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Get Wild Outside: Get outdoors and get wild at our nature camps. Kids will see live animals, learn outdoor skills, and explore the natural world in every season.

See the list of our camp programs below and sign up to get wild! Whether its a short seasonal break in the school year or summertime, the nature center has a selection of camp programs that get kids outside and learning about nature. Camps include live animal programs, hikes, games, crafts, and seasonal recreational activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking and archery. All campers will need to pack a lunch, bring a water bottle and wear clothes and footwear appropriate for the outdoors. No open toed sandals, please. Parents should be sure to inform camp staff of any allergies or special needs so that staff can provide the safest possible experience for each child. Cell phones, portable games and other electronics are not allowed at camp.

Summer Adventure Camps

Please sign up for regular OR extended camp hours SEPARATELY.

Sec 1: Time: 9AM-3PM. Cost: $100 per week. Max. 40 participants

Sec 2: Offers 1.5 extra camp hours. Time: 8:30AM-4PM. Cost: additional $25 per week. Max. 20 participants.

CLAWS, PAWS, JAWS
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / Max 40. Are you ready to tear into summer? Explore the world of animals on land and sea. Come discover the impressive features and adaptions of several top predators in North America. Learn how and why animals eat, hide, travel, climb, and a whole lot more! Campers will identify jaws, paws and claws of different animals and make fun animal crafts to take home.
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WADE INTO WETLANDS DISCOVERY CAMP
Ages: 6-10. Enrollment Min 15 / Max 20. Explore the wonders of wetlands with the nature center staff at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center. Hunt for frogs, tadpoles, aquatic insects and learn to identify wetland birds. Find out how wetlands protect other environments, crafts and much more. Campers must wear appropriate outdoor clothing. A water bottle and snacks are recommended.
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KID VS WILD
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / B1 Max 30; B2 Max 20. What is your survival IQ? Can you survive the most extreme environments like many animals? You will learn valuable survival skills while exploring the strategies animals use to survive daily life. Learn about navigation, fire building, water purification and how not to get lost.
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MOST EXTREME ANIMALS
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / C1 Max 30; C2 Max 20. Who is the fighter pilot of the animal world or the oldest creature on Earth? We will explore the most amazing feats of animals in this camp. Participate in the Animal Olympics and see if you can be as amazing as the most extreme animals.
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ANIMALS
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / Max 40. Star in your own Nature TV episode! Campers will channel famous TV personalities such as the wild Kratt brothers, Bindi Irwin and Jeff Corwin as they work on Prairie Park Nature Center’s first ever episode of “Lights, Camera, Animals!” We will explore different animal topics each day, wherein kids will put their newfound knowledge to use in an entertaining and educational video. Campers will bring home the final cut to share with family and friends.
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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / F1 Max 30; F2 Max 20. Develop your naturalist skills by learning to identify animal tracks, read wildlife signs and find the secret hiding places of animals in the wild. Learn to identify snakes, bugs, and birds. Investigate how important good habitat is to the survival of animals in the wild.
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CREATURE QUEST
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / G1 Max 30; G2 Max 20. Hunt for the most extreme animals in nature and find out which need the most protection. This camp will highlight ways that animals are adapted to extreme conditions, wild ways of getting food, and the most bizarre survival techniques. Try your hand at Animal Olympics and find clues to nature’s more endangered critters.
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THE PLANET AVENGERS
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / Max 40. Planet Avengers Assemble! Join a team of Earth’s mightiest heroes, devoted to protecting the planet from foes no single hero can withstand alone. This camp will promote kid activism for a better planet. Learn about recycling, reducing your carbon footprint, habitat conservation, renewable energy sources and more through fun games, investigative activities and field trips.
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JUNIOR NATURALISTS
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 20 / I1 Max 30; I2 Max 20. Learn what being a Naturalist is all about. You will become a junior nature center naturalist for one week. Learn how to feed and care for the nature center animals and about their natural habitats and behaviors. You will develop other naturalist skills such as wildlife and plant identification, tracking, navigation and much more. You will meet professional biologists who work environmental jobs.
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LAST CHANCE SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 6-13. Enrollment Min 15 / Max 25. Camp especially scheduled for homeschooled and private school students who may be getting an extra-long summer vacation. Campers will learn valuable survival skills like navigation, fire building, water purification and how to not get lost.
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