Looking at a deer in the nature preserve

Winter nature camps are offered during school winter break (Dec/Jan).

Each camp focuses on the incredible natural world and includes lessons and crafts or other activities, and a hike. We encourage kids to dress appropriate for the weather (usually layers and a jacket) and to wear clothes that can get a bit dirty. We wil be outside, after all!

Camps are daily and five hours each. Descriptions, dates, times and fees will be listed under each weekly camp title. Please refer to the column to the right for info on how to register.

Post-Camp Care: 3 pm – 4 pm (No post-camp care for Camp 5)

Camps will be listed below by age range: 5, 6-7 and 8-11. We can’t wait to have your child join us!

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A cancellation fee of 10% will apply to all cancellations made more than 14 days before the start of a camp. No refunds will be given if cancellation is 14 days or less before the camp. A rescheduling fee of $10 will apply for each camp change requested. A 24-hour notice to reschedule is required.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols

At this time, masks are recommended but not required during camps (both for indoor and outdoor activities). Campers, EYNC Staff, and EYNC Volunteers have the choice to wear or not wear a mask or face covering. We closely follow CDC guidelines and err on the side of caution. In the event there is a rise in cases, we may return to our required mask use while participating in indoor activities with masks being strongly recommended when outdoors as social distancing may not always be possible. When social distancing is not possible, masks may be required even while outdoors to ensure the safety of all participants if we return to our mandated mask policy based on CDC updates. Hand sanitizer and masks will continue to be available for use for anyone who requests them. Social distancing will be practiced when possible (exception for those who are same household/social bubble). Camps will be held mostly outdoors with some indoor activities dependent upon the camp. Parents or guardians are expected to complete a COVID-19 Health Screen Waiver for each camp to ensure everyone’s safety and wellness. By signing the camp COVID-19 waiver during the registration process, you agree to follow the Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s COVID-19 policies and any updates to it.

Fall Camps for Ages 5

CAMP 5: Sensational Senses
Age 5 Only
Tuesday, December 27
10 am – 1 pm

How do humans and animals process information from their environment? Which animals have all five senses and which ones do not? Explore your five senses while we hike, make crafts, observe biofacts and meet live animals!

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Fall Camps for Ages 6 - 7

The Magnificent Microverse
Ages 6 – 11*
Tuesday, December 27
10 am – 3 pm

Have you ever wondered what wonders lie beneath your feet? There is a world of superheroes and superpowers for you to meet. Tardigrades that can live in space, ancient animals that eat without a face (or rump!), simple organisms that see the world only through a sense of taste. The lightning fast motion from the trap jaws of ants can escape a lion’s den with their dance. And that’s not all! Come join us for the magic as we move into the magnificent microverse.
*This camp combines both age groups!

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Woodland Tales
Ages 6 – 7
Wednesday, December 28
10 am – 3 pm

Why does woodpecker sound like it’s laughing? Are rocks really alive? Join us for a morning full of discovery and storytelling as we explore the oak woodland and listen to tales of the plants and creatures who call it home.

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Dashing Deer
Ages 6 – 7
Thursday, December 29
10 am – 3 pm

Join us this holiday season as we explore the woods for this iconic hoofed mammal. Not all deer are reindeer, but why are there so many different kinds? And what is the difference between horns and antlers anyways? Find out as we explore the dazzling dashing deer at the Effie Yeaw nature center!

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Night Owls
Ages 6 – 7
Friday, December 30
10 am – 3 pm

Get ready to take flight as we burrow into the incredible world of owls! We’ll explore silent wings, talons, beaks and even dissect owl pellets! Learn all about their amazing adaptations and what makes them excellent night hunters. It’s going to be a hoot!

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Cold-Blooded Critters
Ages 6 – 7
Tuesday, January 3
10 am – 3 pm

Where do our scaly friends go during the winter? Are they underground? Underwater? How can they hold their breath that long?! Come learn about how reptiles hibernate (called brumation), and the ultimate game of hide and seek where reptiles usually win. Also, meet some of our resident reptilian ambassadors up close and learn their story!

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Winter Wanderers
Ages 6 – 7
Wednesday, January 4
10 am – 3 pm

Some animals travel during winter in pursuit of food or shelter. How do these magnificent migrators adapt when temperatures drop and food is scarce? Join us on a hike to explore and discover the birds, fish, and other animals that call the Lower American River home during the winter season!

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Frozen Fins
A
ges 6 – 7
Thursday, January 5
10 am – 3 pm

Did you know that most fish are cold blooded? Did you know that the catfish can slow its heart rate and huddle together in deep water to survive the coldest winter months? And the white sturgeon can live to be 100 years old. Fish are cool, literally! Join us as we discover the wild adaptations our finny friends use to survive in a world alien to our own.

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Sleepy Sleepers
Ages 6 – 7
Friday, January 6
10 am – 3 pm

It’s winter time again and many of our animal friends have tucked away to sleep through the cold weather. Why do they hibernate? When will they wake up? Discover the answers to these questions and more as we learn about what these critters need in order to successfully snooze through the cold months.

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Fall Camps for Ages 8 - 11

The Magnificent Microverse
Ages 6 – 11*
Tuesday, December 27
10 am – 3 pm

Have you ever wondered what wonders lie beneath your feet? There is a world of superheroes and superpowers for you to meet. Tardigrades that can live in space, ancient animals that eat without a face (or rump!), simple organisms that see the world only through a sense of taste. The lightning fast motion from the trap jaws of ants can escape a lion’s den with their dance. And that’s not all! Come join us for the magic as we move into the magnificent microverse.
*This camp combines both age groups!

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Underground Dwellers
Ages 8 – 11
Wednesday, December 28
10 am – 3 pm

There’s an entire world beneath your feet that is waiting to be examined! How do different animals experience their world in the intricate tunnels they’ve built below us? Search for evidence of some incredible underground dwellers in our Nature Study Area and uncover each critter’s important role in our ecosystem.

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Crafty Corner
Ages 8 – 11
Thursday, December 29
10 am – 3 pm

Explore your creative side! This craft workshop will keep your hands busy with clay, wood and plant materials. Hike to the river and let nature and your imagination inspire you. Fashion a necklace featuring a shell from the sea and try your luck at the walnut dice game. Allergen note: Tree nuts will be used in this program, although not eaten. Facial masks and vinyl gloves are available to wear during sanding of wood and tree nuts.

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Camouflage Masters
Ages 8 – 11
Friday, December 30
10 am – 3 pm

Whoooo’s that sitting in the tree over there? Did that bumpy rock just blink?! Keep your eyes peeled for the many hidden creatures as we hike through our oak woodland. How many different animals can you spot? Learn about how camouflage helps different animals survive and meet a few of these camouflage masters up close!

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Happy Hikers
Ages 8 – 11
Tuesday, January 3
10 am – 3 pm

Expand your exploration as we hike the 3 mile loop in Ancil Hoffman Park. Will we spot deer and coyote from the top of the bluff? Will fish splash by as we take a break by the river? Pack your snack and water in a backpack for an amazing outdoor adventure.

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Nature Detectives
Ages 8 – 11
Wednesday, January 4
10 am – 3 pm

What kind of wildlife live in the Nature Study Area? How do we know where they go? This camp is all about how to track animals by what they leave behind. Follow your camp leader through the oak woodland and learn tips and tricks on how to properly identify animal footprints, scat, and more!

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Citizen Scientists
Ages 8 – 11
Thursday, January 5
10 am – 3 pm

Citizen science is an amazing way to get the community involved in scientific research. During this camp, we will be recording data on our hike and at the river while also learning how this data contributes to our local environmental science.

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To Migrate or Not!
Ages 8 – 11
Friday, January 6
10 am – 3 pm

Not everyone sticks around for the winter. Some animals travel great distances while others stay put. Discover who migrates and why, meet an animal ambassador who is a migrator, and hike the trails to see who’s still roaming in the Nature Study Area.

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Fall Camps for Ages 12 - 15
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