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Nature Camps

Come Out and Play!
There’s a whole lot of great things to see,
Beetles and bugs and a bird in a tree,
Search for fossils and rocks, dip in with a net,
Sit still and dream, wade in and get wet!
Come out and play!


Nature Explorers Camp, 2015

Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm    |    Extended hours 7:30-8:30 am and 5:00-5:30 pm
Ages: 6-12    
Fee: $170/child
Location: Pioneers Park Nature Center

School’s out… Looking for fun and adventure for your Spring Break? Spend it at the Nature Center. Children ages 6 - 12 will play games, explore, build magic spots, make friends, and have a great time during Spring Break. Campers will get outside every day to investigate the natural world around them.


Camp Discovery, 2015

Days: Monday-Thursday, June 1 – July 9
Time: 9-11:30 am
Ages: 3-6 years old
Fee: $70/week
Location: Pioneers Park Nature Center,
Prairie Building Preschool Classroom

Each week we’ll learn through outdoor exploration, crafts, nature games, snacks and story time.
June 1-4 | Green and Growing
Learn to grow in our children’s garden! We’ll get our hands into compost and soil, plant, water, and make a snack from edible plants.
June 8-11 | Going on a Nature Hunt
Spend the majority of each day outside walking north, south, east, and west exploring the Nature Center’s various habitats. We’ll be hiking about 1.5 hours each day, weather permitting.
June 15-18 | Fun in the Mud
Mud, it's great to play in. We'll be getting wet this week as we explore the critters that live in our wetlands and stream and have fun with water.
June 22-25 | Reptiles Rock
Are snakes slimy? Can a turtle crawl out of its shell? Find out for yourself! You’ll have a chance to meet many different reptiles and investigate their lives.
June 29-July 2 | Animals at the Nature Center
Who lives at the Nature Center? We’ll spend each day learning about different animals, exploring where they live, and discovering what they like to eat.
July 6-9 | Fun in the Mud
Mud, it’s great to play in. We’ll be getting wet this week as we explore the critters that live in our wetlands and stream and have fun with water.

Wilderness Nature Camps

Days: Monday-Friday, June 8-July 31
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm   |   Extended hours 7:30-8:30 am and 5:00-5:30 pm
Ages: 6-13 years old
Fee: $170/week, save $10 if registered by May 1st
Location: Wilderness Park, 1st and Calvert St.

All camps are at Wilderness Park, 1st and Calvert St. Snacks, drinks, and program supplies will be provided. Each week will include an off-site field trip and closing ceremony. Each week has a theme; however activities will vary to be age appropriate. Hiking groups are in 6-8 year old and 9-13 year old age groups. Campers are to bring a sack lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, and water bottle Camper/Counselor hiking group ratio will not exceed 12:1. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, natural history, and camp programming. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

June 8-12 | Survival of the Fittest
Build your outdoor skills during this camp. Learn how to build a fire, find shelter, track animals, and navigate the wilderness.
June 15-19 | Bull’s Eye
Ready, aim, fire! Practice archery, use sling shots, and create your own projectiles to hit the targets this week! Even learn how animals hit their mark.
June 22-26 | Naturally Creative (6-8 yr olds)
Get inspired by nature! Express your creativity through music and art during this week of outdoor fun.
June 22-26 | Nature Photography (9-13 yr olds)
Capture nature through photos. Bring a digital camera and get inspired by the wilderness at camp.
July 6-10 | Turtle Power!
Slow and steady wins the race. Explore turtles and other reptiles during this wild encounter camp.
July 13-17 | Outdoor Cooking (6-8 yr olds)
Yum Yum! Learn how to cook fun treats over a fire, by Dutch oven, and other creative ways while outdoors!
July 13-17 | Bike Camp (9-13 yr olds)
Bring your bike and helmet and be ready for daily treks to explore areas in and around Wilderness Park.
July 20-24 | Ka-sploosh
A wet n’ wild week exploring the wonders of water. Conduct water experiments, investigate life in the creek, and learn about wetlands and watersheds.
July 27-31 | Archery on Fire
Try out your archery skills, practice throwing boomerangs and Frisbees, and investigate other high fliers like raptors, insects, and more.

Junior Counselor Leadership Camp

Dates: Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm   |   Extended hours 7:30-8:30 am and 5:00-5:30 pm
Ages: 13-17 years old
Fee: $130/week
Location: Wilderness Park, 1st and Calvert St.

Leadership Camp is week of outdoor leadership training and fun.

  • Learn, polish and practice your leadership skills
  • Participate in a service learning project
  • Develop team building skills and kindle new friendships
  • Increase your knowledge of natural science and earth stewardship
  • Gain experience working with and nurturing children
  • Go on an exciting field trip to complete a high ropes course on Friday, June 5th from 1-4 pm
  • Leadership Camp participants who are 13 years old or Counselors in Training (CITs) will be able to serve as role models for younger campers during Wilderness Nature Camp (WNC). A discounted rate of $85 per week for up to two weeks of WNC can be applied to CIT registration.

    Leadership Camp participants who are 14-17 years old can be Junior Counselors (JCs). JCs have the opportunity to volunteer during WNC and assist Camp Counselors with activities.

    Please call the Nature Center at 402.441.7895 with any questions. Registration is due May 1st.