Schedule & Themes


Check back in January for our updated Summer Camp 2020 Schedule!


Our weekly themes are designed to delve deep into environmental education topics while also giving campers plenty of time for creek play, hands-on science activities, animal encounters, crafts, and hikes. Each week’s discoveries and exploration will be enhanced with presentations from science and nature experts. Campers’ families will also receive emails from camp leaders that describe the week’s events and discoveries, and include photos of the adventures!

Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-11)
Outdoor Explorers will feel the excitement of discovery through nature expeditions and outdoor skills such as shelter building, map-making, DIY compasses, plant identification, wildlife tracking, and paracord survival bracelets! Campers will explore the many plants and animals living right here at Bluff Lake, and discuss how people can help care for these habitats over time. They will also connect with our rich local history as they learn how different groups of people have lived and worked on this land over the years.

EcoEngineers (Ages 6-11)
Eco-Engineers will use outdoor expeditions, firsthand nature encounters, and problem-solving challenges to think like scientists about the natural world! Campers will visit nature’s master builders at a beaver dam, then build their own popsicle stick bridges. They’ll watch ducks float and dive from the bird blind, then design boats to test in the creek. Solar oven S’mores will be a delicious snack after a scavenger hunt for different leaf shapes that harness sunlight. Engage your child’s natural curiosity with these activities and more!

Nature Artists (Ages 6-11)
Nature Artists will encourage campers’ creativity as they immerse themselves in the beautiful animals, plants, and scenery right here at Bluff Lake! Firsthand nature encounters and free exploration will inspire daily art projects in this joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience. Activities such as wildlife collages, landscape reflection paintings, sun catchers, animal sculptures, rain sticks, poems, stories, and more will bring out the science- and nature-loving artist in your child!

Animal Lovers (Ages 6-11)
Are you a lover of all animals, from butterflies to coyotes? You are not alone! One of the best parts of nature is getting to interact with the animals that call Bluff Lake home. Science will transform into exciting, firsthand encounters as campers go on frog hunts, track white tailed deer, watch hawks through binoculars, and search for snakeskin sheddings. Campers will also examine mammal skulls and skins, look for insects, hide in the bird blind, explore prairie dog colonies, catch crayfish in the creek, and more!

Best of Bluff Lake (Ages 7-11)
Our experienced staff will choose the best activities, lessons, crafts, and presentations from across the summer to create a week full of wild adventures! Campers’ favorite activities often include frog and bug hunts, S’mores from solar ovens, paracord survival bracelets, teepee building, creek exploration, wildlife searches, examining mammal skulls and skins, nature collages, scavenger hunts, creating water filters, designing aluminum foil boats, and landscape reflection paintings. This is a week not to miss!

Junior Naturalists (Ages 11-13)
Junior Naturalists is an opportunity for older campers to blend science and adventure while following their own unique interests! Flexible programming, small group sizes, and diverse options will allow campers to dive deeply into whichever topics they find most exciting. Project options will include guided nature expeditions, outdoor survival skills, “eco-engineering” activities, a prairie dog colony census, naturalist journals, nature-inspired art, independent exploration, and assisting with the ongoing site maintenance of Bluff Lake’s natural habitats. Sign up for one week, or for them all! Each week will be one of a kind!

Junior Naturalists camps are limited to the first 10 campers who register for each week. The available weeks are June 17-21 and July 15-19.

Junior Counselors (Ages 12-15)
This program is perfect for teens to gain valuable leadership experience working with kids and outdoor skills–all while having a great time! Learn more about this fun and rewarding program HERE.