Nature Day Camp

Nature Day Camp

Hundreds of children EXPLORE the wonders of the natural world at NH Audubon’s summer and vacation camps.

What will YOUR child discover?

This summer, NH Audubon is offering a virtual Backyard Summer Camp for kids throughout the state of New Hampshire, and beyond.

Our goal is to create a blended camp day that offers a mix of online and outside activities with structure, while also including a lot of flexibility. The day allows room for campers to do things at their own pace, and spend more time with certain activities than others. We understand that schedules are complicated these days, so there isn’t a requirement to stick to the schedule if needs arise. Circle time and breakout sessions will be recorded for later viewing, as will our interactive counselor sessions. Everything can be done at the pace of the camper and accommodating to families who are working from home. This new camp experience has enough online connection and guidance for campers to feel a part of something, plus the freedom to explore nature outside all summer long – just the way camp should be!

A typical camp day might include meeting with our counselors and campers in a Virtual Circle Time first thing in the morning. Following this, campers will have activities throughout the day including meeting our resident live animals and heading out into your local woods to discover them in the wild, playing games designed to enhance knowledge of the natural world, creating crafts using natural materials, and venturing out on short hikes or scavenger hunts in your neighborhood. Campers will also be able to interact with the counselors during informal, mid-day sessions to ask questions and share their discoveries!

NH Audubon Nature Camp

  • Enhance ecological awareness
  • Cultivate appreciation for, and stewardship of, our natural environment
  • Provide fun, safe, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Advocate inclusive learning environments
  • Build a sense of community and
  • Foster a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere.

Financial Assistance is Available! NH Audubon is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who may be in need thanks to the contributions of members and past camp families, and generous donations from local organizations. Funding is available on a first come, first served and need-driven basis, with household income as a calculated factor. Please contact the camp office for an application.

Camp Discounts: NH Audubon Family Memberships include a 10% discount on camp rates for Explorers & Wonders aged campers. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings.

Summer Camp

Date

Dates June 22-August 14, 2020

Ages

For Children Ages 4-12

Type

Mix of outdoor activities and online connecting with counselors and other campers

Fees

$90 Members/$100 Non-members

Camp Programs

Discovery Camp (Ages 6–9)

9am–3pm (estimated)
Discovery Campers spend their days exploring the areas surrounding their homes to experience nature and make new discoveries.
Activities include short hikes, pond explorations, craft making, storytelling, interactive nature-based games, and live animal presentations.

Explorers Camp (Ages 10–12)

9am–3pm (estimated)
Explorers experience the beauty of New Hampshire through virtual field trips and backyard explorations.
Campers will explore wildlife and unique landscapes through a mix of virtual activities, videos, and outdoor projects focused on conservation and stewardship.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00-9:30 Virtual Circle with Breakout Sessions by Age Group


9:30-10:30 Live Animal Presentation


10:30-12:00 Nature Activity at Home/Outside! (Craft, Art, Experiment, etc.)


12:00-1:00 Lunch with a Counselor


1:00-2:00 Outdoor Activity


2:00-3:00 Art & Journaling


2020 Session Themes & Dates 

2020 Session Themes & Dates

Session 1: June 22-26

Theme: Feathered Friends
This week is dedicated to all our feathered flying friends. From tiny hummingbirds to the Bald Eagle, learn what makes them unique. We will investigate flight, feathers, take a virtual bird walk and virtually meet some of New Hampshire Audubon’s ambassador birds.

Session 2: June 29- July 3

Theme: Survival
Learn how New Hampshire wildlife survives throughout the year. Explore the different adaptations that animals use to find food, water, shelter and space. Learn what is needed to build a shelter and how to stay safe when outdoors.

Session 3: July 6-10

Theme: It’s a Buggy World
What kind of bug is that? This week is about all things buggy. If you like catching bugs and learning about them, this is the week for you. Explore the outdoors to discover what flying creatures you may encounter and what they might be telling us about the world.

Session 4: July 13-17

Theme: Hooray for H20
Who needs water to survive? Identify species discovered in a virtual pond probe and learn why they are there. Learn about New Hampshire’s wetlands and watersheds, and what we can do to keep this precious resource clean.

Session 5: July 20-24

Theme: Mud Mania
Who lives underground? In your own outdoor space, you will learn how to collect soil samples as well as how to find dirt-dwelling insects and other critters. Learn how soil is created by the plants and creatures that live in it.

Session 6: July 27-31

Theme: Survival
Learn how New Hampshire wildlife survives throughout the year. Explore the different adaptations that animals use to find food, water, shelter and space. Learn what is needed to build a shelter and how to stay safe when outdoors.

Session 7: August 3-7

Theme: Be a Scientist
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist? This week will include fun science experiments that you can do at home! Plus, learn how to identify different plants and animals, collect data, and record your observations in a nature journal.

Session 8: August 10-14

Theme: Going Green
We will explore some of the dangers our earth is facing and find ways to help. Learning all about gardening, recycling, alternative energies, buying local, reducing plastic waste and making green choices at home.

To register and purchase camp sessions online, there are two steps. Use the link to go to the online portal, and download the Camper Information Packet:

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About Us

Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.