Connecticut Audbon Society
The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Registration Open!
Register here!

Camp Dates: June 29, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Full Day: 9am-3:30pm

Before and After Care available!
Camp will take place at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School 

Jump in with hands and feet! 

Join the RTP Estuary Center at the Old Lyme High School and spend the summer where science, nature and art combine with fun! Campers will access a variety of habitats including wetlands, upland forest and fields. While each session has a natural science focus, your child will be busy discovering animals and plants, conducting hands-on experiments, making new friends and enjoying outdoor activities. Each week campers will participate in week-long projects on a topic relevant to the week’s theme. Campers ages 5 to 12 will be divided into age-appropriate groups with a hands-on curriculum tailored to meet each child’s interests and skills. Weekly tuition includes an off-site excursion.


Adventure & discovery await for all campers at RTPEC! 


Weekly Themes 

 Week 1: Fantastic Flyers   June 29 – July 2 *no camp on July 3*
Take flight and discover the mystery of birds, bats, dragonflies, and butterflies. Campers will search for these winged creatures and their homes as we discover the outdoors! We’ll unveil the mysteries of beaks, talons, and feathers as we explore the birds’ many talents and skills. Learn to use binoculars and field guides! Weekly project includes designing your own bird feeder and investigating which type of birdseed is most popular for local birds.

Week 2: Estuary Explorers July 6- 10
Dive into the extraordinary world of estuary life! Campers will learn about the creatures, plants and algae that live in this environment through hands-on discovery. Seine nets, magnifying glasses, microscopes and buckets will give us the up-close view of critters before they’re released. Weekly project includes designing and building your own mini estuary. 

Week 3: Art and Science Discovery July 13-17
Release the artist within! Science invites inquiry, while art inspires the creative process. The two will interconnect in this explorative hands-on session.  By experimenting with a variety of materials and mediums, we will witness firsthand the intriguing, beautiful results that can happen! And for campers who wish to capture everything they learn and do, there will be daily time for journaling. Weekly project includes a large scale collaborative multimedia art piece using found and repurposed objects.

Week 4: Nature Engineers July 20-24
Build, test, design and trial -STEM in ACTION! Put your skills to the test this week as you construct and explore. Solve real-life challenges such as investigating how changes in a plant’s environment, like the direction of gravity, affect the shape of its growing roots. Weekly project includes campers building their own hydroponic garden and growing organic plants.

Week 5: Wild Water Wonders July 27- 31
Get your feet wet as we investigate the mysteries of water, mud and soil! Worms, slugs, and snails are just the beginning of what you will discover! Campers will explore what lives in the water and help take care of our classroom tanks as well as learn about the importance of taking care of our water sources. Weekly project includes building and testing their own a clean water filter.

Week 6: Super Scientists Aug 3-7
Explore and venture into the ologies! Biology, ecology, ornithology, hydrology and more!    While studying all the ologies we will conduct a bird count, water quality study and much more! From birds to bugs and soil to water, we’ll see what the natural world is all about. Weekly project includes building a small scale self-sustaining ecosystem called an ecocolumn.

Week 7: Eco-Adventurers Aug 10-14
Frogs, salamanders, butterflies, and birds await! There will be a new adventure every day as we pond dip, catch insects, and explore nature. We’ll use nets, water quality testing equipment, microscopes, and much more. Captivating explorations, investigations, games, and creative activities fill the days! Weekly project includes creating your very own nature journal filled with your science discoveries.


  • Camp sessions’ enrollments are limited, so be sure to sign up early!
  • Campers must bring a water bottle, snack and lunch daily.
  • Campers must have completed Kindergarten by June 2020 to participate.


*$310/week for June 29 – July 2
Before Care $10/day
After Care $10/day

Click here to register


Junior Counselor Program

Students ages 13-15 are welcome to become Junior Counselors for Connecticut Audubon Society’s RTP Estuary Summer Camp, assisting experienced staff in working with campers. Junior Counselors must sign-up for the entire week and have daily transportation.  There are limited spaces available each week. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Junior Counselor Welcome Letter and Parental Consent Form

$150/ week

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See below for more information and for other mandatory forms. 

Summer Camp Forms
Parent Letter
Mail-in Registration Form
Health Form
Medicine Authorization Form
Individual Plan of Care for Child
Insect Repellent and Sunscreen Form

Click below for Summer Camp Picture Slideshows

Week 1 – Fantastic Flyers
Week 2 – Estuary Explorers
Week 3 – Art and Science Discovery
Week 4 – Nature Engineers
Week 5 – Wild Water Wonders
Week 6 – Super Scientists
Week 7 – Eco-Adventurers


What is unique about the Connecticut Audubon Society summer camp experience? 

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer day camps offer an inviting recipe for both fun and learning at our centers in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret and Old Lyme. Campers have many opportunities each week to explore and thrive in the natural environment. Key ingredients on the menu include: interactive hands-on learning experiences, up-close animal/wildlife encounters, chances to develop outdoor savvy, and knowledge and conservation skills to care for our local, precious natural resources at home, school, and at our centers and sanctuaries.

Age-specific themes are planned each week. It’s an excellent balance of fun and discovery through activities that take advantage of the natural features and habitats right at each center’s doorstep.

What is the background of summer camp staff?

Our summer camps are 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. Our summer camp staff is first-aid, CPR and EpiPen trained.

When does registration begin? 

Registration for our summer camps begins in February. All information will be posted on our website. Registration is online, or by mail.

Do I have to be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society?

To participate in camp your membership must be current at the Chickadee level or higher, both at the time of registration and during your child’s camp attendance. If you are not a current member, you will have the option to join at the Chickadee level when you register, or click here to join or renew now. To check on your membership status, please call 203-259-0416 ext 105.

What forms are needed to complete the camp registration?

There are several forms that must be filled out before registration is complete. Registration and medical forms for camp programs, as well as detailed camp brochures, policies, procedures and equipment lists, will be posted on each center’s website when registration opens.

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





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