2017 EARLY REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT FAMILY MEMBERS BEGINS MARCH 6TH
Current Family Membership is required for registration. Please join or renew your Family Membership by February 20, 2017 to be eligible for priority registration on March 6th. General registration for Family Memberships paid after February 20th opens March 13th.
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.
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.
Please email with any questions about registration.
Sarah started at Schiff at the end of 2016. She has worked as a science teacher in biological and earth sciences since 2011. She earned her MS from Rutgers University in Ecology and Evolution and her BA from Vassar College. Sarah's passion is providing opportunities for children to be inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world. When she's not implementing programming at Schiff, she is usually with her husband and three young children hiking local trails or playing in their backyard, stream, or garden.