18TH YEAR OF SNP - 2021
Summers @ Schiff
A healthy dose of fresh air, active fun, exploration, and creative play while immersed in nature with an overarching integration of environmental education.
Dear Schiff Summer Nature Program families- We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are having an excellent start to 2021, enjoying all the beauty winter brings! The past year has certainly had its fair share of bumps in the road for all of us. We have remained hopeful, kept our problem solving and creative juices flowing, and as a result we are very excited to announce Schiff's Summer Nature Program (SNP) will be returning this summer!
Following CDC guidelines, we have developed new safety protocols in order to continue to offer your children the same welcoming, fun-loving feel it has always had! Our dedicated staff will be working diligently to ensure that our SNP children and their families feel safe and secure while attending Schiff's Summer Nature Program this year.
HEALTH & SAFETY
In addition to the above changes to our health and safety guidelines, we will be operating SNP with reduced capacities in our facilities as provided to us from the local fire chief.
This announcement may come as wonderful news to many of you and disappointing news for others, but please know that multiple considerations were taken into account, the first and foremost being Schiff Natural Lands Trust commitment to operating a safe quality program. Covid-19 has forced us to think about a multitude of concerns, but also remain flexible as the situation with Covid-19 guidelines may change again. We will do our very best to keep our Summer Nature Program families informed as to any further changes that might come our way as July 2021 approaches!
Yours in service,
Christi and Jenny, Co-Directors of the Schiff Summer Nature Program for Kids
Join us as we investigate how nature avoids “rush hour” through a little traffic control of its own… Who is active during the day? At night? At dawn and dusk? Join us as we hike in search of signs of life, play “Bear-Fish-Mosquito”, create a “Sound Map”, build a “shelter” and so much more! Children will explore relationships existing between living and nonliving things, discover how animals communicate, and understand how all parts of nature work together to benefit one another!
Explore just how heroic and powerful nature and all its inhabitants can be as we hike to all the different habitats found at Schiff. Join us on a wildlife adventurer as we search through forests, streams, meadows, and the sky determining who is a nocturnal hero of the night, controller of weather, keeper of the streams and engineers of the forest! We will make masks using natural materials and play games and conduct activities requiring us to use our 5 senses… We may even discover that we have a 6th sense...a supernatural power of our own!
Come explore the natural history of Schiff and New Jersey’s open spaces as we spend our time learning about invasive species, endangered species, top predators, conservation and sustainability. Picking wineberries, playing “Food Chain” tag, removing “invasive species” and making “Rock Leaf Prints” are just several of the fun filled activities we will engage in as we discover who used to live here, who lives here now, and why!
Join us as we discover how it is possible for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly, why only some animals lay eggs, how plants are able to make their own food, and even why it rains! Explore Schiff high and low to learn more about the life cycles that make up the circle of life and realize how everything is connected. Prepare to be amazed as we head out on the trails to learn more about nature’s wonders by participating in a “life cycle” challenge, going on a “Hike for Change” scavenger hunt, making “Seed Bombs” and so much more!
This elective combines nature exploration with the exploration of “threatened” species. From turtles to insects, and birds to plants, join us as we explore the habitats of specific threatened species found right here at Schiff! Our hikes will lead us on an adventure to learn all about the biology and behavior of these special animal and plant species. We will let their stories inspire us to learn more about how to protect them and all other species.
Test your skills in navigating through wilderness areas, finding food and water (and making it safe to consume), constructing shelters, creating tools from scratch, telling time, techniques for building fires and more! Let nature become your teacher in this special elective as we explore ways to safely survive in the wilderness… This “wild” adventure awaits you!
If a session has full enrollment, please email to be placed on our wait list.
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.
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.