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

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 31 and August 21

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.

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Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $195/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $220/week

Weeks of June 12, July 5, July 24, August 7 and August 21 (No session July 3 – 4)

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!

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Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 3 – 5 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $205/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $230/week

Weeks of July 17 and July 31

The mission of Let’s Move! Outside, a collaboration with the YMCA and the National Park Service, is to bring together community partners to provide opportunities that inspire lifelong stewardship of public lands. This initiative empowers young people across the country to discover the great outdoors. Learn more

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together for Junior Ranger Camp, which empowers youth to discover and 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 explore the St Croix River by pontoon boat, visit a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!

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