Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

Summer Camp

Let your child explore, discover, and experience the outdoors this summer at our fun and educational caring Summer Camps.  Meet our talented, caring, safety-certified education team.

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

Get a taste of the camp programs we offer:

View Summer Camp Guide 2019 (PDF)

View Weekly Calendar (PDF)

2019 Camp Information

Camp Season Dates & Times

Camp season dates
June 10, 2019 – August 23, 2019

Camp times
Start and end times vary by site.
Some half-day camps are offered for younger children.

Camp Registration

All campers must submit up-to-date Immunization Records prior to camp by mailing them (mail to P.O. Box 700, Hockessin, DE 19707) to us.

Technical assistance is available at 302.239.2334 ext. 0

What to Wear and Bring Each Day

  • Clothes that can get wet, muddy, dirty,
    stinky, and worn in all kinds of weather
  • Shoes with closed-toes like sneakers, Crocs,
    or hiking shoes – no flip-flops or sandals
  • Day pack with water bottle and lunch
    Note: we provide mid-morning snacks
  • Bathing suits – children ages 5-8 in full-day camps
    bring a bathing suit and towel daily
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen – wear every day
  • Labeled medications with instructions

Inclement Weather

Camps will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement
weather, activities may be modified or moved indoors.

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. If additional processing is required to complete the transfer (e.g. refunding difference in fees, contacting wait lists, etc.), you may be charged an administrative fee.

Photo Release

We reserve the right to use any photos/video/artwork of program participants to promote our mission unless otherwise notified in writing.

More Policies

More summer camp policies »

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Membership pays for itself when you buy just 1 camp! Receive special member pricing for every summer camp.

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Camps 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 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 camp counselor »

Extended Care


Before Care: $25/week

After Care: $50/week

Half Day Lunch Bunch: $40/week

No single day options.

How to Register for Extended Care

Visit our registration page, add your camp choices to the cart, add your needed extended care for the week(s)/day(s) of those camps to the cart, and then check out.

Times by Location

Before Care: None
After Care: 3 – 5:30 pm
Half Day Lunch Bunch: None

Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30 am
After Care: 3 – 5:30 pm
Half Day Lunch Bunch: 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Before Care: None
After Care: 3 – 5:30 pm
Half Day Lunch Bunch: None

Abbott’s & all other sites
Not offering extended care

Half Day Lunch Bunch at Ashland

Ashland’s half day campers can now sign up to stay for lunch!

Stay with us after half day camp for an extra hour.

Bring your lunch to eat with your friends.

Not available for full day camps.

Meet our Safety-certified Staff

Our Summer Camp Team Leaders

Erynn DeGennaro
Erynn DeGennaro
Willa Rowan
Willa Rowan
Ashley Harrell
Ashley Harrell
Matt Babbitt
Matt Babbitt


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-olds 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