Nature Science Expedition


Summer@Potomac's Nature Science programs are ideal for the young explorer, naturalist, and builder who enjoys being outside. Over thirty years ago, Nature Science Camp was started by science teachers in order to extend children’s knowledge, curiosity and fascination with the environment. Today, that same goal guides all of our head teachers as they plan purposeful, theme-based, hands-on outdoor and classroom experiences for 2nd and 3rd graders in Nature Science Adventure, and 4th through 6th graders in Nature Science Expedition. Whether on Potomac’s beautiful 90+ acre campus, or on a field trip to different local ecosystems, Nature Science campers have inspiring opportunities to work together, explore, and better understand the world around them. As a specialty camp, the Nature Science experience allows campers to form a tight community of new friends in a structured environment. On-campus swimming instruction is included unless on a field trip.

Nature Science Expedition
From squid dissections, to stream studies and dam-building, to dip nets, rising 4th - 6th grade Nature Science Expedition campers work collaboratively to solve problems and make discoveries about the natural world around them. The Expedition level curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying ecosystems and organisms, while emphasizing the use of natural resources for responsible use and design. Off-campus field trips offer unique opportunities for campers to expand their understandings. Our trip to the Chesapeake Bay transports campers back in time to the Miocene Epoch as they search for fossilized shark, porpoise, and crocodile teeth; there is a 6:00 pm on-campus parent pick-up for this trip.
Session 1 Parent pick-up: Wednesday, July 11
Session 2 Parent pick-up: Wednesday, August 1

The Expedition level curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying ecosystems and organisms while emphasizing the use of natural resources for responsible use and design. Each day is purposefully planned and includes instructional swimming unless a field trip requires extra time. Expedition Level is perfect for the budding scientist ready for a new challenge and lots of fun.

Our Teachers
All Nature Science Camp Head Teachers have a background in science education or elementary education. Quite often, they have both but always are instilled with a love for the natural world and sharing it with children. In addition, head teachers are CPR and first-aid certified.

Past Field Trips have included:
Huntley Meadows, Alexandria, VA
Hidden Oaks
Great Falls, VA
Riverbend Park, VA
Calvert Cliffs, MD
Catoctin State Park, MD
Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC
National Arboretum
Grades Entering 4 - 6th
Dates Offered Session 1: June 25 - July 13 (no camp on July 4)
Session 2: July 16 - August 3
Schedule 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price $ 1,495 Per 3 week session
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