Summer Camp Programs
We will hold four, week-long summer programs in 2021 for children interested in spending time outside and learning about nature. Registration is now open. Please note that camp registrations are not complete until we receive both payment and paperwork for each camper.
A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Click here for scholarship 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.
Mask Policy: All campers and staff are required to have a mask with them at all times. We enforce mask wearing when social distancing is not possible and if inside due to inclement weather.
Week 1 Dates: July 19-23
Week 2 Dates: July 26-30
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. We will do a different set of activities each week so campers can have interesting and enriching experiences by coming to either week individually or both weeks. Lunch will no longer be provided by The Clifton Institute. Families are welcome and encouraged to register for both weeks but must pay for each session separately.
We are nearing capacity for this program. Please email Alison at email@example.com to inquire about availability. Include the number of campers and the week(s) in which you are interested.
Piedmont Polliwogs- SOLD OUT
Ages: 4-6 (accompanied by an adult caregiver)
Dates: June 28- July 2
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.
Update (3/11/21): Piedmont Polliwogs camp is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full. Please join us for our monthly pre-K programs of the same name.
Young Scientists Research Experience
Dates: June 21-25
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.
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?
Click here to pay for the Young Scientists Research Experience.
Click here for the Young Scientists Research Experience registration paperwork.
Campers look for butterflies on native Monarda fistulosa.