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

Summer Day Camps

Welcome to Boardman River Nature Center’s Summer Day Camps! 

2020 Summer Nature Day Camp is canceled. The following is a letter from our Camp Director: 

In consultation with several local leaders, guidance and feedback from the American Camp Association, and most importantly, a strong desire to keep our camp participants, parents, and staff safe, we have made the tough decision to cancel our 2020 Summer Nature Day Camp program at the Boardman River Nature Center.

As we worked through numerous scenarios, two things became clear:

The first is that we believe in science, and science is telling us that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. With the high number of campers, parents, staff, and daily visitors on our property and in our facility during Summer Camp, we believe that the risk of transmission of this virus will remain high. We cannot in good conscience put all of you and your family at risk.

Additionally, the amount of time for program planning, staff hiring, and training to prepare for an amazing summer with your children is not insignificant. Because we don’t have a firm “return to normal” date, it is logistically impossible to prepare for an unknown future start date, particularly due to the rigorous staff training that must be accomplished to maintain our camp license and ensure a safe and wonderful experience for our participants. Factors well beyond our control, both known and yet to be determined, weighed heavily in our decision-making process.

There is no greater joy than watching your children laugh, play, learn and develop a lifelong love of nature and being outside and, although we will miss our campers this summer, we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021! We appreciate your continued support and understanding.  The safety of our campers, staff, and community is our priority right now. While we wait to reopen we are continuously looking for new ways to safely stay engaged in nature together and will continue to provide the solace and wonder of nature to our campers and community through our open trails, habitats, and green spaces. So please continue to get outside.

We are working on several options for modified programs to allow your camp to be engaged and connected to the outdoors this summer. Stay tuned for more information.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this crisis as well as your continued support. If you have questions or concerns, please email

Be well,

Ms. Taryn

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 textbook. 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

The Boardman River Nature Center and Nature Day Camps are a State of Michigan Licensed Day Camp Facility and Program

There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee added at checkout

Friends & other discounts are available. Discounts can not be combined.

All camps are held at the Boardman River Nature Center located at 1450 Cass Road in Traverse City.