Summer Camps

At Bluff Lake Summer Camp, campers ages 6-11 discover and play while learning about nature in Bluff Lake’s protected prairie and wetland habitats. Through a blend of nature exploration, hands-on lessons, games, crafts, and unstructured free-play, we inspire campers to better understand and enjoy the outdoors. Our small group sizes and family feel give every camper the opportunity to be curious, active and appreciated.

Our camps are led by experienced educators, with a counselor-to-camper ratio of less than 1:10 at all times. Campers will often be organized into small groups according to age and/or interest in activities. These small groups give campers the time and attention they need to devote to projects and learning as well as their interests.


Our weekly themes are designed to delve deep into the 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.

Our themes are:
Pathfinders, EcoEngineers, Time Travelers, River Walkers, and Best of Bluff Lake
Click here to learn more about each theme and see our summer camp schedule.

All camp sessions run Monday-Friday with half- and full-day options. We also have extended hours both before and after the camp day.

Pre-Camp Hours: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Half-Day Camp: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Full-Day Camp: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Post-Camp Hours: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

All pre- and post-camp takes place at Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS), a very short walk from Bluff Lake. Campers can be dropped off and picked up at IBCS any time during pre-and post-camp times. Extended hours must be purchased at a weekly rate. (There must be a minimum of 6 campers registered for a week of post-camp care or it will be cancelled).
Click here for camp costs, discounts, and other Bluff Lake Summer Camp programs

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