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Double the Fun for Summer ’21!

This year, The Wetlands Institute has two great ways for you to enjoy a fun-filled summer of imagination and discovery. Take part in our traditional in-person Summer Nature Program at the Institute or bring the programs home with our Summer Nature Program Adventure Chests. Whatever you choose, the summer is yours to explore!  Join us! 

In-Person:  Summer Nature Program 

Join us! Right here, in-person, at The Wetlands Institute!

Spend a week (or two or three!) 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 so much more all while enjoying a new theme each week.

For children ages 5-13, programs are held weekly from June 30 – August 25, 2021and include field trips and beach days. Children age 4 can enjoy special programs during the weeks of June 30, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16
and August 23, 2021.

Children age 4 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 12:00pm and children ages 5-13 attend programs daily from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

2021 Summer Nature Program
Registration Packet

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

Have questions about how the week will run?
Click our Full Week Procedures or Short Week Procedures to find out more about each week and any modifications related to COVID-19.

Additional Questions?  Call (609) 368-1211

At-Home:  Adventure Chest

Can’t join us in person? No problem!

Over the course of nine weeks, we are offering a 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 activities, games, crafts, experiments, videos, places to go, 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 on the first day of the program or mail-order delivery to your door.

2021 Adventure Chest
Registration Packet

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

Did you miss the deadline for your favorite theme?
Call (609) 368-1211 to find out if we have any extra chests available!

Additional Questions?  Call (609) 368-1211

2021 Summer Nature Program and Adventure Chest Themes

June 30 – July 2 (Wednesday – Friday)
Theme: Creation Nation: Crafting with Nature
Get your artistic juices flowing this week! We’ll be learning about nature while we use natural materials in a variety of ways to have fun creating all kinds of cool and awesome arts and crafts.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is June 23, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

July 5 – 9 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Wild Walks: Explore the Shore
Locating coastal habitats and their wild treasures are all part of this week’s quest. Bring your sense of adventure! We’ll be making maps and following the changing clues as we go on safari from one seaside area to another.
Children age 5-13 will go on a field trip to Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is June 28, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

July 12 – 16 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Nature’s STEAM, STREAMs, & STEMs
Everywhere we look we are surrounded by nature’s inspiration. Fish and submarines, nests and shelters, wings and airplanes: it’s all about the shape and patterns of things. Bring your thinking cap this week. We’ll be examining natural structures, then designing and building some of our own.
Children ages 5-13 will go on a field trip to Two Mile Beach, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is July 5, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

July 19 – 23 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: Close Encounters with Micro-Macro Wildlife
How would it feel to be the size of a newly hatched snail? What would the view be like soaring on the edge of an osprey’s wing? What would you need to hang on tight as the waves crash in and out with the tides? Let’s take a look at nature up, down, over, under, near and far to imagine life on a different scale.
Children ages 5-13 will go on a field trip to Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is July 12, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

July 26 – 30 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: 
Weather or Not Climate Science
Sun, clouds, wind, rain, and storm, from one day to the next the conditions outside are changing. We’re predicting a flood of science fun for this week. Rain or shine!
Children age 5 -13 will go on a field trip to ACUA Wind Farm.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is July 19, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

August 2 – 6 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: 
Fins, Scutes, Scales, & Tails
It’s turtally awesome to dive into this reptilian and amphibious world! To turtles, fish, toads, lizards and snakes, living is the name of the game. With body parts, behaviors, habitats, and more, you’ll discover exactly what it takes to survive.
Children age 5 -13 will go on a field trip to Cape May Point State Park.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is July 26, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

August 9 – 13 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: 
Secrets of the Way Down Under
Discover the creatures that live lives unseen. Dissect logs and shake, shake, shake to see how soil is made. The underground is full of tales of cycles, ebbs and flows, landscapes, and wildlife. Get ready to dig in and explore how the land has changed wildlife and … how wildlife has changed the land.
Children age 5 -13 will go on a field trip to Belleplain State Forest.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is August 2, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

August 16 – 20 (Monday – Friday)
Theme: 
Marine Mammals and the Sea Life Web
Beams of sunlight energy join all life in the ocean and on land. Let’s connect to the ocean’s internet as we weave our way around the watery food web from the tiniest plankton to the humongous, hungry whales.
Children age 5-13 will go on a field trip to Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center.
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is August 9, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

August 23 – 25 (Monday – Wednesday)
Theme: 
Creation Nation: Seashells in My Pockets
You’ve been collecting shells all summer long. Now flex your creative mollusks and let’s create some fun crafts and art while we learn about the animals that made them. Memories of your summer fun. Littorally!
Registration deadline for at-home Adventure Chest is August 16, 2021.
No registration deadline for in-person Summer Nature Program.

 

Whether in-person or at-home, we’ll see you soon!