Even though everyday seems like nature camp day around the marina, we've also been adding an extra outing to our usual summer meanderings. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) runs mom'n'me summer programs for wee ones, or as Zach calls it "nature camp". He looks forward to this more than just about anything in the week. Each time is a different topic, there was "hidey holes" where we went for a hike and looked for animal and bug hiding places. There was one all about butterflies. And another on insects. Tomorrow we study jellyfish. And last week was blue crabs. They also offer homeschool programs which we will check out in the fall. The nice part is that SERC is a huge nature preserve that we can explore before or after camp. There are forest trails that lead to shaded beaches with clear, calm water.