"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

4 Weeks: Jul 15-19 & 22-26, Aug 5-9 & 12-16

Monday-Friday,  9:00AM-3:00PM

Register for all 4 or choose individual weeks

Camp is rain or shine; we'll take cover in the pavilion or move the fun inside during inclement weather.


​For kids entering 2nd-5th grade in September 2024

We will also have options for younger (ages 4-6) and older kids (6th-9th grade)!


​Camp will be held outdoors on our beautiful 152 acre property. Our facilities include a picnic grove, recreation field, covered pavilion, fire circles, private hiking trails, raingarden, butterfly garden, vegetable & herb garden, bird feeding station and a babbling brook.

Campers will swim at the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool twice each week.


Our mission is to create a safe and supportive space for 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 experience and a lifelong connection to the natural world around them.


Each day incorporates fun and immersive experiences and a variety of nature-based activities, and incorporates mindfulness and sensory awareness. Our explorations, adventures, observation hikes, arts & crafts projects, and field and forest games will incorporate STEM concepts and the local ecology, watershed and flora & fauna.

2024 SUMMER NATURE CAMP

For kids entering 2nd-5th grade

2024 Registration opens at the end of January!

EVERY WEEK will include some of these favorite camp activities!

  • Hiking to viewpoints and old ruins
  • Forage for berries, mint and other wild edibles
  • Explore the babbling Blue Mine brook
  • Learn how to 'Leave No Trace'
  • Get creative making nature art
  • Practice our shelter building and fire making skills
  • Learn to ID local plants & animals
  • Understanding lifecycles & metamorphosis
  • Tending the vegetable, butterfly, and sensory gardens
  • Special conservation projects
  • ​Bird-watching
  • Sit spots and nature journals
  • Time spent in the secret "Hamlet"


Weekly Themes

Stay tuned for details about our exciting new new themes and activities!


Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm)

9:00am - Camper drop off at the picnic grove and field games. Note: we cannot accommodate early drop-offs

9:30am - Daily welcome, review of the day ahead
10:00am - Featured daily activity according to the weekly theme

12:00pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various outdoor locations around the property
12:30pm - Open rec time - field activities, arts & crafts, individual projects
1:00-2:30pm - 2nd daily activity, a
dventure challenge games, nature-based art and science projects, or swimming (at the Highlands Natural Pool)
2:30pm - Daily recap, sharing, nature journaling
3:00pm - Camper pickup; note: we cannot accommodate late pickups

Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests
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Payments and Donations

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STAFF & SAFETY

  • Camp Director Lauren Lynch (Lead Educator/Naturalist), and trained adult Weis staff.
  • Certified by the State to meet all NJ Department of Health Youth Camp standards. Certificate #27106.
  • Lead Counselors are CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
  • Low Counselor to Camper ratio 1:10 ratio provides a safe and attentive environment for all campers.


2024 CAMP FEES & DATES Price (per week, per camper)

Full Week (5 days/wk; Mon-Fri)

​   $TBD - Standard

   $TBD - Siblings & Multi-week

   $TBD - Members*

Partial Week (4 days/wk; days must be chosen in advance during registration)

​   $TBD - 4 days, Standard

   $TBD - 4 days, Siblings & Multi-week

   $TBD - 4 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.

  • We will send an email prior to the start of camp with a parent/guardian handbook, including what your child should bring and wear, directions for drop off and pick up, camp rules, and other useful information.
  • A universal health form (or equivalent) signed by the parent/guardian and physician and latest vaccination record are required.


​CANCELLATION & REFUNDS

  • A $35 processing fee applies to ALL refunds
  • We cannot offer partial refunds if you miss a day; refunds due to major illness or family emergency will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • Full refunds (less the $35 fee) will be issued for cancellation requests received by June 17
  • 50% refund (less the $35 fee) will be issued for cancellation requests received by July 1
  • If your request to cancel is received after July 1, no refund will be given. Upon request we are happy to provide a tax receipt that the program fee was converted to a charitable donation​.


> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs as needed.​