We offer a seasonal wilderness program. Our programs balance interactive instruction observation, and play. Drop off your kids, or stay and learn.
- Ages 5-15
- $17/student, $8.50/adult—includes program and lunch
- Siblings under 5 can come for free with an accompanying adult
- Each program starts 10am and ends at 3pm.
- Registration deadline is one week prior to the program date. Space is limited. Walk-ins may be refused.
Contact Hart Olson, Outdoor Education Director, for more information.
Program Schedule, 2019-2020
Pioneers: The Final Frontier - September 20
Who were the Pioneers and why did they settle out West? Go back in time and learn the ways of the Pioneers. See how they prepared for the upcoming winter.
The game of ultimate survival is a way of life for most animals. Learn the intricacies of a trophic pyramid and they basic needs for survival. Survival depends upon understanding the predator-prey relationship and overcoming limiting factors within the environment.
Logging has been a vital part of Minnesota and Wisconsin history. Go back in time to learn how these men lived and helped to shape the natural landscape.
What happens to the animals in the winter? Discover how different animals survive using unique adaptations that allow them to withstand such conditions as extreme temperatures and scarce food.
Glide across the snow on cross country skis, or traverse atop the snow base on snowshoes. Experience the joy and beauty of winter outdoors while learning a sport that is rich in history, easy, safe good exercise and fun.
Learn a lesson from "The Lorax" then put it into action as you ad a group of students compete against other students to establish the most energy efficient village in our new game, "Energy choices." Put your engineering or physics mind to work through creative thinking or physical skill work alongside your teammates to win the sustainability challenge.
Maple syrup was a traditional food product of the early Native Americans that everyone now enjoys. We will provide you the change to take part in the process of making syrup from the sap that's collected from our maple trees. Learn how this process has evolved over time.
Spring Restoration - April 10
Explore the different ways the ecosystems prepare for the upcoming spring. Compare and contrast the differences in the various habitats emerge from the blanket of winter and what man-made and natural tools we use to promote the overall health of Camp St. Croix's prairie.
Wet and Wildlife - May 22
Walk the banks of the St. Croix River while discussing water's role in our ecosystem, study aquatic life, and discover the effects humans have on our water quality and supply.
In order to provide greater quality of programming, participants will be split according to age into either the 5-8 year old or the 9-15 year old group. These two groups will provide greater tailoring to the learning and development stages of these students.
Additionally, parents with students 12-16 can chose to register them as a participant (for the normal $17) or for an additional $3 ($20 total registration fee) can register their student in the Homeschool Leadership Development Program. In the Homeschool LDP program, students will spend part of the morning in program learning content and preparing an activity under supervision of an Outdoor Education Instructor. After lunch, the students will co-lead the lesson and activity alongside one of Croix's Outdoor Education Instructors allowing them to have more ownership over their learning experience and character development.