At Riverbend, we understand that school days off for children are not always work days off for parents! From Columbus Day to Spring Break, Riverbend takes the pressure off parents and engages their children during the various school holidays. Our year-round exploration camps offer a relaxed combination of hands-on activities, including hikes, stories, crafts, science experiments and free exploration. Flexible and low-key, our program meets the needs of busy parents while providing children the perfect place for holiday fun.
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.(extended day option from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Campers will need to bring:
Daily Fee: $75/day for non-members
20% Discount: Family Plus Members
checks (payable to Riverbend), cash or credit card (Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Discover)
Year Round Camp 2015-2016
September 14th & 15th: Rosh Hashana
A Walk in the Watershed
Join us as we get our feet wet exploring Riverbend's ponds and stream to learn all about watersheds. We’ll search for frogs and crayfish, meet some live animals like our Red-eared Sliders, and learn why it is so important that we protect and conserve water.
September 23rd: Yom Kippur
What is migration and why do animals do it? How do animals know where to go? Why do geese travel in a V shape? Join us as we answer these questions and more and learn about the fascinating feat of migration. We will meet live animals, go bird watching, and use our imagination to "migrate" around Riverbend.
October 12th: Columbus Day
Have you ever studied the intricate web of a spider or examined the perfect hexagons of a bee's honeycomb? Nature is full of innovative engineers like the beaver and the Bower bird. Let's explore Riverbend in search of nature's best engineers and do some building of our own!
November 3rd: Election Day
Symphony of the Senses
Have you ever smelled the sweet smell of a sassafras leaf or felt the tickle of hundreds of millipede legs crossing your hand? Let's explore our five senses and learn about some of the amazing ways animals smell, hear, taste, see, and touch. We will meet live animals, play Bat and Moth, and enjoy a delicious treat.
November 25th: Day before Thanksgiving
Keepers of the Earth
Let’s travel back in time to learn about the Lenape Native Americans, some of the first people to inhabit this area. We will play Native American games, do crafts, and learn more about their exciting culture.
December 21st - 23rd: Winter Break #1
Nature is full of weird things like creatures called Aye Ayes and Star Nose Moles, to bioluminescent waves and the northern lights. Join us as we perform experiments, make our very own bouncy balls, glow in the dark slime, and explore all things weird and wacky!
December 28th - 30th: Winter Break #2
Winter is a harsh season in the Northeast and only the most prepared will survive! Let’s learn about which animals migrate, hibernate, and who takes their chances here all winter. We will dive in to our winter world at Riverbend and learn more about the wonderful winter adaptations of animals.
January 18th: Martin Luther King Day
Food Chain Frenzy
What’s for dinner? That is the question of the day! Whether plants, meat or both, everyone has to eat! Join us as we examine skulls, meet live animals, dissect owl pellets, and learn more about who is eating who.
February 15th: President's Day
There are so many simple ways that we can each have a positive impact on the planet, like reducing, reusing and recycling! Campers will learn how they can green their life through games, activities, and more!
March 21st - 25th: Spring Break #1
So many superheroes, including Spiderman, Batman, and Antman, have been inspired by the amazing abilities of the animal kingdom. Join us as we delve further into the secret skills of animals and create our own nature superhero.
March 28th - April 1st: Spring Break #2
Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, oh my! Let's explore the meadow and forest for pollinators, dissect flowers, try on a bee suit, and learn about why our food supply depends on these very important pollinators!