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

2018 Summer Camp Schedule

IMG_2522Camp runs June 2018-August 2018 and   available for ages 4-6 & 7-11

Registration Open NOW! Register HERE

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 18-22: NEW! 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.

June 25-29: Nature Detectives
There are many mysteries to uncover at the Boardman River Nature Center, and we need your help!  Think you have what it takes to be a Nature Detective? Grab a magnifying glass and join us for a week of mystery and intrigue that will take us through the pine forest, the wetlands, and beyond. We will perfect our detective skills as we explore the Natural Education Reserve to solve our nature mystery.


July 2- July 6 (no July 4th):  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 9-July 13: River Rangers
Get ready to uncover the natural wonders of the Boardman River as you become an official River Ranger. Learn the ins and outs of freshwater while we collect live macroinvertebrates, take water samples, study fish, and even wade in Jack’s Creek! Rangers will take part in a week-long mission to keep our river healthy. Along the way, you will make new friends, create, learn, play, and explore the world beyond the water’s edge.

July 16-20: NEW! Wing Things
Butterflies, bees, and bats are just a few winged friends we can investigate along the Boardman River and around the Natural Education Reserve this summer. Discover the important role flying friends play in our ecosystem by venturing in the pine forest of flying friends or trudging through the muck to find some winged wonders.

July 23- July 27:  Nature Ninjas
Did you know that nature is full of clever ninjas? From the camouflaging skin of frogs to the stealthy, silent wings of the owl, we will take a look at the ninja like adaptations of some of Michigan’s sneakiest animals. Each day will bring a new ninja skill straight from nature along with the tools to use it in nature!


July 30-August 3: Nature ROCKS!
Join us for our first ever camp week featuring the rocks and fossils of Michigan! By the end of the week, you’ll be able to call yourself 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 stone, make our own fossils, study soil, and more!

August 6-August10: Animal Adventures
Search high and low to discover animals in their habitat and learn how they survive. Get ready to spend the week in the Boardman River and on the trails as we learn about all the animals that call Michigan home!

August 13-Augsust 17- Wet and Wild
Wetlands are disappearing fast; can you help us save them? Put on your rubber boots and wade through the swamp with us, and learn why wetlands are such an important ecosystem. This week you’ll get a chance to build your own beaver dam, bird watch, study frogs, take stream samples, and get up close and personal with some of Michigan’s wetland habitat.

August 20- August 24: NEW! Pathfinders
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!

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

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.