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Summer Camp

Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer camp a sensation for more than three decades. Riverbend campers aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in our weekly program that runs from mid-June to Labor Day. Children have fun as they connect with nature and build upon skills and knowledge. Our qualified and enthusiastic educators (some who were campers themselves!) guide children in hands-on nature exploration and investigation, games, crafts, hikes and more. Your child’s favorite summer memories await!

Program Description by Age Group

Rangers: Age 4

  • Rangers will create and imagine through hands on science activities and nature exploration.
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Adventurers: Ages 5 - 6

  • Adventurers will explore natural habitats and conduct investigations to discover something new.

Explorers: Ages 7 - 8

  • Explorers will conduct science-based experiments in nature and embark on hikes around the preserve.
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Discoverers: Ages 9 - 10

  • Discoverers will practice new skills and hike to various habitats around the preserve for exploration.
  • This age group is offered select weeks as denoted by astrisks on the Camp Week Schedule below.

2021 Camp Theme Descriptions

Nature's Superpowers

Join us as we explore how animals use their unique superpowers to find food, hide, and live. Campers will learn about animal superheroes that live on our preserve as well as meet some of our animal ambassadors in the barn!

Wilderness Survival

Become a confident nature explorer by learning tips and tricks to be prepared and safe outside.  Activities include leave no trace principles, outdoor adventure, and shelter building.

Messy Science

Discover how fun outdoor science can be!  Observe, discover, and experiment all while getting messy and having fun during this week of camp.

Summer Camp Classics

Celebrate the holiday week and the last week of summer with a compilation of all the best Riverbend activities plus some of our favorite old school camp classics!

2021 Camp Week Schedule

Camp Hours: 

  • Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
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* Denotes weeks that the Discoverers Group (Ages 9-10) is available. 

2021 Summer Camp Registration

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Registration Information

Cost: $550 per camper, per week

We thank you for your interest in our Summer Camp. We have SOLD OUT for the season and waitlists for remaining weeks are very full. 

To stay informed about camp registration for the 2022 season, please follow our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or sign up for our email newsletter.

Registration Policies

  • $100 deposit due upon booking. Please note: This is an administration fee and is non-refundable.

  • Tuition balances are due in full and become non-refundable as of June 1, 2021

  • Schedule changes will be accommodated to the best of Riverbend's ability. However, many weeks are full by summer and changes may not be possible.

  • Please Note: All children must be potty trained to participate in Riverbend's summer camp program.

Caregiver Guide and Health and Safety Information

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Registration FAQs

Friend Requests:

Our registration form contains a question that will allow you to request that your child be in a particular friend’s camp group. We ask that all friend requests be made at time of registration. We are sorry. We will not be able to accept friend requests via email.

Waitlists:  

We are monitoring waitlists to get as many campers into camp as possible. Some weeks are more popular than others. We still have plenty of capacity in several weeks of camp. If you prefer that siblings or friends be in the same group, we encourage you to look at available weeks in June and July. Due to the high volume of requests and the dynamic nature of waitlists, we cannot provide you with an estimate of when your child may be released from a waitlist.  

Age Groups: 

We have arranged our camp by age group to benefit all children in the group. While we can be flexible if your child is within 2-3 weeks of their birthday, we generally will not be able to move children to a different age group.

Teen Volunteers Needed!

Educators-In-Training Volunteers (EITs) are important helpers at Riverbend's summer camp. If you love kids and spending summer days outside consider applying to become an EIT to develop your leadership skills and positively impact younger children. Riverbend has six openings every summer for energetic, motivated students to assist with our camp program. EITs must be able to volunteer for a minimum of the three weeks over the course of the summer.

EITs will assist lead and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. They will participate in game playing, nature exploration, field trips, and more. EITs work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.

Click here for a full job decription and how to apply.

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For more information please contact

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Julia Boyer

Education Coordinator