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July 27, 2023

No School? No Problem: Maymont Offers Adventure-Filled Day Camps on Selected Out-of-School Days

Richmond, Virginia – Adventures don’t have to end when the school year starts. Maymont is introducing a new option for families seeking stimulating programs for their students on selected dates when school is out of session: Out-of-School Day Camps!

Students will enjoy a stimulating experience in Maymont’s 100-acre classroom, meeting native animals, exploring gardens, discovering the past and learning about nature. From 9 am to 3 pm, Maymont’s experienced educators will lead students through engaging activities such as scavenger hunts, animal encounters, nature and history walks, and interacting with animal keepers.

“Kids love exploring Maymont, from climbing the 34-foot River Reach sculpture in The Robins Nature Center to dipping nets into the bottom of the Dooley Branch creek,” said Krista Weatherford, Director of Programming and Community Engagement. “And history comes alive in the artifacts and stories that Maymont has collected about the people who lived and worked here.”

Each session will have two experienced adult educators with a 9:1 student/teacher ratio. Staff are trained in first aid and CPR. A limited number of spaces are available for each grade level (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th and 6th-8th) and are expected to fill up quickly. Maymont members (at the Family level and above) save 25% off the $70 registration fee, and discounts are available for certain multi-day packages. For full details and registration information, visit maymont.org/day-camps.

Maymont is a well-preserved, 100-acre historic estate overlooking the James River that was given to the public by James and Sallie Dooley, who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Today, Maymont is a welcoming community gathering place, with many unique experiences for all to enjoy, including the historic Maymont Mansion, The Robins Nature Center, an arboretum, formal gardens, and habitats for native Virginia wildlife and farm animals. Consistently ranked one of Central Virginia’s top attractions by travelers and locals alike, Maymont serves over 700,000 guests annually, with free admission to the grounds, plus guided and self-guided tours, seasonal events, programs and rental spaces. Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation, committed to creating programs and experiences that delight, educate and inspire its guests.

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