Coastal Center at Milford Point Summer Camp
Summer Camp Registration Opens February 1, 8 a.m.
Sessions run weekly June 17 – August 16
Campers will explore, discover, and learn about the natural world.
Three groups, based on the grade most recently completed: Grade K-1, 2-3, 4-5.
All campers must have completed Kindergarten by June 2024.
Click here to download the 2024 Summer Camp brochure.
For any immediate questions, please email our office.
Summer Camp Forms
- Welcome Letter-Camp Info
- Registration Form
- Health Form
- Medicine Authorization Form (only needed if medicine is being provided)
- Individual Plan of Care for Child (only needed if medicine is being provided)
- Dismissal Authorization Form (only needed if someone other than the usual person will be picking up your child)
Coastal Center Summer Camp FAQs
What is unique about the Connecticut Audubon Society summer camp experience?
Connecticut Audubon’s in-person summer day camp at the Coastal Center offers an inviting recipe for both fun and learning. Campers have many opportunities to explore and thrive in the natural environment. Key ingredients include interactive hands-on learning, up-close animal/wildlife encounters, chances to develop outdoor savvy, and knowledge and conservation skills to care for natural resources at home, school, and the Coastal Center at Milford Point.
The Coastal Center Summer Camp includes plenty of water habitat explorations but does not include swimming as an activity.
Different themes are planned each week. Each week is full of new adventures. It’s an excellent balance of fun and discovery through nature, science, and art activities that take advantage of the natural features and habitats right at our doorstep.
Do I have to be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society?
You have to be a member at the time that your child attends camp. You must have a Chickadee ($58 family) or higher-level membership to register. If you’re not a qualifying member, you may renew or join at the time of registration or online by clicking here.
What is the background of summer camp staff?
Our summer camp is staffed by experienced teacher-naturalists from our centers, and college-educated men and women who have subject-area knowledge and experience working with children. Low staff-to-camper ratios ensure all campers have a safe, fun and educational camp experience. Summer camp staff is first-aid, CPR and EpiPen trained.
What if our family plans change for the summer? Are there refunds if we need to cancel or change the number of sessions attending?
We recommend purchasing Registration Protection when you register your child(ren). You can purchase this protection at checkout and if you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund of the purchase price and processing fee should you be unable to attend your event due to a specified reason, such as:
- Injury or illness
- Vehicle breakdown or theft
- Adverse weather resulting in travel warnings
- Work relocation
- And more
If you do not purchase Registration Protection, please note the following: All requests must be made by email. Requests for changes must be received at least two weeks prior to the program session for which the change is being requested. For cancellation requests before June 1, you will receive a refund minus a 20% fee per program cancelled. Membership fees will not be refunded. After June 1, there are no summer program refunds. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
Can my child and friends be in the same camp group?
We make every effort to accommodate requests for friends and siblings to be placed in the same class, but cannot guarantee such placement. Requests can be made on the registration form or sent in writing and received at least two weeks prior to the week attending.
For immediate questions, please click here to contact our summer camp.
TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP
Specific daily activities will vary with the weather, tides, theme of the week, and age group.
Our small group, outdoor programming is designed so kids can safely explore, discover, and learn about the natural world. While programs will be outdoors and on the front porch as much as possible, in the event of inclement weather or high temperatures, programs will move indoors.
9 am Camper Check-in
9:10–9:30 a.m. Morning Meeting
Stow your gear, gather for morning meeting to get ready for the day’s activities.
9:30 – 10 a.m. Morning Activity
Hands-on activity, science experiment, nature scavenger hunt, or nature-based arts and crafts—changes daily
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snack & Nature Explorations
Enjoy a snack on the porch or observation tower & get ready for nature explorations.
Morning activities may include beach, marsh, or woodland/garden explorations.
12:00–12:30 p.m. Lunch
Eat lunch on the front porch with your group.
12:30–1 p.m. Choice Time
Active Outdoor Games or Quiet Activities outdoors (campers’ choice).
1–3 p.m. Afternoon Activities & Snack
Outdoor habitat explorations, stories, nature-based arts & crafts, science experiments, meet our education animals (activities vary daily). Enjoy a snack on the porch or observation tower.
3 p.m. Closing Circle & Daily List
Campers and counselors review the day and create a list of the day’s activities, wildlife observations, and more.
3:30 p.m. Dismissal –Camper Pick-up
Campers must be signed out daily. Authorized dismissal forms must be completed if someone else is picking up your child.
Counselors will be available to answer any questions about the day.
See you soon!