Summer Camp kids enjoying the outdoors

Nature Camp

At this time (updated 6/15/20) Wicomico Recreation & Parks is moving forward with a modified version of Pemberton Park Nature Camp.

The health and safety of our campers is our highest priority. Processes and guidelines will be in place based upon the most up-to-date information from the CDC, the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services.

Although we are optimistic about having a camp experience this summer, the situation remains fluid and we appreciate your flexibility. For up to date information regarding COVID-19, click here.

Does your child love the great outdoors? Check out Pemberton Park Nature Camp! Pemberton's 260 acres of forests, meadows and wetlands create an ideal place for campers to discover the natural world through hands-on lessons, hikes, games, crafts, fishing and other fun activities.

  • Registration: Opens April 10, 2020 (Open until full. Space is limited to 27 camper per week.)
    • At this time registration packets are available online only. Once parents have fully completed ALL paperwork, they should email packets to Tarrah Cava: for review. Once reviewed and deemed complete, Tarrah Cava will contact the parent(s) individually with payment instructions.
    • Due to COVID-19 rescrtictions, only Maryland residents are permitted to attend camp.
  • Program Fee:
    • Registration Fee: $115/week
    • Non-refundable Deposit on Additional Weeks - $25 per week registered.
      • After deposit – remainder of full payment due by 5 p.m. Friday the week prior.
  • Age Group: Boys and girls ages 6-13
  • Dates: July 6, 2020-Aug. 21, 2020
  • Location: Pemberton Historical Park
  • Details: Camp runs Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Theme weeks are listed below. Please pack water, lunch, a change of clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty (no flip-flops or Crocs), a towel, bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Contact: Tarrah Cava, 410-548-4900 x109,
  • Resources:
  • Gone Fishin’ Week

    Gone Fishin’ Week

    Campers will learn about the ecology of waterways, test water quality, trawl for fish and crustaceans, collect plankton and sift. They will get hands-on experience fishing, learn to catch bait, set up a fishing pole and catch their own fish.

    Dates: July 6-10

  • Wilderness Week

    Wilderness Week

    This week will combine nature, exploration, garbage artifact studies, natural resources and recycling. Campers will get to observe and classify artifacts and engage in recycling, waste management and garbology. They will also learn about orienteering and figure out how to navigate in the wild. After this week, campers will have a new appreciation for our Earth and all it has to offer.

    Dates: July 13-17

  • Mucky Mud Week

    Mucky Mud Week

    In week one of two water-focused weeks, campers will explore ponds, streams, creeks and beaches to learn about waterways, adaptation, eutrophication and succession. They will hold, catch and analyze organisms. We will play various water games using water balloons and buckets, make mud pies and explore muddy creeks.

    Dates: July 20-24

  • Amazing Animal Week

    Amazing Animal Week

    Campers will learn about reptiles, amphibians, and other critters they do not usually see in their everyday lives. They will be introductions to various animals. We will explore animal diversity, identification, habitats and life cycles.

    Dates: July 27-31

  • Born to Fish Week

    Born to Fish Week

    Our most popular theme is too big for one week. In our second fishing-themed week, campers will build on the information they learned about our waterways in week three and continue gaining hands-on experience fishing, learning to catch bait, setting up a fishing pole and catching their own fish.

    Dates: Aug. 3-7

  • Way Cool Water Week

    Way Cool Water Week

    This week’s theme builds on the concepts campers learned in week five. Campers will continue to learn about the importance of water, the water cycle and different types of waterways. They will explore ponds, streams, creeks and beaches to learn about waterways, adaptation, eutrophication and succession. Campers will hold, catch and analyze organisms and we will play various water games using water balloons and buckets, make mud pies and explore muddy creeks.

    Dates: Aug. 10-14

  • Survival Week

    Survival Week

    Campers will learn about factors necessary for survival. We will explore predators vs. prey, adaptation, evolution, extinction and animal behaviors. Campers will also learn essential skills for survival in the wilderness, like how to build a fire and a shelter out of materials found in the natural world. We will also play games based on survival techniques utilized by humans and animals.

    Dates: Aug. 17-21



The removal of invasive wisteria may cause temporary closures in portions of the park.

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Pemberton Hall was built in 1741 by Isaac and Anne Handy.

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Learn about all the different nature trails here at Pemberton Historical Park.

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