Cumming Nature Center

Summer Curiosity Camps

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on nature exploration with Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center!

  • Cumming Nature Center, Naples NY

  • 8 Week-Long Sessions | July 8 – August 30, 2024

  • Ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-15, 14-18

  • Busing available for select camps

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CNC SUMMER CURIOSITY CAMP

Join us this summer at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY, as we search for salamanders, build gnome homes, climb trees, and dig for artifacts. Each week of camp offers a different theme to immerse children in the natural world and spark their curiosity. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of hiking trails, the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center are the perfect setting for campers to learn basic wilderness skills, nature science, outdoor team-building activities, nature awareness, and more!

Please note: All CNC camps take place at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY. Transportation from/to Rochester is available on select weeks for an additional fee.

Need help with registration? Have a question about our program offerings and activities? 

Contact Winona Brown at 585.374.6160 or wbrown@rmsc.org and someone will get back to you within 2-3 business days.


Important Camp Information

Policies

Prior to registering, please review our CNC Summer Camp Information & Policies for all of the additional information you’ll need to know before your campers first day. We’ll also send this document via email the week before you attend camp.

  • You may not register another person’s camper.  If your camper plans to attend camp with a friend, please let us know during registration so that we can group them accordingly.
  • Campers are grouped based on their ages at the start of camp.
  • All campers must bring their own lunch and snack(s).

REgistration

Registration is required prior to the start of camp.  Enrollment is limited; early registration is highly recommended. Members receive priority registration! 

Need help registering or have a question about our program?  Call 585.374.6160 or email Winona Brown at wbrown@rmsc.org.

BUSING FROM ROCHESTER (weeks 2-7)

Busing will be offered for camps during Weeks 2-7, with limited spaces available to campers participating in the Walden Summer Experience. The bus will depart from the RMSC’s downtown Rochester campus for the Cumming Nature Center at the beginning of the day and return to the same location at the end of the day. There will be a CNC staff member on the bus riding to and from camp. You will have the option to register for busing when you register for each camp.

  • Buses will depart from the RMSC downtown Rochester campus at 7:45am and arrive at CNC by 9am.
  • Buses will depart from CNC at 3:45pm and arrive at the RMSC downtown Rochester campus by 5pm.
  • If your child is participating in the Walden Summer Experience and you would like to bus, please inquire about transportation by emailing Winona Brown at wbrown@rmsc.org.

Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures

For those transporting their children to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up take place at the Cumming Nature Center, located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512. Drop-off is between 9am – 9:15am. Campers arriving before 9am will need to register for Before Care (only available Weeks 1 & 8). Pick up is between 3:30pm – 4pm. Campers who are not picked up by 4pm will be charged a late fee.

If your child is participating in Digging Through Time or Archaeology Adventure, drop-off and pick-up will take place at the RMSC at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 on Wednesday only.

  • All campers must be signed in by an adult each morning. Your camper will only be released to the authorized contacts listed during registration and on the camp sign-in sheet. Authorized pick-ups must present a photo ID every time they come to pick up a camper.
  • In the event your camper needs to be picked up early from the Cumming Nature Center, please notify your sign-in counselors and call or check in at the Front Desk. Those picking up early will be expected to hike out to the camp or trail location unless extra staff is available.
  • In the event of an emergency, call Cumming Nature Center at (585) 374-6160.

Extended Care (Weeks 1 & 8)

Only during Weeks 1 & 8, extended care will be available Monday – Friday at the Cumming Nature Center for campers getting picked up or dropped off at the CNC. Registration for Extended Care is required.

Need extra time before and after the camp day? Sign up for extended care when you register and your camper will enjoy supervised, unstructured playtime monitored by camp staff. Save when you sign up for the whole week!

  • Before Care (7:45am – 9:00am): $10/day or $45/week
  • After Care (4:00pm-5:30pm): $10/day or $45/week
  • Extended Care Combo (Before & After Care): $80/week

Late Pick-Up Procedures

  • Campers that have not been picked up by 4pm will be charged a late fee. 

Please note that on weeks when Extended Care is available, campers not picked up by 4pm will be automatically enrolled.


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. 

For more detailed information, please review our:


  • 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. CNC scholarship funds have all been distributed and are no longer available for Summer 2024.
  • 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.