2016 SUMMER CAMP

Day Camp 1

GO WILD WITH CAMP QUERCUS

Banish cries of “I’m bored!” this summer with Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Camp Quercus! This exciting, outdoor environmental science camp drives kids wild about nature as our 330-acre property is transformed into an outdoor classroom and playground. Children ages 6 to 11 are engaged in hands-on STEM activities in each of the themed, one-week camps. Sign up for one week or better yet, all of them! Prices range from $149 for members to $189 for non-members, with discounts of up to 25% for multiple-week registrations. Reduced rates for families with multiple children.

Scholarships are available for anyone living in the Lake Michigan Watershed and reduce the price of camp to just $25 per week. DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by the Wednesday before your camp week!

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DOWNLOAD GENERAL REGISTRATION FORMS (REQUIRED!) HERE

DOWNLOAD MEDICAL FORMS (REQUIRED!) HERE

DOWNLOAD OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION FORM (REQUIRED!) HERE

For more information, call Youth Education Manager Ellen Kapitan at (219) 462-0025 or email her at ekapitan@taltree.org.

DETAILS:

Ages: 6-11 years old

Times: 8:30 am-3:30 pm.

Costs:

Scholarship: $25/week (Must fill out application and be awarded a scholarship. Scholarships criteria are specified in the application.)

Members: $149/Week Non-Members: $189/Week

Pre/Post Care: $20/Week for each session

Discounts: 10% off two weeks. 15% off three weeks, 20% off four weeks, 25% off five or more weeks.

QUESTIONS? Youth Education Manager Ellen Kapitan at ekapitan@taltree.org or (219) 462-0025

Nature Detectives Week (June 20-June 24): Make way for the next generation of CSI experts! Campers will be introduced to the scientific method where they will investigate and test their own hypotheses. They will investigate larvae, fungi, and macro-invertebrates. On their Live Things hike, they will explore decaying plant matter and identify various fungi species. Local police will visit and demonstrate how they use science to solve crimes. NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday June 15! 

Wacky Water Week (June 27-July 1): This week is dedicated to all things water! Campers will learn about weather, hike Taltree’s wetlands and observe Northwest Indiana’s water ecosystems. In the wetlands, they will observe swans, create wetland-themed art and play water games. Campers will also hunt for macro-invertebrates, frogs, and create their own terrarium. NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday June 22!

Nature Explorers Week (July 5-8) 4 day week Tues-Friday:  This week is all about Indiana’s Bicentennial, July 4th, the history of our land and who lived here before us. Campers will learn how the land was utilized and how it has changed from dinosaurs and the ice age to trains and technology. NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday June 29!

Live Wild Survivor Week 5 (July 11-15) Campers will learn about woodland wildlife, gardening and more from area conservationists. They will learn how to tie nautical knots, create their own mini-veggie garden and understand why bluebirds are so important. They will visit Taltree’s Adventure Garden animals and gardens, go on many hikes, and build their own bird house or themed garden. NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday July 6!

Nature’s Super Heroes Week (July 18-July 22) How do the powers of superheroes really work? Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Ant Man, X-Men and Squirrel Girl will be the basis of lessons in spiders, trains, bats, ants, weather and nature. Have a blast in a hero’s obstacle course, make your own comic book and explore earth, wind and fire! NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday July 14!

Minds and Machines Week (July 25-July 29) What will the future of science and technology bring? This theme will relate to the mechanics of the body and how super minds work like magic. Campers will learn about robots and robotics, how things are made, how fuel and food are used, how animal systems and parts are different or similar to humans and more.  NOTE: Please have payment and registration forms complete and returned to Taltree by Wednesday July 20!

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