VALPARAISO — Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Camp Quercus! will transform the 330-acre property into an outdoor classroom and playgournd. Children ages 6 to 14 are engaged in hands-on activities in each of the seven themed, one-week camps. Parents may register their children for one week or all seven.
Themes include Nature Detectives, Wacky Water Week, Nature Explorers, Live Wild Survivor Week, Nature’s Super Heroes and Minds and Machines Week. Hikes, art projects, gardening, outdoor games, animal observations and robotics demonstrations are among the activities planned.
New this year is the Leader in Training (LIT) Program. This is a new leadership development program for 12-14-year-old campers looking to gain new skills, lead activities and make new friends. All LIT participants must attend the first week of camp June 13 for Junior Master Naturalist training. In the following weeks, the Leaders in Training (LITs) will help lead craft projects, hikes and team-building activities for younger campers under the guidance of Taltree staff.
Prices range from $149 per week for members to $189 for non-members, with discounts of up to 25 percent for multi-week registrations. Reduced rates for families with multiple children as well as before- and after-camp care and scholarships are also available.
More details, including online payment and registration forms are available at http://www.taltree.org/programs/summer-camp/.