Nature Camps

Develop your passion for the things you love or try out something new. At each of our specialty camps, campers will spend approximately 2 hours each day focusing on your selected camp. Each specialty camp includes at least one field trip or guest appearance. The remaining time will be spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

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! We’ll hike along our many paths to discover woods, prairies and wetlands. Kids learn to identify the huge variety of trees and plants at camp. Each day focuses on a new theme of mammals, ponds, insects and birds. Campers learn about endangered species as well as the native wildlife; they even get to see a few animals up close! Partnership with Wargo Nature Center.

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Develop your outdoor living skills with this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Discover the finer points of preparing for your next big outdoor adventure. Campers will develop orienteering skills using a map and compass and learn about plant and animal identification. Campers will also learn a variety of useful camping skills including building a fire making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

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.

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 3 – 5 in fall, 2017

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together in the Let’s MOVE! Outside Initiative, which empowers youth to discover and create new outdoor opportunities for play, learning, and service. Earn your Junior Ranger Badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn, and Protect. Campers will explore the St Croix River by pontoon boat, visit a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!