Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

Summer Camp

Let your child explore, discover, and experience the outdoors this summer at our fun and educational Summer Camps.

Hiking • Survival Skills • Stream & Pond Exploration • Live Animals • Visual & Culinary Arts • Camping • Canoeing & Kayaking • Fishing • Archery • Arts & Crafts • Gardening • Farm Discovery

Meet our talented, caring, safety-certified education team.

Attention Teens age 14-17 – Become a Summer Camp Counselor!


Virtual and In-person Summer Camps Are Open for Registration

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2020 Summer Camp Information

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Season Dates & Times

Summer Camp season dates
June 15, 2020 – August 28, 2020

Summer Camp times
Camps usually run 8:30-3 daily with some exceptions including half-day camps.

Extended camp available – see details


Registration Requirements

All campers must submit the following PRIOR to the first day of camp in order to participate in camp. Submit them to Candy Farr, Public Programs Registrar, via email, fax, mail. Children will not be permitted to attend camp if we do not have current immunization records. Children will not be permitted to attend camp if we do not have current immunization records.

  • Up-to-date Immunization Records: these are required regardless of immunization status
  • Special Accommodations and Restrictions: list any physical restrictions, emotional/behavioral exceptionalities, fears, etc. If your child is receiving special services at school, please list the accommodations.

The goal of Delaware Nature Society’s summer camps is to provide the best experience possible for the participants. We reserve the right to decline registration when our expertise cannot accommodate your child’s needs.


Refunds, Cancellations, and Transfers

Requests for withdrawal 15 business days or more prior to the scheduled camp start date will be honored. Refunds for withdrawal fewer than 15 business days prior to the start date will be issued only if the slot is filled. A $50 administrative fee will be withheld for each camp withdrawal regardless of withdrawal date. Every effort to accommodate transfers to a different camp will be made. A $35 administrative fee will be charged for transfers.


Toilet-training Policy

Children must be toilet-trained before they begin their session. Children who are not toilet-trained will not be allowed to stay and families are not eligible for a refund.


Photo Release

By checking “yes” by photo release during registration, you are giving us the right to use any photos/videos of your child to support our mission. We also reserve the right to use participant artwork to support our mission. Thank you.


More Policies

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What to Wear and Bring
and Other Questions

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Inclement Weather

Will camp be cancelled for inclement weather? Camps run rain or shine! Each camp has a space indoors to use and activities throughout the week may be adjusted for weather.


Summer Camp Scholarships

Scholarships may be available for those needing assistance. Contact Candy Farr, Public Programs Registrar, about scholarships.


Tailored to Your Child’s Age

3–4 year olds take part in half-day camps that include sensory-based nature adventures, live animal presentations, visits to the Butterfly House, finding critters, harvesting produce from the farm and
making culinary creations, taking short nature walks, and much more!

5–6 year olds choose from full- or half-day camps that feature dip netting, working with farm animals, water play, nature exploration, live animal presentations, making healthy snacks at the farm, playing in nature, catching insects and frogs, crafts, and short hikes.

7–8 year olds take part in full-day camps that feature animal tracking, farm animal care, hay rides, water play, fort building, reptile and amphibian searches, short hikes, playing in water and mud, caring for animals, helping in the Butterfly House, doing fun farm chores and being a junior chef.

9–12 year olds are offered full-day camps that kick it up a notch. They can choose from outdoor adventures, learning survival skills, target sports, geocaching, camping, fossil hunting, canoeing, outdoor competitions, wizarding camp, horseback riding, collecting stream animals, fishing, nature photography, trips to nature preserves, and much more!

11–15 year olds love new experiences. That’s what they’ll find at full-day camps that feature outdoor and travel adventures. They’ll kayak, canoe, backpack, conduct wildlife surveys and habitat projects, learn how to cook and grow organic produce, participate in target sports, and travel to many of our region’s exceptional wildlife destinations.

14-17 year olds – Become a Summer Camp Counselor! Our counselors assist with 3- to 8-year-old camps and are high school students who love children and have an interest in nature, animals, and the outdoors. Become a Summer Camp Counselor »


Extended Camp

Before Camp and After Camp: Before and after their summer camp session, children can play, explore, and create with us.

Lunch Bunch: After half-day sessions, children can bring their lunch and stay an extra hour to eat with friends.

Offerings by Location

Ashland
Before Camp: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
After Camp: 3 pm – 6 pm
Half Day Lunch Bunch: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Coverdale
After Camp: 3 pm – 6 pm

DEEC
After Camp: 3 pm – 6 pm

Abbott’s & all other locations
No Extended Camp or Lunch Bunch

How to Register

Visit our Activities Calendar and select extended camp or lunch bunch for the weeks you need it.

Pricing

Before Care: $25/week

After Care: $50/week

Half Day Lunch Bunch: $40/week

No single day options.


Meet our Safety-certified Staff

Our Summer Camp Team Leaders

Erynn DeGennaro
Erynn DeGennaro
Ashland
Willa Rowan
Willa Rowan
DEEC
Ashley Harrell
Ashley Harrell
Coverdale
Matt Babbitt
Matt Babbitt
Abbott’s

Summer Camp Teacher Naturalist Instructors

Our Instructors

Our instructors are full-time school teachers, Delaware Nature Society staff, and Teacher Naturalists. All are trained professionals and experts in the outdoors and education who go through intensive training in working with children, environmental education techniques, natural history, van driving safety, canoe and kayak safety, and outdoor safety. All instructors are background-checked, have certifications in first aid and CPR, and are excited to share outdoor experiences with your camper.

Join our team!
Learn more and apply.
Become a Camp Instructor

Summer Camp Interns

Our Interns

Our interns assist with 9- to 15-year-old camps and are college graduates and undergraduates in the fields of education, national resource management, or wildlife sciences, and love nature.

Join our team!
Learn more and apply.
Become a Camp Intern

Summer Camp Counselors

Our Counselors

Our counselors assist the teacher naturalists with 3- to 8-year-old camps. Counselors are 14- to 17-year-old high school student volunteers with an interest in nature, the outdoors, and animals and who love working with children.

Join our team!
Learn more and apply.
Become a Camp Counselor

“The memories of camp, the campers, and my fellow counselors is priceless, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

– Katie C., 18 years old, Summer Camp counselor