FAQs

A: At Earthplace Summer Camp we prioritize nature discovery. Our staff is experienced in nature education, and they encourage campers to explore new frontiers. We set safe boundaries within which campers are free and inspired to adventure in their own way at their own pace and to get dirty in the process.

A: We still play outside! Rain is nature too, and it’s a great opportunity for campers to explore being safe and comfortable outside in various conditions. If there is thunder, lightning or high winds, campers will stay inside and interact with the animals, conduct science experiments, create nature art or any number of engaging indoor activities. If there is a heat advisory or low air quality, campers do go outside, but for a limited time.

A: Yes! As long as they are in the same age range. We recommend registering simultaneously as camp sessions fill up quickly. Our Blue Jay and Barn Owl groups are both for pre-school kids ages 3-5, if registering with a friend or sibling be sure to register with the same bird name to ensure being placed in the correct group.

A: Earthplace is now using the online portal CampDoc for all camper registrations and required forms. After registering your child online you will find a profile that must be completed for each child before they are allowed to begin camp. All forms are included in the online profile, replacing our previous paper-based system. Should you have any questions or encounter any problems while registering through please email: summercamp@earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400.

A: If your child has an allergy that requires medication to be present, you must provide the medication and the doctor’s authorization form.

A: We visually scan the children after they’ve been in the woods, and we ask parents to do a tick check every evening. If a child is brought to the nurse with a tick, she will remove it and save it so parents can take it for testing if they wish.

  • Closed-toed shoes with socks, no sandals or crocs!
  • Reusable water bottle labeled with your child's name
  • Lunch and a snack (packed in separate bags) in a brown paper bag
  • Extra clothes
  • Water shoes
  • Sunscreen and bug spray (On the mediations page of our online registration portal, the last question asks Are there any other Non-Prescription Topical Medications that you request to be periodically administered to your child by our staff? If you respond YES this where you can add bug spray and/or sunblock) 

A: Earthplace has a long history of including children with special needs in all of our programming. The key to a successful experience is parent communication. Please let us know your child’s needs after the registration process so we can provide the right staffing and make recommendations on the best group size and activities. Email Amee Borys to discuss how we can best assist at a.borys@earthplace.org.

A:  Please register carefully. If you decide not to come to camp one week and the spot is filled by someone on our waitlist we will refund 75% of your fee. If the spot is not filled by someone on the waitlist no refund will be granted. If your plans have changed and you would like to switch sessions, there is a $50 change fee, provided we are able to accommodate your request.

In the event we must close due to causes beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to: power outages, fire, pandemics, epidemics, or government action, refunds will not be issued.