Nature Day Camp Summer Activities
Chippewa Nature Center
The Summer of 2020 may be a lot different than any of us have ever experienced.
Even with camp canceled, it is important for us here at Chippewa Nature Center to continue
to support your children the best we can. We will work hard to keep the magic of Nature Day Camp
going and bring it to your family in the coming weeks and months with a weekly enewsletter
filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with the natural world.
 
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Videos | Stewardship Challenges | Nature Art & Exploration Kits | Thought of the Week
 
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Videos

 

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Click on the video above to hear our message and start this summer with a much needed Flagpole Song. It is sure to be out of this world!   Because I came to CNC, I know what I want to be, is one of our all-time favorite flagpole songs. It hints at camps underlying core value of growing as a person.  Nature Day Camp strives to create an environment where campers feel safe to try new things, celebrates being curious, and encourages each person to stretch their comfort zone. Whether it is sharing artwork, touching a snake, or sleeping in a tent for the first time, I hope you and your family take full advantage of the opportunities that are abundant in nature and enjoy the long summer days of June!   Each summer, CNC invites talented, dedicated educators from across the country to share their love for the outdoors with the children of our community.  Team members each have a unique set of strengths and past life experiences that has the potential to influence Nature Day Camp for years to come.  The team as a whole puts forth a tremendous amount of effort to create and maintain an environment where each individual can be themselves and is valued.  Camp is a place to be silly and celebrate all things weird. It is not surprising then that the 2019 team selected the older camper fan-favorite Bearded Ninja as the song of the summer.  The song Counselor Jared brought to us may be around for a while - sorry. Enjoy the silly side of camp!
 
 
       
One of the key ways Nature Day Camp connects children to the natural world is by exploring wild places. Whether it is turning over logs in the forest, catching creatures at the pond, or being fully immersed in the river, we match our campers enthusiasm for making discoveries and aim to encourage their curiosity. On any given day, you never know what you might discover. We hope you Venture Out! to the Chippewa Nature Center - you could even encounter Bowser!        
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Stewardship Challenges

 

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NDC Trading Cards:
2020 Outer Space Edition

Taking care of each other and nature are always a big part of what we do at camp. 
In what has become an all-time favorite activity, campers will have the opportunity to collect
team member's trading cards by completing the highlighted stewardship challenge for the week.

Send a photo or a note to camp@chippewanaturecenter.org stating the challenge completed. 
Earned Trading Cards will be available for pick up or placed in the mail throughout the summer!


  Kylo Wren  
Earn Milkweed-Way's Card
by completing the
Monarch and Native Plant Stewardship Challenge
  Earn Kylo Wren's Card
by completing the
Backyard Nature Discoveries and iNaturalist Stewardship Challenge
  Earn GARDENAUT's Card
by completing the
Tend a Garden Stewardship Challenge

 

       
Earn Northern Blazing Star's Card by completing the
Butterfly Feeder Stewardship Challenge
       

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Nature Art & Exploration Kits

 

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If you’re looking for new ways to engage the children in your life with nature,
check out the Nature Exploration Kits that CNC staff are putting together this summer.
Each kits contain clear instructions, materials, and information to guide fun family explorations.

Kits may be ordered through the online store and will be available for
curbside pick-up at the Visitor Center the following day (while supplies last).
New kits and items will be available throughout the summer, so check back regularly.

Nature Art & Exploation Kit - Ecosystems        
Ecosystems
This kit for children ages 4-9 will guide you through explorations and activities for the forest, meadow, and pond. Projects in this kit include a walking stick (stick not supplied), spider web weaving, watercolor, colored pencil, and clay projects. Suggestions for extensions are also included.
       

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Thought of the Week

 

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Also be sure to visit the

Self-Guided Resources 

page for more fun activities!