Nature and Science Camps

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

Updated program information for 2020 will be available in January. Please check back.

Critters & Crawlers Camp

Ages 4 & 5 year olds or entering Kindergarten in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 10, July 15, July 22 and August 12

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 & Forts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 10 - August 23 (No program week of July 1)

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, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 10 - August 23 (No program week of July 1)

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 & Garden Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 17, July 15, July 29 and August 12

Join us for a week of wholesome fun on the farm and in the garden! 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.

Junior Naturalist Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of July 8 and August 5

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 in Clearly Lake Park, Prior Lake, to spending time with a Park Ranger at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, this is your chance to explore nature and learn how to protect our precious outdoors.

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 24, July 15 and July 22

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, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5 and August 19

This camp is perfect for our young scholars who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, 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!

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 10, June 24, July 22, July 29 and August 12

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!

Science Explorer

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 17, July 15 and August 12

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.