SUMMER CAMP 2018 - Natural Selections AUSTIN NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER - AustinTexas.gov

 
SUMMER CAMP 2018 - Natural Selections AUSTIN NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER - AustinTexas.gov
AUSTIN NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER

                                              Natural Selections

     SUMMER CAMP 2018
        301 Nature Center Drive Austin, TX 78746    Parking: 2389 Stratford Drive
        Phone: (512) 974-3888 | Fax: (512) 974-3885 | www.austintexas.gov/ansc
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Table of Contents                                                       Camp Photos Now
Tadpole Camp Ages 4-5                                                                               Available!
                                     3      Specialty Camp Ages 11-13                8
Half Day Camp                                                                                           To view photos visit
                                            Counselors in Training                                       ansc.zenfolio.com
Discovery Camp Ages 5-6              4                                               9
                                            Ages 13-17

Nature Camp Ages 7-8                 5      Before & After Care                      9

                                            Frequently Asked
Adventure Camp Ages 9-10             6                                               10
                                            Questions
                                            Program Registration
Explorer Camp Ages 11-12             7                                               11
                                            Policies

                                    Online Summer Camp Registration
                                              Registration opens: February 10, 2018
                                                  10:00 AM - Austin residents
                                                1:00 PM - Austin non-residents

                                                          Prepare today!
                             Click on the “Online Registration” link at www.austintexas.gov/ansc
                            Follow the steps to verify your existing account or create a new account.

                                                    On registration day:
                 Log in to your account and search “Austin Nature Center” in the Location dropdown menu.
                                         Scroll down to see Summer Camp offerings.

                                         Overview of Online Registration
                                                 www.austintexas.gov/parksregister
         1. Go to the Austin Parks and Recreation online registration website: www.austintexas.gov/parksregister and login.
         2. Browse the camp listings.
         3. Register for your desired camp(s). Participants may be registered for a maximum of 3 camp sessions or 2 CIT
             sessions.
         4. Pay in full or make a deposit with a credit card. A 20% deposit per session will secure a place until three weeks
             (21 days) prior to the first day. If you fail to pay the remaining balance, you will lose your deposit and forfeit your
             child’s place in that session to another child on the waiting list. You are encouraged to make full payment at
             registration to avoid missing deadlines and losing your child’s place in camp. Full payment is the responsibility
             of the participant.
         5. Your receipt will be sent to the email address you provided on your account information along with a summer
             camp packet. Please check your spam folder.
         6. Should you need to cancel your camp, contact ANSC’s registration office to make the request. Please review the
             program registration policies regarding refunds, and transfers.
                                Visit www.austintexas.gov/page/online-registration for more details.

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Tadpole Camps - half day (Ages 4-5)
Young nature lovers engage in a week of hands-on discovery and nature study. Each week includes outdoor exploration, crafts,
games, and science programs. These camps do not take field trips that require travel in a vehicle or go swimming. Following
registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Before the first day of camp a parent letter with more detailed
information will be sent by email. Participants may register for up to 3 camp sessions.
Age:         4-5 years old                                                              Field Trips: Campers will NOT participate in field trips that require
             Participants must be potty trained to attend                                            travel in a vehicle.
             camp; no diapers or pull-ups please!                                                    Campers may walk to sites in Zilker Park.
Fee:         $157 for Austin residents                                                                   State Licensing paperwork required at registration.
             $182 for non-Austin residents                                              Bring:           A snack and water bottle every day.
Time:        Morning Sessions: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-Noon
                                                                                                         A completed waiver the first day of every camp for which
             Afternoon Sessions: Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 PM                                              your child is registered.
             Sessions are one week long.
                                                                                        Wear:            Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
Sign-in/out: In camper’s assigned classroom
                                                                                        Swim:            No swimming, however, SPLASH DAY is on Fridays:
Location:    Trailhouse Building                                                                         campers participate in supervised wading activities. Please
             Check in at the picnic tables in front of the
                                                                                                         send swim clothes, water shoes, sunscreen and towel on
             Trailhouse Building on the first day of each
             session to receive classroom assignment.*                                                   Friday. Campers must wear water shoes (not flip-flops)
Ratio:       Maximum 8 campers/1 counselor                                                               when wading in natural areas.

TADPOLE CAMP WEEKLY THEMES
                                                                                        WONDER WORLD NEW!
AWESOME ANIMALS                                                                         June 18-22
June 11-15                                                                              July 23-27
July 9-13                                                                               As scientists, we view the world through an objective lens. Here, we’ll
August 6-10                                                                             ask questions regarding how things work and why nature behaves the
Calling all animal lovers, future zoologists, and naturalists! Discover                 way it does. We’ll even explore the laws of motion while we build
interesting characteristics of mammals, insects, birds, and reptiles.                   rollercoasters!
Spider Dave will pay us a visit and teach you more than you can
imagine about his favorite creatures.                                                   WONDERFUL WATER
                                                                                        June 25-29
PREHISTORY MYSTERY                                                                      July 30-August 3
July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.                        August 13-17
July 16-20                                                                              Summers in Austin require lots and lots of water. We know it cools us
Take a giant step back in time as we learn about prehistoric reptiles,                  off, but we can also freeze it, create works of art, and learn to appreciate
plants, and sea creatures. We’ll explore ANSC to unearth model                          it in a whole new way during this camp. Join us as we work and play
fossil remains and take a walk to Zilker Botanical Gardens to                           with one of the most abundant chemical compounds on our planet:
observe a re-creation of a prehistoric habitat as well as beautiful                     water.
gardens of the present.

                                                                 Morning Sessions*                   Afternoon Sessions*                            COST
       THEME                           DATE
                                                                 8:00am - 12:00 pm                    1:00pm - 5:00 pm                      resident/non-resident
                                     June 11-15                       202821 1A                            202822 1A                                $157/$182
  Awesome Animals                    July 9-13                        202821 1E                             202822 1E                               $157/$182
                                    August 6-10                       202821 1I                             202821 1I                               $157/$182
                                      July 2-6                        202821 1D                            202822 1D                                $127/$147
  Prehistory Mystery
                                     July 16-20                       202821 1F                             202822 1F                               $157/$182
                                     June 18-22                       202821 1B                             202822 1B                               $157/$182
    Wonder World
                                     July 23-27                       202821 1G                            202822 1G                                $157/$182
                                    June 25-29                        202821 1C                            202822 1C                                $157/$182
   Wonderful Water               July 30-August 3                     202821 1H                            202822 1H                                $157/$182
                                   August 13-17                        202821 1J                            202822 1J                               $157/$182
                                                                     See back cover for week-by-week schedule
*There are multiple sections or camp groups associated with this code. Each camp group has its own counselor, classroom, and schedule. Placement of siblings or friends in
the same camp group is not guaranteed.
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Discovery Camps (Ages 5-6)
Curiosity is rewarded at this camp! Campers participate in outdoor exploration, crafts, games, and science programs each week.
Following registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Before the first day of camp a parent letter with more
detailed information will be sent by email. Participants may register for up to 3 camp sessions.

Age:                   5-6 years old
Fee:                   $222 for Austin residents                                      Field Trips:          Tuesdays - Destinations will change from week to
                       $257 for non-Austin residents                                                        week.
Time:                  Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                                 Bring:                A lunch, two snacks, and water bottle every day.
                                                                                                            A completed waiver the first day of every camp.
                       One week sessions
Sign-in/out:           In camper’s assigned classroom                                 Wear:                 Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
Location:              ANSC Visitor Pavilion and Nature Labs Building                                       Must wear water shoes (not flip-flops) when wading
                                                                                                            or swimming in natural areas.
                       Check in at the picnic tables in front of the
                       Trailhouse Building on the first morning of each               Swim:                 Wednesday-Friday at City of Austin pools.
                       session to receive classroom assignment.*                                            More information on swimming times and
Ratio:                 Maximum 12 campers/1 counselor                                                       locations available on the ANSC website in March.

DISCOVERY CAMP WEEKLY THEMES
HABITAT HUNTERS
June 25-29
July 9-13
Did you know that the state of Texas has over 800 different
kinds of habitats with local plant and animal species? Together,
we’ll explore the elegance and diversity of plants in habitats all
around us. Field trip to a wild cave to investigate an
underground ecosystem.

TREE HUGGERS NEW!
July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.
July 30-August 3
They feed us, they display unparalleled beauty, and they’re
responsible for 98% of the air we breathe. Plants! Dissect a
flower, plant a seed, learn how to grow food, and climb trees
with expert foresters from the City of Austin Parks Forestry
Division.

WATER WIGGLES
June 11-15
July 23-27
August 13-17
Have you ever flipped over a rock in a creek bed? There’s an
entire world under there! Join us to investigate habitats beneath                                                                              COST
                                                                                     THEME                   DATE / CODE*
the surface as well as the creatures that reside in them. Field trip                                                                   resident/non-resident
to Pease Park to learn how water not only supports an
                                                                                                          June 25-29 / 203830 03              $222/$257
ecosystem, but also helps beat the heat and provide a ton of fun.                 Habitat Hunters
                                                                                                           July 9-13 / 203830 05              $222/$257
WILD AND WOOLY
June 18-22                                                                                                  July 2-6 / 203830 04              $179/$207
                                                                                   Tree Huggers
July 16-20                                                                                             July 30-August 3 / 203830 08           $222/$257
August 6-10
                                                                                                          June 11-15 / 203830 01              $222/$257
Discover what unique characteristics distinguish mammals,
reptiles, birds, amphibians, and insects from one another. Search                  Water Wiggles           July 23-27 / 203830 07             $222/$257
for native plants and wildlife in our preserve and take a field trip
to Crowe’s Nest Farm to learn about and view animals up close.                                           August 13-17 / 203830 10             $222/$257
                                                                                                          June 18-22 / 203830 02              $222/$257
    *There are multiple sections or camp groups associated with this code. Each   Wild and Wooly           July 16-20 / 203830 06             $222/$257
    camp group has its own counselor, classroom, and schedule. Placement of
    siblings or friends in the same camp group is not guaranteed.                                        August 6-10 / 203830 09              $222/$257

                                                                                  See back cover for week-by-week schedule
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Nature Camps (Ages 7-8)
 Young nature enthusiasts explore the outdoor world. Each week includes hiking, games, experiments, crafts, and science programs.
 Following registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Before the first day of camp a parent letter with more
 detailed information will be sent by email. Participants may register for up to 3 camp sessions.

Age:                7-8 years old
Fee:                $222 for Austin residents                                        Field Trips:          Wednesdays - Destinations will change from week to
                    $257 for non-Austin residents                                                          week.
Time:               Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                                   Bring:                A lunch, two snacks and water bottle every day.
                    One week sessions                                                                      A completed waiver the first day of every camp.
Sign-in/out:        In camper’s assigned classroom                                   Wear:                 Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
Location:           Nature Labs Building                                                                   Must wear water shoes (not flip-flops) when wading
                    Check in at the Visitor Pavilion breezeway on the                                      or swimming in natural areas.
                    first morning of each session to receive classroom               Swim:                 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at City of
                    assignment.                                                                            Austin pools. Offsite field trips on Wednesdays.
Ratio:              Maximum 12 campers/1 counselor                                                         More information on swimming times and
                                                                                                           locations available on the ANSC website in March.

NATURE CAMP WEEKLY THEMES
                                                                                           NATURE TRACKERS
EUREKA! NEW!                                                                               July 23-27
June 11-15                                                                                 August 13-17
July 9-13                                                                                  The best way to observe nature is to become one with nature.
July 30-August 3                                                                           Discuss how animals live, construct your own bird and insect
Have you ever wondered why an arrow flies through the air instead of                       homes, and search for local wildlife high and low. Field trip to a
falling to the ground? Or why baking soda and vinegar react? At this                       wild cave to see what habitats exist underground!
camp we’ll combine physics, chemistry, and fun as we gain a new
perspective on the activities we love to do in the great outdoors. Walking                 UP, DOWN, ALL AROUND                          NEW!
field trip to ANSC archery range.                                                          June 18-22
                                                                                           July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.
H2Oh!                                                                                      August 6-10
June 25-29                                                                                 Our quest for fun and learning leads us in all directions. Look
July 16-20                                                                                 skyward for a glimpse of a stomp rocket. Face off against gravity
Discover aquatic habitats including wetlands, ponds, and the Edwards                       when you craft a vessel to protect an egg as it drops to the ground.
Aquifer. Observe how animals move through water in the ANSC pond                           Cheer on your friends on our walking field trip to ANSC outdoor
and creek. Field trip to the Meadows Center for a glass-bottom boat tour!                  climbing wall.

                                                                   COST
       THEME                  DATE / CODE*
                                                           resident/non-resident

                            June 11-15 / 203840 01                 $222/$257

       Eureka!               July 9-13 / 203840 05                 $222/$257

                        July 30-August 3 / 203840 08               $222/$257

                            June 25-29 / 203840 03                 $222/$257
         H2Oh!
                            July 16-20 / 203840 06                 $222/$257

                            July 23-27 / 203840 07                 $222/$257
 Nature Trackers
                          August 13-17 / 203840 10                 $222/$257

                            June 18-22 / 203840 02                 $222/$257
  Up, Down, All
                              July 2-6 / 203840 04                 $179/$207
     Around
                           August 6-10 / 203840 09                 $222/$257
                                                                                                         See back cover for week-by-week schedule
See back cover for week-by-week schedule    *There are multiple sections or camp groups associated with this code. Each camp group has its own counselor, classroom,
                                            and schedule. Placement of siblings or friends in the same camp group is not guaranteed.                                   5
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Adventure Camps (Ages 9-10)
Adventure camp is just what it sounds like - a camp full of exciting outdoor adventures! Activities may include rock climbing,
canoeing, fishing, biking, and caving. Following registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Before the first
day of camp a parent letter with more detailed information will be sent by email. Participants may register for up to 3 camp
sessions.
Age:                 9-10 years old                                                      Bring:                 A lunch, two snacks, and water bottle every day.
Fee:                 $257/week for Austin residents                                                             A completed waiver the first day of every camp for
                     $292/week for non-Austin residents                                                         which your child is registered.
Time:                Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                                      Wear:                  Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
                     One and two week sessions                                                                  Must wear water shoes (not flip-flops) when wading
                                                                                                                or swimming in natural areas.
Sign-in/out:         Rock Garden Picnic Tables in Zilker Park
                                                                                         Swim:                  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at City of
Location:            Sheffield Education Center/Splash Exhibit*                                                 Austin pools. Thursday’s swim location varies.
Ratio:               Maximum 12 campers/1 counselor                                                             More information on swimming times and locations
Field Trips:         Varies based on themes, destinations may change.                                           available on the ANSC website in March.
                     Some sessions include an overnight campout.

ADVENTURE CAMP WEEKLY THEMES                                                                                                                                      COST
                                                                                                        THEME                     DATE / CODE*                resident/non
GREEN TEAM NEW!                                    OUTDOOR EXPLORERS                                                                                            -resident
June 11-15                                         2 WEEK CAMP
July 9-13                                          June 25-July 6 No Camp Wednesday,                                        June 11-15 / 203850 01              $257/$292
August 13-17                                       July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.
Learn how sustainable practices exist              July 23-August 3                                       Green
                                                                                                                                 July 9-13 / 203850 05          $257/$292
all around you, in all walks of life.              Get ready for fun during this two                      Team
We’ll create with recycled materials,              week whirlwind of activities.                                           August 13-17 / 203850 10             $257/$292
visit an educational farm, and learn               Campers, gear up for biking,
about catch and release when we fish               canoeing, and climbing. Overnight
at East Metro Park.                                                                                                       June 25-July 6 / 203850 03            477/$544
                                                   campout at Pedernales State Park                     Outdoor
                                                   (July 5-6 or August 2-3). Campers                    Explorers
WATER WISE                                         must be able to ride a bike with their                                July 23-August 3 / 203850 07           $532/$607
June 18-22                                         camp group for three miles without
July 16-20                                         adult assistance.                                                        June 18-22 / 203850 02              $257/$292
August 6-10
Discover how water shapes the world beneath your feet when you travel through                         Water Wise             July 16-20 / 203850 06             $257/$292
a wild cave. Observe wildlife underwater while snorkeling in the San Marcos
River and relax in the Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch.                                                                   August 6-10 / 203850 09             $257/$292

                                                                                                       See back cover for week-by-week schedule

    *There are multiple sections or camp groups associated with this code. Each camp group has its own counselor and schedule.
    Placement of siblings or friends in the same camp group is not guaranteed.

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Explorer Camps (Ages 11-12)
These camps are perfect for older campers who are excited about the outdoors and science! Activities may include caving, snorkeling,
archery, or biking. Following registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Before the first day of camp a
parent letter with more detailed information will be sent by email. Participants may register for up to 3 camp sessions.

 Age:                 11-12 years old                                    Bring:            A lunch, two snacks and water bottle every day.
 Fee:                 $257/week for Austin residents                                       A completed waiver the first day of every camp for
                      $292/week for non-Austin residents                                   which your child is registered.
 Time:                Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                     Wear:             Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
                      One week sessions                                                    Must wear water shoes (not flip-flops) when wading
 Sign-in/out:         Rock Garden Picnic Tables in Zilker Park                             or swimming in natural areas.
 Location:            Sheffield Education Center/Splash Exhibit          Swim:             Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at City of
                                                                                           Austin pools. Thursday’s swim location varies.
 Ratio:               Maximum 12 campers/1 counselor
                                                                                           More information on swimming times and locations
 Field Trips:         Varies based on themes, destinations may change.                     available on the ANSC website in March.
                      Some sessions include an overnight campout.

 EXPLORER CAMP WEEKLY THEMES
 ANIMAL ENTHUSIASTS
 July 9-13
 July 16-20
 We’ll turn over rocks, look high above in the treetops, and even
 observe beneath the water’s surface through a mask and snorkel in
 search of our favorite animals. Campers will learn what happens
 behind the scenes with our resident animals at the ANSC and have
 the incredible opportunity to camp overnight at Bamberger Ranch!

 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
 June 18-22
 August 13-17
 Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of a butterfly or the
 mystery of a cave? Campers can bring a digital camera or have a
 camera provided to practice taking pictures of natural wonders on
 field trips to Laguna Gloria and Reimers Ranch. Each photographer
 chooses two photos to be displayed.

                                                        COST
 THEME                  DATE / CODE
                                                resident/non-resident
                                                                         OUTDOOR ACTION                 NEW!
                                                                         June 11-15
                      July 9-13 / 203860 05           $282/$322          July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.
 Animal
Enthusiasts                                                              July 30-August 3
                     July 16-20 / 203860 06           $282/$322
                                                                         If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of the outdoors and you really
                                                                         just love to do it all. Combine all the fun and adventure when we hike,
                     June 18-22 / 203860 02           $257/$292          bike, fish, explore a cave, and shoot a bow and arrow during this
  Nature
Photography                                                              camp. Campers must be able to ride a bike with their camp group for
                   August 13-17 / 203860 10           $257/$292          three miles without adult assistance.

                     June 11-15 / 203860 01           $257/$292          WATER WAYS
  Outdoor                                                                June 25-29
                       July 2-6 / 203860 04           $207/$235          July 23-27
  Action
                                                                         August 6-10
                 July 30-August 3 / 203860 08         $257/$292          Explore the diverse bodies of water in central Texas from spring fed
                     June 25-29 / 203860 03           $257/$292          streams to dammed rivers. Test your skills when you build a card-
                                                                         board boat with friends. How do environmental conditions affect
                     July 23-27 / 203860 07           $257/$292          each aquatic ecosystem? See for yourself as you explore Turkey Bend
Water Ways
                                                                         and fish at East Metro Park.
                    August 6-10 / 203860 09           $257/$292

See back cover for week-by-week schedule                                                                                 Overnight Campout    7
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Specialty Camps (Ages 11-13)
Delve a little deeper into outdoor nature adventures during extra special camps! Upon registration for camp, a confirmation letter
will be emailed to you. Before the first day of camp a parent letter with more detailed information will be sent by email. Specialty
Camps meet TUESDAY-FRIDAY from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Participants may register for up to 3 camp sessions.
Age:               11-13 years old                                          Bring:             A lunch, two snacks and water bottle every day.
Fee:               $222/week for Austin residents                                              A completed waiver the first day of every camp for
                   $257/week for non-Austin residents                                          which your child is registered.
                   Additional $25 for programs that include campout         Wear:              Play clothes and sneakers that can get dirty and damp.
Time:              Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                                             Must wear water shoes (not flip-flops) when wading
                                                                                               or swimming in natural areas.
                   One week sessions
                                                                            Swim:              Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at City of Austin
Sign-in/out:       Rock Garden Picnic Tables in Zilker Park
                                                                                               pools. Thursday’s swim location varies. More
Location:          Sheffield Education Center/Splash Exhibit                                   information on swimming times and locations
Ratio:             Maximum 12 campers/1 counselor                                              available on the ANSC website in March.
Field Trips:       Varies based on themes, destinations may change.
                   Some sessions include an overnight campout.

SPECIALTY CAMP WEEKLY THEMES
                                                                                                                                        COST
ADVANCED CAVING                                                             THEME              DATE / CODE               AGE        resident/non-
June 26-29                                                                                                                             resident
July 24-27
If you’re fascinated by geology and the amazing creatures living in the                     June 26-29 / 203870 03       12-13        $247/$282
                                                                            Advanced
Austin underground then come observe them up close as we explore
                                                                             Caving
wild caves around Austin, including newly discovered caves and old                           July 24-27 / 203870 07      12-13        $247/$282
favorites. Overnight campout at Pace Bend Park.
                                                                                            June 19-22 / 203870 02       11-12        $247/$282
BIKE-TASTIC
June 19-22                                                                  Bike-tastic
August 7-10                                                                                 August 7-10 / 203870 09      11-12        $247/$282
Wheels down! Learn how to maintain your bike and where to ride
around Austin as we explore urban trails and take our machines with                         June 12-15 / 203870 01       11-12        $222/$257
us on a campout to McKinney Falls State Park. Bikes and helmets are
provided or campers may bring their own. Campers must be able to             Outdoor
                                                                                              July 2-6 / 203870 04       11-12        $222/$257
ride a bike with their camp group for 5 miles without adult assistance.       Skills

                                                                                           August 14-17 / 203870 10      11-12        $222/$257

                                                                                             July 10-13 / 203870 05      12-13        $222/$257
                                                                             Youth
                                                                            Climbing         July 17-20 / 203870 06      12-13        $222/$257

                                                                                          July 31-August 3 / 203870 08   12-13        $222/$257
                                                                                                                                     Overnight Campout

                                                                          OUTDOOR SKILLS NEW!
                                                                          June 12-15
                                                                          July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4th. Camp session will begin on Monday.
                                                                          August 14-17
                                                                          Would you like to explore the back country with nothing but your wits, a
                                                                          map, and a snack? We can teach you how. Learn how to fish, build shelter
                                                                          to protect yourself from the elements, and brush up on your orienteering
                                                                          skills.

                                                                          YOUTH CLIMBING
                                                                          July 10-13
                                                                          July 17-20
                                                                          July 31-August 3
                                                                          See the world from above while exploring climbing spots around Austin.
                                                                          Learn basic techniques and practice your skills at Reimer’s Ranch and the
                                                                          Barton Creek greenbelt. All equipment provided.

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Counselor in Training (Ages 13-17)
The Counselor in Training program (CIT) is an opportunity that prepares teens to assist camp counselors in leading activities. There
is a one day training that equips CITs with the skills to become outstanding leaders. Placement is determined by Austin Nature and
Science Center staff. Following registration for camp, a confirmation letter will be emailed. Before the first day of camp a parent
letter with more detailed information will be sent by email. Participants may register for a maximum of 2 CIT camp sessions.
Age:            13-17 years old
Fee:            $187/two week session for Austin residents                 Field Trips:       Varies based on camp assignment.
                $212/two week session for non-Austin residents                                May include an overnight campout at a nearby park.
                Fees include 1 day of training and 2 weeks of              Bring:             A lunch, two snacks and water bottle every day .
                supervised volunteer work.                                                    A completed waiver the first day of every camp for
Training:       June 7 for sessions June 11- July 20                                          which your child is registered.
                July 19 for sessions July 23- August 17                    Wear:              Appropriate clothes and sneakers that can get dirty
Time:           Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM                                                and damp. No flip-flops.
                Two week sessions.                                         Swim:              Varies based on camp assignment.
Training Sign-in/out: ANSC Visitor’s Pavilion breezeway                    Prerequisites:     MUST attend training prior to volunteer session.
Daily Camp Sign-in/out: At assigned camp.                                                     Must enjoy the outdoors and serving as a role model
                                                                                              for younger children.

                                                       COST
       DATES             SESSION / CODE
                                               resident/non-resident
    June 11-22            CIT1 / 204820 1A           $187/$212
   June 25-July 6         CIT2 / 204820 1B           *$169/$192
       July 9-20          CIT3 / 204820 1C           $187/$212
 July 23-August 3         CIT4 / 204820 1D           $187/$212
    August 6-17           CIT5 / 204820 1E           $187/$212
    * No Camp Tuesday, July 4. Prorated camp cost listed.

Before & After Camp Care                                                         Age:    4-17 years old
 Camp staff members supervise children needing to arrive early or                Fee:    $40/week for Austin residents
 stay late and provide them with board games, puzzles, and cards.                        $45/week for non-Austin residents
 Campers may arrive after 7:15 AM and MUST be picked up                          Sign-in/Sign-out: Visitor’s Pavilion
 by 6:00 PM.
                                             Morning Sessions             Afternoon Sessions                      COST
                       DATE
                                             7:15am - 7:45am               5:45pm - 6:00pm                resident/non-resident
                     June 11-15                 207821 1A                     207822 1A                           $40/$45
                     June 18-22                 207821 1B                     207822 1B                           $40/$45
                     June 25-29                 207821 1C                     207822 1C                           $40/$45
                       July 2-6                 207821 1D                     207822 1D                           *$32/$36
                      July 9-13                 207821 1E                     207822 1E                           $40/$45
                      July 16-20                207821 1F                     207822 1F                           $40/$45
                      July 23-27                207821 1G                     207822 1G                           $40/$45
                   July 30-August 3             207821 1H                     207822 1H                           $40/$45
                     August 6-10                207821 1I                      207822 1I                          $40/$45
                    August 13-17                207821 1J                      207822 1J                          $40/$45
                                                                                     *No Camp Monday, July 4th. Prorated camp cost listed.
SPECIAL NOTE for Adventure, Explorer, and Specialty Campers:
Before Care will be signed in at the main ANSC campus, in the Visitor’s Pavilion
After Care is in the Visitor’s Pavilion. Campers will be at the Zilker Park Rock Garden picnic tables until 5:15 PM, then they will be transported to
the Visitor’s Pavilion. These campers will be in transit from 5:15-5:30 PM. Please wait for them at ANSC.
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SUMMER CAMP 2018 - Natural Selections AUSTIN NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER - AustinTexas.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
When does registration begin?                                         If I make an ADA accommodation request, do I have to
Registration begins for the Austin Nature & Science Center            wait to speak with staff before registering online?
(ANSC) on February 10th. Registration will open to city of            No. Please participate in registration as usual. Reasonable
Austin residents at 10:00 AM and non-Austin residents at 1:00         modifications and equal access will be provided upon request.
PM. Online, fax-in, mail-in, and walk-in registrations will also      Call 512-974-3914.
be accepted at ANSC concurrently. Due to high demand,
participants may be registered for up to 3 camp sessions              Can I arrange for siblings or friends to be in the same
or 2 CIT sessions.                                                    camp?
                                                                      No. Placement of siblings or friends in the same group is not
Online registration is strongly encouraged. Customers may             guaranteed. Campers enrolled in the same camp might not be
review online results immediately as online registration is           placed in the same group depending upon the total number of
completed in real time. Walk-in, fax-in, and mail-in registration     enrolled participants. Please note that campers in the same
will only be completed when they are entered into the system          camp will spend much of their day together regardless of group
by staff. Please check your receipt to ensure you are registered      designation.
for the correct program or on a waiting list.
How do I register online?                                             How do I know if I am an Austin resident or a non-Austin
                                                                      resident?
Register online at www.austintexas.gov/parksregister, or visit
                                                                      If you are an Austin Utilities customer you are considered an
ANSC’s website and use the “online registration” link. You will
                                                                      Austin resident for the purposes of Parks and Recreation
be emailed a confirmation (payment receipt) or notification that
                                                                      Department program registration.
you are on a waitlist. Please check your email messages,
including your spam folder. You will receive an email from
                                                                      What should my child bring to camp?
austinparksrec@rectrac.com. If you do not have an email
                                                                      To make sure your child has everything they need for camp
address, your confirmation or waitlist notification will be
                                                                      please review the confirmation packet and parent letter which
mailed.
                                                                      you will receive via email. This includes information about what
                                                                      to bring and ANSC’s medical release form. The medical release
How do I register by mail or in person at ANSC?
                                                                      form must be submitted on the first day of camp at sign-in
Visit or call the ANSC front desk to request a registration form,
                                                                      (please do not email it beforehand). More information is
and then fax, mail, or submit the form in person. ANSC does
                                                                      available at www.austintexas.gov/ansc.
not accept registration by email due to safety concerns. The
completed registration form will be entered into the system at
                                                                      Will my child swim at camp?
the earliest convenience of front desk staff. You will not know
                                                                      Half day campers, ages 4-5 years will wade in ANSC’s creek.
your registration status until you receive an email. No spaces
                                                                      Full day campers, ages 5-17 will complete a swim check for
will be held for fax-in, mail-in or walk-in registration
                                                                      each camp session in which they are registered. The swim
submissions.
                                                                      check is to determine the comfort of each camper in water and
Are scholarships available?                                           used to assign an appropriate swim zone. The swim zone for
For financial aid scholarship information, go to                      each camper is at the discretion of the supervising counselors.
www.austintexas.gov/pardfinaid or call 512-974-3911. Please           All campers will be allowed in the pool regardless of the swim
remember that you must be preapproved, which takes some               check. All staff are trained in basic water rescue or as lifeguards
time, in order to use your financial aid with registration.           to recognize emergencies.
Scholarships are not retroactive.
                                                                      Will my child get a T-shirt?
What happens if the camp is full?                                     Yes. Campers will receive an ANSC t-shirt for each camp
If a camp is full, a spot on the waiting list will be                 session in which they are registered. Camp groups will wear
offered. There is no fee to be on the waiting list. When ANSC         their shirt on Splash Day (Tadpole Camp), Field Trip Day
receives a cancellation, the available space will be offered to the   (Discovery and Nature Camp), or alternate swim day (Youth
first person on the waiting list. If you are offered a space, we      Adventure Camps). Campers will receive their shirt on the first
will notify you by phone about the deadline to secure the space       day of the camp session for which they are registered. Size
with payment. If you decline or let the deadline expire without       selection available during registration.
making payment, we will offer the space to the next person on
the waiting list.

               Look for information about Winter and Spring day camps coming this Fall!
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Program Registration Policies
Cancellation and Refunds:
Program attendance is the responsibility of the participant. Failure to attend a class does not entitle a participant to a transfer,
makeup, prorate or refund. Substitutions, including family members, are not permitted. Registrations cancelled at least 7 days
prior to the first day of class may be issued a refund, minus a 20% nonrefundable deposit and the $35.00 processing fee. No
refunds are issued for registrations that are cancelled without 7 days advanced written notice of the first class day.
Refunds are issued to the charging credit card, or by check from the City of Austin (please allow 406 weeks for processing).
All checks sent to ANSC must be processed. There is a $25 cash fee on all returned checks.
Deposits:
A 20% deposit per session will secure a place until three weeks (21 days) prior to the first day. If you fail to pay the remaining
balance, you will lose your deposit and forfeit your child’s place in that session to another child on the waiting list. You are
encouraged to make full payment at registration to avoid missing deadlines and losing your child’s place in camp. Full
payment is the responsibility of the participant.
Age Requirement:
Placement in each camp are determined by participant age. Your child must be the appropriate age on or before the first
day of camp. Curriculum is designed for specific age groups and developmental stages.
Minimum Registration:
ANSC reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet the minimum enrollment. If this occurs you will be notified
at least 7 days prior to the summer program and a full refund will be issued.
Transfers:
Due to the number of participants in our summer programs, ANSC is unable to transfer participants to other camp sessions.
To change camp sessions, you will need to cancel your current registration and register for a new session.
Video and Image Policy:
ANSC regularly takes photos of participants in our camps. Photos are used to depict programs at ANSC and may appear in
brochures, fliers, and other media. Please see the image release waiver section of the registration form.
Tadpole Camp Additional Forms:
Tadpole Camp requires additional forms for registration. Please bring the completed forms with you the first day of camp.
These forms are available online at www.austintexas.gov/ansc.

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2018 Weekly Summer Camp Themes
                                                                                                                                  July 30-                             August 13-
               June 11-15    June 18-22    June 25-29        July 2-6           July 9-13         July 16-20   July 23-27                            August 6-10
                                                                                                                                  August 3                                 17
               Awesome                Wonderful            Prehistory          Awesome Prehistory               Wonderful                              Awesome          Wonderful
Tadpole                  Wonder World                                                              Wonder World
                Animals                 Water               Mystery             Animals   Mystery                 Water                                 Animals           Water
8 am-12 pm                202821 1B                                                                 202821 1G
               202821 1A              202821 1C            202821 1D           202821 1E 202821 1F              202821 1H                              202821 1I        202821 1J
               Awesome                Wonderful            Prehistory          Awesome Prehistory               Wonderful                              Awesome          Wonderful
Tadpole                  Wonder World                                                              Wonder World
                Animals                 Water               Mystery             Animals   Mystery                 Water                                 Animals           Water
1 pm-5 pm                 202822 1B                                                                 202822 1G
               202822 1A              202822 1C            202822 1D           202822 1E 202822 1F              202822 1H                              202822 1I        202822 1J
                 Water                      Habitat                              Habitat           Wild and                                           Water
Discovery                   Wild & Wooly             Tree Huggers                                           Water Wiggles Tree Huggers Wild & Wooly
                Wiggles                     Hunters                              Hunters            Wooly                                            Wiggles
 ages 5-6                    203830 02                203830 04                                              203830 07     203830 08    203830 09
               203830 01                   203830 03                            203830 05         203830 06                                         203830 10
                            Up, Down, All           Up, Down, All                                                Nature                            Up, Down, All Nature
 Nature         Eureka!                    H 2 Oh!                 Eureka!                         H 2 Oh!                         Eureka!
                               Around                  Around                                                   Trackers                              Around      Trackers
  age 7-8      203840 01                  203840 03               203840 05                       203840 06                       203840 08
                             203840 02               203840 04                                                 203840 07                            203840 09    203840 10

Adventure Green Team         Water Wise       Outdoor Explorer                Green Team Water Wise               Outdoor Explorer                    Water Wise        Green Team
 ages 9-10 203850 01         203850 02           203850 03                     203850 05 203850 06                   203850 07                        203850 09          203850 10

                Outdoor       Nature         Water          Outdoor             Animal      Animal                                 Outdoor                        Nature
Explorer                                                                                               Water Ways                                    Water Ways
                Action      Photography      Ways           Action             Enthusiasts Enthusiasts                             Action                       Photography
ages 11-12                                                                                             203860 07                                     203860 09
               203860 01     203860 02     203860 03       203860 04           203860 05 203860 06                                203860 08                      203860 10
                Outdoor                    Advanced                   Youth                         Youth      Advanced             Youth                                 Outdoor
Specialty                    Bike-tastic             Outdoor Skills                                                                                   Bike-tastic
                 Skills                     Caving                  Climbing                      Climbing      Caving            Climbing                                 Skills
ages 11-13                   203870 02                203870 04                                                                                       203870 09
               203870 01                   203870 03                203870 05                     203870 06    203870 07          203870 08                              203870 10
   CIT               CIT Session 1              CIT Session 2                         CIT Session 3                 CIT Session 4                               CIT Session 5
ages 13-17            204820 1A                  204820 1B                             204820 1C                     204820 1D                                   204820 1E
  Look inside brochure for camp prices and descriptions.
                                                       Mayor and City Council Members                             Parks and Recreation Board Members
                                                       Mayor Steve Adler                                          Jane Rivera, Chair
                                                       Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Tovo                                   Richard DePalma, Vice Chair
                                                       Council Member Ora Houston                                 Michael Casias, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Delia Garza                                 Rick Cofer, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria                       Tom Donovan, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Greg Casar                                  Romteen Farasat, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Ann Kitchen                                 Dawn Lewis, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Jimmy Flannigan                             Francoise Luca, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Leslie Pool                                 Randy Mann, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Ellen Troxclair                             Fred Morgan, Board Member
                                                       Council Member Alison Alter                                Mary Katherine Stout, Board Member

                                                       City Managers Office                                       Parks and Recreation Department
                                                       Elaine Hart, Interim City Manager                          Kimberly McNeeley, CPRP, Acting Director
                                                       Ray Baray, Chief of Staff                                  Liana Kallivoka PhD, PE, Assistant Director
                                                       Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager                       Iliana Venegas, Acting Assistant Director
                                                       Robert Goode, Assistant City Manager                       John Nixon, Acting Assistant Director
                                                       Sara L. Hensley, Interim Assistant City Manager
                                                       Joe Pantalion, Interim Assistant City Manager
                                                       Mark Washington, Assistant City Manager

            Parking and Main Entrance:
            2389 Stratford Drive,                                        Parks and Recreation Department Mission Statement
            Austin, TX 78746                            The purpose of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is to inspire Austin to learn, play, protect,
                                                       and connect by creating diverse programs and experiences in sustainable natural spaces and public places.
            Mailing Address:
                                                       Children’s programs ages 5-12 supervised by Parks and Recreation Department and requiring
            301 Nature Center Drive,
                                                       enrollment/registration in order to participate are not licensed by the state, but follow local
            Austin, TX 78746                           standards of care as adopted by the City of Austin Ordinance No. 020131-65. A copy of the
                                                       ordinance is available and posted at each site.
            Phone: 512-974-3888                          Nature’s Way Preschool is licensed by the State of Texas as a child care facility for ages 3-5.
            Fax: 512-974-3885
                                                    Persons with Disabilities - The City of Austin is committed to complying with the
                                                    Americans with Disability Act. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to
                                                    participate in the Austin Nature & Science Center programs. You may request special
                                                    accommodations to facilitate participation and inclusion in these programs. Reasonable
                                                    modifications and equal access will be provided upon request. Call (512) 974-3914.
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