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Cumming Nature Center

Curiosity Camps

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science fun with camps at the RMSC’s Cumming Nature Center this year.

Camps at Cumming Nature Center offer exciting opportunities for young minds ages 6-15 to share in new adventures, discover science, and explore the natural world!

  • Cumming Nature Center, Naples NY

  • Summer Camps, February Break Camp

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Policies & procedures

How to enroll

What People Are Saying

“my 6 year old granddaughter had the time of her life at cumming nature center this week. kudos and many thanks to your staff for such an incredible and fun-filled experience.”

-CNC Camp Grandparent

HANDS-ON EXPLORATION

Curiosity Camps let your camper discover the wonders of our world through science, adventure, and outdoor skill-building. With the Nature Center as their playground, campers have access to 900 acres of forested landscape, along with CNC’s exhibits and guided educational activities.

EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS

Our camp instructors are outdoor naturalists and environmental educators who share our passion for life-long learning. Each camp has at least two instructors, and is supported by volunteers. Our staff to camper ratio is 1:8.

AccessibLE OPPORTUNITIES

Nature is for everyone! To ensure that all children can come to camp, we offer busing from Rochester for select summer camps, as well as Extended Care options during weeks without busing. Scholarships are available.

Frequently asked questions


RMSC Cumming Nature Center is located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples NY 14512. We are about an hour south of Rochester. Busing from the RMSC’s Rochester location (657 East Ave) is available for a fee during Weeks 2-7 of camp.


Yes! Campers will be outdoors in the woods all day, so please pack and plan accordingly. On sunny days, this can mean a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. On rainy days, this can mean a raincoat and rainboots.

In the case of severe weather events, such as lightning, campers will come indoors until it is safe to return outside.


  • Full Day Camps: Drop-off is between 9–9:15am. Campers arriving before 9am will need to register for Before Care. Pick up is between 3:30 –4pm. Campers who are not picked up by 4pm will be charged a late fee.
  • Busing (Weeks 2-7): Buses will depart from the RMSC downtown Rochester campus at 8am and arrive at CNC by 9am. Buses will depart from CNC at 3:45pm and arrive at the RMSC downtown Rochester campus by 5pm.
  • Extended Care (Weeks 1 & 8): Campers registered for Before Care can arrive between 7:45am and 9:00am. Campers registered for After Care must be picked up by 5:30pm.

Curiosity Camps Instructors are environmental educators, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts who share our passion for life-long learning.


Curiosity Camps at CNC let your camper discover the wonders of the natural world in fun and creative ways. With the entire Nature Center as their playground, campers have access to 900 acres of diverse habitat, where they can learn about animals and plants, hone basic outdoor skills like fire and shelter building, and cultivate a sense of connection to the place we call home.


  • Please send your camper with a backpack, sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, lunch, and drink/water bottle. Note that refrigeration is not available. Please pack rain gear (coat and boots) on rainy days, as campers will still be outdoors.
  • Campers should wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty.
  • We ask that you do not send your camper with a cell phone or other personal electronic devices. We do not receive cell reception on the trails and we try to keep our camp experience screen-free!
  • The RMSC and CNC are not responsible for the loss, destruction, or theft of any personal items (including clothing, book bags, purses, toys, games, electronic devices, cell phones, money, etc.) that your child may bring to camp. We highly encourage your camper to keep valuables and other personal items at home.

Curiosity Camps strives to provide an accessible and safe environment for all campers. If your camper has a medical condition, severe allergies, dietary restrictions, or a disability, please note this information during registration. Camp Administration may contact you if there are questions or concerns regarding the successful accommodation of your camper. 

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  • To plan appropriately for staff and supplies and to maintain a safe, healthy environment, it is critical for us to accurately anticipate enrollment and attendance. Please note that all camp registration fees include a $75 non-refundable deposit (scholarship applications include a $15 non-refundable deposit).
  • Withdrawals that occur more than 10 days before the start of camp will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable deposit). For more detailed information, please review our:

  • In order to provide all campers and staff with a positive and safe experience, it is important that all campers exhibit proper behavior and self-control and act respectfully at all times. As necessary, Curiosity Camps will take action steps to manage behavior incidents and/or chronic behaviors as problems arise and progress.
  • Camp Administration reserves the right to immediately dismiss a camper from current and future camp sessions at any point for conduct that is deemed detrimental to the well-being of other campers and staff, or to the overall operation of the camp. Refunds will not be given (for current or future camp sessions) if campers are dismissed from Curiosity Camps programs due to behavioral reasons. For more detailed information, please review our:

  • Scholarships for summer Curiosity Camps are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cover 50% or 90% of the camp registration fee based on your child’s reduced or free lunch status. Each camper is eligible to receive a scholarship towards two weeks of Curiosity Camps per summer.
  • Register for camp and apply for a scholarship online. Paper applications are available.
  • During registration, you can select our payment plan option. You’ll pay a non-refundable deposit when you register, then 50% is due on March 1, 2024 and the remainder on May 31, 2024. Please note that the payment plan is set to auto-pay, meaning you will need to provide a credit card in order to use the plan.

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