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Great Outdoors

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This is an all-in-one activity kit available for pre-order and pickup or restricted delivery. Supplies are limited. Questions? Contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at

  • Kit Type: Box Kit
  • Ages: 3+ with Adult
  • Cost: $25 Each
  • Availability: Deadline Passed
  • Online Ordering: Aug. 14-17
  • Contactless Pickup: Aug. 19
  • Free Delivery: Aug. 19 (Charlottesville Addresses Only)

Bring the outdoors in! Explore a handful of U.S. national parks right from home as you discover the diversity of wildlife and nature they offer with four hands-on STEM experiments and sensory crafts. Visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park as you mold and form a clay volcano and watch it "erupt" in fizzy fun; dip into the Everglades to make a magnetic mama and baby manatee and decorate them with green glitter algae; trek to Yosemite to build a "friction climber" capable of scaling El Capitan's Dawn Wall (or perhaps just a regular wall at home); and search for moose in Grand Teton as you create a sensory felt version of your own.

Note: This kit includes a small sampling of activities from our Park Patrol virtual camp. If your child is registered for that camp, we suggest waiting for a later kit.

Ordering Closed

Details about pickup/delivery will be sent to the email address provided at checkout.

What’s Included?

The “Great Outdoors” kit contains:

  • 4 Hands-On Activities: Fizzy Clay Volcano, Magnetic Manatees, Friction Climber, Sensory Moose
  • All Necessary Activity Materials
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

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