Nature Discovery Camp is for kids who love nature, outdoor adventures, and animals, and for parents who are looking for a fun summer experience that will keep their children active, engaged, and learning. At Nature Discovery Camp we enjoy exploration, hands-on experiments, arts and crafts rooted in nature, gardening, hiking, pond investigation, collecting nature treasure to observe in our group aquariums, and sketching in our camp journals. Our mission at Nature Discovery Camp is to foster a sense of awe and wonder for nature as we encourage inquiry-based learning and have fun!
June 21 - June 24: Experimenting in Nature! Campers will spend the week exploring nature through experiments such as designing and building a raft to float in the pond, using a microscope to study the tiny creatures living in the pond, growing cucumbers, and learning to make homemade pickles, building forts out of wood, and creating amazing art projects with paintbrushes made of leaves and twigs.
June 28 - July 1: Survivor Week! Campers will design and construct their own fort in the woods, learn to read a map and compass, go on scavenger hunts to find things they'll need to survive in the wilderness, and compete with each other in team relay races, learn to grow cucumbers and make homemade pickles, and painting beautiful works painting by the pond.
Each camp week we will enjoy Meet the Expert Hour! Our campers will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the community with a visit from a local beekeeper who will share with us all about beekeeping, bees, and honey, an environmental engineer, a reptile expert, and a student entomologist.
Camp days and times: Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 12 noon 4-year-olds
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 5 -12 year-olds
Campers will be grouped (by grade completed) into small pods of no more than 15 kids each led by one Ready to Grow Gardens certified teacher, and one camp assistant.
Camp pods will be grouped as follows:
Kinder & 1st grade
2nd & 3rd grade
4th & 5th grade
Nature Discovery Camp is held on the beautiful grounds of Cy-Hope in Cypress, Texas. Here we have everything you'd ever want in a summer nature camp including a pond full of frogs, toads, and turtles, a wooded nature trail, and a wonderful log cabin lodge where we take breaks from the sun enjoy crafts and storytime, and where the restrooms are located.
Our daily picnic lunch will be outside under the big shade trees and after lunch campers will enjoy water play and game time.
What should your camper bring to camp? A hat, bug spray and sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and a sack lunch packed for a picnic, and rubber boots for exploring.