Lutz Museum presents Science & Nature Camp at Oak Grove Nature Center
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Jun. 14, 2013
Summer is nearly upon us, and for parents interested in involving their children in fun and educational activities that offer plenty of opportunities to be outdoors, the Lutz Children's Museum has just the program. This summer, the museum will be hosting the Lutz Science & Nature Summer Camp at Oak Grove Nature Center, starting Monday, July 8.
There are seven camps held during the summer, each running from Monday through Friday. Every week features a different theme. “If your kid is really into dinosaurs, they can come to 'Digging Up the Past Week,' [July 22–26], or if your kid is really into mixing stuff and making their own experiments, we have a week for that, too [Aug. 5–9],” said Rachel Hadyka, educational services manager and camp coordinator at the Lutz Children's Museum.
The camp takes place at the Oak Grove Nature Center in Manchester. The nature center is 52 acres of land, originally protected by Lutz Museum founder Hazel Lutz as a space to preserve local plants and wildlife. The nature center is open to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk.
The Lutz Museum owns a building at Oak Grove Nature Center, where campers meet between 8:30 and 9 a.m. to start the day. They then participate in educational programs, which can include science experiments, art projects or nature walks. They break for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m., and in the afternoon they have activities that change daily. For example, on Mondays the campers visit the Lutz Children's Museum. Once a week, they will visit a local park, such as Addison Park in Glastonbury or Northwest Park in Windsor. Once a week they will visit Globe Hollow, where the town allows the campers to swim for free. The day ends, Monday through Thursday, with pick-up at 3 p.m.
Fridays are field trip days. The campers visit a different location every week. This summer's lineup includes the Bearsdley Zoo in Bridgeport, the Ecotarium in Worcester, Mass., the Peabody Museum in New Haven, the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, R.I., the Science Museum in Boston, Mass., the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and the Connecticut Historical Society and Science Center in Hartford. Pick-up after field trips is 5 p.m.
Hadyka is also starting the “When I Grow Up” program at the camp, in which participants learn about different professions up close and personal - for example, visiting the fire department.
The first class begins Monday, July 8, and continues through to the week of Monday, Aug. 19. The registration fee for museum members is $225 a week, and $250 for non-members. Space is extremely limited, so parents are encouraged to register early.
“We still have spots open, so sign your children up,” said Hadyka. To register, visit the Lutz Children's Museum website at www.lutzmuseum.org, or contact Hadyka at 860-643-0949.