Short description: Outdoor, nature-based, co-ed summer day camp for campers ages 5 to 16 featuring hiking, exploration, and play on our nature reserve. Cookouts, canoeing, kayaking, campouts, and trips for specific age groups; before care and after care available, discounts too!

What we are about: Do you want your kids to play outside all day, enjoying summer, getting dirty, and just being kids? Do you imagine a summer camp where they spend all day exploring and learning about the outdoor world? If so, look no further than the Watershed Nature Camp in Pennington! We have provided outdoor, nature-based camp for more than 40 years!

Our campers enjoy exploring, learning, making friends, and challenging themselves out in nature while building lasting camp memories! 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.

Camp by the numbers: We offer weekly camps for campers age 5 through 14, plus multi-week Counselor-In-Training sessions for ages 15 and 16. This summer’s camp runs July 5 through August 18 (please note the week of July 5 is a three-day week); camp days are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except age 5 and CIT) and we offer extended care from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We offer early bird, multi-week, and sibling discounts. 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 Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Watershed Center.

Staff: 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. Camp Director Tammy Love has been leading our camp for nine summers.

Facilities and campus: Our 930-acre nature reserve of fields, forests, farm, pond, and stream offer 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.

Watershed Nature Camp age group descriptions: Age 5: We will have a blast exploring, playing games, and creating! Camp day is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ages 6-7: We will explore, hike, build fairy and gnome homes, visit the critters and create! New this year: includes a special guest appearance! Camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ages 8-9: We will enjoy favorite Watershed activities plus unique themed ones! New this year: a special guest appearance and an evening cookout! Camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ages 10-11: We will enjoy an offsite day trip and an overnight on the Watershed Reserve each week! Overnights are optional and feature night hikes, tent camping, and campfire cooking! Camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Thursday overnights.

Ages 12-14: We will enjoy an overnight trip of one or two nights each week in addition to favorite Watershed activities and group challenges. Trip rating of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most challenging). Camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except overnights.

Ages 15-16: Counselor-In-Training volunteering opportunity for students who enjoy the outdoor and working with children. CITs gain valuable experience and training.

Watershed Nature Camp, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington. 609-737-7592. camp@thewatershed.org. www.thewatershed.org/summer-camp.

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