Seaside Safari is an environmental day camp for children in grades K-5.
Age: For grades K-5
Dates: April 19-23 and April 26-30, 2021
Daily Cost: $70 members, $80 non-members
Full Week Cost: $350 members, $400 non-members
After-care: $20 per day (until 5:30pm)
You must have a family membership valid through your chosen camp dates to take advantage of the member rate.
To reach the Camp Director while Camp Care is in session, please call 603-812-9425.
About Safari Camp
Seaside Safari Camp is a fun-filled learning adventure that takes advantage of the natural classroom just outside our doors in historic, 135-acre Odiorne Point State Park. The Center’s hands-on exhibits, scientific instruments, and teaching technology of the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio, help to reinforce what campers learn outdoors. Lessons, activities, art projects, games, and stories combine for a full day of learning, excitement and fun!
Safety Guidelines and Protocol
Please read our Health & Safety Protocol For Youth Programs Spring/Summer 2021 for a detailed plan of the protocol and procedures followed for all youth programs in consideration of COVID-19. Be aware that there may be updates to our policies to ensure a safe environment as the community health crisis evolves or resolves.
Monday, April 19 & 26: Signs of Spring
We’ll explore the Odiorne Point State Park, searching for newly awakened plants and animals. What birds have returned? Have the turtles emerged from their winter slumber? Come find out, as we search the habitats for signs of spring.
Tuesday, April 20 & 27: Let it Rot!
Fungi, bacteria and invertebrates, such as earthworms, play a critical role is returning nutrients to the soil. We’ll go on a hike to look for these special agents of decomposition. We’ll learn also learn about home and commercial composting, and learn ways we can all keep the cycle of life turning!
Wednesday, April 21 & 28: Patterns at Play
The natural world is filled with beautiful patterns. Equipped with hand lenses and field microscopes, we’ll head out onto the trails of Odiorne to take a close look at nature’s intricate designs. We’ll play fun games that involve patterns, and design natural works of art of our own!
Thursday, April 22 & 29: Our Changing Planet
How is the warming of the earth affecting our local forests and the Gulf of Maine? What are invasive species? We’ll explore Odiorne Point State Park, learning to identify some of these unwanted guests, and discuss what each of us can do to keep our planet, and the ocean, healthy.
Friday, April 23 & 30: The Spring Shoreline
We’ll take a walk along the shore to see what creatures are stirring in the tide pools as the weather warms and learn to identify different kinds of seaweeds. Then, we’ll get creative and make wrack-line creations on the shore. Perhaps a seaweed dragon from strands of kelp with sea glass eyes? Let your imagination run wild!
How to Register
To register online, click the button below. Then, choose among the sessions offered. If you would like to register over the phone, please email Henry Burke, Camp Director, at [email protected] Please include your phone number and the best time to reach you.
Become a Member
Members of the Center are entitled to reduced camp prices and early summer camp registration. Your family membership must be valid during the session for which you are registering to receive the member discount. Click here to learn more about all the great member benefits, join, or renew your membership (you may also join or renew when you register for camp).
Cancellations that are made prior to two weeks before your child’s first day of camp begins will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after that time.
The Center has created a Camp Fund to offer financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend. We encourage your support of this fund; please make a donation when you register or donate now. Your contributions are tax deductible.
You will receive email confirmation for your registration.
What to Bring
Children should always come prepared with layers of warm outdoor clothing and boots. Please label all of your child’s belongings. We go outdoors rain or shine, but focus on indoor activities during inclement weather.
Please pack a peanut/tree nut-free lunch and snacks that do not require refrigeration. Join us in promoting sustainability, zero waste, and a healthy environment by packing your child’s lunch, snacks, and drinks in reusable containers.