Hunterdon Park’s SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM LOTTERY Deadline March 15th & Walk ins March 22

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Hunterdon County Park’s award winning (NJ Parks & Recreation Association) Summer Nature Camp is an opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.

Our Leaders are experienced in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 campers, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer counselor-in-training. Certified canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older campers.

Sessions are available at Echo Hill Park or the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, and Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township.  Both parks offer diverse habitats to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

             NATURE BUGS: Children entering kindergarten, Echo Hill or Teetertown, 9:00 am-11:30 am, $105, one-week sessions. The Nature Bugs camp is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment.

                NATURE DISCOVERY: Children entering grades 1 & 2, Echo Hill or Teetertown, 9:00am- 3:30pm, $165, one-week sessions. This full-day program allows campers to explore all the wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery campers enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

PIONEERS: Children entering grades 3 & 4, Echo Hill or Teetertown, 9:00am -3:30pm, $165, one-week sessions. Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

                 JUNIOR EXPLORERS: Children entering grades 5 & 6, Echo Hill or Teetertown, 9:00 am- 3:30pm, late pick up on trip days, campout on second Thursday night, $320, two-week sessions.

These two-week sessions give campers the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river. A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates with a campout full of fun night-time activities.

            SENIOR EXPLORERS: Children entering grades 7 & 8, Echo Hill or Teetertown, 9:00am- 3:30pm, late pick up on trip days, campout on second Thursday night, $320, two-week sessions. Senior Explorers continue to expand environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all part of the program.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark.

            ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP: Teens entering grades 9 & 10, 9:00am-3:30pm, overnight trip each Thursday, two-week sessions. This camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive program.  It begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight in the Pinelands.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility.

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