We will hold four, week-long sessions of day camp in 2020 for children interested in spending time outside and learning about nature. Camp registration will open on February 1st and applications are due June 1st. Returning camp families, please note: Age requirements have been changed.
A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Please email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of camp will receive a full refund, minus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee. Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing. Cancellations within 30 days of camp start date forfeit full tuition.
Week 1 Dates: July 20-24
Week 2 Dates: July 27-31
Hours: 9am- 4pm
Fee: $215 per camper
Each day at Young Explorers camp, children will explore the field station with our naturalists and learn about the plants and animals that live in the northern Virginia Piedmont. In the afternoon, children will enjoy crafts and games that will expand their knowledge of ecology and the environment. Campers will gain a deep understanding of our natural surroundings and the confidence they need to continue spending time outdoors for years to come. Lunch will no longer be provided by The Clifton Institute. A trail snack will be offered each morning. Register here.
Ages: 4-6 (accompanied by an adult caregiver)
Dates: June 22-26
Hours: 9am- 12pm
Fee: $95 per camper
During Piedmont Polliwogs camp, your early learner will explore and engage with nature on our beautiful 900-acre field station. We aim to inspire feelings of curiosity and wonder for the natural world, while promoting healthy minds and bodies as children play and learn outside. A typical morning will include an outdoor story time, a short nature walk, snack time (please bring snack from home), and a craft project or related activity. Register here.
Young Scientists Research Experience
Dates: July 6-11
Hours: 9am- 4pm
Fee: $350 per student
During this unique experience, students will explore and carry out their own research project. Young Scientists will engage in inquiry-based, hands-on learning as they develop their own research questions, collect and analyze data, and present their results, all under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This opportunity is perfect for middle and high school students with an interest in the environmental and natural sciences and the desire to experience ecological fieldwork. We welcome motivated students who are excited to spend the week at our beautiful, 900-acre field station in the northern Virginia Piedmont in the company of like-minded peers. Register here.
Example research questions include:
- How does road noise affect the singing of birds, frogs, and other animals?
- Where on the field station is there the most evidence of deer and other mammals?
- Are there more insects on plants that are native to Virginia or on exotic plants?
Campers look for butterflies on native Monarda fistulosa.