Nature and Science Camps

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

Critters and Crawlers Camp

Ages 4 & 5 years old or entering Kindergarten in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of June 22, July 13, July 27, August 3 and August 17

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

Fish, Frogs and Forts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall

Program cancelled summer 2020

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.

Wild About Nature Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 8, June 22, July 20, July 27, August 10, August 17 and August 24

Young nature lovers will enjoy the great outdoors as we explore the wonders of nature! Campers will hike along our many paths to discover woods, prairies and wetlands. Kids learn to identify a variety of trees, plants, and animals at camp.

Farm and Garden Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

Program cancelled summer 2020​​​​​​​

Join us for a week of wholesome fun on the farm and in the garden! 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 experience. Campers will visit a metro area farm.

Junior Naturalist Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

Program cancelled summer 2020​​​​​​​

Connect with nature in a personal way! Junior Naturalist campers will learn about our precious environment from our Nature staff. From exploring local natural resources to spending time at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, this is your chance to explore nature and learn about the great outdoors!

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

Program cancelled summer 2020​​​​​​​

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!

Full STEAM Ahead Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 8, June 22, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10

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. There will be lots of learning, using their imaginations, and exploring the indoors and outdoors at camp!

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of June 8, June 22, July 20, July 27, August 10, August 17 and August 24

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!