At Schiff Summer Nature Program, kids get outside to play, explore and learn together while deepening their sense of community, self-confidence and an appreciation for the natural world.
Thanks for a great 2017 Summer season!
BEST Memories from the 2017 Season:
"hiking ⁓ playing games ⁓ tie-dye fun & playing in the river ⁓ picking wineberries ⁓ playing nature games ⁓ building shelters & playing games in the woods ⁓ Tick Tag was a hit ⁓ ALL OF IT!"
Check back in January to see our 2018 offerings!
If a session has full enrollment, please email to be placed on our wait list.
The Fledglings summer program is just what your preschooler needs to break up the long summer days. Each morning includes a story, nature-themed art project, outdoor exploration, snack, and some free time to explore the great outdoors. Children will explore with all five senses different themes each week as they experience the wonder of Schiff’s landscapes, plants, and animals.
Join us for a week of exploring the diverse wildlife habitats where NJ’s creatures make their homes. Throughout the week children will explore the woods, meadows, and streams of Schiff and learn first hand what wildlife needs to survive and thrive. Fun games, crafts, and adventures will make these ideas come to life!
Imagine a newly woven spider web covered in a morning dew. This week we will weave the tale of how all living and nonliving factors of our environment are wondrously woven. Children will explore the Preserve from the soil to the sky! Come out and discover the links between the fungus and the trees, the rocks and the crayfish, and the deer and the mouse. You name it, we can connect it!
Some very curious sightings have been made! Might there be some gnomes in the native garden, a few elves crouched in the hollows of our trees, or possibly fairies might be painting those meadow flowers after all. This week we will have fun with the place where imagination and nature intersect! We’ll create a gnome trail and fairy houses. We’ll even make some troll jam (also known as wineberry jam to mere mortals).
There is something for everyone as we spend a week investigating furry, scaly, feathered, and shelled wildlife. A bug net will gently swoop up a new insect to investigate, an overturned log will reveal a surprised salamander, or a river stone will turn out to be the cavern of a shy crayfish. The children will fall in love with all creatures great and small at Schiff and can visit their new wild friends anytime in the great outdoors!
Nature was born to be a star, and we’ll explore the wild side of life through acting games and writing workshops. The children will write, produce and perform their own unique production. Parents will enjoy watching the nature-themed play at the end of the week long session.
Nature has been inspiring artistic expression for all of human existence. This elective combines nature exploration with hands-on crafts and art projects. Some artwork will remain in the wild, and other pieces will be displayed in the Nature Center. Parents will have an exclusive tour of the show at the end of the week.
Students seeking experience and volunteer hours during Summer Nature Program can volunteer for 2-4 weeks of the SNP. Responsibilities will include assistance setting up and implementing activities, crafts, and games. Fee includes training and supervision. Please Click HERE to enter your information and make payment
Please email with any questions about registration.
Jenny has been part of the Schiff community since 2014 as an instructor with the Summer Nature Program and is excited to be part the magic of Schiff. She has worked as an eighth grade language arts teacher since 2001. Jenny earned BA in English from Montclair State University and also earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Jenny's passion is providing opportunities for children to learn about, appreciate, explore, and respect their natural environment. When she is not at Schiff she can usually be found hiking local trails with her dog and bird watching.
Chrissy was an instructor at Schiff in 2015 and is so excited to be back! She has worked as an 8th grade Earth Science teacher since 2011. Chrissy double majored in the Geosciences and Secondary Education: Earth and Space Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She recently earned her master's degree in school administration and leadership in hopes to one day become a building principal. Chrissy is passionate about making science fun for kids of all ages. When she is not at Schiff enjoying all that the preserve has to offer, she is coaching color guard for a local marching band and spending time outside with her husband and two dogs.