Thanks for a great 2017 Summer Nature Day Camp!
To encourage children’s natural curiosity of the outdoors by engaging them
in fun and educational activities.
Our camps provide a balance of structure and free play, with outdoor exploration and age-appropriate learning activities, that aid children in building social and life skills such as communication, teamwork, and self-confidence. Camps meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Science and Technology, and Environment and Ecology.
Summer Nature Day Camp activities have concluded for 2017. See you in 2018!
Parents: how was your child’s Camp experience? Fill out your Camp Evaluation below!
For detailed descriptions of each Camp week theme and activities, please read our Summer Nature Day Camp brochure.
What makes our Camp special?
Nature Camp is held at the 197-acre nature sanctuary and arboretum of Welkinweir. Children participate in outdoor play, educational games and activities, stories, and nature walks to study wildlife in woodlands, meadows, and around ponds and streams.
12:2 camper-to-staff ratio allows for hands-on learning.
Special guest presentations complement each week’s theme, and include live animal demonstrations, outdoor skills and games, and more.
Optional “Nature Camp at Night” programs for children in Grades 4 through 7.
Children in Grades 6 and 7 can participate in field trips to canoe, hike, and explore local natural areas.
Every Friday, campers gather at the campfire to make s’mores. At the end of the day, campers present the highlights of their week for their families.
Camps run rain or shine, Monday through Friday each week from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for Grades 1 through 7; and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for children ages 4 and entering Kindergarten. Before and After Camp Care is offered for additional fees. Camp is held outdoors, with an indoor facility for shelter from inclement weather.
New for 2017:
“Animal Engineers” Monday Mini-Camp: Monday, July 3rd for all age campers, Pre-K through 5th Grade.
More Camp weeks offered to children in Grades 6 & 7 — and, opportunity to participate in an overnight adventure trip!
“Nature Camp at Night” for 4th through 7th Graders: pizza dinner, games, nighttime nature walk, and campfire at Welkinweir after hours; select Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Camp groups are led by Senior Camp Counselors, college students majoring in elementary education, environmental science, or other applicable studies. Junior Camp Counselors assist the Senior Counselors, and are high school or college students with camp experience and/or are majoring in elementary education, environmental science, or related studies. Counselors must pass the necessary background checks, be certified in CPR and First Aid, and receive camp training from GVWA’s Education Coordinator.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program – Senior and Junior Counselors are assisted by volunteers-students entering grades 8 through 12-who help with nature walks, craft projects, and general childcare within Camp groups. These Counselors-in-Training attend training with the Education Coordinator and are mentored by Senior Camp Counselors. The CIT program is full for the 2017 season.
Thank you for your interest in Summer Nature Day Camp staff positions. All counselor positions have been filled for 2017.
Contribute to Summer Camp
We believe all children should have the opportunity to experience nature camp. We work with local foundations and individuals to provide camp scholarships to families in need of support. If you would like to donate to this important program, please mail your donation to Green Valleys Watershed Association, attn: Summer Camp Scholarship Fund; or, make a fast and secure, online payment via PayPal below.
Sponsor a Camp
A great way for local businesses to contribute to the environmental education of our community’s children is to sponsor a camp week. Please contact the Education Coordinator to inquire.