Town and Village

Nature Museum offers winter, spring, and summer camps

How can snow keep us warm? What causes sap to flow in maple trees? What is a macroinvertebrate? The Nature Museum's day camps offer activities designed to educate campers about our regional ecology while providing plenty of outdoor free play, exploration, and hands-on learning.

These all-day camps take place outside The Nature Museum in surrounding local habitats. Participants will explore the meadow and garden with native plantings, the newly developed pond, and the Magic Forest Natural Playscape. Each day or week features a unique theme, from exploring "Snowflake Science" in February to "Wilderness Trekking" in August.

The winter camps will take place during February Break (Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 20–22), and the spring camps during April Break (Tuesday through Thursday, April 23–25). The summer camps will run for five weeks between June and August.

"Being outside for long periods provides ample opportunities for observation and learning," Environmental Educator Sam McGonigle said in a news release. "These sessions help deepen the appreciation for our wild neighbors while providing lots of outdoor exercise and community-building activities. Our campers build connections with each other and with the natural world through play, exploratory learning, and creative exercises that enrich their experiences outdoors."

Registration is open for the camps. To learn more about ages, dates, and program details, visit

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