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 (NEW!)

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 (NEW!)

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.

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!