A Four Rivers Guide to Children’s Summer Educational Programs

Jun 25 2020

A Four Rivers Guide to Children’s Summer Educational Programs

Children playing ball in the woodsEven though school’s out, summer is still a time to have fun while learning something new! Below you can find a selection of educational programs offered by some of our heritage partners. Whether you have a child interested in art or ecology, there’s plenty to keep them engaged this summer both virtually or in-person.

Offered In-Person

Summer Programs are back at Historic London Town and Gardens. Join their family & educational programs, including a Mini Herb Garden Workshop (Saturday, July 11, 10:30am), a Children’s Tie-Dye Tote Workshop (Saturday, July 25, 10:30am), and a Mini Succulent Workshop (Saturday, August 1, 10:30am). These workshops will held outside with appropriate distancing, group sizes, and cleaning in accordance with CDC and local guidance.

AMM Summer Camps are a “go” at Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park. However, they will be running at reduced capacity and will have additional health and safety precautions in place. Summer camp allows children to play and wonder as they explore the world around them with friends, old and new! Campers will get their hands wet and feet muddy while exploring the 12-acre Park campus with wooded-trails, a secluded cove, and marsh habitat on the shores of Back Creek. This summer, join AMM to play in the woods and water, discover more about our local maritime heritage, and become inspired environmental stewards.

Maryland Hall’s 2020 Summer Camps are currently proceeding with modifications in place. This year, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will be running a limited number of in-person camps to small groups of no more than 8 students. In-person camps include Jr. Drawing Workshop, Jr. Painting Workshop, Teen Abstract Painting Workshop, Clayworks for Teens, Pottery Wheel for Teens, Advanced Drawing and Painting for Portfolio Reviews, Creating Artworks with Mixed Media, and Self Expression in Drawing, Painting & Collage. Virtual camps are also available.

Offered Virtually

All of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s summer courses have been moved online. Registration is open for both summer and fall programs. CBF’s Education Department takes students outside to explore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and learn how we can all take action to save the Bay. For four decades, CBF has given students, teachers, and others throughout the watershed unique outdoor educational experiences in some of the region’s most inspiring places.  Download their Environmental Educational Program Catalog.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center hosts Virtual Field Trips and a Summer Science Series. Interactive Virtual Field Trips (iVFTs) currently offered include Introduction to SERC (60 min, 4th-Adult), River Otters of the Chesapeake Bay (60 min, 3rd-Adult), Plankton and Microscopes (50 min, 3rd-8th), and Biodiversity (50 min, 5th-12th). The iVFTs are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am-3 pm and other days on a case by case basis. These Virtual Field Trips will bring SERC science into your home.

The Summer Science Series meets Tuesdays 10-11 am (ages 5-7) and Thursdays 10-11 am (ages  8-12). You’ll have a Zoom with their Educators and then a hands-on activity to do at home based on the class. See their suggested activity list.

Coming Soon

Chesapeake Children’s Museum is looking toward scheduling outdoor events before re-opening. Please assist them by completing the Chesapeake Children’s Museum Survey to share your ideas about how they can meet your needs while they are closed, or give feedback about what you and your family like to do so they can better plan for the future. Until then, don’t miss their daily activities on the CCM Facebook page.

We wish you a safe, fun, and educational summer!