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

Spring Break Camp

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Boardman River Nature Center is CLOSED and all programming is canceled until further notice. District staff is working remotely. If you need assistance, please visit the “Staff” page of our website for contact information. We appreciate your understanding, and please check back for the most up-to-date information. 


Wishing you were somewhere warm this Spring Break? New this year, flash forward to summer at the Boardman River Nature Center as we preview a different summer camp theme every day. Become a Junior Michigan Geologist on Monday, a scientist on Tuesday, a Wildlife Biologist on Wednesday and complete a special mission on Thursday! This is a drop-off program. Please pre-register your camper(s) via the link below, space is limited. Please dress for the weather, we’ll see you rain or shine!

Spring Break Camp Schedule:

*Full-Day Daily Camp Rate-$47/day*

Monday, March 30th (9:00am-4:00pm)- Nature ROCKS! (FULL)

Who doesn’t love ROCKS! The week we will transform into a Jr. Michigan Geologist. We will get wet in Jack’s Creek panning for pebbles, go on a real fossil dig, collect and identify rocks for our own collections, learn about Michigan during the age of the Petoskey, make our own fossils, study soil, and more!

Tuesday, March 31st (9:00am-4:00pm)- Stirring up Science! (FULL)

Captivate your child’s creativity this summer with a summer camp full of science surprises! Children will experience hands-on amazing science projects that incorporate STEM educational practices. They will learn the secret formulas to mixtures like slime, putty, moon sand, and more.

Wednesday, April 1st (9:00am-4:00pm)- Amazing Animals! (FULL)

Are you ready for a week of learning all things animals? Every day will bring a new theme from Mammals to Amphibians! We’ll explore well-known habitats, compare the difference between different species, and learn how we can protect them! Get ready to transform into your favorite animal and discover why you call Michigan home!

Thursday, April 2nd (9:00am-4:00pm)- Mission Camp Possible! (FULL)

We’ll explore the Boardman River Nature Center’s many habitats and trails to uncover the secret lives of animals and unravel the mysteries of the natural world. Learn to move like a stealthy animal and play sneaky games that will help you discover how animals survive in the wild outdoors. How can the things animals leave behind (nests, bones, scat, and trails) tell us about the secret lives they lead?Are there creatures hiding right in front of our eyes? Grab a magnifying glass to help solve the mystery.

If you have any questions please contact Education Specialist Rachel Straughen at or 231-941-0960 x17