Nature and Science Camps

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

Fish, Frogs & Forts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall

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.

Animals in Action Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall

Kids get a real hands-on animal experience in this exploration camp. They’ll learn about wildlife and endangered species while they compare and contrast the characteristics of many common and unusual animals. Plus they’ll learn how animals enrich our world.

Science Explorer Camp

Entering grades 4 - 6 in fall

Campers take off into a world of exploration through hands-on experiments to learn essential concepts applied towards a variety of eruptions, engineering experiments and much more. STEM curriculum is used in a fun, hands-on way.

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

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!

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

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 the St. Croix River and work with a Park Ranger!