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URI Outreach Center

URI Eco-Exploration

Summer Camp 2013

Hosted at the University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens, Kingston & Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

The URI Outreach Center invites your budding naturalists to engage in an outdoor adventure this summer. Our garden day camps encourage kids to explore the natural world, with programs conveniently located both in Kingston and Providence. Campers will investigate bird nests and eggs, search for creatures living under logs, play wildlife-themed games, taste freshly-grown produce, create arts and crafts projects, draw in science journals, collect treasures for their nature boxes and more!

 

Camp scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the URI Master Gardener Association and the URI Colleges of the Environment and Life Sciences and Engineering. Email us to learn more.

 

All day camps run Monday- Friday from 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM. Partial week camps are available at a reduced rate.
Weeks 1 and 2 in July at the URI Botanical Gardens in Kingston.
Weeks 3 and 4 in August at the Community Garden at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.
Where the Wild Things Live, Catching butterfliesKingston
Week 1: Grades 1-3
Week of July 15, 2013
URI Botanical Gardens, Kingston, RI

Have you ever wondered what type of animals may be living in the garden? This summer, kids will net insects, track mammals and catalog the birds and amphibians that inhabit the Botanical Garden and URI's North Woods habitat. Campers will investigate animal diversity by viewing birds' nests, feathers, mammal skulls and insect specimens. Campers will have the chance to cool off at the URI pool. Your camper will leave this weekequipped to turn any backyard into a living laboratory!
 
Carrots!
Eco-Crusaders: Discovering Rhode Island's Environment
Week 2: Grades 4-6
Week of July 22, 2013
URI Botanical Gardens, Kingston

Is your child the next eco-advocate? This camp encourages kids entering grades 4-6 to take a closer look at Rhode Island's environment, empowering them to "be the change they want to see in the world." Why do we compost and who is living in our compost pile? Why do we need bees and how can we attract pollinators to the garden? What can we do toprotect the water we use to drink, swim and fish in the Ocean State? Campers learn by participating in games and activities that connect them to the importance of local food, composting, pollinators and clean water. They will learn to grow their own food and investigate the process that brings our food from farm to table. Campers will have the chance to cool off in the URI pool.
 
Collecting insects!
Where the Wild Things Live,Providence
Week 3: Grades 1-3
Week of August 5, 2013
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Have you ever wondered what types of animals may be living in the city? This summer, kids will learn scientific techniques for collecting insects, tracking mammals and cataloging the birds and plants that inhabit the community garden and historic Roger Williams Park. Campers will investigate animal diversity by viewing bird nests, feathers and mammal skulls, with animal themed-games and crafts to round out the experience. Your camper will leave this week equipped to turn any green space into a living laboratory! Lunch is included.
 
Beets
Eco-Crusaders: Discovering Our Urban Environment
Week 4: Grades 4-6
Week of August 12, 2013
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Is your child the next eco-advocate? This camp encourages kids entering grades 4-6 to take a closer look at Rhode Island's environment, empowering them to "be the change they want to see in the world." Why do we compost and who's living in our compost pile? Why do we need bees and how can we attract pollinators to the garden? What can we do to protect the water we use to drink, swim and fish in the Ocean State and right in the Roger Williams Park ponds? Campers will learn by participating in games and activities that connect them to the importance of local food, composting, pollinators and clean water. They will learn to grow their own food, sample fresh produce from the garden and investigate the process that brings our food from farm to table. Lunch is included.

Each week is $150/camper. Partial week camps are available at a reduced rate. $70/2-day camp or $100/3-day camp. A 30% discount is available for families over 3 children. Email us for the discount code.

All of our camp counslors are First Aid/CPR certified. Email us about our full scholarship options!

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Testimonials

"In his 9 years I have signed him up for many many camps and activities - this was in his top favorites of all time : ) I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth traveling all the way from Hopkinton now I know it was definitely worth the driving! The games and crafts promoted learning and the counselors were WONDERFUL!! We will sign up next year for sure : )"

- Sara Clark, Parent of 2013 Kingston Eco- Exploration Camper

"Based on what I heard from my child each day after camp, I thought the content was excellent. She learned a lot, had fun, and made new friends. I couldn’t ask for more. After the second day of camp, she came home and said, “I hope I can go back next year!”

-Tara duKor-Jackson, Parent of 2013 Providence Eco-Exploration Camper

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