Summer Discovery Camps
Nature calls! Maymont’s wildly popular summer camps offer outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities for young explorers. Your child will learn and explore with a teacher from Maymont’s discovery camps team, which includes our full-time environmental education staff and certified teachers from local schools. There’s no better place to spend summer than amongst Maymont’s giant trees, rolling hills, winding waterways, and wide open spaces. In a world full of electronic gadgets, nurture your kids with nature! Registration for members begins Tuesday, February 7 and for the general public Tuesday, February 21.
Become a Maymont member and you can sign up early for summer camps and receive a discount! Additional Maymont membership benefits include free admission to the Nature Center, discounts on programs and events, and more! Become a Maymont member.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or call 804-358-7168.
Ages 3 -4
Explore nature with your favorite pre-schooler in this exciting camp! You and your cub will learn about wildlife through games, hikes, crafts, stories and visits with Maymont’s friendly animals. $70/$58 members; second child: $55/48 members.
Ages 4 -5
One Fish, Two Fish! Fox in Sox!
This camp at Maymont really rocks!
Dr. Seuss stories will lead the way,
with animals, crafts and games to play!
From snakes in the swamp to mice in the meadow, discover the places that plants and animals call home. Enjoy hikes, stories, crafts and animals! $165/$139 members.
Jaws, Claws and Paws
How do teeth, talons, pinchers and paws help animals defend themselves? Explore unique adaptations, protections, senses and survival skills found in the animal world. $165/$139 members.
Rising 1st-2nd Graders
What’s on the Menu?
From grazing goats to hunting hawks, dinnertime in the wild isn’t an easy task! Get tangled up in nature’s food web as we discover who got lunch and who got munched. $165/$139 members.
How would you survive as a bear or a rabbit? Imagine what it takes to live in the wild as we uncover fun facts about animal habitats and adaptations. $165/$139 members.
Check out the stinky, the slimy, and even the creepy to discover the nasty side of nature that helps both plants and animals survive. $165/$139 members.
Rising 2nd-3rd Graders
Life on the Wild Side
Practice your survival skills as you learn about maps and compasses, first aid, extreme weather, and dangers in nature. Compare your survival skills to some of the world’s wildest animals, and investigate how much is learned and how much is instinct. $165/$139 members.
Friends of the Earth
How has the Earth changed over time? And what will it look like in 100 years? Consider the cool and creative ways to “go green” and protect the environment. Investigate alternative energy, recycling, reducing and reusing. $270/$227 members.
Rising 3rd-4th Graders
Wild Water Explorers
Dive into this wet and wonderful camp filled with experiments, activities, crafts and animal encounters! Explore rivers, oceans and wetlands while learning about the amazing properties of water and the wildlife that depends on it. $270/$227 members.
Rising 4th-5th Graders
Junior Animal Keeper Camp
Calling all animal enthusiasts! Discover what it takes to care for the animals at Maymont. Join aquarists and animal keepers during daily tasks like feeding and making enrichment treats. $165/$139 members.
Enjoy fast-paced games and activities as we explore local habitats and the wildlife that dwell there. Solve puzzles, riddles and clues along the way. $270/$227 members.
Rising 6th-8th Graders
Senior Animal Keeper Camp
Dream of working with animals? This is your chance to shadow aquarists and animal keepers during their daily tasks. Make treats, train animals, feed fish, and meet animal care specialists. $270/$227 members.
Myths and Mystery
The animal world isn’t always what it seems. Explore the science and history of the mysterious side of nature. You might even bust a myth or two! $165/139 members.
Ages 15- 18
Junior Naturalists are volunteers (age 15-18) who assist in teaching younger campers about our natural environment while gaining great experience in the environmental science field and leadership skills. Earn volunteer hours while working with animals, leading stories and lessons, and preparing crafts, activities, and experiments. Volunteers must commit to attending a training session and volunteering at least three morning camps or two full day camps. Camps occur at various times between May and August and volunteers will be able to choose which camps and days they will attend. Detailed information and instruction will be provided at the training session.
Interested students must submit a volunteer application, a one page cover letter detailing why they are interested in this program as well as why they would be a good fit for the program, and one reference letter from a teacher, employer or other volunteer supervisor. Applications due by Wednesday, May 31. Questions? Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 804-358-7166, ext. 327.