The Y’s Environmental Education program is committed to bringing students to the largest classroom in the world, the outdoors. We connect children to nature through education and basic play in an outdoor setting.

Studies have shown that direct exposure to nature is essential in both physical and emotional health as well as social skill development. All of our day camps and overnight camps include environmental education into campers’ experiences.

The Environmental Education Program at YMCA Camp St. Croix is available to community groups and all schools. The curriculum contains a variety of options on topics including Aquatic Ecology, Orienteering and Voyageur Rendezvous as well as seasonal favorites like Maple Sugaring. 

Community Groups

Customize your Environmental Education for you specific community group. 

Contact Camp St. Croix (Hudson, WI) or Camp Widjiwagan (Ely, MN) to learn more.


Camp St. Croix (Hudson, WI) is designed to promote and develop environmental awareness and responsibility. The Environmental Education curriculum directly supports the Minnesota Graduation Standards and the Wisconsin Academic Standards.

Environmental Education at YMCA Camps

Both our overnight camps and day camps emphasize environmental education to create an appreciation for nature through hands-on fun and “green themes.”

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