This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer Ecology Program at the Refuge. Through hands-on, intense exploration the children will learn a few of nature’s secrets, and the importance of the natural world. When your child completes the program they will have more knowledge and a greater respect for the earth, and its inhabitants. We hope these lessons will be carried with them throughout their lives.
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Children’s Field Ecology Program- For children entering grades 2-6
$300 for Non-Members, $250 for Members
This program will explore the infamous areas of the Refuge including the super secret, extra squishy mud trail! We’ll find the magic at Fairy Dell and get a taste of Chocolate Pudding Pond. We will journey to Dune Rd to seine for slippery fish and quick crabs! Remember to wear closed-toed sturdy shoes and dress to get wet every day! Classes run Monday to Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Repeaters entering grades 5-6 will be off on Thursday, July 4th, and will have a night hike on Friday from 7:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. Parent drivers are needed to help transport children on Thursday to and from Dune Rd.
Young Explorers Program & Explorers Program-For kids entering grades 6-9
Young Explorers $400 for Non-Members, $350 for Members
Explorers $450 for Non-Members, $400 for Members
Visit all of your old favorite places, explore by kayak, and enjoy off-site field trips. Program Hours are: Monday 9A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Refuge Onsite), Tuesday 8:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M. (Sunken Forest, Fire Island), Wednesday 9:00 A.M – 2:30 P.M. (offsite Kayak Adventure), Thursday 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.(Mud Trail), return Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. for a night walk in search of owls, bats and adventure with a pick up time of 10:30 P.M. Parent drivers will be needed to help transport the campers. Further information on offsite trips will be given on the Monday of your child’s camp week during the brief introduction.
The Explorer’s group hours are the same except they will have an awesome camp out here at the Refuge and get picked up at 9:00 A.M. on Friday morning. Tuesday is off-site to Sunken Forest, Fire Island; and Wednesday is off-site kayak adventure on the Peconic River. Parent drivers will be needed to help transport the campers. Further information will be given on the Monday during the brief introduction.
Little Naturalists – for kids ages 4, 5, 6
$200 for Non-Members, $150 for Members
This program is designed to introduce and immerse young children in nature through outdoor exploration, hands on activities, games, crafts, and meeting many of the Refuge animals up close. The children will learn respect for the natural world and will have lots of fun in the process. A variety of topics will be introduced to the children including forest and pond habitats, food chains, local plants and animals, birds, mammals, reptiles, animal defenses and adaptations, composting and recycling. During this program, the children do not get wet or muddy. Children can register for more than one session. Each session consists of three days: a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
*We ask that a parent or guardian stay for the brief introduction on the first day of your child’s program, which is held in the Nature Center. Due to limited class size, popularity of the program, and priority registration for members, sessions may fill up. So please sign up early and include completed Application, Medical Form, and Payment. You will be notified as soon as possible if the session is full.
The Refuge staff relies on volunteer help for a successful program. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and are needed between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. Responsibilities include assisting counselors with set up and clean up, as well as helping to guide the children in activities. If your child is interested in becoming an assistant, please contact the Refuge.
Scholarships are available to help ensure that financial circumstance do not restrict a child from participating in this program. Please call or write the Refuge for more details.
Refunds will be granted if cancellation is received TWO WEEKS prior to start date of session. Change in camp sessions/weeks will be subject to $25 processing fee.
For questions, call the Nature Center at 631-653-4771