Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

2015 Summer Camps

Summer is a great time to be outside discovering the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Northern Michigan. Summer also presents a perfect opportunity to engage your child in a different kind of learning—the kind that lasts a lifetime and doesn’t require the internet or a text book. Our tried and true curricula of hands-on, outdoor experiences will inspire your child’s innate curiosity, creativity and empathy for the plants, animals and ecosystems that elevate Northern Michigan among the most beautiful places on earth.

2015 Camp Schedule- Registration open March 30th

NEW! Daily Nature Camps

For one week only we will be running daily camps at the Boardman River Nature Center! Feel free to come all four days or just one. Each day we’ll meet lots of new friends, engage in physical activity, create, play, explore, and engage with the natural world.
Ages 4-10
$20/day
Monday, June 29, 9:00am to 12:00pm – River Rangers
Tuesday, June 30, 9:00am to 12:00pm – Getting Buggy
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00am to 12:00pm Woodland Wonders
Thursday, July 2, 9:00am to 12:00pm Outdoor Adventurers

Age 4-6 Weekly Summer Camp
Friends & other Discounts are available. Discounts can not be combined. Visit www.natureiscalling.org for details

New! Half Day Summer Camp: Farm Kids!
When: Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Get ready for an exciting Agriculture Adventure this summer at the Boardman River Nature Center! We will get to know agriculture from the soil to the sky. We will meet bugs and grubs, dig into soil, and water and grow our food.

Half Day Summer Camp: Jr. River Ranger
When: Monday-Friday, July 13- 17, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description:Get set to discover the wonders of nature along the Boardman River! Learn about the creatures that live in the Boardman River. We will discover how rivers flow, create our own river, and learn about keeping the river healthy for all! Rangers will complete their week-long mission and make new friends, take a field trip, create, and explore the natural world above and below the surface.

Half Day Summer Camp: Bugs Grubs & Slugs
When: Monday-Friday, July 20 -24, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Get ready to find some new friends! Slimy friends, friends that fly, friends with hundreds of eyes, and of course some new human friends too! At this week of insect camp we’ll spend the week on a mini-mission learning about, catching, and identifying all sorts of bugs! We’ll set traps, use nets, play games, and hike all over as we complete hands-on activities around the Natural Education Reserve.

Half Day Summer Camp: Jr. Outdoor Explorer
When: Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Get ready explorers! Get off the beaten path and join us for this wilderness adventure! Hit the trails and explore all that the woods and river have to offer. Become a nature and river whiz! Learn how to explore natural areas responsibly and prepare to share these adventures with your family and friends.

Half Day Summer Camp: Jr. Grand Traverse Adventurers
When: Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Grab your backpack and your sense of adventure! We’re going to spend the week hiking the trails of the Natural Education Reserve, playing in Jack’s Creek, looking for animals, catching insects and more. We’ll meet lots of new friends, paint, play, explore, and engage with the natural world daily.

New! Half Day Summer Camp: Mini Magnificent Michigan
When: Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Come explore what makes Michigan so MAGNIFICENT. Get ready to meet new Michigan animal and insect friends, dig in the dirt to find fossils, and discover what food we can find! We will have lots of freshwater fun, build forts, meet lots of new friends, paint, play, explore, and engage with the natural world daily.

New! Half Day Summer Camp: Little Woodland Wonders
When: Monday-Friday, August 17-21, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Discovery the wonders of the woods at the Boardman River Nature Center! How can you tell how old a tree is? Where does maple syrup come from? Learn to identify different trees by their leaves and their bark, discover who calls the trees their homes and what insects live there. Explore the Natural Education Reserve as you discover the many ways we use trees and their importance in our lives. Let’s explore the woods together! We will have live raptors visiting from the Wildlife Recovery Network and a visit from the Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo.

Half Day Summer Camp: Jr. Eco Explorers
When: Monday-Friday, August 24-28, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Eco Explorers unite! The Boardman River Nature Center needs you! This week at camp our Eco-Explorers will build forts, make their own mini national parks, create solar ovens to make yummy snacks, and so much more! We will hike, play, explore and create on a daily basis- all while learning how to take care of our planet.

Ages 7-10 Weekly Full Day Camp Programs
Friends & other Discounts are available. Discounts can not be combined. Visit www.natureiscalling.org for details  

New! Full Day Summer Camp: Agriculture Adventurer
When: Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Get ready for an exciting Agriculture Adventure this summer at the Boardman River Nature Center! We will get to know agriculture from the soil to the sky. We will meet bugs and grubs, dig into soil and water, and grow our food. To top it off, we will be visiting Wagner Farms to see a real livestock farm in action.

Full Day Summer Camp: River Rangers
When: Monday-Friday, July 13- 17, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description:Get set to discover the wonders of nature along the Boardman River! Learn about the flow of water in rivers and collect samples of water, fish, sediments, and woody debris from the Boardman. Look at macroinvertebrates under a microscope and learn about keeping the river healthy for all! Rangers will complete their week-long mission and make new friends, create, and explore the natural world above and below the surface. We will be taking a field trip to our secret fishin’ hole.

Full Day Summer Camp: Insect Investigators
When: Monday-Friday, July 20 -24, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Discover the wonderful world of tiny critters – worms, pill bugs, insects, and more! We’ll investigate the forest floor, a rotting log, and the underwater habitat of Jack’s Creek. Find out all about these little invertebrates by exploring what they eat, where they live, and why they are important. Maybe you’ll find they’re not all that creepy after all!   We will be touring the Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo and having our lunch with the bugs.

Full Day Summer Camp: Outdoor Explorer
When: Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Get off the beaten path and join us for this wilderness adventure! Hit the trails and explore all that the woods and river have to offer. Become an amateur naturalist, a wilderness survival expert, and river whiz! Participate in teambuilding challenges, learn how to explore natural areas responsibly and prepare to share these adventures with your family and friends.   We will be spending a day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes with a special guest leading us around!

Full Day Summer Camp: Grand Traverse Adventurers
When: Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Adventurers get ready! This week of camp will take you from the forest to the farm and from the lakeshore to the river shore. We’ll be exporing all of Grand Traverse agricultural, natural, and other wonders of the Grand Traverse Area. This week will include fresh water fun, fort building, fishing and more! We will be taking a trip to the Northwest Michigan Fair.

NEW! Full Day Summer Camp: Magnificent Michigan
When: Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Come explore what makes Michigan so MAGNIFICENT. We’re going to spend the week discovering Michigan animals, plants, fossils and so much more! We will have lots of freshwater fun, build forts, meet lots of new friends, paint, explore, and engage with the natural world daily. This camp will be taking a special tour of MOOmers Homemade Ice Cream.

Half Day Summer Camp: Woodland Wonders
When: Monday-Friday, August 17-21, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $180
Description: Discovery the wonders of the woods at the Boardman River Nature Center! How can you tell how old a tree is? Where does maple syrup come from? Learn to identify different trees by their leaves and their bark. Explore the Natural Education Reserve as you discover the many ways we use trees and their importance in our lives. Let’s explore the woods together! We will have live raptors visiting from the Wildlife Recovery Network and a visit from the Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo.

Half Day Summer Camp: Eco Explorers
When: Monday-Friday, August 24-28, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
Price: $95
Description: Eco-Explorers unite! The Boardman River Nature Center needs you! This week at camp our Eco-Explorers will build forts, make their own mini national parks, create solar ovens to make yummy snacks, and so much more! We will hike, play, explore, and create on a daily basis–all while learning how to take care of our planet.

All Nature Day Camp sessions include indoor activities and outdoor physical activities, and provide a unique combination of content-rich programming and complementary games and crafts. All programs are designed to encourage the curiosity of the natural world, allow exploration of natural areas, and promote a sense of stewardship in the next generation.
* Please note that payment is due within two weeks of registration. If you are registering for a program that is less than two weeks away, payment will be due at the time of registration.

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*Cancellation Policy: Please note that in order to receive a refund, cancellations must be made more than seven (7) calendar days prior to the camp start date.

*Please inquire about camp scholarships

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