|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!|
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 email@example.com stating the challenge completed.
Earned Trading Cards will be available for pick up or placed in the mail throughout the summer!
|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
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.
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.
Also be sure to visit the
page for more fun activities!
Address:400 S Badour Rd
Midland, MI 48640
PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to aid in protecting the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19, please maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside your household while enjoying the trails.
Mon-Sat:8 am-5 pm
Sun & select holidays:12-5 pm
Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
Open daily dawn-to-dark
Please maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside your household while enjoying the trails.