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Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps & New "Camp Came to Me" Experiences
  • Robinson Nature Center will resume in-person camps beginning the week of July 6th

Because we will not be holding summer camps in June, we are offering a limited number of "Camp Came to Me" experiences that allow you to bring the fun of camp home. Read on for more information.


Robinson Nature Center's "Camp Came to Me" Experiences

This summer, bring summer camp to your child. Your child can enjoy camp activities from the comfort of your home with materials and online content provided by Robinson Nature Center. Check out Robinson Nature Center’s “Camp Came to Me” experiences below. More camps are coming this summer, so keep your eyes on this page for new opportunities. 

 

Camp Came to Me – Animal Heroes

 

Let your 6-10 year old learn how to be an animal hero this summer from the comfort of home with materials and online content curated and created by Robinson Nature Center staff as well as live, online sessions. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of our animal care room at the Nature Center. Learn how to ID birds and create feeders and bird-strike window deflectors. Plant milkweed and create an “insect hotel” for pollinating insects. Meet live animal ambassadors and insects from the Nature Center, make a “toad abode” and design a backyard habitat. We’ve created three morning’s worth of online content covering birds, insects, and reptiles and amphibians. Let Robinson educators guide your child through activities in prerecorded videos. Campers also sign on for 30-minute live sessions each morning (W-F beginning Wednesday, July 22 nd) in which we’ll go over the days activities, do a fun activity together and provide a chance to share with other campers.

 

Live sessions will be recorded and sent for those campers that are not able to attend the session. Access pre-recorded activities on your own time with camp materials kits prepared for each activity so participating is easy and fun. Check out the materials your camper’s kit will include  here. Though activities are designed for 6-10 year olds to complete on their own, certain activities do require children to go outside. We recommend using an enclosed, outdoor area on your personal property, or having an adult present if using a public space for these activities.  

Online content, materials picked up at Robinson Nature Center  $69

RP4848.832  Material pick up date – Saturday, July 18 between 9am and 11am; live sessions at 10am W-F beginning Wednesday, July 22
 

Camp Came to Me - Nature Makers Kit

 

Let your 7-11 year old explore “maker” techniques including sculpting, imprinting, embroidery, watercolor painting and crafting using natural materials and a fully-curated kit of materials assembled by Robinson Nature Center staff. We’ve taken kid-tested and approved activities from our Nature Makers camp and modified them for kids to enjoy in their own homes and on their own time. We’ve created three morning’s worth of crafty, creative activities with simple-to-follow written directions. Coupled with a few pre-recorded videos for activities with more complicated instructions, this Camp Came To Me experience is designed to keep your child’s screen time to a minimum and creativity time to a maximum! Access activities on your own time with camp materials kits prepared for each activity so participating is easy and fun.  Check out all the materials your child's camp materials kit will include  here. Though activities are designed for 7-11 year olds, participation will require the child to be able to read instructions or will require the supervision of an adult.  . Though activities are designed for 4-5 year olds, participation will require the supervision of an adult. 

Online content, materials picked up at Robinson Nature Center  $55 

RP4847.831  Material pick up date – Saturday, July 18 between 9am and 11am
 

Camp Came to Me Experience - FAQs

What does the cost of these experiences include? 

These experiences are tailored for the age to which they apply. All experiences include a fully curated kit of camp materials organized for each camp activity and an optional camp schedule. Some experiences include pre-recorded videos that provide demonstrations, songs, puppet shows and nature lessons. Access to pre-recorded content is for three weeks and content can be viewed on participants’ own time. Kit materials are yours to keep. Other experiences include live sessions in which participants sign-on to Webex and participate in activities with other participants. Please see individual Camp Came to Me programs above for information on what each experience includes.

How do I pick up the camp materials kit for my child’s experience? 

Participants can pick up their camp materials kit on the date indicated during the window of time allotted from the front circle of the Robinson Nature Center. When arriving at the Nature Center, please pull into the front circle and contact the front desk at 410-313-0400. Give them your last name, and staff member will bring your kit to you.  

If you would like to participate in any of these camps, but are not able to pick up your kit during the specified window of time, please contact Meagan Downey at mdowney@howardcountymd.gov.

How do I access the pre-recorded online content? 

Enrolled participants will receive their “Camp Came to Me” welcome email two days prior to your material pick up date. In this letter, participants will be provided with a password that can be used to access pre-recorded content.  On the date of the camp kit materials pick up, you will receive an email with a PDF document including the video links to pre-recorded content. Your access begins on the date of the materials pick-up an dlasts for three weeks.  Participants will need internet access to stream pre-recorded videos. 

How do I access the live sessions? 

On the date of the camp kit materials pick up, you will receive an email with a PDF document including the link to the live session/sessions. For experiences with successive days of live sessions, we will also schedule an optional tech check for those who want to sign on prior to live camp sessions to ensure you will be easily able to get online for the live sessions. Live sessions take place on Webex. If you have never used webex before, we highly suggest using the following link: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html prior to signing on to live sessions to test out your device's compatibility. Participants will need internet access to stream live sessions. 

 

Robinson Nature Center's Summer Camps 2020

Please check out the Summer 2020 list below for the most updated information on whether or not a camp has been cancelled due to the CO-VID pandemic. To register for a camp, click on the blue hyperlink.

 

Overnight Family Camp for all ages (by start date)

CANCELLED: Lil' Campers - Overnight Family Camp - Jun 20-21 6pm-10:30am next day, overnight camp.

 

Parent/Child Mini-Camps for 2-3 year olds (by start date)

CANCELLED: Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 3-5 from 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Acorns" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Acorns Life Underground - Jun 3-5 from 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Acorns" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Acorns How Does this Garden Grow? - Jun 10-12 9:30-11:30 am, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Acorns" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 17-19, 9:30-11:30 am, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Acorns" experience for an alternative.
Lil' Acorns Life Underground - Jul 29-31 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Aug 26-28 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
NEW! Lil' Acorns How Does this Garden Grow? - Aug 26-28 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp

 

Mini-Camps for 4-5 year olds (by start date)

CANCELLED: Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Jun 10-12 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Pine Cones" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Pine Cones Magic of the Forest - Jun 10-12 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Pine Cones" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Pine Cones My Maryland - Jun 17-19 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Pine Cones" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Jun 17-19 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Pine Cones" experience for an alternative.
CANCELLED: Lil' Pine Cones Magic of the Forest - Jun 24-26 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp, please see the "Camp Came to Me - Lil Pine Cones" experience for an alternative.
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones My Maryland - Jul 8-10 9am-noon, 3-day camp
Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Aug 19-21 9am-noon, 3-day camp

Camps for School-Age Children 6-11 years (by start date)

CANCELLED: River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jun 24-26 from 1pm-4:30pm, 3-day camp
CANCELLED: Awesome Magnified (7-10 year olds) - Jun 24-26 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp, we will offer a "Camp Came to Me" experience for this camp soon...
CANCELLED: Animal Heroes (6-9 year olds) - Jun 30-Jul 3 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp 
CANCELLED: Nature Makers (8-11 year olds) - Jun 30-Jul 3 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp 
CANCELLED: River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 8-10 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature's Got Talent (7-10 year olds) - Jul 8-10 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jul 15-17 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Awesome Magnified (7-10 year olds) - Jul 15-17 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Animal Heroes (6-9 year olds) - Jul 21-24 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp 
Nature Makers (8-11 year olds) Jul 21-24 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp 
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 29-31 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature's Got Talent (7-10 year olds) - Jul 29-31 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 3-7 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
NEW! Expedition Challenge (8-11 year olds) - Aug 3-7 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
CANCELLED 5-Day Sensory-Friendly Nature Explorers (6-11 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9:30am-12:30pm, 5-day camp
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
NEW! Expedition Challenge (8-11 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
CANCELLED: River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Aug 19-21 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp 3-day camp

NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 19-21 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp

 

Camper Reminders and Important Info

Required Forms

  • Participant Information Form 
  • Medication Authorization Form - required if bringing epi-pens, inhalers or other medication to camp. Please note that a Physician's signature is required on the medication form. We cannot accept any medications without this signature. School medication forms are not accepted.
  • NEW for Summer 2020:  Doctor’s Note for Children Under 5 years and with underlying health conditions - The Maryland Department of Health Order Regarding Youth Camp Programs requires children under the age of 5 and individuals with underlying medical conditions that are high-risk for severe illness if contracting COVID to obtain clearance from the individual’s primary care physician to attend a youth camp. Conditions include chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease or if the child is immunocompromised or severely obese. It is recommended that parents consult with their providers office via telephone or email regarding camp attendance. Camps may accept copies of an electronic message (email) as meeting the clearance requirements. If your child falls into any of these categories, please forward their doctor’s note/email to Meagan Downey at mdowney@howardcountymd.gov prior to the first day of camp. 

Photo ID Requirement

In order to ensure the safety of children enrolled in camps, any adult picking up a child from camp must be listed on the camper's Participant Information Form as authorized to pick up the participant. This year, all camp staff are required to have you show a government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID, or permanent resident card) at pick up before they release campers to you. 

Nut-free Camps

When packing your child's lunch or snack for camp, please note that all camps are nut-free. Do not pack your child items with peanut butter or other nut-butters, or with nuts listed in the ingredients. 

Past Summers Camp Photo Album

 Click on the photo below to view pictures from previous year's camps!

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps 2017

Can't find what you're looking for? Call us at 410-313-0400 during business hours (Weds-Sat from 9AM-5PM and Sun from Noon-5PM). For more camps through Howard County Rec & Parks, click here.