Are you looking for a summer camp for your children where they spend all day exploring, learning about, and engaging with the outdoor world? Are you looking for ways for your children to fall in love with the wonder of nature? If so, look no further than the Watershed Nature Camp in Pennington!

For more than 40 years we have provided outdoor, nature-based day camp! We offer weekly camps for those entering kindergarten through grade 9, plus multi-week counselor-in-training sessions for those entering grades 10 and 11.

This summer’s camp runs July 5 to August 19 (please note the week of July 5 is a four-day week); camp days are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we offer extended care from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp is full-day (except half-day kindergarten).

We offer early bird, multi-week, and sibling discounts. Our campers enjoy learning, making friends, and challenging themselves out in nature while building lasting camp memories!

Special programming includes special guest appearances for grades 1-4, evening cookouts for grades 3-4, overnights and day trips for grades 5-6, and overnight trips for grades 7-9. The exercise, fresh air, and sunshine that nature campers experience promote healthy bodies and minds. Research shows that contact with nature fosters creativity, increases attention span, and makes kids healthier.

Our well-qualified and enthusiastic staff all love nature and working outdoors with children and are certified in First Aid and CPR. We offer a 7:1 camper to staff ratio. Our 930-acre nature reserve of fields, forests, farm, pond, and stream offers unique opportunities for an insightful and enriching summer!

The campers will roam with their counselors through the 930-acre reserve, including the forests and meadows, the Stony Brook, and Wargo Pond. They identify butterflies and build shelters in the woods while discovering and connecting with nature and having fun. This natural campus is supplemented by our new LEED-Platinum Certified Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science, and Education.

A week at Watershed Nature Camp may be just what you and your child are looking for! Meet Camp Director Tammy Love at one of our open houses held on Saturdays, March 12, April 9, and May 14, all from 2 to 4 p.m.

The new Watershed Academy program for high school students in grades 10-12 is an expansion of Watershed Nature Camp. Designed for motivated students, this STEM-based course works on environmental investigations provide challenges and inspiration. Academy students will engage with a community of experts and learn new skills in the growing fields of environmental science and technology.

Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science & Education, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington. rnicolaides@thewatershed.org. www.thewatershed.org

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