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Please note: Unfortunately, our traditional in-person Summer Nature Program for 2020 is cancelled.  However, the Summer Nature Program Experience is not!  Read on for more information.

Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest

Hey, Nature Explorer! Are you up for an Adventure this week?

This summer, we are launching our brand new Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest.

Over the course of nine weeks, we are offering a once weekly Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest.  Two Adventure Chests are available each week: one for younger children Ages 4-7; and one for older children Ages 8-13 with different, age-appropriate contents in each Adventure Chest. Each Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest is packed with everything you’ll need to explore the weekly theme, including at least 15 activities, games, crafts, experiments, videos, places to go, and/or things to do; access to our secret virtual Bitmoji Adventure Space; and a special surprise from the Tidepool Shop!

Chests are available for curbside pick-up at The Wetlands Institute or mail-order delivery to your door on the first day of the program.

Only a few of the exciting nature themes we are looking forward to this summer: The Magic, Mystery, and Wonder of Nature, Whatever Floats your Boat, Overnight and Under the Sun, The Forces of Nature, Marine Mammal Soundings, What Color is Nature? and many more! 

2020 Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest Registration Packet

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

 Additional Questions?  Call (609) 368-1211

Backyard Safari Kids Adventure Chests
Children Ages 4-7

July 1 – 3, 2020 (Wednesday – Friday)
Theme: Backyard Mini Beasts Creature Feature
Ants and worms, and bees, Oh My! Caterpillars, frogs, and beetles, too! Let’s go on a safari hunt to see some wild mini beasties in our own backyards.
Registration deadline June 24, 2020.

July 6 – 10, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Water, Water , Everywhere!
Splish and splash away with fun watery discoveries about the ups, downs, back and forth cycles as we wet our hands and jump in with both feet.
Registration deadline June 29, 2020.

July 13 – 17, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Magic, Mystery & Wonder of Nature
Calling gnomes, fairies, and wizards of all kinds. Power up your crowns and wands and join us in concocting motions and potions as nature casts its spell on You!
Registration deadline July 6, 2020.

July 20 – 24, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Summer Breezes Blowing in the Wind
Where does that cool breeze come from? Where is it going? What is air? And how much wind do you need to fly a kite or sail a boat? We’ve got a flurry of questions and experiments to find the answers.
Registration deadline July 13, 2020.

July 27 – 31, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: What Color is Nature?
It’s more than just green trees, blue sky and muddy browns. Color cqn help wildlife survive, it can keep us warm or cool, and it can even be made of natural materials. Let’s find examples and play with colors in nature.
Registration deadline July 20, 2020.

August 3 – 7, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Things with Wings
Some things slither and some things hop, run, swim, or crawl. But the Things with Wings…they take it to the next level and some can travel for miles as easy as you can blink your eyes. Let’s find out who they are, where they’re going, and how in the world they’re gonna get there.
Registration deadline July 27, 2020.

August 10 – 14, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Overnight and Under the Sun
Become a Summer Sun Scientist: experiment with light and shadow; discover how light and dark make wildlife do what it does; make solar prints, constellations and other starry and sunny art, all while we have safe fun in the sun.
Registration deadline August 3, 2020.

August 17 – 21, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Sticks, Stones, & Stories
As quiet as they are some sticks and very many stones are awfully gabby when it comes to telling stories. Let’s listen in and make up our own tales to tell.
Registration deadline August 10, 2020.

August 24 – 26, 2020 (Monday – Wednesday)
Theme: Have to Have a Habitat
The planet is a habitat, a very special habitat. It’s where you breathe, and fishes swim, and where a bear can scratch its back. What makes a place a “home sweet habitat” that we can all depend on?
Registration deadline August 17, 2020.

Coastal Kids Adventure Chests
Children Ages 8-13

July 1 – 3, 2020 (Wednesday – Friday)
Theme: Turtally Terrific Creature Feature
What reptiles are found in the sea, in the salt marsh, in the freshwater ponds, AND in the forest – or even in your backyard!!?? Yep, we’ll be learning all about our favorite friends with shells this week. Get your carapace on!
Registration deadline June 24, 2020.

July 6 – 10, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Whatever Floats Your Boat
There are all kinds of boats for all kinds of activities. Some are on top of the water, some underneath. Some go fast and some go slow. Some are for fishing and some are for catching. Make your own regatta for “whatever floats your boat”.
Registration deadline June 29, 2020.

July 13 – 17, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Nature I Spy
Scientists use all kinds of equipment like scopes, binoculars, and magnifiers to “spy” on nature’s comings and goings. Get your “detective eyes” working for tracking wildlife’s wild life.
Registration deadline July 6, 2020.

July 20 – 24, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Forces of Nature
Sun, wind, tides, and weather hold many possibilities for observing nature, harnessing energy, and enjoying the wondrous world we live in. This week we’ll cook with the sun, slide with the tide, and fly on the breeze as we experiment with the Forces of Nature.
Registration deadline July 13, 2020.

July 27 – 31, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Crustacean Nation
What if crabs, shrimps, and lobsters ruled the world? (They think they already do!) We’ll “get the pinch” on these crusty cousins as we examine them from top to bottom!!
Registration deadline July 20, 2020.

August 3 – 7, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: On the Wing with Bugs, Birds, and Bats
They fly high through the sky with the greatest of ease, doing turns, flips and dives on the slightest of breeze. Whew! What a wonder! Get ready for fun gliding through this week.
Registration deadline July 27, 2020.

August 10 – 14, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Marine Mammal Soundings: Stories from the Sea
Imagine yourself long ago, far out in the ocean and deep into the night when you hear a low rolling moan and a soft swoosh! Surely it must be a sea monster! Or a mermaid?? Marine mammals have long been a part of many sea yarns and ocean myths. Through examining sounds and working with marine arts and storytelling we’ll explore whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals.
Registration deadline August 3, 2020.

August 17 – 21, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Forests, Trees, Leaves, and Seeds
What is a forest for? Where can you build a tree? In a tree factory? How do seeds move from one place to another so far away? Take a deep breath and leave it to the leaves to help us answer these rooted questions and more!
Registration deadline August 10, 2020.

August 24 – 26, 2020 (Monday – Wednesday)
Theme: Explore the Shore: Have to Have a Habitat

The shore is more than just beach and boardwalks. It’s full of habitats of every shape and kind for every plant and animal to eat and drink and hide. We’ll be looking at the shore in a whole new way while we find out “what’s in Your habitat”, too!
Registration deadline August 17, 2020.

 

Discover the treasures inside your Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest Today!