2021 YOUNG NATURALIST SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION

Registration Dates:

Early Bird: March 1st – April 5th
Regular Registration: after April 5th

Where do kids go for good old fashioned summer fun?

Mead Garden’s Young Naturalist Summer Camp!
The only official Summer Camp at Mead Garden
Scroll below for important information about COVID-19
Camp Hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Before & After camp supervision available from 7:30 am and to 5:30 pm available for additional charge.

All weeks of camp are open to children ages 5 – 13.

creeks and critters… birds and butterflies… wildlife and wetlands…
rain barrels and reptiles… pine trees and pollinators… going
green and getting grimy!

Does your child love nature, plants, animals, birds, bugs, butterflies and exploring the great outdoors? Then they will love the Young Naturalist Summer Camp at Mead Botanical Garden!

2021 SESSION DATES & FEES

SEVEN SESSIONS OF CAMP ARE OFFERED:

June 7 – June 11
June 14 – June 18
June 21 – June 25
June 28 – July 2
July 5 – July 9
July 12 – July 16
July 19 – July 23

Camp Early Registration Weekly Fee $245 (Register before April 5th!)
Camp Weekly Fee $255
AM Supervision $30 from 7:30 AM
PM Supervision $40 to 5:30 PM
AM&PM Supervision $70
Additional T-shirt $8

Camp fee includes one t-shirt, a water bottle, daily snacks and all activities.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

Providing your child a fun, safe, and memorable summer, while fostering a love for nature and the environment is our #1 goal at Mead Botanical Garden. We are excited to offer an opportunity for kids to get outside and have something fun to look forward to after being quarantined for so long.

Mead’s Young Naturalist Summer Camp staff has put in place a number of precautionary measures to address concerns related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Some Precautionary Measures Have Implemented…

  • Fresh air and hikes…
    Much of camp takes place outdoors. The doors at Camp Base are kept wide open throughout the day with fans bringing in lots of fresh air in from the outside.
  • Daily health screening and temperature checks…
    Each morning upon arrival, campers’ temperature will be taken with a no-touch thermal scanner prior to entering the Camp Base Discovery Barn.  If a camper has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees F, we will ask that the camper be kept at home. 
  • Small groups…
    Campers will be divided into and remain with the same small group throughout the majority of camp.  Each group will have its own set of materials and supplies that will not be shared with other groups.  Activities and gatherings take place in several locations throughout Mead Garden to facilitate social distancing between groups.
  • Face masks…
    Campers should come prepared to wear a mask, however, we will follow CDC guidelines in place at the time of your camp session with regard to mask-wearing and social distancing.
  • Social distancing…
    We ask that parents to please wear masks and maintain social distance while waiting in line during check-in and check-out.  Access to the Discovery Barn beyond check-in will be limited to staff and campers. 
  • Cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning…
    On-going disinfection efforts and cleaning of camp activity areas, high touched surfaces, materials, tools and supplies with disinfecting solutions will take place throughout the day.
  • Cubbies and water bottles…
    Each camper will be given their own cubby in which to store their personal items. Camp staff will refill camp-provided water bottles via pitchers throughout the day to ensure no cross-contamination takes place.

We continue to closely monitor state and local mandates as well and CDC and health department safety guidelines for additional precautionary measures.

Thank you considering the Mead Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp for your child.  If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly via email at camp@meadgarden.org or by phone 407-622-6323.


CANCELLATIONS, RESCHEDULING AND REFUND POLICY

All cancellations and requests for rescheduling and refunds must be submitted in writing via email to camp@meadgarden.org

• Requests to reschedule to another session will incur a processing fee of $25 if space is available.

• Cancellations made at least 2 weeks prior to start of camp week will receive 100% refund minus a 25% processing fee.

• No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 14 days prior to the start of the registered camp session. You may opt to reschedule to another week, if space is available, for a processing fee of $25.

• No partial refunds will be processed for missed days of camp. For questions, please contact us at camp@meadgarden.org.


Mead Botanical Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp

At the Young Naturalist Summer Camp, campers will have fun interacting with nature in the beautiful and unique setting of Mead Botanical Garden. They will make discoveries about wildlife, wetlands, plants, the environment and our ecosystem. And, they will develop a life-long love of nature and the great outdoors. Every day, campers will engage in interesting age-appropriate activities and games while exploring our 48-acre park, creek, woodland trails, and wetland.

With a running creek, hiking trails, tall pine trees, a greenhouse, butterfly garden and large pond that’s home to turtles, fish and wading birds, Mead Botanical garden is true hidden treasure. There’s so much for campers to do, see and experience every day. The spacious “Discovery Barn” serves as the camp base headquarters where arts, crafts, environmental activities, gardening and games take place. Throughout the week, visiting experts and certified naturalists bring mammals, reptiles, insects and interesting plants for campers to learn about and see up close.

Young naturalist campers explore Mead Garden’s unique wildlife habitats, hike the wetlands boardwalk, play games, learn fun survival skills and engage in age-appropriate arts & crafts. Campers learn about environmental awareness, wildlife, plants, birds, butterflies, crawling insects, water conservation and ecology — all in a loving, safely supervised environment. Additional Young Naturalist program highlights include nature walks, creek exploration, safe animal encounters, plant propagation, gardening, science games & experiments, rolling down the hillside, making memories & lasting friendships. Your kids will love the adventure; you will appreciate the learning goals that are linked to school success.

Camp is led by a team of cheerful certified teachers, master naturalists and fun counselors who love kids and love to inspire adventure. Camp curriculum and activities are designed to foster a life-long love of the great outdoors. Connecting children, nature and fun is what it’s all about. To ensure your child has a safe and rewarding summer, all adult camp staff members have been background checked. Camp Team leaders are chosen for their excellence in teaching and love for children, nature and the environment. Each has demonstrated an exceptional ability to inspire enthusiasm for learning.

REGISTRATION: Good news! Mead Garden is teaming with the Active Network registration system allowing you to fully complete your child’s camp registration online anytime! Plus the software has automated wait lists. While automation is great, you are always welcome to contact us directly if you have questions by emailing camp@meadgarden.org or by leaving a message at 407-622-6323. For example, if you decide to add before/after camp supervised recreation after completing your registration, just email us! It’s that simple.