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Robinson Nature Center Camps

Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales Camp

  

Robinson Nature Center 2018 Summer Camps

Have fun exploring your world at our nature summer camps:

  • Play in the river and meet live animals
  • Make new friends while having fun both indoors and outdoors 
  • Create nature-inspired crafts and learn survival skills
  • Take part in team nature and astronomy challenges 
  • Watch full-dome movies in our NatureSphere planetarium 

AND more....

Check out the camps we are offering in Summer 2018 and click on the links to find out more and to register*. Click here to see pictures from last year's camps.

*Registration opens Jan 31 at 6 PM online for Howard County residents and opens on February 7 at 6 PM online for out-of-county residents.

Parent/Child mini-camps for 2-3 year olds (by start date)

Lil' Acorns Forest Friends - Jun 6-8 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 6-8 from 9:30-11:30am
Lil' Acorns Forest Friends (afternoon) - Jun 6-8 from 2:30-4:30pm
NEW! Lil' Acorns Crawling Critters - Jun 13-15 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 13-15 from 9:30-11:30am
Lil' Acorns Forest Friends - Jul 18-20 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Crawling Critters - Aug 8-10 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Crawling Critters - Aug 22-24 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Aug 29-31 from 9:30-11:30am

Half-day camps for 4-5 year olds (by start date)

NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Bug Buddies - Jun 20-22 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Summer Winterland- Jun 27-29 from 9am-noon
Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Jun 27-29 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Bug Buddies - Jul 25-27 from 9am-noon
Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Aug 8-10 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Summer Winterland - Aug 15-17 from 9am-noon

Half- and Full-Day Camps for School-age children ages 6-11 yrs (by start date)

Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jun 20-22 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jun 27-29 from 1-4:30pm
NEW! Forces of Nature (7-9 year olds) - Jul 11-13 from 9am-3pm
Epic Water Ventures (8-11 year olds) - Jul 11-13 from 9am-3pm
NEW! Nature Go (6-8 year olds) - Jul 18-20 from 1-4:30pm
Trailblazers (8-11 year olds) - Jul 18-20 from 9am-3pm
Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jul 25-27 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 25-27 from 1-4:30pm
NEW! Forces of Nature (7-9 year olds) - Aug 1-3 from 9am-3pm
Epic Water Ventures (8-11 year olds) - Aug 1-3 from 9am-3pm
NEW! Nature Go (6-8 year olds) - Aug 8-10 from 1-4:30pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Aug 15-18 from 1-4:30pm
Sensory-Friendly Nature Explorers* (5-8 year olds) - Aug 15-18 from 9am-noon
Trailblazers (8-11 year olds) - Aug 22-24 from 9am-3pm
Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 29-31 from 9am-3pm
* This camp is for children who require a one-on-one companion or need special accommodations

  

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. 

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. 

Summer Camp 2017 photo album

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

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps 2017

 

Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales

4-5 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $125
Enjoy wildlife and water wonders while doing hands-on science and nature activities. Create rainbows and gigantic bubbles. Learn about park wildlife and caring for the park. Fee includes special take-home surprise on Friday. Bring a snack and beverage (no nut products). Detailed info and camp participant forms are mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior the start of each camp session.  Information: Dawn Thomas 410-313-1754, or dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.
Cedar Lane Park-West Area

RP9946.801     June 11       9:15am-12:15pm     M-F

RP9946.802     July 23       9:15am-12:15pm     M-F

Click the RP numbers above to sign up online!

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 9:15am until 12:15pm each day.  Registration verification and camper check-in will take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  Each day a parent must sign in their child in the morning and sign them out at the end of the camp day.

What to Bring:
On the first day of camp, please bring a light colored t-shirt for your child to paint.  Also send a nature picture (animal, flower, tree, etc.).  The campers will talk about their pictures during circle time.
The recommended attire for camp is a t-shirt, shorts, LONG white socks and old sturdy sneakers.  These clothes will sometimes become muddied and wet during the activities.  Billed caps and sunscreen are advised (Please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray prior to camp).  We will go out on a hike each day, rain or shine. Shoes should be securely closed (laced or Velcro) and must be worn at all times during the camp program.  NO SANDALS PLEASE!  On creek day, Thursday (rain date Friday), you may pack old shoes or boots for your child to wear.
Send a water bottle and a snack for your child each day.  Please do not bring any snacks that contain peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Avoid apple juice and apples as they attract BEES!

Directions:
Cedar Lane Park West: 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West.  Follow Route 108 for about 3 miles.  You will go past Centennial Park (on your right), past Centennial Lane, past the entrance to Cedar Lane Park East (on your left), to Cedar Lane.  Turn left on Cedar Lane and follow to the park entrance on the left.  The camp will meet around the right side of the building near the playground.

Can't find what you're looking for? Call Robinson at 410-313-0400 during business hours (Weds-Sat from 9AM-5PM and Sun from Noon-5PM) or the Adventure & Outdoors unit at 410-313-1754 (for Kinder Tykes Camp). For more camps through Howard County Rec & Parks, click here.