Norman Bird Sanctuary

Norman Bird Sanctuary continues the tradition of learning and being active outside in their 59th year of summer camp. Over the course of eight weeks, hundreds of campers enjoy a unique blend of fun-filled nature exploration, hands-on learning, animal encounters, games, and team building.

Campers explore Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 325-acre outdoor classroom and learn in small groups with enthusiastic and professional Teacher Naturalists. Age-appropriate and innovative camp programs are available for grades Pre-K through 8th grade.  Summer camp programs are scheduled in one-week sessions, and children are invited to attend for a single week or for multiple weeks. Families receive a discount if booking three or more sessions.

In addition to traditional nature camps, this year Norman Bird Sanctuary is once again offering the popular Coastal Camp for seven weeks. Serving three different age groups from Grades 2-8. Coastal Camp is held entirely at the sanctuary’s Third Beach Education Center. Campers explore tide pools, catch fish and conduct science experiments. Space is limited for these camps so early registration is highly encouraged.

Registration fees are discounted for Norman Bird Sanctuary members, but membership is not required. Limited scholarship funding is available based on family need.

Online registration will begin on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.  For registration information and a complete list of camp themes and dates, please visit: www.normanbirdsanctuary.org, or contact Matt Schenck, Camp Director at 401-846-2577 ext.15 or by email at mschenck@normanbirdsanctuary.org.

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