Summer Camp

Extraordinary Explorations and Awesome Adventures Summer Discovery Camp

Campers become immersed in hands-on science and nature activities alongside friends old and new. A mix of traditional camp songs and games adds to the weekly experience.

Each week explores a different camp-wide theme, and campers spend their time indoors and outdoors - plus a variety of the following:

  • Investigations and experiments led by Museum Educators
  • Live animal encounters from our wildlife animal ambassadors
  • Exploration across 45 acres of meadow, pond, and forest habitats
  • Daily shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium
  • Up close look at behind-the-scenes items from our museum collections

Campers are placed in five age groups:

  • Tadpoles (4½-6 half-day, 5-6 full-day)
  • Eagle Eyes (7-8)
  • Explorers (9-10)
  • Investigators (11-12)
  • Counselors-in-Training (13-14)

CLICK DATES BELOW TO REGISTER

  • Register: online, or call 508.929.2703
  • Camper age: MUST be 4 ½ (half day program only) or 5 years old by June 15, 2019
  • Camp hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Half-day Tadpole (ages 4 ½ - 6) hours: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Parent orientation: Wed. June 12, 2019:
    • 5 - 5:45 p.m. or 6 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Ages 7–14*:  $330 per week
  • Ages 4.5–6 (Tadpoles) Half Day: $190 per week
  • Ages 5–6 (Tadpoles) Full Day: $375 per week

*Divided into four age groups (7&8, 9&10, 11&12 and Counselors in Training (13&14)

  • Extended care hours offered: 7:30-9 a.m., and 4-5:30 p.m.

    • AM $70 for the week
    • PM $70 for the week

(July 1-3 priced differently due to 3-day week)

Deposits & Payments:

  • Phone: 50% per session per child (balance due May 17, 2019)
  • Online: paid in full at time of registration
  • All camp deposits and payments are nonrefundable

EcoTarium Member Discount:

  • 15% off before March 1
  • 10% off as of March 1

Discount does not apply to extended morning and afternoon prices.

 

Required Forms:

Info and Optional Forms:

Available Upon Request (email campdirector@ecotarium.org):
  • Abridged Summer Camp Form for School Vacation Camp Attendees
June 24-June 28 Outdoor Adventures

Have a blast constructing shelters, catching frogs, and exploring the woods as you practice the skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors.

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July 1-July 3 Science+Nature=Fun

From plants, animals, rocks and minerals to the stars and beyond, we’ll investigate our world, play games, and engage in 3 days of wonder and fun!

This 3-day camp weekly pricing is:

  • Ages 7-14: $200
  • Ages 4.5-6 (Tadpoles) $115
  • Ages 5-6 (Tadpoles) Full Day: $225
  • Extended Care: $45

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July 8- July 12 Solve It With STEM

Harness your powers of observation and creativity as you work to engineer solutions to real-world problems found in your backyard and across the globe!

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July 15-July 19 Creature Features

From feathers and scales to paws and claws, get a sneak peek behind the scenes to meet our resident wildlife and discover how different animals talk, eat, move and play as we explore the EcoTarium’s different habitats.

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July 22-July 26 Mission:Earth and Space

Take off on a rocket-fueled journey around the Earth and into the deepest reaches of our solar system as we take on stellar science and astronomical engineering challenges!

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July 29-August 2 Spies and Mysteries

Put on your detective caps--there's something not quite right at the EcoTarium! Go deep undercover while you use imagination, forensic science, technology, and engineering to crack the code and unmask the villain.

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August 5-August 9 Outdoor Adventures

Have a blast constructing shelters, catching frogs, and exploring the woods as you practice the skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors.

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August 12-August 16 Animal Treats and Training

Discover how animals think, play and survive in the natural world.  Come find out how zookeepers keep creatures healthy as you watch our wildlife staff conduct animal training and then design your own enrichment to engage our resident animals.

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August 19-August 23 Solve It With STEM

Harness your powers of observation and creativity as you work to engineer solutions to real-world problems found in your backyard and across the globe!

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Counselor in Training (CIT) Program: Ages 13-14

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is for young teens interested in learning and teaching science and nature topics. Teens build leadership skills through team-building activities alongside their peers, and discover firsthand what it’s like to be a camp counselor as well as productive members of their community. Mentor counselors coach CITs as they learn to apply group-facilitation skills and assist younger campers. CITs will leave this program with a sense of teamwork, stronger communication skills, and a better understanding of who they are as leaders. This program is also excellent preparation for our popular Junior Counselor volunteer program. Camp fees and registration apply.

Click on the dates above to Register! 

 

Community Service Volunteer Opportunity for Teens – Junior Counselors: Ages 15-17

A great volunteer opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience in the field of nature and science! Junior Counselors earn community service hours while working directly with campers under the supervision of a mentor counselor. Topics include but are not limited to: natural science, engineering, technology, astronomy, and group and team building games. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment. Junior Counselors must commit to a minimum of two to three weeks. A day-long training session is required.

Applications are due by March 31st of each year. If you have any questions, contact Teri Lynes, Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator at: volunteer@ecotarium.org

Click Here to Download the Application

Summer Discovery Camp complies with all regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local Board of Health.