December 16, 2019

Native American Adventure Added to CRM Summer Camp Program

Aspiring archaeologists search for signs of the past at Nott Island during the Connecticut River Museum’s summer adventure camp Digging in the Past.

Essex, CT – Every year the Connecticut River Museum’s Summer Adventure Camps offer children age 7 to 12 the opportunity to get hands-on in history and have some fun learning about the Connecticut River Valley at two historic locations, Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook and the Museum’s riverfront campus in Essex.   This year, the widely popular, week-long programs kick off on July 9 with Finding the First Americans, a newly created session for children age 9-12 where Bushnell Farm’s wigwam is the base for exploration of Connecticut Native American life in the 1600s.  Campers will help prepare a tree to be a dugout canoe, make a wigwam model, create pottery, and cook on an open fire.  On July 16, traveling back in time at Bushnell Farm continues with Colonial Survival Camp for ages 6-9.  The week’s activities include building a timber frame barn, learning to weave, playing colonial games and working in a heritage garden.  For those 9-12 year olds who prefer on-water adventure, Life At Sea is scheduled for the week of July 23 with learning to survive on the high seas as a Privateer and sailing on a historic wooden schooner.   For those 9-12 year old aspiring archaeologists, Digging into the Past is a sure bet for discovery at Nott Island and other mysterious sites during the week of July 30.  The final two camp sessions focus on the natural habitats of the Connecticut River and plenty of hands-on exploration with Wild River for ages 6-9 running during the week of August 6 and River Rangers for ages 9-12 wrapping up the summer from August 13-17.

Each program runs Monday –Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with after care available until 3:00 pm.  A simple snack is provided, or kids can bring their own. The non-member fee is $185 per week.  The member fee is $170 for each week.  Advance registration is required.  To reserve a space, download and mail in the registration form from or contact the education department at 860-767-8269 extension 113 or  The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street.