X
GO

Explorers Camp Full Day: 1st-3rd Grade

Become a nature Explorer! Spend the day outdoors discovering the wonders of prairies, forests, and wetlands. Play games with new friends, get creative in the camp Art Room, and hiking KNC trails. Explore all the possibilities! The themes described below describe additional activities we will add during each camp session. Come prepared to play! 

“EXPLORERS CAMP” RUNS 9 AM–3 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY 
 $325 MEMBER, $350 NON-MEMBER  

Explorers Camp Half Day: 1st-3rd Grade

Not ready for a full day quiet yet? Join with other campers for a half-day camp experience. Spend the day outside, discovering the wonders of prairies, forests, and wetlands. Playing games with new friends, get creative in the Camp Art Room, and hike KNC trails. Explore all the possibilities! The themes described below describe additional activities that will be added during each camp session. 

“EXPLORERS HALF DAY” RUNS NOON –3 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY | SNACK INCLUDED 
 $225 MEMBER, $250 NON-MEMBER 

Register Here

We have a new registration system this year! Here are some helpful tips:

1)  Please make sure to read carefully.

2)  Financial Assistance: During Registration you will be able to fill out a request for Financial Assistance. Those who end up qualifying for a 100% financial assistance award will be refunded their deposit. If you believe you will qualify for a 100% award and are unable to pay the 20% deposit, please contact Program Registrar, Tamila Brode, at (269)381-1574 x24 or register@naturecenter.org.

3)  If you will be registering different children for different camps: Register the first child. When you reach the end of registration you will see your shopping cart with price totals. At the bottom of this page is a button that says ‘Keep Shopping’. Click this to return to the list of camps and register subsequent children. Your Financial Assistance Application and Parent/Guardian/Authorized Pick-up Information forms will already be filled out.

4)  If the camp you would like to register for is full, you can still register and automatically be placed on the waitlist.

Explorers Camp Full Day Sessions
Session 1: June 14-18 | The Great Fur Search 

Session 1: June 14-18 | The Great Fur Search 

Search KNC far and wide for animals that crawl on all fours, have tails, and are covered in fur. Explore the waters of the Kalamazoo River for muskrats and beavers. Look high in the trees for squirrels and raccoons. Learn what we have in common with these creatures and what makes us different. Meet a LIVE animal that walks on all fours. 

Session 2: June 21-25 | Land of Art  

Session 2: June 21-25 | Land of Art  

Explore your creative side out in the natural world. Wade in the water with a paint brush in hand and canvas at your fingertips. Test your creative speed on a spinning wheel. Use yarn to make colorful designs on trees for all at KNC camp to see. 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Gentle Giants 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Gentle Giants 

Reach for the sky! We are surrounded by trees and receive so much from them. Come learn from what it takes to care for trees and land. Use leaves to make your very own art or animal, relax under the shade of the tree canopy, and listen to the wind blowing through the branches.  

Session 4: July 12-16 | You Are My Sunshine 

Session 4: July 12-16 | You Are My Sunshine 

Say goodbye to gray skies and warm up in the light of the sun. Let’s experiment with sunlight, tell time, and learn what relies on the sun to grow. At the end of our day, we will cool off and build sandcastles at KNC’s Nature’s Playground.  

Session 5: July 19-23 | Dinosaur Herd 

Session 5: July 19-23 | Dinosaur Herd 

If you were a dinosaur, which would you be? Join new friends to make a dino pack. Use binoculars to search treetops for things herbivores ate. Explore the trails and make dinosaur tracks. Find evidence of these animals by digging in KNC’s gravel pits. 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Insectopia 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Insectopia 

Bugs can sing with their wings, listen with their legs, and talk with their tails. Let’s look at the world through their eyes, create a home for them, and leave dinner. Explore the tiny world of insects and meet a LIVE tarantula and beetles. 

Session 7: August 2-6 | Soaring Heights 

Session 7: August 2-6 | Soaring Heights 

Do you know how many types of birds soar through the air at KNC? Use binoculars to search near and far for our feathered friends. Run fast and hide in the butterfly garden to see if your friends can find you. Visit the birds of prey that live at the Visitor Center and meet a LIVE bird up close. 

Session 8: August 9-13 | Wade Right In 

Session 8: August 9-13 | Wade Right In 

“Water” you waiting for? Explore adaptations of aquatic life and study water itself. Hike to Trout Run Stream to get your feet wet while you discover what creatures call the stream home. 

Explorers Camp Half Day Sessions
Session 1: June 14-18 | The Great Fur Search 

Session 1: June 14-18 | The Great Fur Search 

Search KNC far and wide for animals that crawl on all fours, have tails, and are covered in fur. Explore the waters of the Kalamazoo River for muskrats and beavers. Look high in the trees for squirrels and raccoons. Learn what we have in common with these creatures and what makes us different. Meet a LIVE animal that walks on all fours. 

Session 2: June 21-25 | Land of Art  

Session 2: June 21-25 | Land of Art  

Explore your creative side out in the natural world. Wade in the water with a paint brush in hand and canvas at your fingertips. Test your creative speed on a spinning wheel. Use yarn to make colorful designs on trees for all at KNC camp to see. 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Gentle Giants 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Gentle Giants 

Reach for the sky! We are surrounded by trees and receive so much from them. Come learn from what it takes to care for trees and land. Use leaves to make your very own art or animal, relax under the shade of the tree canopy, and listen to the wind blowing through the branches.  

Session 4: July 12-16 | You Are My Sunshine 

Session 4: July 12-16 | You Are My Sunshine 

Say goodbye to gray skies and warm up in the light of the sun. Let’s experiment with sunlight, tell time, and learn what relies on the sun to grow. At the end of our day, we will cool off and build sandcastles at KNC’s Nature’s Playground.  

Session 5: July 19-23 | Dinosaur Herd 

Session 5: July 19-23 | Dinosaur Herd 

If you were a dinosaur, which would you be? Join new friends to make a dino pack. Use binoculars to search treetops for things herbivores ate. Explore the trails and make dinosaur tracks. Find evidence of these animals by digging in KNC’s gravel pits. 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Insectopia 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Insectopia 

Bugs can sing with their wings, listen with their legs, and talk with their tails. Let’s look at the world through their eyes, create a home for them, and leave dinner. Explore the tiny world of insects and meet a LIVE tarantula and beetles. 

Session 7: August 2-6 | Soaring Heights

Session 7: August 2-6 | Soaring Heights 

Do you know how many types of birds soar through the air at KNC? Use binoculars to search near and far for our feathered friends. Run fast and hide in the butterfly garden to see if your friends can find you. Visit the birds of prey that live at the Visitor Center and meet a LIVE bird up close. 

Session 8: August 9-13 | Wade Right In

Session 8: August 9-13 | Wade Right In 

“Water” you waiting for? Explore adaptations of aquatic life and study water itself. Hike to Trout Run Stream to get your feet wet while you discover what creatures call the stream home. 

 

Jr. Naturalists 

Jr. Naturalists | 4 & 5 Year Olds


Explorers 

Explorers | Grades 1-3


 Wild Child 

Wild Child | Grades 4 & 5


 Adventurers 

Adventurers | Grades 6-8


Nature's Way Preschool Camp


Parent/Guardian Handbook

Parent/Guardian Handbook


Camp Director: 
Tanequa Hampton, (269) 381-1574 ext 15,
(269) 815-8326,
or thampton@naturecenter.org