CAMP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Week-long STEM oriented programs for grades 6th-9th, that takes a deep dive into our local forest ecology in the NJ Highlands region. Our goal is to introduce young naturalists to learning about the environment through scientific field methods and hands-on exploration, while being active and immersed in the forest.
Each week-long program (1 week for spring break, 2 weeks for summer) features an overnight campout on Thursday into Friday. We will cook dinner over a campfire, learn the best ways to set up camp, take a night hike to learn about nocturnal organisms, and explore the forest after dark. Our Emerging Ecologists will have fun while learning outdoor skills to help prepare them for a lifetime of safely and confidently enjoying the outdoors. Thursday's camp starts at 9:00am as usual, but when the regular camp day concludes at 3:00pm we'll stay onsite and move right into our preparations and activities for our campout Thursday night, which includes:
CAMP T-SHIRT (optional)
Please choose the size on the registration form and include an additional $16 with your payment if you would like a t-shirt. Shirts are short-sleeve "Kiwi Green" with The New Weis Center's logo on the front and "Nature Education Programs" on the back in dark green lettering.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Once we receive your registration AND payment in full, your registration is complete. We'll email you with additional info (i.e. where to drop off/pick up and what to bring and wear) prior to the start of the program.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs.
SUMMER CAMP DETAILS
We are excited to offer TWO weeks of Emerging Ecologists summer camp for 2022, each of which features an overnight campout on Thursday into Friday. During each week, students will be outdoors conducting experiments, collecting data and exploring new habitats - all while cultivating new relationships with their peers and growing towards independent young adults.
Week 1: July 25-29
Week 2: August 1-5
Signup for one or both weeks. Each week includes an overnight campout on Thursday night (details above). Camps are rain or shine; we'll take cover in the pavilion or move the fun inside in case of inclement weather.
PRICE - per person; Mon-Fri, includes overnight campout
$420 - Standard Rate
$390 - Siblings & multiple weeks
$365 - Current New Weis Center 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!
Programs just for 6th-9th graders!
Our Emerging Ecologists programencompasses all of our outdoor events for teens and tweens in grades 6th-9th, including spring and summer camps, seasonal overnight campouts, and individual day weekend programs. The mission of these programs is to create a hands-on nature experience for youth to learn scientific methods and biological concepts, while cultivating an understanding of the natural world around them and their place in it.
Emerging Ecologist programs are designed to create an experience where students are immersed in nature, participating in physical activity, socializing with peers and making new friends outside of a school setting. Throughout all of the programs, students will be challenged with hands-on STEM activities and experiments, to give them a look into how biologists study in the field. Year-round programs provide an opportunity to observe changes in the forest through the seasons. Our primary focus will be on ecology, wildlife behavior, plant biology, geology, and other related fields. Activities will also include hiking, wilderness survival and outdoor skills, and team building activities.
Goals of the Emerging Ecologists Program:
Dec 7, 4:00-6:00pm - Sunset Hike & Campfire w/S’mores
Jan 16 - Winter Ecology Hike
Feb 18 - Backyard Bird Count
Mar - Maple Sugaring
Apr - Become a citizen scientist as we have our very own birding Bioblitz during peak migration
May - Evening Hike and Campfire
Jun - TBD
Jul-Aug - Summer Camp
Fall 2023 - Cartography, Nature Journaling & Foraging
2022 Summer Camp - Details & Registration