Poricy Park Camps

The Recreation Department is proud to present this excellent educational summer camp. Campers have the option of a weekly camp focused on fun science and nature topics.

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  1. Nature and Science Camp

Nature and Science Camp

Poricy Camp gives children the opportunity to experience and explore the great outdoors. Each weekly camp focuses on a different nature-related theme. Campers’ days are filled with hands-on science investigations, experiments, stories, crafts, and lots of hikes.

Ideas and activities are adapted to be irresistibly engaging for three age groups: Tadpoles (PreK ages 3+), Froglets (Grades K-1-2), and Frogs (Grades 3-4-5-6).

Times: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Days: Monday - Friday
Fees: $120.00 per week (Middletown Residents); $144 per week (Non-Residents). Week 1 prorated based on the 4 day week.

Summer Camp 2022

Week 1: 7/5 - 7/8
Evolution and Adaptation: Animals evolve within their environment and have specific adaptations that they need to survive. They might have adaptations to help them hunt their prey - or to keep from being prey! In this week we will explore some of our favorite Poricy animals and see how they are adapted for Jersey survival. Activities include netting in the pond, science experiments about adaptations, crafts of some unique critters, and games to reinforce the topic.

Week 2: 7/11 - 7/15
Digging in the Dirt: Dirt in an important part of every ecosystem. The decomposers of our world do important work in returning nutrients to make it available for new life. We will also be thinking about why the world needs good soil. Activities include investigating rotten logs for creepy crawlies, sand art projects, taking care of our “worm farm”, helping in the garden, and lots of good old fashioned getting dirty!

Week 3: 7/18 - 7/22
Metamorphosis: Butterflies and Frogs aren’t the only metamorphs! Other animals also make some strange changes as they grow up! There are even metamorphic rocks. Discover why animals make this choice, some unusual animals with unexpected babies. Activities include netting in the pond, rock investigations, hunting for butterflies and frogs, and stories of animal parents and children.

Week 4: 7/25 - 7/29
Sticky Science: This week is all about sticky, messy, science experiments. We’ll roll up our sleeves and make things like goop, silly putty, and sticky candies. We’ll do experiments that explode (Mentos and Coke anyone?) and ooze. Art projects will be a sensory experiences and stories will be filled with gross. On our hikes we’ll look for all the stickiest and slimiest of creatures we can find.

Week 5: 8/1 - 8/5
Navigating in Nature: Campers will never have to worry about getting lost in the woods after this. This program is all about finding your way in the great outdoors. Includes map skills, compass and GPS work, and using clues from nature (trees, moss, the sun, stars, moon). We will participate in the international sport of Geocaching (modern day treasure hunting). We will also how meet some fascinating animals find their way through seemingly insurmountable landscapes and make great migrations across long distances without any of the tools we have.

Week 6: 8/8 - 8/12
The Milkweed Community: Poricy Park is blessed with a field abundant with milkweed, the sole food source of Monarch butterflies. This week we will be looking closely at this field and discover the other less famous creatures that also share this vibrant ecosystem. Along the way we will learn a lot about insects and their life cycles. Activities include butterfly projects, insect catching (and releasing), and cultivating some very special plants.

All campers are required to purchase three camp t-shirts that they must wear while attending camp. Shirts are purchased once a summer, per camper. Additional shirts may be purchased. Camp shirt distribution begins in June.

All prices are listed for Middletown residents.  Non-residents may register for a higher fee. Middletown Recreation only offers weekly pricing. We do not pro-rate for a daily fee. If you cannot attend a certain day of camp, you still must pay the weekly rate.

No refunds on any summer camp after May 15.