Cumming Nature Center

FEBRUARY BREAK Camps

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

  • Cumming Nature Center, Naples NY

  • Tuesday, February 21-Thursday, February 23

  • Ages 6-8, 9-11

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Join us for February Break at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY, as we search for animal tracks, discover the science of snow, and learn to cross country ski. We’re offering two different themes for ages 6-8 and 9-11 to immerse children in the natural world and spark their curiosity. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of ski and snowshoe trails, the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center are the perfect setting for the best February Break ever!

Please note: All CNC camps take place at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY. 

Important Camp Information | Drop-Off & Pick-Up | Extended Care | FAQs


Winter Secrets

$175 | Ages 6-8

In winter, the world is covered in white but there are many mysteries hidden all around us. Discover the secrets of winter! Explore the snow-dressed evergreens, learn how animal signs and tracks tell the stories of the forest, and celebrate the gift of snow with winter activities such as shelter-building, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding. If your toes get chilly, get toasty by the fire!

Winter Ecologists

$175 | Ages 9-11

Winter is here! Leaves have dropped, birds have flown, critters have tucked themselves away. The forest is quiet and still, but there is so much life hidden all around us. Suit up and come to camp to learn all about nature in the winter and the science of snow. Celebrate the frosty forest with snowshoeing, skiing, sledding and hot cocoa by the fire!


IMPORTANT CAMP INFORMATION

  • All CNC Camps take place at Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY. Unless otherwise noted, check-in takes place at the Nature Center .
  • All CNC camps run from 9am until 4pm. Extended Care is available.
  • Prior to registering, please review our CNC Camp Information & Policies for all of the additional information you’ll need to know before camp. We’ll also send this document via email the week before you attend camp.
  • Registration is required prior to the start of camp.  Enrollment is limited; early registration recommended. Campers are grouped based on the age of the child at the time of the camp.
  • Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks.
  • All February Break programs take place outdoors but indoor warm-up spaces will be available for use if needed.
  • Day themes and activities are subject to change based on weather conditions.
  • There will be a fire built each day at camp and kids will have the opportunity to learn and practice fire-building skills.
  • Need help registering or have a question about our program? Call 585.374.6160 or email Winona Brown at wbrown@rmsc.org.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Drop-off and pick-up take place at the Cumming Nature Center, located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512.

Drop-off

  • Please be prompt so that all camps can start at their scheduled times! All campers must be accompanied by an adult each morning and signed in.
  • 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.
  • Drop-off is between 9 AM – 9:15 AM. Campers arriving before 9:00 AM will need to register for Before Care.

Pick-Up

  • Pick up is between 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Campers who are not picked up by 4:00 PM will be placed in After Care, and families will be charged accordingly.
  • In the event your camper needs to be picked up early, please notify your camp counselors. In the event of an emergency, call Cumming Nature Center at (585) 374-6160.

Extended Care Options

Extended care is available on camp days at the Cumming Nature Center. 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 $5 when you sign up for the whole week!

  • Before Care (7:45am – 9:00am): $7/day or $18/three days
  • After Care (4:00pm-5:30pm): $7/day or $18/three days
  • Extended Care Combo (Before & After Care): $35/three days

Campers that have not been picked up by 4:00 PM will be enrolled in After Care and charged accordingly. Campers that have not been picked up by 5:30 PM will be charged a $10 late fee. Campers that have not been picked up by 5:45 will be charged a $25 late fee.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

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.

Are CAMPERS OUTDOORS ALL DAY?

All February Break programs take place outdoors but indoor warm-up spaces will be available for use if needed. Day themes and activities are subject to change based on weather conditions. Feel free to contact our staff for more information about dressing for winter!

WHAT SHOULD MY CAMPER BRING TO CAMP?

  • Please send your camper with a backpack, snack, lunch, and drink/water bottle. They should also bring spare warm underlayers, extra gloves and hats.
  • Campers should wear warm winter boots and comfortable, warm layers.
  • 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 that your child may bring to camp. We highly encourage your camper to keep valuables and other personal items at home.

HOW DO YOU MANAGE ALLERGIES AND MEDICAL NEEDS?

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 CNC Break Week Camps 2023 Information & Policies.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

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. 

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 CNC Break Week Camps 2023 Information & Policies.

What are your covid-19 policies?

Check out our Health & Well-being Protocols to learn how our staff members will be working to ensure your campers stay safe and healthy.  Please note these protocols are updated regularly as new guidance is received.