Preschool Summer Camp
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Summer Camp Is for All Ages!
Nature Preschool Day Camp focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day is spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. Not only do children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning but also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life.
Each session is a combination of outdoor play, nature hikes, and animal presentations. Special crafts, art projects, and/or hands-on activities throughout the week allow campers to explore different topics based on their interests.
Preschool camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 am-12 pm
WEEKLY CAMP OFFERINGS
Week 1: June 7-11 Little Silly Scientists
Little explorers will learn about and practice the scientific process. They’ll ask questions, do experiments, and test theories as they explore concepts such as sink vs. float, magnetic vs. nonmagnetic, and what plants need to grow.
Week 2: June 14-18 Preschool Camp ROCKS
This hands-on week of camp will focus on all the amazing geology that Ijams has to offer! Can rocks move? How do mountains form? Campers will find the answers as they learn the different ways summer camp "rocks!”
Week 3: June 21-25 It's the Circle of Life
Campers will discover that the Circle of Life is more than just a powerful Disney song! Whether studying the life cycles of different plants and animals or learning how different organisms are connected, campers will explore the wonderful web of nature.
Week 4: June 28-July 2 Down 'n' Dirty
Kids will learn that nature can be messy...and that's what makes it fun! This is not a fancy clothes kind of week. Campers will get down and dirty while making mud pies, painting with mud, and crawling on the ground in search of tiny bugs, worms, and snails.
Week 5: July 5-9 Fuzzy and Feathered Friends
This is the perfect session of camp for children who are fascinated by furry and feathered creatures! They’ll learn the interesting and important characteristics of vertebrates. Why do some mammals lay eggs? Do some fish really fly?
Week 6: July 12-16 It's Easy Being Green
Campers will explore the flowers and trees that grow around Ijams. They’ll learn about life cycles and will experience the plant life cycle in action while planting and harvesting in the garden. Nature crafts and stories will introduce discussions about caring for the environment.
Week 7: July 19-23 Wet ‘n’ Wild
Little explorers will get up close and personal with the wonders of water! They’ll explore Toll Creek and wade into wetlands to discover plants and animals that call these places home. As a bonus, they’ll enjoy water games and run through the sprinkler in this "cool" week of camp.
Week 8: July 26-30 Creepy Crawlies
If your wild child likes bugs, this is the week for them! Campers will turn over logs, dip net for aquatic insects, and study the invertebrate world up close with a magnifying lens.
The weekly fee is $167.50 for Ijams members and $175 for non-members (membership must be at the Family level or higher to take advantage of the discount).
Camp is contingent on minimum registration; if minimum registration is not reached at least 7 days in advance, the session will be cancelled and parents will receive a full refund for that week.
PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP GUIDELINES
Children must be fully potty-trained at the time of camp.
Children must be at least 3 years of age at the start of camp.
Registration is for individual weeks; you may register for multiple weeks.
The Nature Preschool Day Camp meets Monday-Friday each week at the Ijams Miller Building. Camp is held from 9 am-12 pm.
Camp doors will not open until 8:55 am; early drop-off is NOT available.
COVID-19 CAMP SAFETY
ALL Ijams camp programs take place outdoors.
ALL campers and staff are required to wear masks whenever possible.
ALL families must stay in contact with Ijams when family members are sick.
ALL campers and staff are required to do a health screen upon arrival each day.
ALL campers and staff are expected to maintain six feet of physical distance when possible.
Current Camp Specials
Early Bird Discount: Parents registering BEFORE Feb. 15, 2021, will save $7.50 per session.
Ijams Member Discount: Ijams members at the Family level or higher should use the coupon code “INCMEMBER4CAMP” at checkout to receive a $7.50 discount for each session. (NOTE: If your membership is not current and you use this code, you will be billed to update your membership.)
Multi-Session Discount: When registering for multiple sessions, save $5 on each additional session.
Multi-Child Discount: When registering multiple children for Preschool Summer Camp, save $5 per session for each additional child in the same household.*
* NOTE: If you have one child in Ijams Nature Adventure Camp (ages 6-12) and one child in Preschool Summer Camp, (ages 3-5), the discount is applicable to the child in Preschool Camp. Please use code IPSCMULTICHILD to apply the discount to the Preschool Camp registration.