2014 URI Eco-Exploration Camp

The URI Outreach Center invites your budding naturalists to engage in an outdoor adventure this summer. Our garden day camps encourage kids to explore the natural world, with programs conveniently located both in Kingston and Providence. Campers will investigate bird nests and eggs, search for creatures living under logs, play wildlife-themed games, harvest and taste freshly-grown produce, create nature-inspired arts and crafts projects, draw in science journals, collect treasures for their nature boxes and more! Each week is themed and geared towards different age groups based on the level of content. Send your child for one week or more!


“I have signed my 9 year old son up for many camps and activities. The Eco-Exploration Camp was one of his favorites so far! The games and crafts promoted learning, and the counselors were wonderful! See you next year!” S. Clark, 2013 Kingston camp parent

“From what my daughter told me each day after camp, I thought the content was excellent. She learned a lot, had fun, and made new friends. After the second day of camp, she came home and said, “I hope I can go back next year!” T. duKor-Jackson, 2013 Providence camp parent

Meet the Education Team

1512Amy Cabaniss

Hometown: East Lyme, CT

A warm welcome to Amy Cabaniss, our new Youth STEM Coordinator! Amy is preparing to lead the second annual URI Eco-Exploration Camp.  She is excited to engage children in experiential learning in a garden setting and elsewhere.

Amy has 30 years of experience in environmental education.  Her background includes classroom and field based programs and outreach to children and adults of all ages, as well as curriculum development and educator training.  Amy is currently completing a doctoral program in environmental studies at Antioch University New England with research on fostering environmentally responsible behavior.


Abigail Tubman (left)

Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Major: Biological Sciences

As a mentor for children’s programs and camps, Abigail has had great experiences teaching the importance of leadership and healthy expression for kids. Abigail’s favorite part about the educational camps at URI includes seeing the children ask questions, and being able to serve as a resource for them.

Franchesca Cruz (right)

Hometown: Providence, RI
Major: Microbiology

As a Learning Landscape educator at URI and also a daycare provider, Franchesca has extensive experience working with children.  She enjoys connecting with children through hands-on activities to discover the natural environment. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm of the natural sciences with your camper! 

Week 1 | Where the Wild Things Live: On Campus

July 14-18, 2014
Grades 1 – 6  (ages 6-12)
URI Botanical Gardens, 3 East Alumni Avenue, Kingston, RI

eco14_w1Have you ever wondered what type of animals may be living in the garden? This week, campers will net insects, track mammals and catalog the birds and amphibians that inhabit the URI Botanical Gardens and the nearby North Woods habitat. They will investigate animal diversity by viewing birds’ nests, mammal skulls and insect specimens. Campers will have the chance to cool off at the URI pool, and will leave this week equipped to turn any backyard into a living laboratory! Lunch is not included.

Week 2 | Eco-Crusaders: Urban Discovery

780July 28-Aug 1, 2014
Grades 3 – 6 (ages 8-12)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1 Floral Way, Providence

This week encourages kids entering grades 3-6 to take a closer look at RI’s environment, empowering them to “be the change they want to see in the world.” Why do we compost and who lives in the compost pile? Why do we need pollinators and how can we attract them to the garden? What can we do to protect the water we drink, swim and fish in? Campers will learn the importance of land stewardship and the processes that bring our food from farm to table. Lunch is included.

Week 3 | Where the Wild Things Live [in the City]

786August 4-8, 2014 | 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Grades 1 – 3 (ages 6-9)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1 Floral Way, Providence

Have you ever wondered what types of animals may be living in the city? Campers learn scientific techniques for collecting insects, tracking mammals, and cataloging the birds and plants that inhabit the garden spaces within historic Roger Williams Park. Campers will also investigate animal diversity by viewing bird nests, feathers and mammal skulls, and participate in animal themed-games to round out their experience. Your camper will leave this week equipped to turn any green space into a living laboratory! Lunch is included.

Week 4 | Urban Garden Explorers

809August 11-15, 2014 
Grades 3 – 6 (ages 8-12)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1 Floral Way, Providence

Did you know that you can plant a garden with your friends and neighbors, even if you live in the city? Through games and activities, campers will investigate where their food comes from.  Why should we grow and buy local produce? How does planting a garden in a forest setting help people and wildlife? Kids will taste produce grown in a working community garden and explore an edible forest garden right here in Providence. Your child will leave this engaging, fun-filled week eager to watch their own garden grow! Lunch is included.

Camp Scholarships

Camp scholarship donations have been generously provided by the URI President’s Office, Community, Equity and Diversity Office, College of Engineering, and College of Environmental and Life Sciences.  Additional sponsorships have been provided by the Botanical Center Conservancy and private donors.

URI Eco Exploration Camp Diversity Scholarship
URI Eco-Exploration Camp Providence Resident Scholarship

URI Campamento Eco-Exploracion Beca de Diversidad

URI Campamento Eco-Exploracion Beca para Residentes de Providence


Camp Schedule:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

$150.00/full week or $40.00/day per camper.

Scholarships are now available!  click here for details.

Discounts: 30% off for families who send 2 or more children! Email us for the discount code. 

All of our camp counselors are First Aid and CPR certified. 

To reserve your camper a spot in one or more camp weeks: