We are following guidelines from the American Camp Association, NJ Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to help keep our campers and their families safe. We are also implementing specific measures tailored to our site, which will be followed at camp all day, every day:
2021 SummerNature Camp
2020 CAMP FEES & DATES Price (per week, per camper)
Week 1 (4 days: Tue-Fri, July 6-9)
$270 - Standard
$250 - Siblings & Multi-week
$230 - Members*
Weeks 2-7 (5 days/wk: Mon-Fri, July 12-August 20)
$315 - Standard
$290 - Siblings & Multi-week
$270 - Members*
Partial Week (4 or 3 days per week; days must be chosen in advance during registration)
$270 - 4 days, Standard
$250 - 4 days, Siblings & Multi-week
$230 - 4 days, Members*
$230 - 3 Days, Standard
$210 - 3 Days, Siblings & Multi-week
$195 - 3 Days, Members*
*Membership at the "Supporter" ($75) level or above is required to take advantage of camp discounts. Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable. Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or Join/Renew NOW!
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Payment in full is required to confirm your registration. Once both registration and payment is received, we'll send an email with the following:
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs as needed.
7 Weeks: Jul 6-Aug 20 | Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm | Ages 7-12
We follow all guidelines and procedures recommended by the American Camp Association, the NJ Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. We are confident that the small group size and safety and sanitation procedures will provide a wonderful camp experience.
Camp will be held outdoors on our beautiful 152 acre property. Our outdoor facilities include a picnic grove, recreation field, covered pavilion, fire circle, hiking trails, raingarden, butterfly garden, bird feeding station and a brook.
Our mission continues to be to create a safe and supportive space for our campers to express themselves, build confidence and social skills, grow friendships - and learn some cool science along the way. By engaging campers in outdoor learning, we strive to provide them with an unforgettable summer camp experience and a lifelong connection to the world around them.
Each day incorporates fun and immersive experiences and a variety of active, nature-focused activities. The featured daily activity, observation hikes, nature-based arts & crafts projects, and field and forest games will incorporate STEM concepts and the local ecology, watershed and flora & fauna.
"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist & founder of Active Parenting
Week 1 - July 6-9: Fascinating Flora - From the tiniest spring wildflower to the tallest trees in the forest, plants create the essential habitat for the wildlife that lives all around us. This week we look closely at the secret lives of plants through science experiments, flower pressing, games, and observation hikes.
Week 2, July 12-16: Babbling Brooks - Come splash around and keep cool by stomping through the stream, swimming in the pool and running through the sprinkler, all while learning about the water itself! By the end of this week, campers will know all about water in the streams, water in our drinking glasses, and water in the landscape and watershed.
Week 3, July 19-23: Cryptic Creatures - There are many familiar animals we see on our hikes win the forest, but what about those animals that are not so noticeable? This week we become investigators looking for signs and hopefully glimpses of the more cryptic animals in the forest like foxes, coyotes, snakes, salamanders, bears, rabbits, as well as insects like caterpillars, and beetles that are usually out of sight.
Week 4, July 26-30: Bright Wings - This week is all about wings, feathers, and flight! The stars of the show will be all the flighted creatures; from birds to bats to butterflies and dragonflies. We will use binoculars, butterfly nets, and other tools to get a close look at both the biology and ecology of these animals, while playing games and hiking along the way.
Week 5, August 2-6: Tracks & Trails - Get your adventure on for this week of hiking and exploring! From the most popular overlooks and caves to the almost secret nooks and crannies of the forest, we will be taking to the trails this week to get to know our forest. We will learn how to be prepared hikers, plan a hike, and read a trail map as we discover new places every day! 4/12/21 update: this week is SOLD OUT
Week 6, August 9-13: Bugs & Slugs - The tiniest animals make up most of the diversity of the forest, so this week is all about those bugs! We will explore all sorts of habitats bugs live in, like on plants, in the soil, in the stream, under rocks, inside logs, and more. Get ready to get dirty and look closely to explore this wonderful world of crawly creatures.
Week 7, August 16-20: Backwoods Survival - Everyone’s favorite: learning and testing our knowledge of how to live through a forest survival situation. We will pretend we are lost in the woods for the week while we learn about the essentials of survival: water purification, shelter building, foraging, fire building, and preparedness.
Examples of Featured Daily Activities
Adventure & Exploration
Wilderness Survival Skills
Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm)
9:00am - Camper drop off and health check at The New Weis Center's main gate. We cannot accommodate early drop-offs
9:30am - Daily welcome, review of the day ahead
10:00am - Featured daily activity
12:00pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various outdoor locations around the property, and social distancing will be maintained when possible
12:30pm - Open rec time - field activities, arts & crafts, individual learning and education
1:00-2:30pm - Adventure challenge games, nature-based art and science projects, swimming 1-2 days/week (at the Highlands Natural Pool)
2:30pm - Daily recap, sharing, nature journaling
3:00pm - Camper pickup. We cannot accommodate late pickups
Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests
Is our camp right for your child this summer?
Looking for something for older kids? Check out our "Highlands Jr. Naturalist" program for teens/tweens!