Virtual camps

Experience interactive, hands-on exploration around your home or in your own greenspace, with live Zoom virtual camp sessions and nature-based activities to keep young naturalists busy and engaged. 

Fontenelle Nature Camp is going virtual! All of the FUN, none of the poison ivy!

In light of local health guidelines, Fontenelle Nature Camp will be going online for the first 4 weeks of summer camps, June 1 – June 26. Our virtual camps aim to remain as true to the spirit of summer camp as possible while ensuring the safety of our campers!

As with any of our camps, Fontenelle Nature Camp will provide fun and engaging nature-themed adventures designed to foster the development of great life skills and a life-long love for the natural world, through the exploration of your own green space. We will provide daily Zoom meetings, ideas and prompts for outside time, green space exploration, and additional resources and activities to keep young naturalists busy and engaged!

Fontenelle Forest Members: Register by May 30 and receive a discount on virtual camp prices! Register below! 

What does our virtual Fontenelle Nature Camp include? 

We understand that summer camps are valued because kids are able to get away from screens, go outside, and do what kids are supposed to do: explore, ask questions, get dirty, and socialize. Our goal is to connect our campers and foster friendships, encourage embracing the natural world, and create a nature-based virtual learning experience that is fun and interactive.

Daily Camp Themes

Our virtual camp will have a different theme every day, with two Zoom sessions from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers will be split into two separate Zoom sessions by age – a group from ages 6-8 and a group from ages 9-12. You will be emailed a Zoom link based on your campers’ age the Sunday before camp starts with instructions on how to access these sessions.

Camp-on-the-go Bags

We will provide camp bags available for pick up from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday the week before your camp starts. Our all-natural jute bags are filled to the brim with tools and materials your camper needs to explore their green space to the fullest!

Our Fontenelle Forest camp bags include:

  • A packet of daily themes, activities, and craft instructions
  • A labeled bag with materials for the daily craftCamp song lyrics
  • A camp t-shirt
  • An empty journal and colored pencils
  • Exploration tools: Magnifying glasses, binoculars, an insect jar, and more!

Camp Schedule

Our days will start with a 10:00 a.m. live Zoom session with one of our Camp Counselors. These will consist of a discussion of our daily theme, a camp song, and a themed activity or craft. Our next Zoom session will be at 2:00 p.m. with another themed activity or craft, and some time for some journal reflection. Each day will have a laminated sheet with information about our theme, craft instructions, activity suggestions, and additional resources that encourage further exploration.

Camp prices (Pricing includes one week of virtual camp)

Register before May 30:
Members: $150/child and non-members: $175/child

Register after May 30:
Members and non-members $175/child

Ready to sign up? REGISTER NOW! 

To register, simply click the age of your camper, and the week you want to attend, below. 

WEEK 1 (jUNE 1-5)
WEEK 2 (jUNE 8-12)
WEEK 3 (jUNE 15-19)
WEEK 4 (jUNE 22-26)
AGES 6-8
AGES 9-12
AGES 6-8
AGES 9-12
AGES 6-8
AGES 9-12
AGES 6-8
AGES 9-12

Cancellation policy:

For all camps, cancellations prior to the camp start date will receive a full refund. Once camp has started, refunds are not provided. If you need to cancel your child’s place in one of our camps, please contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140.

For questions about refunds for June in-person camps canceled due to COVID-19 please refer to our FAQ below or call Visitor Services at 402.731.3140.

What about July summer camps?

The staff at Fontenelle Forest are hard at work assessing guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local health officials. Even though in-person camps in June have been canceled, we are optimistic about reopening with live camps beginning June 29th. Please stay tuned for more information, and feel free to contact us!

Have more questions? Read our FAQ below.

View our FAQ by clicking here. If you still have questions, please contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140. They will put you in touch with a member of our education team.

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