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Nature Day Camp

paddlingNature Day Camp is an exciting and unique opportunity for children and teens to get outside and experience nature first hand. Programs are designed for specific age groups and groups sizes are kept small to ensure an excellent learning opportunity for everyone. Campers ages 3-16 will make new friends, gain confidence in outdoor skills and get dirty as they explore Chippewa Nature Center and beyond.

Registration for Summer 2017 is now open!
Register online, by phone or in person

NEW for Summer 2017!

Nature Day Camp Extended Edition: Before and After Care

Who can attend? Children enrolled in a regular, full-day session of Nature Day Camp. This program is not available for camps held at the Nature Preschool Building (all half-day sessions and Habitat Hunters).

What are the hours? 8 am-5 pm

Where is it located? Drop off and pick up are at the Homestead Barn.

How is it staffed? Two staff will be dedicated to this program each week – a  Program Coordinator and a Junior Counselor. All of these staff have been involved with camp for 3 years or longer.

What will the kids do?  Campers of various ages will explore projects chosen by them, such as free play, exploring ecosystems or making art projects, all while building friendships!

How much does it cost? $65/week, $52/CNC member

How do I register? Log-in to your CNC account, click Existing Registration, choose View Details next to your Nature Day Camp registration, then click Update. When you get to the screen where you added camp sessions, just select Camp: Extended Edition for the same week(s) your child is registered for camp and continue through to check out. The new balance will be displayed. Once you pay and check out, your child is registered. You may also call us at 989-631-0830 and we can register you over the phone.

There are a limited number of spots each week, so please register well ahead of your camp session. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Steve Frisbee, Camp Director at 989-631-0830 or sfrisbee@chipppewanaturecenter.org or Jenn Kirts, Director of Programs at 989-631-0830 or jkirts@chippewanaturecenter.org.


What Parents Are Saying About NDC

“My son enjoyed every single day at Nature Day Camp.  He would wake up every morning and announce that he was going to Nature Camp today.  As a parent there is nothing more rewarding that watching your child’s excitement for learning and love of the outdoors.”

“Every year the camp program is wonderful.  My kids love coming.  We plan to attend next summer and we always recommend it to our friends.”

“As always, awesome energetic counselors, plenty of activities, positive, educational – exceptional.”

Volunteer Opportunities


Enthusiastic teens who enjoy working with young children in an outdoor setting can volunteer as Counselors-in-Training (CITs)! CITs assist a counselor with their group of campers throughout the day by leading games, helping with crafts and supervising lunchtime activities. Preference is given to teens that have completed the 9th grade and are available from 9-4, Monday-Friday. We ask that CITs commit to at least two weeks of volunteer work.

Applications due April 14, 2017

For more information about Nature Day Camp,
please contact Jenn Kirts, Director of Programs, at
(989) 631-0830 or camp@chippewanaturecenter.org.

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