Summer Camps 2015

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Date Theme Time
June 12 & 13 Teen Counslor Training (ages 13-18) 1pm – 4pm
June 15-19 Sunlight, Starlight and Orbs 9am-1pm
June 22-26 Edible Petals 9am-1pm
July 6-10 Flutterbys 9am-1pm
July 13-17 Geology Rocks 9am-1pm
July 20-24 Water Wizards 9am-1pm
July 27-31 Feather Finders 9am-1pm
August 3-7 Howlers 9am-1pm

Camp Fees:

General Admission – $95.00
Placer Nature Center Members – $85.00
* Help provide summer camp for another child in need. If you round-up your amount due by $5.00 we will put that additional money in our camp scholarship account. If paying through PayPal, please add the item titled “camp scholarship” to your cart along with your normal registration.

* We now have a limited # of scholarships available, please email us at: programs@placernaturecenter.org to find out more details. 

Camp Descriptions:

June 12 & 13: Jr. Campers Training (must be 13 years or older to participate)     ⇒ Teen camp counselors guide the camp participants through nature investigations, nature games, nature songs, crafts and puppet shows for the children. Teens can choose one or several weeks to help.

June 15-19: Sunlight, Starlight and Orbs (ages 6-12)     ⇒ Ever wonder how to read a star chart? Or how the sun’s energy powers plants and people? Explore the day and night sky through experiments with plants, prisms and solar cooking! Learn about asteroids, galaxies, constellations, phases of the moon, sun and the life cycle of a star. Children will build a sun dial, make a constellation booklet, build a solar system mobile complete with constellations and much more! All Sunlight, Starlight and Orbs campers are invited to join us on Friday, June 19 at 9pm for an Astronomy and Stargazing program to be held at the nature center. This program will be offered for free to campers only. You must sign up to attend Friday’s Astronomy and Stargazing class on the first day of camp. 

June 22-26: Edible Petals (ages 6-12)     ⇒Let’s grow a green thumb! Learn the ins and outs of gardening and start vegetables and flowers for your own home garden. Have fun testing soil texture, soil moisture, monitoring, checking for bugs and keeping plants healthy and happy!

July 6-10: Flutterbys (ages 6-12)     ⇒Do you know the order of the honeybee hive? Or what their dance means? Get your insect nets and bug viewers because we’re going on a scavenger hunt! See like and insect and learn about compound eyes, metamorphoses and all the different types of insects. Don’t forget, what’s a bug without the parts of the flower? We’ll trap specimens to study but will always do an insect release ceremony! Let’s play Forest Trail Fantasy, team up for the Garden Scent Trail, and then a little Sniff & Scout! Create a trash monster and record your discoveries by sketch.

July 13 – 17: Geology Rocks (ages 6-12)     ⇒Dig into the earth and explore rocks! Learn about the rock cycle, fossils and use the tools of a geologist. Play Quake Proof, go core sampling in a cupcake, and hard rock mining in chocolate chip cookies. Classify rocks, explore patterns and see what minerals go into your toothpaste. Make your own rock collection and take a meteorite walk. Create your own Sands of Time, crystal shapes, sandstone and exploding volcano. See how geology rocks your world and affects plants and animals everyday.

July 20-24: Water Wizards (ages 6-12)     ⇒What is so special about water? Investigate the many properties of water through experiments and observations. Watch water carve a landscape, examine aquatic pond animals, explore the ecology of aquatic life, and have plenty of fun with water play!

July 27-31: Feather Finders (ages 6-12)     ⇒ How do birds fly and what are babules? Why do birds migrate and how do they do it? We’re pulling out the binoculars and going birding! From songbirds to raptors, we’ll look at flight patterns and use tools to explore how different beaks and feet are used and all about birds camouflage! We’ll find out what a gizzard is and see how it works.

August 3-7: Howlers (ages 6-12)     ⇒Explore the world of mammals, learn to read animal trails and navigate the web of life. Investigate skulls and pelts. Learn about the different types of teeth and other adaptations! Explore animal homes, use a microscope to look at fur and guess the Mystery Skull. Paint rocks and your face to look like your favorite critter. Understand habitat and start your own mini nature journal as we explore. Take part in the Creature Symphony, make animal tracks, and much more!

Summer Camp 2015 Brochure:  
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To register:
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If you are not a member of the Placer Nature Center and wish to pay your camp fees online: $95 per child/per camp


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If you are a member of the Placer Nature Center and wish to pay your camp fees online: $85 per child/per camp


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