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

Summer Camp Schedule


2019 Summer Camp RELEASED

Registration will open to the general public on March 4th. Previous attendees will have an earlier registration date. Keep a lookout in your email or reach out to

Camp runs June 2019-August 2019 and   available for ages 4-6 & 7-11

Half-day Week Long Camp $95

Half-day week long camps run as follows: AM Session 9:00am-12:00pm OR PM Session 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Half-day camps available to ages 4-6 and 7-11

Full-day Week Long Camp $225

Full-day week long camps run from 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch must be brought from home.
Full-day camps available to all ages ages 4-6 and 7-11

Daily options are available for all camps. Must be willing to sign up for two or more days, three or more weeks of the summer. *Discounts do not apply for daily camp options*

June 2019

June 17-21:  Natural Explorers
Get off the beaten path for a week and become an official Boardman River Nature Center Explorer! We will get our hands dirty and our feet wet as we explore the Natural Education Reserve. Along the way, we will learn navigation tricks, survival skills, shelter building, plant identification, and more!

June 24-28:  Insect Investigators
The Natural Education Reserve is crawling with insects just waiting to be discovered! We’ll spend our days searching for bugs in all different habitats, no streambed, rotting log, or stone will be left unturned. Explore the unusual life cycles of bugs, what they eat, and how they survive in such a big world.

July 2019

July 1-5 (no camp July 4):  Wildly Creative
Let your inner creative spirit run wild as we combine art and nature for a week! Each day will bring new art projects, and new inspiration. Not only will we draw inspiration from nature, but we will make it part of our projects! Join us as we spend our time sculpting with real clay, and painting by the river.

July 8-12: Habitat Hunters
Explore the woods and water of the Natural Education Reserve to discover all about animal homes. We will learn what it takes to be a friend to nature’s creatures like turtles and squirrels. Each day will bring a new habitat to explore from a beaver’s dam to a bird’s home and everything in between. Come join the fun and learn how you can spot different animal habitats.

July 15- July 19: Working in the Wild -NEW
Ever wonder what it is like to work in the wild? We will spend the week exploring different ways to work in the outdoors. From trail building, park ranger for a day, wildlife rehab, and so much more. Explore what it means to be outside all day for your job!

July 22-26: Nature ROCKS
Who doesn’t love ROCKS! The week we will transform into 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!

July 29- August 2: Choose your own Adventure – NEW
This week the power is with the campers! Each day we will provide a menu of activities for the Day and the campers take charge of mapping out the day for us. Activities will hold outdoor adventure, water time, and whatever else the campers can come up with!

August 2019

August 5-August 9: Where the Wild Things Are
Michigan is a wild place; come explore the protected wilderness of the Natural Education Reserve with us and learn about the wild things that call Michigan home! Learn all about the beasts that lurk in the night and the day, experience what it would be like to live in a nest or burrow underground, discover the different habitats Michigan has to offer and build your own ecosystem!

August 12 – August 16:  Fantastic Fossils- NEW
Come explore what Michigan looked like 300 million years ago! We will transform into junior archeologists as we explore all things Fossils. We will dig into the grounds of the Nature Center and see what we can find, create our own fossils, and so much more fossil focused fun!

August 19- August 23-: The last SPLASH!- NEW
Send summer out with a SPLASH! We are closing out the summer celebrating all things WATER! Be prepared for a wet and wild adventure. We will explore the creatures that call water “home” and splash in the creek as we create our own aqua oasis.

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.

For this reason;
campers maybe be placed in our Junior naturalist camp (ages 4-6) or our Naturalist camp (ages 7-11) based on age. Special requests for camp placement MAY BE able to be accommodated.  

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 cannot be combined. All camps are held at the Boardman River Nature Center located at 1450 Cass Road in Traverse City.