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Natural Playground Explorers Camp: 1st-3rd Grade

What does it take to be a real explorer? Come to camp and find out! Explore wildlife at the Nature Center all day long with new friends, cool counselors, and no parents. Discover the wonders of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. Cruise down the giant Otter Run Slip N Slide and explore the Water Tower Sprinkler and more in the Nature Play Area.  Play games, create art, sing songs, AND take a hike each day.

“EXPLORERS CAMP” RUNS 9 AM–5 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY  |  $215 MEMBER, $240 NON-MEMBER

“FARM EXPLORERS CAMP” RUNS 9 AM–5 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY  |  $215 MEMBER, $240 NON-MEMBER

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Explorers Camp Sessions
Session 1: June 18-22 | Adapting to Survive

Learn how to live in the woods from master survivalists--animals! Discover what special tools animals use to live outside and then practice outside skills like shelter building to see what works best.

Session 2: June 25-29 | Paleo-Sleuths

Become a dinosaur detective, unearthing fossil evidence and following the clues in Earth’s history to learn more about prehistoric animals. Meet a dino relative to see how they compare with their ancestors.  

Session 2: June 25-29 | Farm Explorers

Get down with kids, crafts, crops and more!  Lend a hand with barn and garden chores at DeLano Farms, meet the barn animals, visit a pioneer farm, take a tractor drawn wagon ride, and harvest your own healthy snack. Each session will explore the seasonal changes that take place on the farm. Don't forget to explore your favorite parts of KNC, play games, sing songs, create art, enjoy the New Natural Play Area and Water Tower Sprinkler and take a spin on the Giant Slip N Slide. Get your hands dirty and create memories of life down on the farm with new friends and cool counselors!

Session 3: July 9-13 | Working With Wildlife

Here at KNC we work with animals all time! From education to care to research, animals are a big part of our work. Join the KNC team for a week learning about wildlife careers, from bird research to taking care of our ambassador animals!

Session 4: July 16-20 | Earthly Tales

Once upon a time there were campers, who loved animals and playing outside. They came to Nature Camp to learn the stories of animals and people. They went exploring from the woods to the lakes and streams. And at the end of the week they wrote of their adventures and discovered the greatest story was their own!

 

Session 4: July 16-20 | Farm Explorers

Get down with kids, crafts, crops and more!  Lend a hand with barn and garden chores at DeLano Farms, meet the barn animals, visit a pioneer farm, take a tractor drawn wagon ride, and harvest your own healthy snack. Each session will explore the seasonal changes that take place on the farm. Don't forget to explore your favorite parts of KNC, play games, sing songs, create art, enjoy the New Natural Play Area and Water Tower Sprinkler and take a spin on the Giant Slip N Slide. Get your hands dirty and create memories of life down on the farm with new friends and cool counselors!

Session 5: July 23-27 | Reptiles And Ribbits

If you think turtles are terrific and frogs are fun, then hop this way! Go for a hike to see what critters are up and around and then get an up close look at KNC’s education animals to discover their defining characteristics.

Session 6: July 30-August 3 | Crafting Critters

Animals can be artists, just like you! Build nests, make tracks and design webs to unleash your inner animal..er...artist!

 

Session 6: July 30-August 3 | Farm Explorers

Get down with kids, crafts, crops and more!  Lend a hand with barn and garden chores at DeLano Farms, meet the barn animals, visit a pioneer farm, take a tractor drawn wagon ride, and harvest your own healthy snack. Each session will explore the seasonal changes that take place on the farm. Don't forget to explore your favorite parts of KNC, play games, sing songs, create art, enjoy the New Natural Play Area and Water Tower Sprinkler and take a spin on the Giant Slip N Slide. Get your hands dirty and create memories of life down on the farm with new friends and cool counselors!

Session 7: August 6-10 | Insect Impossible

I spy with my little eye, insects! Play games that mimic bugs’ super skills and go on a bug safari to find their “hideouts.”  Get up close with live bugs and learn why insects would make the best secret agents on Earth.

Session 8: August 13-17 | Last Splash

Last call for summer fun! Dive into the world of water by exploring ponds, streams, rivers and more. Learn to read the sky, find water in hidden places and meet aquatic animals!

Session 8: August 13-17 | Farm Explorers

Get down with kids, crafts, crops and more!  Lend a hand with barn and garden chores at DeLano Farms, meet the barn animals, visit a pioneer farm, take a tractor drawn wagon ride, and harvest your own healthy snack. Each session will explore the seasonal changes that take place on the farm. Don't forget to explore your favorite parts of KNC, play games, sing songs, create art, enjoy the New Natural Play Area and Water Tower Sprinkler and take a spin on the Giant Slip N Slide. Get your hands dirty and create memories of life down on the farm with new friends and cool counselors!

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