Stony Brook Nature Camp | Sample Schedule

Stony Brook campers in a meadow watching a Red-tailed Hawk

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No two days at Stony Brook Nature Camp are alike! However, this sample schedule gives you an overview of daily activities and flow.

7:45–8:00 am

Before Camp Program (optional)

Registration required.

8:50–9:15 am

Camper Drop-off & Games

Counselors welcome their campers, remind them of where to put their backpacks and lunchboxes, and help them to decide which activity to try during this supervised, free-choice time. Campers can choose from active games, coloring or drawing, playing in Stony Brook’s Nature Play Area, or simply hanging out with friends.

9:15–9:30 am

Opening Circle & Songs

The whole camp joins together to learn about what special activities await them and sing silly camp songs. The first clues to the day’s Nature Riddle are given, and the Mystery Object of the Day is unveiled.


Activities, Exploration, & Hikes

Campers explore the sanctuary’s trails and habitats as they learn more about the week’s theme. Activities that engage and deepen learning may include catching insects in the pond, looking for frogs and turtles, building a model of a stream, and arts and crafts projects. We even find time to include camper favorites such as making prehistoric dragonflies and playing the game Camouflage.

Noon–1:00 pm

Lunch & Free Play

Campers enjoy lunch and participate in unstructured activities such as visiting the sanctuary’s butterfly garden, playing table games, and/or participating in a game of tag!

1:00–3:15 pm

Afternoon Explorations, Hikes, & Games

3:15 pm–3:30 pm

Closing Circle & Songs

The whole camp joins together and the final clue to the day’s Nature Riddle is given. Campers take turns making guesses before the answer is revealed. They also find out what the day’s Mystery Object is. We then pass around the camp mascot, Boris the Bullfrog, and learn about each camper’s favorite part of the day before ending with a silly camp song!

3:30 pm

Camper Pick-Up

3:30 pm–5:00 pm

After Camp Program (optional)

Registration required.

What Others Are Saying . . .

"My son will be coming back for years to come—he's even already hoping to become a counselor someday." —Camp Parent

"This was a great first experience. Our daughter came home dirty, exhausted, and full of stories! We plan to sign her up again next summer!" —Camp Parent