Summer Camps 2019: STEM, Animals, and Nature


STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic these days. Whether your kids are already heavy into the sciences, or they just wants to dabble in them, summer camps are a great way to explore all aspects of STEM. Each week I am updating my lists on Summer Camps: Sports, Summer Camps: The Arts, Preschool & Special Needs, Social Studies & Languages and Day Camps. You will know it has been updated because they will have “2019” in the title. If it is not updated, stick check it out as most of the links are still active. .

  • Madison STEAM Academy, held at STEM Lab at Madison Junior School, 160 Main St., Madison

Students work collaboratively on real-world challenges in the fields of computer programming, robotics, graphic design, 3D modeling, and more! Taught by Madison School District staff. Weekly camps, July 8-August 9 (choose 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks). Grades 3-10.

  • Camp Invention, held at Central Avenue School, 50 Central Ave, Madison

 June 24-28. 8:30am-3pm. Run by local educators (including CAS teachers). Kids work on science-based challenges that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students entering grades K-6.

  • ID Tech, held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison (there are camps at Kent Place School and Seton Hall University, too)

Multiple technology-related weekly camps, including Robotics, Coding, Video-production, 3-D printing, and VR Design. Ages 7-17.

  • Incrediflix, held at Madison Community House (also camps in Livingston, New Providence, and Summit)

June 24-28. Stop motion and movie creation for kids. Action Movie Flix (9am-12pm) and Minecraft Movie Flix (1pm-4pm). Ages 7-13.

  • Mad Science, held at Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave, Madison

Various one-week camps (either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) throughout the summer. Topics include Slimy Potions, Spy Academy, Inventors Academy, BRIXOLOGY! (Lego Engineering). Grades 1-5.

  • Jersey STEM, held in a few locations in Chatham and Summit

Weekly summer camps in July and August. Details posted soon. Parents are expected to donate some time to help the JerseySTEM programs running.

  • Morris County Parks, held at various parks across Morris County, including Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township

Various one-week camps for ages 2-4 (with adult) and ages 5-17. Camps include Woodsy Walkers, Wild Things: Sense-ational, Art and Nature, Theater in the Woods, Survivor: Wilderness!, Wild Explorers, and Farm Camp.

  • Nature Nuts, held at Memorial Park on Rosedale Ave by the pool, Madison  (scroll down to Nature Nuts)

Information will be on Web site in late spring. In previous years, camps ran Mon-Thurs late June-late July for 1 hour 15 minutes (time of day depends on grade). $25 for all 5 weeks. Nature-themed camp with games, crafts, walks, talks, and presentation. For Madison children who have completed grades 1-6.

  • Boy Scout of America, various locations

Various day camps for boys (and a few for girls!). They don't need to be Boy Scout to do the camp. Some camps have bus pick up/drop off at Madison Station. Most have one session dedicated to STEM, though they do some STEM activities in all sessions.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

Week-long camps. Morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm) and full day (9am-3:30pm) sessions. Early care and after care available. Topics include Laser Cutting, Robotics, Geocache Hunters, and Digital Painting. For grades 1-8, depending on class.

  • Morristown Beard School, 70 Whippany Rd, Morristown

Specialty robotics camp. July 8-12. 8:30am-3pm. Ages 10-13.

  • Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown

Extensive information on the website. Programs include, but are not limited to Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Math Clinic, Physics, Anatomy, Coding and Robotics. Grades 3-12 depending on topic.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

Various academic classes for elementary through high school students, including Technology Education and Marine Ecosystems.

  • Trailside Nature Center, 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside

Various weekly nature-themed camps. For grades 1-9, full and half-day. Four day half-day for ages 4-5. Union County residents have priority. Some preschool camps, too. Half-day or full-day camps. Topics include birds, bugs, animals, ecology, and being a naturalist.

  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City

Weekly camps July and August with various themes for kids entering grades 1-8. Topics include LEGOS, carnival science, cooking science, detectives, sailing, and coding.

  • International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs, Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike, Chatham

Various week-long morning (9am-12:30pm) and afternoon (1:30pm-5pm) classes for ages 5-14. Supervised lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Topics include Minecraft Math, Pre-Architecture, Film-Making, Stop-Action Animation, Scratch, Robotics, entrepreneurship, Math of Fantasy Sports, 3D Printing, and Surgical Techniques.

  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills

Nature Discover Summer Camp. Weekly themes. Half-day camps for ages 3-5. Full-day camps (9am-3pm) for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. Registration opens in March. Open House March 17, 10am-12:30pm.

  • Apple Camp, held at Apple Stores, including Short Hills, Willowbrook, and Rockaway

Scroll to the bottom, and click "Apple Camp" under. Sign up to be notified when Apple Camp registration opens. For ages 8-12. Free.

  • YouthSpark Camps, Microsoft Store, Bridgewater Commons store, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater

No details online as of posting date, but in the past, the store has had some summer camps for ages 8-11, and ages 13 and up.

  • Critter Camp and Summer Youth Advocacy Experience, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Ave, Madison

Critter Camp: Week-long camp. 9am-2pm. Dates depend on grades (grades 2-4 or grades 4-6). Volunteer camp counselor positions for ages 15-18. Summer Youth Advocacy Experience: week-long experience of caring and advocating for animals; Aug 5-9 and Aug 12-16; ages 13-17.

  • Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange

Week-long camps for kids entering grades K-8. 9am-4pm.

  • NJ Audubon Nature Camps, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville (and other NJ locations)

Different nature theme each week. Nine one-week camps for grades 1-6, 9am-3:30pm (post-care until 5:30pm available). Four-day pre-K and kindergarten camp, 9am-12pm. Overnight camps at Barnegat Bay and Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown for grades 6-10.