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The Arboretum Explorer Camp is the perfect place for budding naturalists, animal lovers, and young outdoor enthusiasts. Join us on the beautiful grounds of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum as we learn about the life cycles of trees and butterflies, explore animals’ behavioral adaptations like camouflage and mimicry, and get up close and personal with salamanders, turtles, and birds. Activities include hands-on lessons, arts and crafts, guided nature walks, a butterfly release, team scavenger hunts, and an off-site field trip (details forthcoming). Campers will make new friends, encounter plants and animals, and gain new skills of wildlife observation and identification in the Arboretum’s oak-hickory forest ecosystem! Instructors include Arboretum staff, JMU professors, JMU Biology students from the Herpetology Outreach Program, and local Master Naturalists.

Program Details

New for 2019, camp will be a full day program! We will take a field trip to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro, Virginia to see and learn about owls, hawks, and eagles in the outdoor raptor enclosures.

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21

Ages 7-10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bring your own packed lunch Monday- Thursday, lunch will be provided on Friday.

Cost: $200/child

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