Programs

Summer Camp

Check out our Virtual Summer Camp and enjoy up to five weeks of online nature experiences for young adventurers in Kindergarten through 6 Grade. Sessions begin July 21st.

**Audubon Onsite Summer Camps Cancelled** - In order to keep campers, volunteers, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic Audubon has decided to cancel 2020 summer camp programming onsite at our centers. Thank you for your care and commitment as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut. We look forward to seeing our campers again next year!

For more information, including engaging online nature resources, please read our Summer Camp cancellation message here.

Campers standing in the river. Photo: Ken Elkins / Bent of the River Audubon Center
Photo: Ken Elkins / Bent of the River Audubon Center

Audubon Summer Day Camp 2020

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Campers at Bent of the River’s Audubon Summer Day Camp explore nature in a fun, safe environment within the 700 acres of our nature sanctuary. Audubon camp fosters curiosity through outdoor exploration that helps campers develop an understanding of the natural world. These unique experiences and adventures can grow into a lifelong appreciation for our environment.

Our camp days are filled with a variety of activities—including hiking, brook-walks, river exploration, crafts, nature-themed games, live animal interactions, and birding.

Our staff is selected for their experience and skills working with youth in environmental education and for their interest in local ecology and natural history. All staff must pass background checks and are required to hold current CPR and First Aid certifications, making camp a safe place to learn about and experience nature. Our staff have helping hands each week from our Leaders in Training, experienced campers gaining skills in environmental education leadership.

Camp Age Groups: Camp groups are arranged by grade. Naturalists are campers entering grades 1 - 4 in Fall 2020 and EcoDiscoverers are campers entering grades 5 - 8. Volunteer Junior Counselor opportunities are available for teens ages 14 - 18. For more information on junior counselor opportunities, email bentoftheriver@audubon.org or call 203-405-9113.

Camp Hours & Length: Most camp sessions last one week, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *The Twilight Explorers week offered for EcoDiscoverers runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Camp Registration: Registration opens February 1, 2020. Camp spots will be reserved only after registration is completed and tuition is received.

Pricing: Tuition, unless otherwise noted*, is $300 per camper per week for registrations made by May 1, 2020, and $325 per camper per week for registrations made after May 1, 2020.

*The camps that take place the week of July 4th are priced as follows: Naturalists-Nature Ninja $260 for registration by May 1, 2020, and $280 after May 1, 2020; EcoDiscoverers-Child vs. Wild $255 for registration by May 1, 2020, and $280 after May 1, 2020.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Payment (minus 20%) will be refunded for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp to be attended. If Audubon must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund for that session only. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within two weeks of camp.

Audubon Summer Day Camp Perks: This year we are offering Bent of the River Audubon Center Water Bottles and Hats to our campers for a $15.00 donation. At the end of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to our Friday afternoon celebration at 3 p.m. Campers will meet parents and gather in our historic barn for a photo slideshow, craft, project displays, and stories from the week’s adventures. Parents will also receive a link to pictures taken throughout the camp week. Your camper can use the pictures to talk more about all the fun things they did at nature camp.

2020 Audubon Summer Day Camp - Dates & Offerings

June 22 - 26 July 20 - 24
June 29 - July 2 July 27 - 31
July 6 -10 August 3 - 7
July 13 - 17 August 10 - 14
Naturalists
Programs

Naturalists

Campers entering Grades 1 - 4, join us for up to 8 weeks of summer day camp fun. Learn about and enjoy different nature themes each week, including "Busy as Beavers" and "Nature Ninjas."

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EcoDiscoverers
Programs

EcoDiscoverers

Campers entering Grades 5 - 8, join us for up to 8 weeks of summer camp fun. Learn about and enjoy different nature themes each week, including a week with campfires and twilight hikes.

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