Nature and Science Camps

Nature lovers will enjoy the great outdoors as we explore the wonders of the natural world!

Wild About Nature Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2017*

Young nature lovers will enjoy the great outdoors as we explore the wonders of nature! Campers learn to use what nature provides as they build outdoor shelters. We’ll hike along our many paths and trails seeking out trees and special plants to identify. They’ll learn about wildlife and endangered species while they compare and contrast the characteristics of many common and unusual animals. Nature crafts of all kinds bring variety and build important skills.

Outdoor Cooking Camp

Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017*

Outdoor Cooking Camp is a week-long exploration of culinary delights. Campers will pick and use fresh garden produce in their recipes. These junior chefs will receive lessons in outdoor cooking safety, cooking techniques, nutrition, and the essentials for making healthy snacks and scrumptious meals in the great outdoors. Campers will bring home samples of food and recipes to share with family and friends.

Farm & Garden Camp

Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017*

Join us for a week of wholesome fun on the farm and in the garden! Kids working the farm will explore the barn and acres of gardens, pastures, fields, and forests. Young farmers experience the routines of feeding and caring for chickens and horses. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil, and people work together to produce the food that we eat everyday. Plus, they’ll learn how to use fresh produce in your own cooking and what it means to be a good steward in this unique farming experience.

Science Camp

Entering grades 2 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers take off into a world of exploration through hands-on experiments including a volcano, crystallization, soda bottle water launcher and much more! Campers will take a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Pioneering Camp

NEW! Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017*

Campers take an exciting trip back in time as they learn how the early pioneers lived and developed the land and communities that we know today. Kids will explore heritage crafts and activities from the 19th century such as leatherwork, basket weaving, and making natural plant dyes with berries. There are also opportunities for making candles, popcorn and ice cream as well as cooking over an open fire!

YMCA & The National Park Service

The YMCA and the National Park Service have collaborated on the Let’s Move! Outside initiative which provide opportunities for youth to play, learn, and serve on public lands, empowering campers to discover the outdoors. Learn more.

Outdoor Living Skills Camp (Leave No Trace)

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Kids develop their outdoor living skills utilizing Leave No Trace principles in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure and will develop orienteering skills using a map and compass plus they’ll learn about plant and animal identification. Participants will also learn a variety of useful camping skills including building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking as well as participate in a camp improvement project!

Jr. Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together on a Play, Learn, Serve and Work initiative to empower youth to discover and create new outdoor play opportunities. Earn your Jr. Ranger badge and learn the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn and Protect. Campers will visit and volunteer at the St. Croix National Scenic River way and work with a Park Ranger!

*Additional camp paperwork will be required for campers ages 4 – 6. The state of Wisconsin requires the Health History and Emergency Care Plan form and immunization record at camp. Forms found on our Forms & Publications page.