Forest, Survival, and Wonders of Water. So, sign up for one week, or all summer!

Type: Day Camp

Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Dates/Sessions: Weekly, Mon-Fri, June 24-August 23 – 9am to 3pm

Location: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills, NJ

Contact: Shannyn Wilson/

Grades: PreSchool, Kindergarten, Elementary School

Registration: Registration begins on February 1, 2024 at 6 AM EST

Financial Aid: No

Lunch: Not provided

Activities: Nature based lessons, crafts, indoor games, outdoor games, hiking, science experiments & free choice play time.

Health & Safety Protocols: We encourage staff to take care of their health and stay home if they are feeling sick in any way. We also encourage this for campers. In the case of a camper feeling ill, parents or emergency contact are called and the child is able to rest inside with supervision from camp senior staff until parents or guardians are. able to pick them up. We keep a list of who is allowed to drop campers off and pick pick them up. This list is compiled at the time of registration and only able to be changed with written consent directly from a parent or guardian. We have protocols in place regarding injuries at camp. Staff members carry first aid kits, communicate via radio, are CPR, first aid, and AED certified, and are trained on correct protocol for administering and recording first aid. We train staff members on protocols for armed intruders and fire danger in the building and on grounds.