CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.
- The Mercer County Park Commission is excited to announce the expansion of their summer nature camp offerings.  This summer, the Park Commission will host five weeks of their nature camps to accommodate the increasing demand for both Baldpate Nature Camp and Aquatic Adventure Camp. These camps are open to children entering first grade through ninth grade. Hands-on nature exploration is the foundation for each week of camp, with varying focus of interests including nature crafting, arthropods, habitat and freshwater ecology.

Each week of camp is specified for certain age groups. Baldpate Nature Camp I is for children entering grades 1-3 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Baldpate Mountain. In addition to hands-on explorations Nature Camp I campers will develop their connection with the natural world during “nature play”—a time set aside during the camp day for campers to explore and imagine nature their way. There are two sessions of Nature Camp I; Session A runs Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 5 and Session B runs Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12.   Nature Camp I costs $200.00.

Baldpate Nature Camp II is for campers entering grades 4-6 who will spend their mornings going on “exploratory hikes,” setting foot on a new trail each day. Nature experiments and studies will round out camp day afternoons. Nature Camp II runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from July 8-July, 12 for $200.00.

The final week of camp, Aquatic Adventure, is for children entering grades 7-9 and is specifically designed for older children that have a serious interest in nature.  Campers will spend the majority of each day kayaking in Mercer Lake.  During these kayak explorations, campers will increase their understanding of freshwater ecology through experiments and nature observations.  Other activities include fishing, taking part in a conservation project and exploring the lake’s tributaries and coves – by boat!  Two sessions of Aquatic Adventure will be offered this summer.  This camp runs Monday, July 22 – Friday July 26 and Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9.  This camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Marina in Mercer County Park at a cost of $300.

Registration for camps begins on January 30, 2013 and will continue as registration forms are received. Campers will be accepted on first come, first served basis, so please submit your child’s registration, required health forms, and full payment as soon as possible. Nature Camp registration forms can be found on the Mercer County Park Commission website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/natureprog.html. For questions regarding Nature Camp or registration, call (609) 303-0706 or contact Mercer County Naturalist, Jennifer Rogers at jrogers@mercercounty.org.