Educational Camps and Nature Weeks 

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Summer Camp and Nature Weeks 2017 

Welcome to Summer At Blue Heron Nature PrEserve

About our Camps:
Our camps value small group experiences, hands-on exploratory learning, and child-led learning. Facilitated by experienced environmental educators, campers discover how to interact positively with the world around them. Every week we have a different theme, from crawly critters to outdoor art! Our award-winning artists offer creative art camps for various ages, and our partnership with the Amphibian Foundation is making it possible to offer Critter Camp for the first time at Blue Heron this summer! We’ll be meeting some of the amazing animals that call Blue Heron home, and some that have traveled a long way to be here. See below for details and pricing.

To see all registration options click here.

New for Summer 2017! Daily Registration Options

As the summer progresses, be sure to check here regularly for our Daily Options. Daily Options are opened on an as available basis. Registration will remain open until the camp has filled, or the camp week ends. Daily option campers receive a camp t-shirt if they attend 4 or more daily option days this summer. 

Week of July 24th-28th: Daily Options now open
We also have afternoon only options (1 pm - 4 pm) available for our Great Blue Herons camp, ages 5-9. Register here.


Summer Camp Offerings

 

Little Blue Herons (Ages 2 - 4)

All of our Little Blue Herons Nature Weeks are now full. Contact amyz@bhnp.org to be added to the wait list.

Early childhood is a key time for introducing children to nature. Children attending our Little Blue Heron Nature Weeks will learn to explore nature using all of their senses. Art, music, and imaginative play will fill our mornings as we discover the natural world in a safe and secure environment. For its first summer, we are offering 6 weeks of Little Blue Heron Camp. 

Held MWF from 9 am - 12 pm, $110.00/week
Add Lunch Bunch from 12 pm - 1 pm, $15/week. Parents must provide a nut-free lunch. 
Parents must provide diapers and wipes for non-potty trained children.

 

Great Blue Herons (Ages 3 - 9)

All of our Great Blue Herons Camps are now Full. To be added to the wait list, email amyz@bhnp.org.

Summer 2017 offers 11 weeks of Great Blue Heron Camp to choose from! Each week, we explore a nature related theme. Children are outside for the majority of the camp, and encouraged to get wet and muddy, turn over rocks and logs, climb trees, and play with sticks. Our professional naturalists and environmental educators facilitate these experiences, and help children discover natural interactions with the outdoors. Christy Knight's Paint Box Mystery Camp is offered select weeks to full-day campers or campers may join Paint Box Mystery camp for just the afternoon (1 pm - 4 pm), information below.

Half-day (Ages 3 - 9): $185/week ($150 for the week of Memorial Day and 4th of July). Add Lunch Bunch for $25/week. Parents must provide a nut-free lunch. All children must be potty trained.

Full-day (Ages 5 - 9): $360/week ($300 for the week of Memorial Day and 4th of July). Campers will attend Christy Knight's Paint Box Mystery Art Camp on selected afternoons. More information below.

July and August Weeks and Themes Offered:

  • Up in the Sky, Part II: July 24th - 28th (FULL)  
    Let's explore the skies! Bird watching, kite flying, meteorology, flying insects and more! Come fly away with us!
  • Our Garden Planet, Part II: July 31- August 4th (FULL):  Explore, plant, grow, harvest, eat! We will tend our community gardens, start a garden to take home and learn about the wild gardens in our own Blue Heron woods!
  • Outdoor Detectives, Part II:  August 7th - 11th (FULL)  
    Calling all nature sleuths! We will look under rocks and logs for insects, spy through binoculars for birds, and seek out evidence of other critters all through the woods.

 

Trailblazers (Ages 8 - 13)

We want camp to be an experience that can grow with our campers. As children get older, they need to expand their world and their knowledge of place. Our Trailblazers camp provides older children the opportunity to do this. We will go beyond the traditional camp borders and explore the expansive 30-acres of Blue Heron during this camp. Campers will learn outdoor survival skills, and increase their knowledge of urban ecology through participating in Citizen Science efforts. They will help be a part of the growth of Blue Heron by assisting with the building of new trails, trail crossings, outdoor education centers, and more. Our Trailblazers camp will follow the same themes as our Great Blue Heron Camp, but with added challenges that are appropriate for older children. 

Full-day: $350/week. Campers have the option of attending Christy Knight's Paint Box Mystery Art Camp during selected weeks of the summer. Please select the Paint Box Mystery addition when registering. More information below.

July Weeks and Themes Offered:

  • Up in the Sky, Part II: July 24th - 28th (1 Space Remains) 
    Let's explore the skies! Bird watching, kite flying, meteorology, flying insects and more! Come fly away with us!

Register here.

 

Afternoon Paint Box Mystery Camp (Ages 5 - 13) - taught by Christy knight

Offered 1 pm - 4 pm on select weeks as a supplement to our regularly scheduled programming. If a week does not include this art session, the campers will continue with their nature exploration from the morning. If you would like to only enroll your child in Christy Knight's Paint Box Mystery Camp, enroll them in the afternoon for any of the below weeks. All weeks are $185 with the option of Lunch Bunch for $25 more per week.


July and August Offerings: 
The Power of Water: July 10 - 14 (3 spaces remain) and July 31- August 4 (4 spaces remain)
No one can live without water. From the polar ice caps to our own wetlands to the Amazon rainforest, we'll learn to draw animals that have adapted to extreme water
environments. We'll play cooling games and experiment with water art. Fridays we'll have a pajama "snow day" and enjoy frozen treats we make ourselves.

Register Here.

Critter Camp (Ages 6 - 13) - Offered by the Amphibian Foundation

We are so lucky to have the Amphibian Foundation joining us in 2017. Their popular Critter Camp is making its home at Blue Heron this summer, and is a great way for any budding herpetologists in your family to learn all about reptiles and amphibians. If you are looking for an alternative to some of our outdoor camps, this is a great way to give your child an entirely different camp experience while still supporting Blue Heron! We are hosting 3 weeks of Critter Camp this Summer, starting June 19th. You can read more about Critter Camp, and see more incredible photos of the animals your child will meet by visiting: www.critter-camp.org.

Weeks Available:

  • June 19th-23rd, $350, Ages 6-9
  • June 26th-20th, $350, Ages 8-13
  • July 3, 5-7, $300, Ages 6-9

To learn more or register please visit www.critter-camp.org.

 

Summer Camp FAQ's

Is lunch provided for summer campers?

No, please provide your child with a nut-free lunch for full-day camps and half-day camps with the Lunch Bunch option.

Some weeks of camp have the same theme; are the activities the same for both?

No two camp weeks will be the same, even if they share a theme. Returning campers will enjoy new and unique experiences each week, while new campers will easily integrate with the group and shape their own experiences

Can I drop my child off early/late for camp?

Early and late drop-off options will be available for an additional fee. 

I want to send my child to summer camp at Blue Heron but I'm having difficulty paying the registration fee. Can I receive assistance?

We are able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships and reduced fees for camp this Summer.

 

Please contact our Education Director, Amy Zvonar at (678) 315-0836 or amyz@bhnp.org if you have any additional questions.


School Break Camps and Nature Weeks

School Break Camps and Nature Weeks at Blue Heron are the ideal opportunity for your child to experience the wonders of nature and stay active during school breaks. Our programs focus on outdoor experiences for children ages three (must be potty trained) to twelve and give children time to play and learn through individual and group exploration.

Our instructors are expert naturalists who understand the value of providing children unstructured exploration time. If you have questions about our camps or nature experiences for children, please contact Amy Zvonar, Education Director, at amyz@bhnp.org or (678) 315-0836. 

 

The School Break Camp Schedule for 2017-2018 will be released in Late August 2017!