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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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: $135.00 / Week (Resident), $162.00 / Week (Non-Resident)

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. 

No refunds on any summer camp after May 15. 

Summer Camp 2023

Week 1: 7/5 - 7/7 (3-Day Week at Reduced Price!)
Growing Up Muddy: The summer finds local ponds brimming with life. Many animals start life in a pond, which makes the perfect nursery. Expect to do lots of netting this week, plus other activities for getting muddy. Learn about frogs, ducks, dragonflies, snails, and even mosquitos! Not all of their babies are cute and cuddly, but wonder can be found in the strangest places.

Week 2: 7/10 - 7/14
Food Science: A bevy of science experiments happen in kitchens every day. This week looks at the science of eggs, yeast, fermentation, sugar, baking soda and more! Keep your kitchen clean by making messes with us. Some of our results might even be edible!

Week 3: 7/17 - 7/21
Whose Woods?: Who does Poricy Park belong to? Learn to track the animals that call Middletown home and spend the day in the life of a deer, owl, or raccoon. Where do they eat, sleep, and play? Each fills a unique spot in our local ecosystem and has a story to tell. 

Week 4: 7/24 - 7/28
How Stuff Works: To figure how stuff works we’ll be taking simple machines apart and putting them together. Simple mechanical projects like catapults are on the agenda, as well as making electrical circuits and wheels and axels. Send us your inventors and we’ll see what we can build together!

Week 5: 7/31 - 8/4
The Air Up There: Campers take to the air this week to float, fly, and soar. We will explore the weather that makes wind, look at the chemicals in air, and experiment with the weight of air. Lots of breezy projects including balloon powered cars, sailboats, windsocks, musical instruments, and more. 

Week 6: 8/7 - 8/11
Dinosaurs of NJ: Did you know NJ is the birthplace of modern paleontology? Meet Haddy, NJ’s state dinosaur and step back into NJ’s geologic past. A past filled with not just dinosaurs, but also giant crocodiles and sharks! Investigate fossils, dinosaur tracks, and coprolite. Imagine if they still walked our neighborhoods today!