Nature and Science Camps

Kids are inspired to explore our natural environment and delight in the wonders of discovery.

Updated program information for 2019 will be available in January. Please check back.

Critters and Crawlers Camp

Campers become “Eco-Explorers” as they investigate the natural surroundings at camp. We will take forest treks, prairie walks and beach tours to explore our local wildlife. Activities include: bug safaris, nature hunt, create a critter from litter and more!

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Kids develop their outdoor living skills in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure. Participants will learn a variety of useful camping skills that may include building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

Fish, Frogs and Forts Camp

Filled with exploration and environmental education, we’ll focus on fort building and discovery of insects, fish and frogs. Campers learn basic fishing skills while practicing the catch-and-release method. Bait and fishing equipment is provided at camp but you may bring your own.

Farm Camp

Join us for a week of wholesome fun at Gale Woods Farm! Kids working the farm will explore gardens, fields, and pastures. Young farmers experience the daily routines of feeding and caring for farm animals. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil and people work together to produce the food that we eat every day. Plus they’ll learn what it means to be a good steward in this unique farming experience.

Gale Woods Farm Participant Information

Junior Ranger Camp

The YMCA and National Park Service have partnered together to empower youth to create new outdoor opportunities to play, learn and serve. Campers will earn their Junior Ranger badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn and Protect. Campers will experience a field trip to a National Park to explore the Mississippi River and work with a Park Ranger!

Junior Naturalist Camp (NEW!)

Connect with nature in a personal way! Junior Naturalist campers will take field trips and learn about our precious
environment from Naturalists, and they’ll complete a service project too. From Geocaching to spending time with a Park Ranger, this is your chance to explore nature and learn how to protect our precious outdoors.

Full Steam Ahead Camp (NEW!)

This camp is perfect for our young scholars who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Campers will spend the week engaged in hands on, interactive projects. We will figure out how things work and why it’s important. Activities may include Legos, robotics, science experiments, plus more! There will be lots of learning, using their imaginations, and exploring the indoors and outdoors at camp!