Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

Summer Camp

Check out our 2022 Summer Camps on our
Summer Camp Guide Magazine or on our Activities Calendar.

Registration Opens for Members Feb 1
and for Non-members Feb 14.

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!


2022 Summer Camp Information

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Get early registration and special member pricing for every summer camp.

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Season Dates and Times

June 13 – August 26

Summer Camp Times
Camps usually run 8:30-3 daily with some exceptions. Extended camp available – see details.

Open House for Registered Campers
Friday June 10, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ashland, Coverdale, DEEC, & Abbott’s
Take a tour, ask questions and meet the staff. FREE for everyone. Get driving directions.


How to Register

Registration Opens for Members Feb 1, for Non-members on Feb 14
View Camps

Some camps sell out fast! Become a Member to register early and get Member pricing!

Once registration opens, you can view camps and register through our Activities Calendar.

Technical assistance is available at 302.239.2334

You may also register by downloading and sending us the printable registration form. Online registration is recommended – your camp may be full before your application is mailed and processed.


COVID Protocols

Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of our campers and staff. This summer we will again implement all recreational camp safety protocols as required by the State of Delaware and the CDC.

Indoor Cooking Camps: Due to these cooking programs’ need to be held inside without masks (when consuming food) and without social distancing, campers must provide proof of COVID vaccination for indoor cooking camps.

See all the latest COVID FAQs


Vaccinations to Register

Dates of 2 MMR and 1 DPT shot (and COVID vaccination for indoor cooking camps) are required at time of registration.


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.


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.

Parent’s Corner – More Parent Information

Parent’s CornerCOVID Policy for Summer Camp



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, 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, 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, and doing fun farm chores.

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!

12–15 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 grow organic produce, and participate in target sports.

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

In order to provide the best experience possible, campers must be the correct age for the camp program on the FIRST DAY of the camp week. Campers not the correct age will be canceled from the camp.


More Policies

DelNature general policies »


Extended Camp

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

Offerings by Location

Ashland
Before Camp: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
After Camp: 3 pm – 6 pm

DEEC, Abbott’s, Coverdale, & all other locations
No Extended Camp

How to Register

Visit our Activities Calendar (once registration goes live) and select extended camp for the weeks you need it.

Pricing

Before Care: $30/week
After Care: $60/week
No single day options.


Meet our Safety-certified Staff

Our Summer Camp Team Leaders

Erynn DeGennaro
Erynn DeGennaro
Ashland
Ashley Dussault
Ashley Dussault
DEEC
Mindy Brown
Mindy Brown
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 work with camp staff to share their love of nature! They get unique, high-quality training in nature study, working with children, animal handling, environmental study equipment, leadership, outdoor recreation, and outdoor games and enjoy fun, friends, adventure, and animals. Good for high school volunteer credits, future jobs, and college applications.

Counselors
(ages 16-17) Join us all summer long assisting staff. Paid opportunity.

Jr Counselors
(ages 14–17) Assist camp staff as a volunteer. Flexible work weeks.

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., Summer Camp counselor