Summer Camps Planned In Essex County

Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center. These affordable programs provide the campers with a fun and enriching experience while school is on recess.


Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has several week-long camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science.


The Spring Break Mini Camp is a fun, exciting and educational camp that gets students out of the classroom and into the zoo. Sessions are available for children ages five to seven years and ages eight to ten years. It is set to be held Mon., April 11 through Friday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


Summer Camps are available for children entering kindergarten and grades one-eight. Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. The camps have age-appropriate themes and include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science and fun crafts. Registration opens in March. For more information,


For more information about spring and summer programs, e-mail Turtle Back Zoo is located in West Orange.


The Essex County Environmental Center is offering Nature Explorers Spring and Summer Camps for children in pre-school to grade five.


The Nature Explorers Spring Camp is a three-day program for children in grades two to five. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the nearby environment to help restore the bond between children and nature. The first session is set for Tues., March 29; Wed., March 30; and Thurs., March 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second session will be held Tues., April 12; Wed., April 13; and Thurs., April 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Nature Explorers Summer Camp is a one-week program for children in pre-kindergarten to grade four. Students will explore woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Children can sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Sessions for children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will be held July 11 to July 15 and July 18 to July 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions for children in grades one and two is set to be held July 25 to July 29 and Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions for children in grades three and four will be held Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 and Aug. 15 to Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


A minimum number of participants, advanced registration and payment are required. For information, call the Environmental Center at 973-228-8776. The Essex County Environmental Center is located in Roseland.


Essex County Codey Arena has a spring and summer sessions of its Learn to Skate camps and a summer Figure Skating Camp for young skaters.


The Spring 2016 Learn to Skate begins April 5 and runs through May on Tues., Fri., Sat. and Sun. Registration opens Tues., March 1. The Summer 2016 Learn to Skate runs from mid-June to early Aug. on Tues. and Sat. Registration opens Tues., May 10. The Summer Figure Skating Camp is set to be held Mon. to Fri. from June 27 to Aug. 5. Full and half day weekly sessions are available.


For information about and fees for the skating programs, call the arena at 973-731-3828. Essex County Codey Arena is located in West Orange.


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