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Wild Child Day Camp: Grades 4-5

Registration opens April 12!
What could be better than spending all day exploring the coolest parts of KNC? Check out trails and the awesome places that they lead us to. Meet new friends and superb counselors while living out your favorite adventures. Practice important outdoor skills. Explore the Delano Homestead side of KNC’s property, discover something new about nature, create art and have a blast with water fun! The themes below describe additional activities we will add during that session of camp. Come prepared to play! 

“WILD CHILD DAY CAMP” RUNS 9 AM–3 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY 
$395 MEMBER, $420 NON-MEMBER  

Wild Child Day Camp Sessions
Session 1: June 14-18 | Let’s Go Wild  

Session 1: June 14-18 | Let’s Go Wild  

Search the woods for wildlife that lives at KNC. How many different animals can you find? Learn from our Animal Care Team how they care for animals that have been hurt. Make bird feeders, search for tracks, and make molds out of them. We’ll hike to the Source Pond to find the turtles that lay beneath the surface.  

Session 2: June 21-25 | Art is Life  

Session 2: June 21-25 | Art is Life  

Let inspiration flow from the world around you. Become a photographer and take pictures of your favorite places at camp, or make them come to life with your paint brush. Let’s see how colorful you can make the world around you. Get inspired by art in the natural world. 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Creepy Crawlers 

Session 3: June 28 – July 2 | Creepy Crawlers 

On the ground or in the trees you never know where you’ll find me. Let’s dig in the dirt and see how many different bugs we can find, and build bug hotels for all the crawlers. Explore the Prairie Pathway, play camouflage in the Butterfly Garden, and disguise yourself with camouflage.  

Session 4: July 12-16 | Solar Power  

Session 4: July 12-16 | Solar Power  

Let’s put hot, bright days to good use. Learn about solar power! What’s baking? Use the sun to cook pizza in your homemade oven. Run scientific experiments using the sun’s light and heat. Hike to the Source Pond to find animals that use solar power to keep warm. 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Tree Foragers 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Tree Foragers 

Let’s search high and low for resources we can use from trees in everyday life. Build habitats for animals using gifts that trees have given us on the ground, use yarn to dress the trees in fancy clothes, and relax in a hammock. Test your fire building skills. 

Session 8: August 9-13 | Pirate Expedition 

Session 8: August 9-13 | Pirate Expedition 

Avast me hearties! “X” marks the spot on a modern-day treasure hunt. Practice your pirate navigation skills. Hoist your pirate flag, find your treasure at the Source Pond, and swashbuckle your way to adventure! 

Wild Child Campout: 4th - 5th Grade  

Can’t get enough of camp? Stay with us overnight! Use your Wild Child skills during the day, then on Thursday learn to set up tents, cook over fires, and take a night hike - a KNC specialty! It’s a great time with counselors and KNC friends. Pack your bags, it’s time to camp! The themes below describe additional activities we will add during that session of camp. Come prepared to play! 

“WILD CHILD CAMPOUT” RUNS 9 AM–3 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY. OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT IS 9 AM THURSDAY – 3 PM FRIDAY. TENTS AND 3 MEALS ARE PROVIDED. TENTS ARE NOT SHARED. Please bring your own if you prefer.  

$420 MEMBER, $445 NON-MEMBER 

Wild Child Campout Sessions
Session 5: July 19-23 | Night Navigators  

Session 5: July 19-23 | Night Navigators  

You can hear them, but can you find them? Search for creatures of the night like owls and bats while hiking under the stars. Learn the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy. Find the little dipper with the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society. Build a campfire and tell stories around the fire with your friends.

Session 7: August 2-6 | It’s Challenge Day!  

Session 7: August 2-6 | It’s Challenge Day!  

Come up with a cool name, then build your mental and physical strength by completing daily challenges. We’ll crown the hiking champion, juggling masters, rock-paper-scissor dominators, egg protectors, and more. Learn the skills to be a winner at every challenge - even if you lose. 

 

Young Farmers: 4th-5th Grade 

A farm is a great place to experience nature while exploring and playing outdoors. Do you know what it takes to be a farmer? We’ll dig in to all the facets involved in soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land that provides our food. Each session will highlight the changes the farm goes through during the growing season. Plus, there will be plenty of time for all the activities you’ve grown to love at camp, like a hike to Source Pond, hammocking with friends, and team-building activities. It will be a fun and busy week! 

A Note for Parents & Guardians: Farm work is the original experiential education program.  It provides a platform for healthy risk, critical thinking, deep observation, and hands on engagement with nature. Growing food is a direct representation of our dependence on healthy systems. A farm is a place for young people to experience nature while exploring and playing in the outdoors. 

“YOUNG FARMERS” RUNS 9 AM–3 PM, MONDAY–FRIDAY  
$395 MEMBER, $420 NON-MEMBER 

Young Farmers
Session 1: June 14-18 | Earth Tender 

Session 1: June 14-18 | Earth Tender 

Just like us, the Earth needs tender loving care to flourish. Learn to tend living soils and bring home the tools for tending right at home. Focus on soil making while learning all the facets of farming: seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land. Grow your own harvest and make a meal. 

 

Session 2: June28 – July 2 | Wildflowers and Honey 

Session 2: June28 – July 2 | Wildflowers and Honey 

Find butterflies and bees among the wildflowers at KNC. Visit our honey bee hives and pollinator gardens while learning about soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land. Grow your own harvest and cook a home grown meal. BEE there or BEE square. 

 

Session 3: June 22-26 | Fungus Among Us and Plants That Talk   

Session 3: June 22-26 | Fungus Among Us and Plants That Talk   

Send your fun-guys and fun-gals to the farm to learn all about fungus among us and plants that talk. Dig in to soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land. Grow your own harvest and make a meal. 

 

Session 5: July19-23 | Water Catchers 

Session 5: July19-23 | Water Catchers 

Water flows, floats, and sinks. Can you catch water and keep it in all the right place? Learn to keep water in the soil. Dig in to soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the lands. Grow your own harvest and make a meal. 

 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Roots and Seeds 

Session 6: July 26-30 | Roots and Seeds 

Learn about the roots of our bodies and the roots of our ancestors. This session explores stories, nutrition, and seeds for the future. Learn how our stories feed us, much like root veggies from the farm. Dig in to soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land. Grow your own harvest and make a meal. 

 

 

Session 7: August 2-6 | Fruit and Harvest 

Session 7: August 2-6 | Fruit and Harvest 

Grow and gather, slice and dice. What can you cook with the fruits of the farm? Get creative with the harvest while learning to cook with the seasons. Dig in to soil making, seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, and giving back to the land. Grow your own harvest and make a meal. 

 

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