Camps

2014 Nature Discovery Summer Camp for Ages 3 - 11

Campers innate curiosity and joy in learning will be sparked by hands-on discovery led by our staff of experienced educators. A variety of creative activities are planned for each week, incorporating art, science and imagination. The camp nurtures children by promoting a positive interest in nature and encouraging a protective attitude toward living things. Nature Discovery Camp starts June 31, 2014 and ends August 22, 2014. Enroll for any or all 8 weeks of day-camp! CHA offers age appropriate day-camp programs from Monday-Friday.

$250 = Turtle Tots (3 years old to entering Kindergarten), please bring a snack
- Morning Session: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
- Afternoon Session: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Please register here for Turtle Tots!

$350 = Explorers (entering 1st to 3rd grade), please bring snack and lunch
- Full-day Program: 9:00AM-3:30PM
Please register here for Explorers!
*Registration for the week of July 21-25 (Arboretum Olympics) is CLOSED

$350 = Hawks (entering 4th and 5th grade), please bring snack and lunch
- Full-day Program: 9:00AM-3:30PM (offered the weeks of 7/7/14; 7/14/14; 8/4/14; and 8/11/14)
Please register here for Hawks!

Parent Handbook and New Camper Health Forms due no later than FRIDAY before your registered summer camp week:
Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form


Nature Discovery Camp Themes:
June 30—July 3, 2014: Turtle Tots $200; Explorers $275 (4 day week)
Wonderful World of H2O: Ever wonder why water is so important? Get ready for a week of water explorations! Enjoy hands-on investigations, games, and experiments to understand why water is important to all living things.


July 7-11, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Featured Creatures: What does an animal need to survive? Explore various habitats to learn about local animals and what they need for survival. Every day will focus on a different Animal
Kingdom.


July 14-18, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Lenape Life (Turtle Tots): Explore the Arboretum woodlands as a Lenape tribe member would. Learn about the local plants and animals, play traditional Native American games, and listen to traditional stories told around the fire.

Outdoor Adventures (Explorers & Hawks): If you were lost in the woods, what would you do first? Outdoor adventurers will learn basic survival skills
including shelter building, fire making, orienteering, and more.


July 21-25, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
Arboretum Olympics: Join the Arboretum staff for a fun-filled week of outdoor games. Enjoy relay races, scavenger hunts, water games, and more.


July 28- Aug 1, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
A Bug's Life: Investigate the bugs of the Arboretum. Learn about beetles, butterflies, spiders, and more. Play games and make crafts to discover the many aspects of a bug’s life.


August 4 –8, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Discover Earth (Turtle Tots): Using our imagination, we will travel all over the world to explore Earth’s ecosystems. Discover how animals adapt to extreme weather, how the environment influences cultures, and more.

Survival Games (Explorers & Hawks): Campers will put their survival skills to the test by participating in fun-filled survival games such as shelter-building, map and compass, first aid, and more. Get ready to embark on this week-long survival challenge. (Survival skills NOT required)


August 11-15, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Weird Science: Discover the mysteries of science! Campers will transform into scientists for a week of weird, slimy, cool, amazing, and crazy science experiments.


August 18-22, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
Art in Nature: For young artists discovering nature’s art. We’ll explore patterns, colors, and textures found in and inspired by nature. Join us for our nature-themed drawings, paintings, clay art, and more.


Location and Camp Hours:
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Monday to Friday


Registrations will be accepted in the order they were received. Refunds are given if the program is over–subscribed or cancelled by the Arboretum. All cancellation requests must be made in writing. If you cancel prior to June 7th, a refund will be made less the $100 deposit. All other cancellations after June 7th would need a doctor’s note for a full refund. If a check is returned, there is a $50 fee due for processing. The Arboretum has the right to cancel any program.

FEES: All fees are due in full the MONDAY before your registered summer camp week. (This includes a $100 nonrefundable enrollment fee.) You must be an Arboretum member to register ($75 per year).

Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form