When school is out, kids can keep learning and have fun too! Campers explore the Tenafly Nature Center woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment. Vacation day camps are offered in every season.
Two camp groups by grade:
- Children in Pre-K/K (minimum aged 4 years old)
- Children in 1st-5th grade
Jr. CIT for 6th-8th graders can be on either camp group
- Family Membership is required for all participants in our camp programs.
- Membership is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
- Membership only needs to be paid once each year. Become a member today!
After registering your child, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. This e-mail contains the followup requirements necessary to complete your registration.
Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.
- Please log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS.
This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:
- The Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record from your child’s health care provider.
- Including an Immunization History:
Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds.
- A copy of your insurance card.
- A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
- Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session (New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year).
Participant daily checklist
Participant daily checklist and outdoor information forms to prepare for camp.
If a session is closed to registration, you may add your camper to our wait list on the event
page. We will notify you in the event of space availability. You will not put down any payment unless we confirm a spot is available to you.
Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your child's name
- Camp date and age group
- Your name
- Your phone number
Vacation Camp Refund Policy (Fall, Winter, MLK Jr, Lunar, Presidents', Spring):
- Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable.
- Full tuition refunds will be given for cancellations with 2+ weeks notice.
- 50% of the tuition will be refunded with 8-14 business days* notice prior to the first day of the camp session. *Business days refer to Monday thru Friday. Weekends and holidays do not count as business days.
- No refunds or credits will be given with less than 7 business days* notice. In this instance, a tax receipt will be issued to you indicating that the program fee was converted to a charitable donation.*Business days refer to Monday thru Friday. Weekends and holidays do not count as business days.
- Switching camp days is allowed depending on availability and at the discretion of the Camp Director.
- In cases of cancellation due to major illness and/or family emergency, refunds will be assessed on case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Director.
- The staff reserves the right to cancel registration without refund for unacceptable behavior or children registered for the incorrect age group/grade level.
- TNC reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or change programs as needed.
- Failure to submit all CAMPDOCS forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.
What should a parent do if their child is going to be absent?
If your child is going to be absent or arriving after 9:00 am for ANY reason, please contact the Nature Center office at (201) 568-6093. You may leave a message if your call is outside office hours — please try to call before 9:00 am each day your child will be absent. Refunds will not be given for absence.
Signs to note if a child is too ill to attend camp?
A few sniffles or a dry cough are okay, but if a child has a fever over 100°F, diarrhea, vomiting, a sore throat, a rash, red draining eyes, thick yellow or green nasal discharge, please keep them at home until 24 hours AFTER these symptoms are resolved or a note from your doctor is sent to camp stating that the child can attend. If your child is diagnosed with an infection, it is very important to keep him/her out of camp for at least 24-48 hours AFTER starting antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection.
Other health reasons a child may not attend camp
A camper who shows symptoms of any of the following communicable diseases will not be allowed at camp without a note from a doctor or specialist:
- Chicken pox
- German measles (rubella)
- Measles (rubella)
- Streptococcal infections (including scarlet fever, sore throat, and erysipelas)
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
- Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum)
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Impetigo (staphylococcus infection)
- Hepatitis infectious
- Head lice (pediculosis)
A camper who is found to have live head lice will not be permitted to attend camp until there are no active lice in the camper's hair, proof of treatment has been provided to the camp director, and until all live and/or dead head lice are removed from the camper's hair.
The presence of nits (the eggs of lice) without active head lice will not prohibit a child from attending camp provided proof of treatment has been provided to the camp director and there is no evidence of active head lice in the camper's hair.
This policy does not cover Summer Nature Day Camp, School, Scout, or other group programs.