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Summer Nature ProgramSUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

IMPORTANT: SUMMER NATURE CAMP PROGRAM REGISTRATION & FORMS

Our Summer Nature Camp Program is an opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Campers and parents alike rave about camp, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings.  Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 campers depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer counselor-in-training (CIT).  Special canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older campers. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill Park and the Teetertown Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes north of Clinton, or 15 minutes northwest of Whitehouse Station.  Both parks offer diverse habitats to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that camp is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  Camp will not be held on Tuesday, July 4, Independence Day.  These sessions are pro-rated. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill Park and Teetertown Preserve.

NATURE BUGS | NATURE DISCOVERY | PIONEERS | JUNIOR EXPLORERS | SENIOR EXPLORERS | ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

ECHO HILL PARK

TEETERTOWN PRESERVE

CAMPERS LEVEL IS DETEREMINED BY THE GRADE THEY ARE ENTERING IN SEPTEMBER:

NATURE BUGS
Kindergarten
NATURE DISCOVERY
1st & 2nd Grade
PIONEERS
3rd & 4th Grade

 

JUNIOR EXPLORERS
5th & 6th Grade
SENIOR EXPLORERS
7th & 8th Grade
ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP
9th & 10th Grade

Lots of learning and adventure begins with team-building activities and high-ropes personal challenge course. Activities include wildlife studies, outdoor skills, backpacking overnight on the Appalachian Trail.

A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.

Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility.

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NATURE BUGS

Ages: children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: $105

One-week sessions:
A. July 24 to 28
B. August 7 to 11

The Nature Bugs program is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment. 

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NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $165 (Session B: $145)

One-week sessions:
A. June 26 to June 30
B. July 3 to July 7
C. July 10 to July 14
D. July 17 to July 21
E. July 24 to July 28
F. July 31 to August 4
G. August 7 to August 11
H. August 14 to August 18

This full-day program allows campers to explore all the wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery campers enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

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PIONEERS

Ages: children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $165 (Session B: $145)

One-week sessions:
A. June 26 to June 30
B. July 3 to July 7
C. July 10 to July 14
D. July 17 to July 21
E. July 24 to July 28
F. July 31 to August 4
G. August 7 to August 11
H. August 14 to August 18

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

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JUNIOR EXPORERS

Ages: children entering grades 5 & 6
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Cost: $320 (Session A: $300)

Two-week sessions:
A1. June 26 to July 7
A2. June 26 to July 7 (Echo Hill only)
B1. July 10 to July 21
B2. July 10 to July 21 (Echo Hill only)
C1 & C2.  July 24 to August 4
D1 & D2. August 7 to August 18

Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two counselor groups (total of 20 campers) scheduled for each session of Junior Explorers except for Teetertown sessions A and B, which will only host one group.  These two-week sessions give campers the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates in a campout full of fun night-time activities. 

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SENIOR EXPLORERS

Ages: children entering grades 7 & 8
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Cost: $320 (Session A: $300)

Two-week Sessions:
A. June 26 to July 7
B. July 10 to July 21
C. July 24 to August 4
D. August 7 to August 18

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components of the program.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday of the program

Two-week Sessions:
A. June 26 to July 7
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $350
B. July 10 to July 21
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $370

Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight in the Pinelands.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility. 

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SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS

SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS REGISTRATION AND FORMS

Craft Camp Orchestra Camp Lego Camp: Stem Engineering NEW!
Lego Camp: STEM Fundamentals NEW! Sciensational: Follow Me Robot NEW! Sciensational: Arcade Electronics Galore NEW!
Sciensational: Make it and Take it Home NEW! Sciensational: Hover Craft NEW! Sports for a Lifetime Camp
Performance Camp Art Camp for Young Artists Art Camp for Artists-in-Training
Creative Theatre Camp Heron Glen Junior Golf Camps 2017 Summer Recreation Camps Brochure - coming soon

 

Craft Camp
Make a variety of new projects this year in Craft Camp!

CRAFT CAMP

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 26 to June 30
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ages: 10 to 15
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $170 (includes materials)

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, felt, gourds, tile, wood, rocks, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance designing with things from nature.  Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes that can get a little dirty. 

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Orchestra Camp
Keep in shape with your instrument over the summer with Orchestra Camp. 

ORCHESTRA CAMP

Date: Monday through Friday, July 10 to 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7-12
Cost: $185

Orchestra camp is excellent opportunity for students to work in small-group situations, as well as working together as a full orchestra. 

The Hunterdon Youth Orchestra will perform on Friday night on the last day of camp for family and friends. 

Please note which instrument you play when you register; sorry, no piano.  Led by the Hunterdon Symphony. 

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Lego Camp NEW

Learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is so much fun with LEGO blocks!

LEGO CAMP: STEM ENGINEERING *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ages: 5 to 7
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $150

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® bricks!  Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, and merry-go-rounds.  Then use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Campers can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.  Please note that campers will not be able to keep LEGO® projects/materials.

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LEGO CAMP: STEM FUNDAMENTALS *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ages: 8 to 12
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $150

Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® bricks!  Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as snowmobiles, towers, catapults, and battletracks!  Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.  An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.  Please note that campers will not be able to keep LEGO® projects/materials.

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Follow Me Robot NEW
The Follow Me Robot is at your command!

SCIENSATIONAL: FOLLOW ME ROBOT *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 17 to 21
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $155

How would you like to build a robot that has four built-in microphones?  It will detect the sound source and it will move and turn accordingly.  It is your own robot to build and take home.  Wow!  It starts flashing and plays “Do-Re-Me.”  Make it move the way you want it to move.  It is so smart that it will move in its own routine if it does not get a signal in one minute.  It will go to sleep if you do not issue any commands in 90 seconds.  However, you can wake it up.  Learn about the different gears and sensors as you build it.  Get to build other robots working in groups.  Join in our Sumo wrestling and obstacle course events with what you have built.  See everything happening as you build.  That’s the Sciensational way!

*Campers who sign up for both the morning and afternoon session in a given week may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free.

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SCIENSATIONAL: ARCADE ELECTRONICS GALORE *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 17 to 21
Time: 12:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $155

Get ready to build and play your own arcade games and more.  You will have at your disposal resistors, switches, wires, LED diodes, transistors, and more.  Do not get overwhelmed; building with electronics is fun!  You will program the spinning light fan to display various sayings.  Build and play a Home Run Derby game.  See who gets the most home runs before getting 10 outs, and a winning song will cheer.  Build circuits to test your memory, and one to play the card game 21.  You can learn to program the circuit board to emit a variety of funky sounds.  Play with the disco ball, sirens, or a light show, and learn the effects of the different electronic components.  Learn what amps, volts, resistance, and power are.  Yes, we will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by doing.

*Campers who sign up for both the morning and afternoon session in a given week may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free.

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SCIENSATIONAL: MAKE IT AND TAKE IT HOME *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 24 to 28
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 11
Cost: $155

In this hands-on, fun, and exciting program, you will discover how amazing science is. You will make and take home a wide assortment of toys designed to teach you science concepts in a hands-on way. Grow and take home a crystal tree.  Make an energy bead bracelet and watch as those amazing beads turn from white to a rainbow of colors before your eyes.  Build a working electric motor.  Make your own sharpie pen T-shirt and learn some cool chemistry (camper supplies a 100% cotton T-shirt).  Make your own bubbling blobs and explore the properties of a density tube.  Make silly putty, glowing goo, green flubber, and other cool projects.  By the way...we will also make ice cream in our own amazing, different, Sciensational way! 

*Campers who sign up for both the morning and afternoon session in a given week may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free.

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Hover Craft Camp
Build some crazy vehicles in Sciensational: Hover Craft Camp!

SCIENSATIONAL: HOVER CRAFT *NEW*

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 24 to 28
Time: 12:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 11
Cost: $155

Do you want to design and build things that you create, not just a model you purchase?  Well, this is the camp for you.  Build and keep an air-powered Hover Craft.  You make it defy gravity.  Once it’s up and moving, you can control its direction.  Build and take home your own car powered by more than one source of energy.  We provide you with many materials for that crazy-looking vehicle that you will build.  Also, we will build an Egg Drop Car, a gravity vehicle that can cushion a raw egg as it is dropped from significant height.  We provide you with the material to cushion the fall.  You have to be creative.  In these three challenges in one week, you will learn about laws of motion, energy, air pressure, friction, lift, speed, and acceleration.  You are never too young to learn and have fun in a Sciensational hands-on way.  

*Campers who sign up for both the morning and afternoon session in a given week may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free.

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Learn to Golf
Learn to Bowl

Do you enjoy golf and bowling?  Then this is the camp for you!

SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl

Dates: Monday through Friday, July 17 to 21
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 10 to 17
Cost: $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes or $270 for camp only

This camp is taught by professionals who will teach your child to golf and bowl!  We will meet at Deer Path Park and travel by County van to Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes.  Heron Glen offers a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas and a large putting green.  After a week of practice, we will play some holes on Friday.  Each day we will head back to Deer Path to eat lunch, brought from home.  Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This state-of-the-art, 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience. 

For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back (our treat)! 

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Performance Camp
Every child is a star at Performance Camp!

PERFORMANCE CAMP

Session A: July 24 to July 28, children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 31 to August 4, children entering grades 6 to 9
Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $245

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15, followed by a picnic.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games.

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers: “Staff was great!  This was my son’s favorite camp,” and, “We loved the show on Friday Eve!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”  Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

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ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: Monday to Friday, August 7 to 11
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 21 to 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman. www.lenashiffman.com

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Art Camp
Spending a week learning how to draw and paint during Art Camp!

ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Monday to Friday, August 7 to 11
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 21 to 25
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.

Instructor Lena Shiffman. www.lenashiffman.com

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP

Dates: August 21 to 25
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink & lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS

Heron Glen Golf Course will offer five junior golf camps during the months of July and August, for ages 7-11 and 12-17.

The golf camp will offer instruction in all aspects of the game as well as fun games, playing on the golf course, and lunch. 

Contact Heron Glen at www.heronglen.com or (908) 806-6804 for more information or to register.

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