Nature-based camp offers an active alternative to idle vacation time by immersing children in fun and educational activities in nature.

Norman Bird Sanctuary camp offerings include a mini-camp during December and weeklong camps during February & April public school vacation weeks.  Age-appropriate and innovative camps offer children grades K-6 a unique blend of fun-filled, hands-on nature exploration, games, crafts, animal encounters, and team building. Campers will explore Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 325-acre outdoor classroom in small groups led by enthusiastic and professional Teacher Naturalists.

Vacation Camp Dates and Themes

  • December Mini-Camp (8:45 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Tuesday 12/27: Tracks & Signs
      • Learn to follow the clues left behind by wildlife.
    • Wednesday 12/28: Feathered Friends
      • Find rare winter birds in the sanctuary.
    • Thursday 12/29: Shelter & Fort Building
      • Keep out the elements by building shelters and forts.
  • February Vacation Camp (8:45 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Monday – Friday 2/20 – 2/24: Jaws & Claws
      • Meet Animal Ambassadors and learn about predator adaptations.
  • April Vacation Camp (8:45 am – 3:00 pm)
    • Monday – Friday 4/17 – 4/21: Life Underground
      • Dig into topics about underground creatures.

Norman Bird Sanctuary has offered nature-themed camp programs for children since 1959.  A full-time staff of four environmental education professionals develop vacation camp curriculum and lead all programs.

“More than 600 children attend our camp programs every year, and parents frequently tell us that in addition to learning and having a great time, their children are building more confidence and independence,” said Matt Schenck, Camp Director. “We are delighted that we can offer children in our community the opportunity to learn and grow on this beautiful property.”

Online registration begins Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  For more registration more information on camp programs visit:, or contact Matt Schenck, Camp Director at 401-846-2577 ext.15 or

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