A Summer of Fun + Adventure!

Pratt Nature Center Day Camp is a co-ed program for children ages of 4 and up, who have an interest in the outdoors and the wonders of nature. Our goal is to teach children through guided involvement in hands-on activities in a safe, positive and friendly atmosphere.

About Pratt Nature Center

is an independent not-for-profit environmental education center. The site was initially inhabited by native Americans and later farmed by European settlers during the 1700’s until it was purchased by the Pratt family in 1934. In 1967 Eliot and Trudy Pratt started the Eliot Pratt Outdoor Education Center. The Center continues today as a 205 acre nature preserve that is open to the public year-round for hiking, picnics and educational field trips.

The Program

Pratt fills each camp day with hikes and activities related to the natural environment. Activities range from nature arts and crafts, predator-prey games and identifying tracks to day hikes through the forests of Mt Tom. The program staff is continually developing a range of exciting hands-on activities which will interest children, whether they are attending for their first week or have attended camp before. All activities are age-appropriate, non-competitive and designed to encourage respect for oneself, for others and for the environment.

The Staff

is a group of highly committed, creative and enthusiastic individuals. Our staff to camper ratio is 2:10 for Sprouts and  1:10 for the Nature Nuts,  Explorers, Pathfinders and A-Team. Camp staff is largely composed of college students supplemented by high school students with prior experience at the Center. Each staff member has a strong background and experience working with children in a variety of settings.

 

We are a not-for-profit organization. We do not receive state or local government funding and depend upon camp fees, grants and individual donations for support. We have very few year-round staff members and depend upon volunteers. Donations of time and/or materials are needed and appreciated.