We are closely monitoring the requirements at the state and local level related to children’s camp operations and what they mean for our campers at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Everyone’s safety will be of paramount concern, and while camp will be somewhat different, 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.

The following FAQs summarize our most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols. As new information emerges from health officials, these protocols may change. Registered camp families will be notified via email of any changes.

Click here to read the official summary of day camp guidelines issued by the NYS Department of Health.

FAQs surrounding COVID-19 Safety Protocols
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For other summer camp experiences, check out
Voyager Camp (grades 5-8) or
Classic Summer Camp (grades K-8)

Little Explorers Can Experience Great Moments! 

Half Day Camp for
Children Ages 4 and 5

Summer Camp registration is closed, and our waitlists are all full. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate all children looking for a summer nature day camp experience with us this year. We know how important it is for children to get outside, to explore, and to play. We invite you to visit our Nature in Your Hands at Home web page where you’ll find activities and games that our environmental educators have designed especially for families looking for ways to stay connected to nature whether it’s at a park, a nature preserve, or right in their own backyards. Watch our website for other summer programs and we hope to see you out hiking at Baltimore Woods.

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!

boy with frog

Session 1 – July 5-9 

Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders 

Ribbit! Ribbit! Join our amphibian friends for a hopping 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! 

adult and child wearing butterfly wings

Session 2 – July 12-16 

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! 

two boys catching creatures in stream

Session 3 – July 19-23 

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! 

two girls build a fairy house

Session 4 – July 26-30 

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! 

red squirrel with pinecone in mouth

Session 5 – August 2-6 

Squirrels, Rabbits, and Fox, Oh Deer! 

We’ll waddle like beavers, hop like mice, and bound like mink as we search Baltimore Woods for signs of mammals. Each day we’ll learn about different mammals that live here and what they need to survive. We may even discover that we’re more alike than we think! 

kids building a fort

Session 6 – August 9-13 

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 7 – August 16-20 

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! 


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. 


$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.