Summer Adventures
Chippewa Nature Center

 
Chippewa Nature Center is offering in-person youth programming to welcome back children 4 to 13 years old for outdoor camp-like experiences to connect them to the natural world!
 
Each program will have ten participants with two educators following safety guidelines established by Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for camp settings. Families can expect a variety of programs filled with favorite outdoor experiences unique to Nature Day Camp. Catching frogs at the pond, chasing insects in the meadow and playing camouflage in the woods will be sure to be some of the highlights provided. 

 

The program will be cancelled if inclement weather is forecasted. If you have any questions regarding the return of in-person youth programming, please contact Steve Frisbee at sfrisbee@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.
 
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1-Day Summer Adventures

Tues, July 28
9:30 am-3:30 pm

 

Bio-Blitz
(8-10 year olds)

 

Ecosystems Expeditions
(6-7 year olds)

Thurs, July 30
9:30 am-3:30 pm

 

Outdoor Skill and
Survival Day

(11-13 year olds)

 

Who Lives Here? Meadow and Pond Investigations
(4-5 year olds)

Tues, Aug 4
9:30 am-3:30 pm

 

Adventure Day -
Biking Tour!

(11-13 year olds)

 

Who Lives Here? Forest and Pond Investigations
(4-5 year olds)

Thurs, Aug 6
9:30 am-3:30 pm

 

Aquatic Adventures
(8-10 year olds)

 

Nature Builders
(6-7 year olds)

 

3-Day Summer Adventures 

Tues-Thurs,
Aug 11-13
9:30 am-3:30 pm

 

Village
(7-9 year olds)

 

Creature Camp
(10-12 year olds)



  • Programs will be held outdoors and will be canceled if hazardous weather is expected.
  • Participants will need a water bottle, lunch, cloth face-covering, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Each participant will receive a CNC drawstring bag to carry their individual supplies during the program.


CANCELLATION POLICY
Full refunds will be given for all cancellations. For the safety of the community, please stay home if you or your child is feeling sick.
Contact 989.631.0830 or sfrisbee@chippewanaturecenter.org if you are unable to attend the program.

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Bio-Blitz (8-10 year olds)
Tues, July 28

 

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If rolling logs, wading through water and outsmarting creatures of all shapes and sizes sounds like fun, then this is the experience for you! We will spend the day walking, stalking and wading through the Nature Center in search of a variety of critters. Dragonfly nymphs, salamanders, crayfish and more will be fair game as we search high and low for as many creatures as we can find.

Age: 8-10 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Ecosystems Expeditions (6-7 year olds)
Tues, July 28

 

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It’s time to get down and dirty and learn about the natural treasures in the woods, fields and ponds. Participants will explore the different elements of various ecosystems around the Chippewa Nature Center. Chasing insects in the meadow, looking under logs in the forest and froggin’ at the pond will fill the day with joy and wonder.

Age: 6-7 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Outdoor Skill and Survival Day (11-13 year olds)
Thurs, July 30

 

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Spend the day learning what it takes to feel comfortable in the wilds of Michigan. Learn orienteering skills, build shelters in the woods and practice traditional skills such as fire by friction and cooking over an open fire. Conquer challenges throughout the day to show off all that you have learned.

Age: 11-13 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Who Lives Here? Meadow and Pond Investigation (4-5 year olds)
Thurs, July 30

 

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Participants will venture out to the meadow and pond around the Nature Preschool Building as they learn about who lives in each ecosystem. Stories, hikes, exploration and crafts will help teach participants what every animal needs to survive and thrive! 

Age: 4-5 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Adventure Day - Biking Tour! (11-13 year olds)
Tues, Aug 4

 

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Venture Out and explore nature on two wheels! Participants will take a ride on the Chippewa and Pere Marquette Rail Trails and have the opportunity to experience scenic views of wetlands, meadows, marshes and rivers. Participants will be required to bring their own bike and helmet. Adventure awaits!

Age: 11-13 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Who Lives Here? Forest and Pond Investigations (4-5 year olds)
Tues, Aug 4

 

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Participants will venture out to the forest and pond around the Nature Preschool Building as they learn about who lives in each place. Stories, hikes, exploration and crafts will help teach participants what every animal needs to survive and thrive! 

Age: 4-5 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Aquatic Adventures (8-10 year olds)
Thurs, Aug 6

 

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Explore the wonders of water! From full-body investigations of the Chippewa River to creature studies of the Wetlands’ wildlife, participants will fall in love with the aquatic world.  It is sure to be both wet n’ wild!

Age: 8-10 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Nature Builders (6-7 year olds)

 

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The Nature Builders will explore nature through projects such as engineering beaver dams, designing bird nests and investigating strong natural structures found in the wild. Campers will have the opportunity to try out real tools, while building a Bluebird Box to bring home at the end of the day!

Age: 6-7 year olds; Fee: $45 ($36 for CNC Members)

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Village (7-9 year olds)

 

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Using our imagination and natural materials, we will bring a miniature village to life as we explore country life in the 1870s. Visits to the Homestead Farm and Log Schoolhouse help campers learn about the challenges and resources available to early Midland residents. Campers will love the opportunity to work as individuals and teams to create their own community.

Age: 7-9 year olds; Fee: $130 ($104 for CNC Members)

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Creature Camp (10-12 year olds)

 

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We'll spend three days searching for snakes, frogs, insects, birds and mammals all over the Nature Center. When we get tired of rolling logs and searching the river, we'll play games and make a few crafts as we learn about these amazing critters.

Age: 10-12 year olds; Fee: $130 ($104 for CNC Members)

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Be sure to visit these pages for more fun activities!

Nature Day Camp Summer Activities

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