*Scholarship applications are now closed for 2021*

Assistance is available for families who are unable to pay for summer camp thanks to our Carl Wells Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

*Due to very high demand for 2021 camps, scholarship applications will now be closing at the end of February (one month early).*

Carl Wells played an important role in getting BLNC on its feet, and keeping it there. He was a longtime volunteer educator, Saturday birding guide, Board member and treasurer, and steward of our 123 acres. Carl was very committed to Bluff Lake’s mission of making nature accessible to everyone, and this scholarship fund aims to make sure every kid has the chance to experience a week of summer camp at Bluff Lake. Donate to contribute to the Carl Wells Scholarship fund!


Online scholarship applications will be open until February 28, 2021. Please complete ONE application form for your entire family. The purpose of the application is to assess financial need. You will also indicate your camp date preferences.

If your application is approved, your family will be included in a lottery. We made the change to a lottery system in order to reach more people and account for the influx in need.

If your family is drawn, you will receive one week of waived or reduced full-day camp fees for up to TWO children. We will award 10 full scholarships (100% off) and 20 half scholarships (50% off) for summer 2021. All lottery winners are also invited to register for pre/post camp care at a 50% discount.

The lottery will take place in early April 2021. You will then be notified of your status and given instructions on how to register if you are a winner.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Manager, Heidi Pfeiffer, Ph.D., at or 414-819-1670.


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