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Summer Discovery

Hungerford Nature Center Summer Programs 

Nurturing Wonder and Joy Through Nature 

Hungerford Nature Center summer programs provide your child the opportunity to experience the wonders and joy of nature through discovery, guided wanderings, live animal encounters, games, crafts, art, and more. 

Our 22 acres of woodlands, meadow, pond, and gardens provide a perfect backdrop to unplugging, meeting new friends, learning, and growing. We look forward to providing your child with an enriching and exciting summer!

 

Early Bird Enrollment begins MARCH 1st. 

 

Cost: 

Full Payment Due at Time of Registration.

Early Bird Registration through March 1st - 31st: Members $125 / Non Members $150 (Save $25)

Registration April 1- May 31st: Members $150  / Non Members $175 

Late Registration June 1st - (pending availability): Members $150  / Non Members $175 (Late registration fee $10) 

Space is limited 

Call 860-827-9064 to Register

(We do NOT offer Online Registration at this time)

CLICK for Informational Booklet

 

Rabbits

Ages 5-8 

9am-1pm 

Curious and full of wonder, young children learn about nature through discovery and play. Each week’s theme builds children’s knowledge of the natural world. Days are guided by games, crafts, wander walks, animal encounters, and free-time to make friends and explore!

Little STEAMers 

July 8-12 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Our Little STEAMers design, draw, and build, their own experiments and art. This hands-on program encourages creativity and working with others. From gathering materials in our woods to learning about cause and effect, children will have so much to share about their days! Each student should bring in a white, cotton t-shirt. We will be making tye-dye shirts.

Eco-Explorers 

July 15-19 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Our Eco-Explorers engage in fun, eco-friendly activities like composting, recycling, and learning how to protect animal habitats. It's the perfect mix of hands-on animal encounters, spending time in nature, and learning how to care for our natural world. Each student will be able to create a small kitchen composter to continue their eco-journey at home.

Forest Adventures 

July 22-July 26 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Adventure and discovery highlight the wonders of the forest. Whether it’s exploring trails, identifying plants, birdwatching, or embarking on treasure hunts, there’s an adventure for every young explorer. We will be able to meet one of our resident owls and dissect an owl pellet to continue our discovery of food chains in the forest.

The Pond and Beyond 

July 29-Aug 2 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Let your child discover the fascinating world of pond life. Days are filled with pond dipping, frogs, discovering the secret life of aquatic creatures, and meeting our resident turtles. Games, scavenger hunts, and other activities make for fun days. We will be creating a pond in a jar to take home at the end of the week.

Animal Caretakers 

Aug 5-Aug 9 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Ready for a week filled with hands-on learning, furry friends, and cool critters? We have over 50 mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians to share opportunities to feed, clean, and handle our favorite friends! Art, stories, activities, crafts, and games round out each day. Each child should bring in a white, cotton t-shirt. We will be making our own designs of animals who live at our center on our shirts.

Olws

Ages 8-12 

9am-1pm 

It's all about the adventure and engagement with our older children! Each theme provides the opportunity for exploration, learning about the natural world, fun, and building friendships! Each day includes time in nature, animal encounters, art, hands-on experiments and activities related to the week’s theme.

Junior STEAMers 

July 8-12 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Our Junior STEAMers work together and independently to design, draw, build, and experiment. This hands-on program encourages children to find creative solutions to challenges and builds confidence. From gathering materials in our woods to learning about cause and effect, children will have so much to share about their days! Each child should bring in a white, cotton t-shirt. We will be making tie-dye shirts.

Earth Caretakers 

July 15-19 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

This week, love and appreciation of nature is nurtured in children through eco-friendly activities like composting, recycling, re-use crafting, and learning how to protect animal habitats. It's the perfect mix of hands-on activities, spending time in nature, and learning how to care for our natural world. Each student will be able to create a small kitchen composter to continue their eco-journey at home.

Forest Discovery 

July 22-July 26 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

Forest Discovery children will really dig into all our 22 acres has to offer whether it’s exploring new trails, discovering animal habitats and tracks around our pond, building a shelter, or identifying plants and trees, adventure awaits! We will be able to meet one of our resident owls and dissect an owl pellet to continue our discovery of food chains in the forest.

Water and Wildlife Everywhere! 

July 29-Aug 2 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

This is the advanced version of our popular “Pond and Beyond” program. We will explore our pond with nets and microscopes, make a pollution cleaning machine, explore the trails around our wetlands, and map our watershed. Days are filled with frogs, insects, microscopic creatures, experiments, and hikes!

Animal Caretakers Assistants 

Aug 5-Aug 9 

Meet the Teacher [TBD] 

This advanced version of our popular animal caretakers program provides more in depth work with our animals including opportunities to feed and care for our favorite indoor friends and get down and dirty with our barnyard animals. Art, activities, crafts, and games round out each day. Each student should bring in a white, cotton t-shirt. We will be making our own designs of animals at our center.

Details

● Drop off time is 8:45 am-9:00 am 

● Pick up time is 12:45 am-1:00 pm 

● We do not offer extended day care 

● Each group has 1 lead teacher, and 2-3 additional support counselors.

● Group must have 5 children to run 

● What to bring: change of clothes (in case we get wet), water bottle and snack (snacks can be stored in our refrigerator). 

● What to wear: dress for active, messy, and potentially wet activities. Closed toe shoes required at all times (no flip flops or open sandals) 

● Good to have extras - pair of shoes that can get wet (old sneakers, crocs, puddle boots), hat, sunglasses, string bag or small backpack bag to take home treasures 

● Most of our time is outside, except in times of extreme weather, bathroom breaks, and some animal encounters 

● Apply sunscreen and bug spray for younger children at home. Staff will not apply sunscreen or bug spray. Older children may apply on their own.

● Water activities and opportunities for cooling down on hot days 

 

Each day (of each week) for every group we provide: 

Outdoor activity(ies), physical activity(ies); interactive, hands-on activity; at least one animal encounter

Kids Blowing Bubbles
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