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NJ Nature, Wildlife & Outdoors Camps for Kids & Teens

The Nature, Wildlife and Environment-focused Camps listed below invite you to visit their websites (use the convenient links in each listing), call for info, schedule a visit and inquire about upcoming open houses and environmental education classes offered year round for all ages— from toddlers to adults.

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Camp Fairs Day Camps Nature / Environment Camps
Camp Referral Services Gifted Camps Performing Arts Camps
Academic Camps Girls Camps Science / Technology / STEM
Animal Camps Health / Fitness / Weight Loss Sleepaway Camps
Arts / Craft / Film Camps History Camps Special Needs Camps
Computer Camps Horseback Riding Camps Sports Camps
Cooking Camps Language Camps Teen Camps
Culture Camps Music / Dance Camps Theater Camps

A.J. Meerwald Sailing Camp
Bayshore Center, 2800 High St., Port Norris, 856-785-2060
    Kids ages 10-17 receive tall ship sail training and environmental education on a restored 1928 Delaware Bay oyster schooner during a day- or week-long maritime camp.

American Littoral Society
Marine & Environmental Science Camps

Sandy Hook, Highlands; Harvey Cedars, LBI, 732-291-0055
    Marine science summer camps for students entering grades 5-8 and one day programs on Sandy Hook for grades 1 and up are sponsored by the American Littoral Society.

Bivalve Summer Day Camp
Bayshore Center, 2800 High St., Port Norris, 856-785-2060
    Discover critters who make Delaware Bay their homes, learn the history and culture of Bivalve, investigate and find solutions to local problems.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Camps
324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills, 973-376-3587
    Mini-camps for preschoolers and week-long camps for ages 3-11.

Essex County Environmental Center Nature Explorers Summer Camp
621B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 908-973-228-8776
    Outdoor explorations, activities and crafts for grades PreK-9.

Hunterdon County Nature Day Camp
Echo Hill or Mountain Farm locations, 908-782-1158
    One and two-week sessions for grades K-10 feature hands-on activities, nature hikes, field trips, games and craft projects. Registration via lottery in March.

Morris County Adventures in Nature Camp
Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Chester Twp.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Montville Twp., 973-635-6629
    Hands-on environmental education experiences in Morris County Parks for kids ages 5-grade 12. CIT program for teens grades 9-11. Nature mini camp is offered for ages 2-4 with adult.

New Jersey Academy of Aquatic Sciences Camps
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-361-1023
    Junior marine biologist and sea camps at the Aquarium offer opportunities for hands-on science activities.

New Jersey Audubon Nature Camps
See additional New Jersey Audubon sites under Outdoor Education Centers.
• Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

  Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-5787. Day camps for children Pre-K to middle school; overnight camps for grades 6-12 at Barnegat Bay and Delaware Water Gap.
• Plainsboro Preserve
  80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, 609-897-9400. Junior and Senior naturalist camps for preschoolers and up.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Camps
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787
    Nature and arts-themed camps for grades Pre-K-5.

Schiff Summer Nature Programs
339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham, 973-543-6004
    Outdoor fun and adventure for ages 4-13.

Somerset County Parks Summer Camps
Somerset County Environmental Education Center
Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489 x334
    Themed science and nature camps include Coyote Kids for ages 4-6, Eco-Explorers for ages 7-9, AWESIM Kids for ages 10-13, and Xtreme Adventures day trips for ages 13-16. Extended day options. Registration begins mid-Jan.

Tenafly Nature Day Camp
313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, 201-568-6093
    One-week sessions for grades pre-K-5 explore a different theme each week. Full or half day sessions for grades pre-K-K. Ages 12-18 can sign up to be a Counselor-in-Training.

Trailside Nature & Science Center Camps-Union County
452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908-789-3670
    Watchung Reservation is the classroom for discovering nature, astronomy, Native American lore, animals, fossils and dinosaurs for grades pre-1st-6. Registration begins in Feb.

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800
    Children entering K-8th grade learn about animals, native species, habitats and zoo careers in weeklong camps. Volunteen program for teens ages 14-17.

Watershed Nature Camp
31 Titus Mill Road Pennington NJ 08534, 609-737-7592
    Weekly programs for grades K-11 include hiking, crafts and games with trips and overnights for older campers.

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