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Help a Mom: Seeking nature-oriented summer camps with bugs, animals

Posted April 30, 2013
Updated May 1, 2013

I received this email from a mom searching for a specific kind of summer camp for her son. Here's what she wrote:

I am the mom of a 4-year-old boy and he loves nature and bugs and animals. I was wondering if you know any summer camps in the Cary area that involves outdoor activities and/or being around farm animals? I would appreciate any insight you have!

I recommended that she check out the Cary parks' summer camps, especially programs at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, which include some morning, four-day programs. Wake County's Crowder District Park in Apex also has an option for her. Spence's Farm in Chapel Hill also has some great programs for kids all year, but that's a bit out of her area.

But I know there must be others in Cary and beyond. And I know that Go Ask Mom readers can recommend some favorites.

While this mom is looking for the Cary area, please recommend camps in other parts of the region too as we have readers from all over.

Can you recommend a camp? Please share your comments below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • lori6 May 1, 2013

    I second Sarah's suggestion for Hemlock Bluffs. When my son was younger, he did programs there each summer, and over trackouts as he got older. These days, he's more into science and technology than the nature camps, but he still enjoys their "Night Out with Nature" programs - like an old fashioned campfire...

  • mchesser May 1, 2013

    If your 4-year old child is prepared to go into kindergarten this fall, he is eligible for preK-K camps at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! While many of their camps for this age are already full (registration started in February), there are still some spaces available July 22-26!

  • lg2823 May 1, 2013

    It's not in Cary, but the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill has summer camps and day programs.

  • sww Apr 30, 2013

    Spencer's Farm near Hillsborough.