Summer Camp 2020

Join us for Summer Camp! Spend an exciting week learning about nature in an informative and playful setting, discovering the mysteries of the animals, plants, and land of the Highlands.  Summer Sprouts camps run 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  All other age groups run 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Camps are offered for PreK-8th graders. Please only register for one session of camp.

The Highlands Center for Natural History has cancelled all Summer Nature Camps for June. However, HCNH will offer 4 weeks of camp in July, based on recommended practices from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona legislature, Association for Nature Center Administration, and American Camp Association. Current modifications include the practice of physical distancing, decreased overall capacity, discrete program cohorts of 10 or less individuals, the use of masks, and the increased disinfectant of facilities. Further modifications may be added contingent upon recommended practices from the aforementioned organizations. There is also the possibility that these camps will be cancelled due to COVID-19 risk. While the concern for public health is the Center’s first priority, the benefits of time in nature for all people, but especially youth is integral to HCNH’s mission.

 
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Summer Sprouts (PreK-K, Ages 4-6)

Summer Sprouts spend a fun-filled week outside where they play, gather, create, explore, and learn during this half-day camp based at the Highlands Center. Campers observe and interpret patterns in nature, learn about animal behavior and the amazing plants that make the Highlands so special.  They will play games, do crafts, and make new friends!

For pre-schoolers and rising kindergartners

Where

Highlands Center For Natural History

When

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

July 20th – 24th 

July 27th-31st

Cost

$105 members; $160 non-members

FULL. Email jmanleyewald@highlandscenter.org to be placed on the waitlist.

kids during a summer camp
Please note: Due to program repetition and high demand from other families, we strongly recommend registering for only one week of camp.

Wild Explorers (Grades 1-2, Ages 6-8)

Wild Explorers embark on a week of fun, exploration, and learning on this full-day camp based at the Highlands Center.  Campers learn about the different ways in which animals meet their needs to survive and grow, all while engaging in activities, games, crafts, play, and plenty of exploration at the creek!

For rising 1st and 2nd graders

Where

Highlands Center for Natural History

When

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 6th – 10th
July 20th – 24th

Cost

$175 members; $230 non-members

FULL. Email jmanleyewald@highlandscenter.org to be placed on the waitlist.

kids during a summer camp
Please note: Due to program repetition and high demand from other families, we strongly recommend registering for only one week of camp.

Outdoor Investigators (Grades 3-4, Ages 8-10)

Fires, monsoons, and frost!  The plants and animals that live here have to be well adapted to survive!  In this group, your child will learn more about the different plants and animals that live in this area and what they do to survive changes in their environment.  Camp will be a fun-filled full day of learning, playing, and exploring in the Prescott National Forest.

For rising 3rd and 4th graders

Where

Highlands Center for Natural History

When

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 13th – 17th

July 27th – 31st 

Cost

$175 members; $230 non-members

FULL. Email jmanleyewald@highlandscenter.org to be placed on the waitlist.

kids during a summer camp
Please note: Due to program repetition and high demand from other families, we strongly recommend registering for only one week of camp.

Highlands Adventurists (Grades 5-6, Ages 10-12)

In this full-day camp, your child will explore the forests and creeks surrounding the Highlands Center. Campers discover how animals and humans interact with landforms, rivers, plants, and more! They will work in teams, play games, perform skits, write creative stories, design models, create art, and explore as scientists.

For rising 5th and 6th graders

Where

Highlands Center for Natural History

When

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 6th – 10th

July 13th-17th

Cost

$175 members; $230 non-members

FULL. Email jmanleyewald@highlandscenter.org to be placed on the waitlist.

kids during a summer camp
Please note: Due to program repetition and high demand from other families, we strongly recommend registering for only one week of camp.

Jr. Naturalists (Grades 7-8, Ages 12-13)

There’s a reason we call this group the Junior Naturalists!  These young scientists will be outside all day, fine tuning their observation skills by looking for patterns in the way organisms interact and compete with each other to obtain the resources they need to survive.  If your child wants to make new friends, play games, explore their creative side, collect data, or just be outside all week, this is the place to be!  

For rising 7th and 8th graders

Where

Highlands Center for Natural History

When

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 13th – 17th 

Cost

$175 members; $230 non-members

FULL. Email jmanleyewald@highlandscenter.org to be placed on the waitlist.

kids during a summer camp
Please note: Due to program repetition and high demand from other families, we strongly recommend registering for only one week of camp.

Scholarship Information

Highlands Nature Camp Scholarship Policy

Scholarships are limited to two per child per year, whether it is for one Spring or Fall Break program, Summer Camp, or Knee-High Naturalists sessions. To apply, fill out the application below at least 30 days before your session start date.

For additional questions on scholarship applications please call 928.776.9550

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