We are closely monitoring the evolving CDC recommendations and any requirements at the state and local level related to summer camp operations and what they mean for our camp programs at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. The safety of our campers is always of paramount concern.

It may be necessary for Baltimore Woods Nature Center to implement certain safety precautions and protocols consistent with guidance offered from the Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health and other public health agencies. If necessary, these measures may include physical distancing, daily health screenings, temperature checks, masking and other measures designed to provide protection against COVID-19 transmission and infection.

Campers will be required to bring a mask with them if a situation should arise when they need to wear one (for example, if someone else in their group develops symptoms or tests positive during the camp week). Any camper wishing to wear a mask even when not required will be supported in doing so.

These multi-layered strategies have helped us keep our campers safe over the past two years. We will keep in close communication with registered camp families regarding evolving COVID-19 safety precautions.

While camp has been somewhat different since 2020, the core values of our camp remain the same – the benefits of playing outside for children cannot be overestimated, and the personal connection with nature they develop at camp will last their whole lives.

young children balance crossing log

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For other summer camp experiences, check out
Voyager Camp (grades 5-8) or
Classic Summer Camp (grades K-8)

Outdoor Discovery for Little Explorers! 

Half Day Camp for
Children Ages 4 and 5

Our experienced counselors are caring and dedicated to providing safe adventures for your child. Each day’s activities will nurture your child’s sense of wonder and connection to the environment, helping them to feel at home in nature. Limited to no more than campers per session, campers will explore Baltimore Woods, learn about the various plants and animals found in the woods, play nature-related games and make nature crafts.

Set off on a half day adventure at one of these Little Explorer Sessions!

preschoolers chatting together outside in the playscape

Session 1 – July 11-15 

Hundred Acre Baltimore Woods 

Whether you’re more of a Piglet, Tigger, or Pooh bear, you’re sure to have a bouncing good time this week! Learn about Pooh’s favorite sticky treat and the bees that make it. Search for Rabbit’s underground burrow and Owl’s treetop hideout. Create Eeyore’s home using sticks and other natural materials. And bring your expedition gear for the great heffalump and woozle hunt!

two girls build a fairy house

Session 2 – July 18-22 

Fairies, Elves and Trolls, Oh my! 

We always like a bit of whimsy at the woods! At camp this week, we’ll go out in search of creatures (real and imagined) living out in the woods. Make sure you bring your sense of fantasy along with you, as well as your fairy friends! 

boy with frog

Session 3 – July 25-29 

Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders 

Join our amphibian friends for a hoppin’ good time at Baltimore Woods. We will spend a week learning and exploring as we search for these camouflaged critters. Where do they live? What do they eat? How are they alike and different? You’ll be an amphibian expert by the end of this week!

kids building a fort

Session 4 – August 1-5

Nature’s Builders 

Calling all budding builders! This week we’ll be busy as beavers, birds, and foxes as we hike down to the stream to build beaver dams, weave bird nests in the forest, and dig dens of our very own. Grab your hard hat, your imagination, and let’s get building! 

kids heading out with bug nets into field

Session 5 – August 8-12 

Insect Safari 

Bug jar? Check! Butterfly net? Check! Need to explore the outdoors? Check! Sounds like you’re all set for a week of adventure as we get up close and personal with the world of insects. We’ll race after butterflies and dragonflies, scour the grasses for praying mantis, flip logs for beetles, and search the stream for stoneflies. It’s going to be a buggy bonanza! 

two boys catching creatures in stream

Session 6 – July 15-19 

Water, Water, Everywhere  

Play, discover, and get wonderfully wet this week at the woods! This week’s adventure includes plenty of time exploring our creeks and ponds in search of frogs, crayfish, water bugs, and other friends who love the water. Come check out the pond and streams at Baltimore Woods – it will be a splashing good time! 

adult and child wearing butterfly wings

Session 7 – August 22-26

Up, Up and Away! 

Calling all superheroes in training! What do birds, bugs, bats, squirrels, and superheroes have in common? Flight! Come join us for a week where we will learn from the best fliers in the world. Don’t forget to bring your wings, cape, and sense of adventure! 

Details:

The camps will be led by Baltimore Woods educators. 
Sessions are themed and campers can attend multiple sessions. 
Camp will begin daily at 9am and end at 12pm. 

Pricing:

$115 per session.

Multiple week and multiple child discounts ($5) are automatically applied when you register. Discounts apply beginning with the second child and/or the second week.

All camp families must have a Baltimore Woods Nature Center Family Membership ($40) to attend camp, active both when you register and when your child attends camp. A family membership can be purchased or renewed at registration.