Summer Camp at Rye Nature Center
Week One: July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
SCALES & TAILS
Take a step into the worlds of reptiles and amphibians! This week we will search under rocks and logs, and in ponds and streams to uncover their surprising differences. Discover the amazing adaptations at work, on land and under water. You can even learn how we track the Nature Center's box turtle population.
Week Two: July 8-12
TRACKS & BONES
Campers will uncover mysteries all around the Nature Center using forensic science. Find out how to track animals, examine evidence with microscopes, and discover nature's secrets all around RNC's 47 acres. Soil analysis, pellet dissections, and footprint comparisons will help identify the many clues animals leave behind.
Week Three: July 15-19
Calling all green builders! Engineers, scientists, and architects look to nature for inspiration and answers. This is just what we'll do as we explore solar and wind power, talk about engineering for the future, and learn how to incorporate carbon-saving techniques into our daily life. Help us design a new Nature Center building fit for the future.
Week Four: July 22-26
BACKCOUNTRY BUSH CRAFT
Do you have the skills it takes to survive in the wilderness? Bush craft is not just about surviving, it's thriving in your natural environment. Navigate your way through the forest using the sun as your compass, develop skills to identify wild edible foods, build shelters, light a fire without matches, and make and use natural tools. After this week, a night in the woods will seem like a breeze!
Week Five: July 29-August 2
SMALL BUGS, BIG POWER
Get ready to burrow down and explore all creatures living under our feet! Using a variety of scientific tools, we will excavate dead logs and look into the mini-world of predator and prey. Get down to earth and observe the microscopic life of insects, spiders, snails, worms, and centipedes.
Week Six: August 5-9
Extreme and wild weather is becoming more frequent due to rising temperatures and the changing climate. Science helps us know how to live an eco-friendly life and allows us to notice the evolving patterns of weather. We will create a tornado in a jar, learn how flooding affects our forest, and even make a plan to prevent erosion along the banks of our very own Blind Brook. Join us as we learn all about what causes this wacky weather and how we can prepare for the future climate.
Membership at the Environmentalist level ($100) or higher valid through program date is required to register.
Session 1 of Summer Camp and Paddle Adventure Camp are pro-rated due to the July 4th Holiday.
The prices are: Explorers - $300, Discoverers - $332, NITs - $384
No other sessions of Summer Camp may be pro-rated.
No refunds or credits will be given towards other programs, camps, or events if you cancel your enrollment. In the event you need to cancel, a tax receipt will be issued to you indicating that the program fee was converted to a charitable donation. Membership is non-refundable.