Nature Camp

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 weekly field trips, hands-on lessons, hikes, games, crafts, fishing and other fun activities.

  • Registration: Opens March 1, 2019
  • Program Fee: $150 per week
    • Early bird discount: $140/week if registered by April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Sibling discount: $10 off per child per week when registered in the same week
  • Age Group: Boys and girls ages 7-12
  • Dates: June 17-Aug. 23, 2019
  • Location: Pemberton Historical Park
  • Details: Camp runs Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. There will be two interactive field trips per week. 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: Brandi Belfield, 410-548-4900 x109,
  • Awesome Amphibians and Reptile Roundup

    Awesome Amphibians and Reptile Roundup

    Kick off the summer by learning about the reptiles and amphibians that call Pemberton Park home. Help our rangers capture frogs, toads and salamanders while learning how to identify our scaly reptile friends, including different species of snakes, turtles and skinks.

    Dates: June 17-21, 2019
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  • A Blast With Chloroplasts

    A Blast With Chloroplasts

    It’s a week of herbaceous investigation. Get down and dirty while discovering how the plants, mosses and ferns around us become a source of water, shelter and food. We’ll visit the Pemberton garden to do some soil tending and learn the importance of healthy soil for a bountiful garden yield.

    Dates: June 24-28, 2019
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  • Camping in the Great Outdoors

    Camping in the Great Outdoors

    There’s nothing quite like a relaxing camping trip with the family. Your little camper will be able to lead your next weekend trip after learning how to start a fire, set up a tent and choose a campsite. We’ll also practice basic first aid, knot tying and water collection techniques.

    Dates: July 1-5, 2019 (no camp July 4)
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  • Marvelous Muck & Slime

    Marvelous Muck & Slime

    Clean freaks be warned: This week is all about ooey-gooey nature and science. From the wetlands to the kitchen, we’ll learn all about what lives in the mud while crafting crazy chemistry concoctions. Come ready to get messy.

    Dates: July 8-12, 2019
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  • Waterpalooza


    Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and exploring the water are all included in Wild About the Water week. Campers will be taught by our rangers, who are American Canoeing Association-trained canoe/kayak river guides, how to properly and safely operate these different watercrafts. In the little time campers will have off the water, we’ll be learning about the local waters’ residents.

    Dates: July 15-19, 2019
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  • Tracks and Traces

    Tracks and Traces

    Explore the trails of Pemberton Park as your sharpen your wilderness skills by following tracks, searching for signs of wildlife and looking out for different forms of animal communication - along with learning the important elements of Leave No Trace.

    Dates: July 22-26, 2019
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  • Fishing Frenzy

    Fishing Frenzy

    The largemouth bass will be the star this week. We’ll spend time learning the basics of fishing and marine life in preparation for some hands-on bass fishing at Pemberton Pond and the Wicomico River. We’ll also visit an active marina and get the tricks of the trade from real life professional fishermen.

    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019
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  • Beastly Superpowers

    Beastly Superpowers

    Campers, assemble. Get ready for a week of fun learning about the amazing superpowers animals have. For example, falcons can fly 240 mph, fish breathe underwater and bats can hunt in the dark. We’ll even get a chance to view a hero in action as we observe the Pemberton flying squirrels. Costumes are highly recommended.

    Dates: Aug. 5-9, 2019
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  • Backwoods Pioneers

    Backwoods Pioneers

    Take a journey into the lives of early explorers to discover how they survived the everyday challenges of the natural world. We’ll learn about preparing shelters, primitive fire making, orienteering, making tools, scavenging for food and more.

    Dates: Aug. 12-16, 2019
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  • Nature's Mash-Up

    Nature's Mash-Up

    From mud exploration and kayaking to fire making and ice cream parties, come celebrate as campers experience all their favorite games and activities from throughout the summer. It’s the best of the best. Get excited for the Campers Versus Rangers end of summer challenge.

    Dates: Aug. 19-23, 2019
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