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Spend a week discovering the New Jersey Shore in a fun and hands-on way! Engage in science experimentation and exploration, play games, go on field trips, explore the beach, create arts and crafts, and much more all while enjoying a new theme each week: Solar, Polar, Fire & Ice, Explore the Shore: Beneath the Shell, Get in Shape: Structures in Nature, Marine Micro Macro: Lifestyles of the Wet and Tidal, Nature of Night, Tagged, You’re It!, Herps and Terps, Common Ground, and Safari in the Saltmarsh! 

For children ages 5-13, programs are held weekly from June 27 – August 22, 2018 and include field trips and beach days. Children age 4 can enjoy special programs during the weeks of June 27, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20, 2018. Children ages 4-5 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 12:00pm and children ages 6-13 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Summer 2018 Registration is Here!  Spaces fill up quickly, so register today!

Pricing and age level availability vary by week.  Please download a registration packet for complete details.

 Questions About What To Expect Each Week?

Download FAQ/Procedures for Full Week or Download FAQ/Procedures for Short Week

Additional Questions?  Call (609) 368-1211

Summer 2018 Program Themes and Dates!

June 27-29, 2018

Theme: Solar, Polar, Fire and Ice
Summer is heating up with hot, melty days ahead. We’ll be cooling down with some icy activities as we work with the sun in the north, south and everywhere in between. It’s time to chill: think penguins, polar bears, glaciers, and **SNOW**.

July 2-6, 2018

Theme: Explore the Shore: Beneath the Shell
Anyone who has walked the beach knows how much fun it is to find what the sea has left behind. Let’s look closer and find out about the bivalves, gastropods, crustaceans and other animals “under” those shells.
In observation of July 4th, FIELD TRIP ON THURSDAY! Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
In observation of July 4th, FIELD TRIP ON THURSDAY! Ages 6-13 field trip to Bayshore Discovery Center..

July 9-13, 2018

Theme: Get in Shape: Structures in Nature
Fish and submarines, nests and shelters, wings and airplanes: it’s all about the shape of things. Bring your thinking cap this week. We’ll be examining natural structures, then designing and building some of our own. Bring your creative ideas; this week we’ll be working on our project for the 4H Fair.
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to Highbee Wildlife Management Area and Sunset Beach.

July 16-20, 2018

Theme: Marine Micro Macro: Lifestyles of the Wet and Tidal
From the tiniest copepod to the mega-giant whales, marine life has incredible ways of living in and around water. Microscopes and binoculars are just some of the tools we’ll use to examine critters and the things they do to keep wet and stay dry.
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center and Douglas Beach Park.

July 23-27, 2018

Theme: Nature of Night
Have you ever sat outside at night and listened quietly? Have you noticed how the night smells or what it feels like? What can you see in the dark? When the sun goes down, nightlife turns on using senses and body parts to deal with the change. The difference is like “night and day”!  **Extra This Week! Evening Beach Walk for the Family! Bring your parents, siblings, cousins and/or grandparents and come back to the beach on Wednesday evening to watch the moon rise, and hunt for ghost crabs along the beach.**
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to Hereford Inlet Light House.

July 30-August 3, 2018

Theme: Tagged, You’re It!
People have been tracking animal movements for thousands of years. Tracking not only helps us learn about animal behaviors, but also allows us to find out about the health of our environment. From footprints, bands, and radio chips, let’s learn the stories of wildlife.
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to TBD.

August 6-10, 2018

Theme: Herps and Terps
What has scales and breathable skin, four legs and no legs, lays eggs in water and in the ground, and has been around for millions of years?? … Give up??? You’ll just have to swim, slither and hop on in this week to find out what a herpetologist studies!
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to Cape May Point State Park.

August 13-17, 2018

Theme: Common Ground
We’ve lived on this planet all our lives, but how much do we really know about the changing Earth beneath our feet? It’s full of tales of cycles, ebbs and flows, landforms, landscapes and wildlife. Let’s explore how the land has changed wildlife and … how wildlife has changed the land.
Age 5 field trip to Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Ages 6-13 field trip to Belleplain State Forest.

August 20-22, 2018

Theme: Safari in the Saltmarsh
We’ll be trekking’ through the outback and dippin’ in the creeks, on the hunt for “wild wetland game”. Get your mud on!  **Extra This Week! Evening Beach Walk for the Family! Bring your parents, siblings, cousins and/or grandparents and come back to the beach on Wednesday evening to watch the moon rise, and hunt for ghost crabs along the beach.**

Come enjoy the shore!  We’ll see you soon!