By Jennifer Brownlee
There’s just something about this time of year. The birds are chirping, the frogs are croaking and the thermometer is headed in the right direction after so many cold months! The jubilant feeling that memories just need to be made can only mean one thing: the summer season is just around the corner and Asbury Woods’ Summer Nature Camps will be back in session soon.
Our camps, which are offered from mid-June through August, were established on the attitude that no one can be expected to care about and save the natural world if they don’t know about and understand it. At Asbury Woods, we do our best to foster a genuine appreciation and love of nature by inviting campers to explore with us each week to discover the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In doing so, the hope is to inspire the youth of today to become environmentally responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Nature, teamwork, exploration, imagination, and fun are the staples of our Summer Nature Camps! Countless indigenous plants and animals are highlighted throughout the Nature Center’s grounds. We invite kids to bring their magnifying glasses in hand as we hone in on our naturalist skills by examining the native foliage and critters that call Asbury Woods home in “Nature Detectives” Nature Camp. Learn about the unique lifestyles of the wet, watery wildlife in “Water We Doing” Nature Camp.
Kids who are ‘naturally’ artistic may prefer our Nature Art Camp. Creativity shines through as we paint, draw, and sculpt crafts reflecting all of the new knowledge we accumulate throughout the day about our environment. Digital Photography Camp gives students the opportunity to capture a snapshot of nature using light and texture and form in artistic expression. We believe that to spark a lifelong love of learning helps forge a deep and unshakable connection with the natural world that is truly beneficial to our planet and our hearts. Summer Nature Camp registration is open now and we can’t wait to see the inventiveness and imagination that shines through!