Day CampSummer Day Camp actively engages children with the outdoors, captivating their interest and inspiring them to partner with the natural world. ACNC achieves this by providing campers with time for free play, indirect educational opportunities, interactive lessons, and discovery-based activities. Summer Day Camp BrochureRegister Now
COVID-19 Safety Plan for Day Camp 2020
ACNC is running Day Camp this year in accordance with New York State Guidelines for Day Camps. This crisis has had a significant impact on children and their families and ACNC feels it is more important than ever to give kids a safe, positive, outdoor experience and to provide parents with the reassurance that their child is safe while engaging in some familiar experiences and traditions.
Please note: Campers must be from Chautauqua County, NY or Warren County, PA. Alternatively, they must quarantine for two weeks in one of those counties before the first day of camp.
ACNC is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan based on recommendations from the CDC, New York State, and the American Camp Association. The plan involves increased sanitizing schedules, group-specific restrooms and materials, child-specific craft supplies and discovery tools, wellness checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up times, and preventing mixing of groups and supplies. As many activities as possible will take place outdoors, and ACNC will employ the use of both physical distancing and face coverings. ACNC will post the full plan on this site once it is complete and approved.
If you have registered for a camp, you will get an email two weeks prior with more specific information and what-to-expect sheets to share with your child(ren). If ACNC must cancel any camp due to COVID-19, they will give full refunds if they cannot fit you into a later camp.
ACNC may combine some camp sessions if enrollment is too low to meet the minimum. They will notify you before moving your child(ren) into another camp. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY Forward Guidelines for Day Camp: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Childcare_and_Summer_Camps_Summary.pdf
Talking with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
CDC’s main website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Peer-reviewed summary of various papers addressing COVID-19 and children: https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-data-8th-May.pdf
Audubon Community Nature Center’s Day Camps are run by a mix of seasoned naturalists, interns and trained assistants. All of the naturalists have over 10 years of experience working with children in informal education settings. Interns have some experience working with children and teach for a month at ACNC before they teach day camp. Middle and High School assistants go through a leadership course to learn expectations and more about leading small groups of children.
*Friends of the Nature Center receive discounted rates. Click here to learn about financial need and merit-based camp scholarships.
Day Camp is designed for children in pre-K through grade 12 to get out and explore the natural world. Structured and unstructured activities and play create a well-rounded, free-choice experience for all children. Camps run four days per week for eight weeks during the summer. Different age breakdowns occur on different weeks.
New this year: ACNC is offering early drop-off and later pick-up for campers. These are offered every week of camp and are titled Pre-Camp and Post-Camp for each week. This extends the camp day with activities and adventures for campers and gives adults more flexibility in their schedule. Prices and times are listed on the registration page.
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
Hours and Admission
Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Temporarily by donation
Thank you, Community Partners
Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.