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

Preparing for Camp

Thank you for registering for  Summer Camp!  If you have any questions please contact Taryn Carew, Camp Director, at or 231-941-0960 x24

Camp is located at:
Boardman River Nature Center
1450 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49685

Please walk your child into the nature center for camp. You will be greeted by a staff member inside the nature center where you are expected to sign your child in.

Preparing for Camp

Someone very smart once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” – we couldn’t agree more. We go outside every day. Rain or shine. Unless the National Weather Service issues a watch or warning (heat, storm, or otherwise), we will go outside. This means if it’s really hot, really cold, raining, snowing, or anything in between we will go outside. Speaking from experience, we know a properly dressed camper is a happy camper. So please check the weather daily with your camper and decide together what will work best for that day.
Additionally, we strongly encourage campers to bring a backpack with the following:

  • refillable water bottle (we have water fountains)
  • sun hat
  • Properly fitting closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Sweatshirt/sweater
  • Spare clothes: socks, pants, undergarments
  • Swimsuit or clothes that they may get wet, and towel
  • rain coat
  • watershoes (or shoes that can get wet)
  • sunscreen, apply before camp
  • bug spray, apply before camp
  • snack (x2 if in full-day program- Please pack more food than you think they need.  Kids get VERY hungry at camp.
  • lunch (if in full-day program)

We encourage you to label all of your campers gear. BRNC Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Lastly, please note the following are NOT acceptable at camp:

  • flip flops (campers in flip flops will not be permitted to participate in any activity)
  • umbrellas
  • dress up clothes/costumes (unless a themed day)
  • clothing that needs to stay “‘clean”
  • electronics (including game devices, ipods, cell phones, etc.)
  • toys from home


Thank You!


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