Your child will experience nature every day and return home brimming with excitement. On a typical summer day, our campers venture into the woods to explore under logs, out into the meadow to catch butterflies, or down to the stream to explore watery worlds. Led by our amazing staff, our campers enjoy fresh air, make new friends, and receive a healthy dose of adventure. While our offerings vary in each camp week, our underlying values are threaded through each day.
Welcome to the Watershed Nature Camp
At the Watershed Nature Camp, we believe that every child deserves a chance to experience a summer exploring the outdoors with their peers. In everything we do, we uphold and instill these values: We respect the land, the plants, the animals, the people, and ourselves.
The Watershed Center and Reserve
Campers will spend the majority of their time exploring our 950-acre Watershed Reserve of fields, forests, trails, ponds, and streams. They will also have access to the exhibits and critters inside the nature center. The Watershed Institute is dedicated to keeping Central New Jersey’s water clean, safe, and healthy.
Registration is now open! We have a few openings for 7th-9th graders and waitlist openings for some sessions for the K-6th graders.
In case you can’t join us at camp, we hope to see you at some of our other exciting programs like World Water Day (March 19) and Spring Mini-Camp (March 30, 31, April 1). Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events for even more!
Counselor-In-Training Volunteers (CIT)
The Watershed Nature Camp seeks enthusiastic volunteers to work with all ages of nature campers. CIT’s will engage with campers during hikes and games and work as a team with staff Counselors to fulfill the goals and values of the camp. Applicants must be 15-years-old by June 13, 2022, to be considered for a volunteer position. Questions may be sent to [email protected]
Please carefully read our CIT position description (see button below) to learn more about this role, including our orientation, training, and availability requirements. If you are interested in applying, please complete our application and email it to [email protected] before May 13, 2022.
The Watershed Nature Camp is pleased to offer a limited number of full and partial (75%, 50%, or 25%) scholarships for the 2022 camp season. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and expressed desire of the camper for an all outdoor, nature-themed camp experience.
Complete a separate application form for each child you wish to enroll. Applications are due by Monday, May 16, 2022, or on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the scholarship funds are dispersed. Families who receive scholarships will be accepted and notified on a rolling basis. Scholarships are available for up to 4 weeks of camp.
“Our kids learned so much and had such a great time getting dirty and being kids!”
“The Watershed Nature Camp is an opportunity for kids to do exactly what they are supposed to do in summertime: play outdoors and explore nature.”
“My children enjoyed the experience of learning about nature hands on. They loved being able to touch, feel, and smell the world they live in.”
“Our son gained an appreciation for the world around him and was encouraged to explore and use his imagination!”
“Clearly, your staff truly love what they do and it makes all the difference in the world!”
Watershed Academy for High School Students
For families with high school students, please explore the immersive, weeklong courses in environmental science in Watershed Academy.