Early Registration (for current Schiff members): Monday, 3/18/2024
Open Registration (for those who became members post 3/4): Monday, 3/25/2024
Make sure to initiate or renew your Schiff (Trailblazer or above) membership by Monday, 3/4/2024 to be eligible for Early Registration on Monday, 3/18/2024.
2024 PROGRAM DATES:
SESSIONS run from 9:00-2:00 PM
NOTE: Snack and lunch is not included in our programming. Please provide your child with a daily labeled nut-free snack, nut-free lunch and reusable water bottle.
Session I- July 1-5 (no program on July 4)
Session II- July 8-12
Session III- July 15-19
Session IV- July 22-26
Sounds like Summer! (Ages: 6 - 12)
July 1 - July 5
Join us on an adventure to become more familiar with the outdoor world around us, using our ears as a guide! Our hikes will lead us on a journey searching for the source of the sounds we hear. Playing games such as "Noisy Nature" and creating a "Sound Map" to bring home are just a few of the fun-filled activities we have in store!
From the Ground Up (Ages: 6 - 12)
July 8 - July 12
The forest at Schiff is home to many amazing plants and animals who are all living together under one big roof! Join us as we discover the different layers of the forest by climbing high and digging down low, exploring exactly who and what lives where and why! Plot studies, a scavenger hunt, and "leaf creature" crafts are just a few of the activities that await!
Who Turned the Lights Out? (Ages: 6 - 12)
July 15 - July 19
Do you even wonder why certain animals can see so well in the dark? Or why some animals are nocturnal while others are not? Discover the magic behind nocturnal animals, learning all about their fascinating animal adaptations! Playing the game "Feel Your Way Around" and creating a colorful "Leaf Mask" craft are just a few of the many activities we will engage in as we explore the amazing world of nocturnal animals!
Nature's Grocery Store (Ages: 6 - 12)
July 22- July 26
Herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, oh my! Join us on an exploration of what Nature's grocery store looks like, and who eats what and why! Playing games such as "Web of Life", conducting activities that teach us about predator-prey relationships and picking wine berries are just a few of the many plans we have in store as we hike the trails of Schiff!
CIT "Counselors-in-Training" PROGRAM
SESSIONS run from 9:00-2:00 pm
This program offers children 13-16 years of age an excellent opportunity to gain leadership skills while being role models for our younger program attendees. CIT's will be trained and coached by staff members in a manner that builds confidence and independence. By the week's end, CIT's will be able to use their newly acquired skills to assist in leading program activities alongside Counselors and Instructors.
There is a $235 fee for all CIT's to cover training expenses. Additional weeks cost $100. This fee is due upon acceptance into our program.
To Apply: Applicants should email the following to Jenny Chmura at :
- Letter of interest & resume
- Session(s) desired
"Our daughter absolutely LOVES her time at Schiff! She comes home energized and excited to talk about all of her adventures. Her favorites are tie die days, picking wineberries and, of course, the trip to the stream. The counselors are wonderful - our daughter talks about them year round and is always thrilled to see them the next time camp is in session! Thank you Schiff!" - C. Patullo, 2022 SNP Parent
"Every year our kids count down the days until the Schiff Summer Nature Program. It is their absolute favorite! They learn so much and have a blast every day. Thanks for the perfect summer memories!" - C. Mitchell, 2022 SNP Parent
"Our daughter looks forward to Schiff's Summer Nature Program every year, and is always so sad when it's over! She loves making her annual tie-dye t-shirt, building shelters in the pine grove, playing the game "Camouflage", painting at the stream, and making new friends. She always says how everyone at Schiff is just so nice and so much fun to be around!" - C. Lorenson, 2022 SNP Parent
"My boys loved EVERYTHING about Schiff, but their top three was building forts, tie dying shirts and stream day." - Parent of 2020 Summer Nature Program
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.
Christi joined the Schiff family in the fall of 2017 as the co-Director for the Schiff Summer Nature Program. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. Since then, she has worked for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as a Grants Manager, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge as a Development Assistant, and most recently spent the last 7 years working at Trailside Nature & Science Center as a Park Naturalist until she deciding to stop working full-time so she could be home with her children. Christi's strong respect for the environment and desire to preserve its natural habitats has encouraged her to dedicate her career to environmental
education and outreach. Christi's love for the environment has also shaped the hobbies she has taken up which include volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation centers, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and throwing pottery; however, what she loves to do most is spend time with her family. She currently lives in Gladstone, NJ with her husband, 2 young daughters, and two Burmese Mountain dogs... And it's no secret that Christi's eldest dog, Kona, is her heart and soul.