SUMMER NATURE CAMP 2019 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Climb trees, race through meadows, catch frogs and explore the Caves Valley woodlands. At Irvine, nature activities are synonymous with childhood in summer – we engage children using outdoor fun to create pathways for lessons in nature, ecology, and science. Irvine offers tailored, age-specific programs for children age 2-12.

Enroll your child by January 31, 2019 and receive 10% off!

2019 Dates: June 10 to August 30

There are more than 40 sessions with trail walks, science experiments, nature games and crafts, and encounters with animals! Overnights and daytime aftercare are available with some sessions. All camp sessions are designed by educators, feature small group sizes and are perfect for the young and curious.

Summer Nature Camp at Irvine is a Maryland state-certified camp. Irvine members qualify for reduced camp fees. Learn more.

The answers to many questions about Nature Camp can be found in our Camp FAQs. If you have questions, please call 443-738-9211.

View Our Summer Nature Camp 2019 Brochure

BUDS CAMP: Ages 2-3 with daytime caregiver

Caregiver and child discover the wonders of nature together, hand in hand. Venture through the forest and dash through the meadow during a week of sensory outdoor fun! We will meet animals, examine natural artifacts, play games and sing songs – it’s a wholesome way to discover the natural world.

A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp; regrettably, siblings are unable to attend.

DATES:
June 10 – 14
July 8 – 12
July 29 – August 2
August 19 – 23

TIME:
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

COST:
$155 ($125 for members)

TADPOLES CAMP: Age 3 

This is an enriching first camp experience for three-year-olds as they engage in fun, hands-on nature games and activities in a small group setting. Campers enjoy trail walks, animal encounters, puppets, songs, stories and art projects. Unlike Buds, this session does not include a parent or guardian. Campers MUST be potty trained.

DATES:
June 17 – 21 (Busy Bees)
June 24 – 28 (Puddle Stompers)
July 15 – 19 (Sensing Nature)
July 22 – 26 (Busy Bees)
August 5 – 9 (Puddle Stompers)
August 12 – 16 (Sensing Nature)

TIME:
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

COST:
$200 ($175 for members)

SPROUTS CAMP: Age 4 

Your little camper will be all a-flutter during a week of outdoor fun! Curious kids love these camps, designed to provide fun, hands-on experiences in the natural world. Campers investigate nature each day through trail walks, live animal encounters, puppet shows, games, art projects and more

DATES:
June 10 – 14 (Raging Reptiles)*
June 17 – 24 (Water Everywhere)
June 24 – 28 (Trail Blazers)
July 1 – 3 (Doodlebugs)*
July 8 – 12 (Raging Reptiles)
July 22 – 26 (Trail Blazers)
July 29 – August 2 (Doodlebugs)
August 5 – 9 (Raging Reptiles)
August 12 – 16 (Water Everywhere)
August 19 – 23 (Trail Blazers)
August 26 – 30 (Doodlebugs)*

TIME:
9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

COST:
$265 ($225 for members)
* July 1 – 3: $55/day ($50/day)

DISCOVERY CAMP: Age 5-6

Sweep for insects, explore the stream and laugh and sing with the animals! These and other fun learning opportunities await your child. Young campers love this sensory approach to exploring the great outdoors! Fun-filled activities include trail walks, nature games, crafts, stories, and animal encounters. We’ll have a midday quiet time for campers to rest their heads and legs before continuing our adventures in the afternoon.

DATES:
June 10 – 14 (Tiny Chefs)*
June 17 – 24 (Rumble In The Jungle)
June 24 – 28 (Under The Sea)
July 1 – 3 (Rookie Rangers)*
July 8 – 12 (Dino Days)
July 22 – 26 (Art On The Wild Side)
July 29 – August 2 (Nature Survivor)
August 5 – 9 (Rookie Rangers)
August 12 – 16 (Under The Sea)
August 19 – 23 (Tiny Chefs)
August 26 – 30 (Rumble In The Jungle)*

TIME:
9:00 – 3:30 p.m.

COST:
$425 ($375 for members)
* $88/day ($78/day)

EXPLORERS CAMP: Age 7-9

Campers investigate their natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem. Each day lets your child be a real explorer, using science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, interactive stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

DATES:
June 10 – 14 (Raptor Keepers)*
June 17 – 24 (Animal Caretakers)
June 24 – 28 (Tents and a Teepee)
July 1 – 3 (Aquanauts)*
July 8 – 12 (Child vs. Wild)
July 15 – 19 (Grossology)
July 22 – 26 (Naturally Creative)
July 29 – August 2 (Sow What?)
August 5 – 9 (Irvine CSI)
August 12 – 16 (Animal Caretakers)
August 19 – 23 (Raptor Keepers)
August 26 – 30 (Tents and a Teepee)*

TIME:
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; and 9 a.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday

COST:
$435 ($385 for members)
* $90/day ($80/day)

ADVENTURE CAMP: Age 10-12

Irvine’s Adventure Camps introduce campers to more focused topics. We use STEM principles, outdoor recreation, and even cooking to better understand the natural world. Each of these camps features offsite excursions.

DATES:
June 24 – 28 (Mountains To Bay)
July 1 – 3 (Wild Watersheds)*
July 15 – 19 (Backcountry USA)
July 22 – 26 (Project HELP)
July 29 – August 2 (River Otters)

TIME:
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Mountains To Bay, River Otters)
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; and 9 a.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday (Backcountry USA, Project HELP)

COST:
$525 ($475 for members)
* $100/day ($90/day)