Browse Our Camp Sessions by Week

May 22 – 26

Planting a Seed

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Grades: 2 – 3

Plan, plant, and maintain your own small plot of vegetables, herbs, and flowers at Hilltop Gardens. Learn about preparing meals from fresh-grown food. Enjoy gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and outdoor fun. The garden plot you establish during camp will be available for you to continue working in and harvesting from throughout the summer.

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Plan, plant, and maintain your own small plot of vegetables, herbs, and flowers at Hilltop Gardens. Learn about preparing meals from fresh-grown food. Enjoy gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and outdoor fun. The garden plot you establish during camp will be available for you to continue working in and harvesting from throughout the summer.

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Kids and Kids

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm
Grades: 2 – 3

A camp for kids to play with kids–kid goats! Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens. Taste and critique a variety of local cheeses and meet the farm’s cheese and soap maker. See where the cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap. There will be daily hikes with goats and even Goat Yoga! Campers will dig into farm and garden ecology, animal care, and develop a connection to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts.

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm

A camp for kids to play with kids–kid goats! Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens. Taste and critique a variety of local cheeses and meet the farm’s cheese and soap maker. See where the cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap. There will be daily hikes with goats and even Goat Yoga! Campers will dig into farm and garden ecology, animal care, and develop a connection to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts.

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From Feathers to Flight

Grades 4 – 8

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Kent Farm Research Station
Grades: 4 – 8

A week of intensive, hands-on bird study, co-hosted by biologists from the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Midwest Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Campers will catch wild birds in mist nets, record data points on each, and release them back into nature. Demonstrations and activities will aid in campers’ understanding of bird ecology, anatomy, migration, flight, and identification. Camp will take place rain or shine, so bring appropriate gear.

Dates: May 22 – 26
Location: Kent Farm Research Station

A week of intensive, hands-on bird study, co-hosted by biologists from the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Midwest Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Campers will catch wild birds in mist nets, record data points on each, and release them back into nature. Demonstrations and activities will aid in campers’ understanding of bird ecology, anatomy, migration, flight, and identification. Camp will take place rain or shine, so bring appropriate gear.

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June 5 – 9

Discovering STEAM

Grades K – 1

Dates: June 5 – 9

Location:

Grades: K – 1

Combining the best of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to make a week of fun! Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts, from chemistry and chromatography, to creative expression through art. Campers will also be introduced to games that build basic math skills.

Dates: June 5 – 9

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Combining the best of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to make a week of fun! Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts, from chemistry and chromatography, to creative expression through art. Campers will also be introduced to games that build basic math skills.

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A World of Bugs

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: June 5 – 9

Location:

Grades: 2 – 3

Explore the world of bugs. Campers will use dramatic and dynamic play, outdoor exploration and observation to study arthropods and our dependence on them. Campers will use scientific tools to safely and ethically identify, catch, observe and release arthropods. These skills will then be used to learn about Indiana native species and their importance to the Temperate Hardwood Forests of Monroe County.

Dates: June 5 – 9

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Explore the world of bugs. Campers will use dramatic and dynamic play, outdoor exploration and observation to study arthropods and our dependence on them. Campers will use scientific tools to safely and ethically identify, catch, observe and release arthropods. These skills will then be used to learn about Indiana native species and their importance to the Temperate Hardwood Forests of Monroe County.

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An Introduction to Climate Engineering

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: June 5 – 9

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Find out how Climate Change affects pollinators like bees and butterflies. Campers will learn to identify trees and learn how scientists study trees to document how the climate is changing. Learn about rock identification and mash some geodes to examine what is hidden inside. Campers will conduct an experiment on cloud albedo effect, brainstorm ideas on how they can help Mother Earth and build models showcasing their thoughts.

Dates: June 5 – 9

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Find out how Climate Change affects pollinators like bees and butterflies. Campers will learn to identify trees and learn how scientists study trees to document how the climate is changing. Learn about rock identification and mash some geodes to examine what is hidden inside. Campers will conduct an experiment on cloud albedo effect, brainstorm ideas on how they can help Mother Earth and build models showcasing their thoughts.

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June 12 – 16

Construction and Physics

Grades K – 1

Dates: June 12 – 16

Location:

Grades: K – 1

Design and build your own toys, games and play scapes using a variety of surprising materials. Test flying machines, and build shelters while exploring engineering and physics. Campers will design and construct egg-safe structures for the favorite “Egg Drop Challenge.” Campers will use creativity and collaboration to develop spatial reasoning and early math skills.

Dates: June 12 – 16

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Grades: K – 1

Design and build your own toys, games and play scapes using a variety of surprising materials. Test flying machines, and build shelters while exploring engineering and physics. Campers will design and construct egg-safe structures for the favorite “Egg Drop Challenge.” Campers will use creativity and collaboration to develop spatial reasoning and early math skills.

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Wings and Things

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: June 12 – 16

Location:

Grades: 2 – 3

Explore the connections between birds, bats, planes, balloons, and spaceships! As the week progresses, campers will explore the species that fly and then continue to humans taking to the sky. Campers will find the similarities, what makes each one unique, and experiment with many types and physics of flight.

Dates: June 12 – 16

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Explore the connections between birds, bats, planes, balloons, and spaceships! As the week progresses, campers will explore the species that fly and then continue to humans taking to the sky. Campers will find the similarities, what makes each one unique, and experiment with many types and physics of flight.

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Full-on STEAM

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: June 12 – 16

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for a week of fun! Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts to practice the scientific method, and invoke their inner scientist. Exploration will consist of hair raising science, pendulum art, graphing and simple machines. Campers will design and construct their own egg-safe structures for the favorite “Egg Drop Challenge.” This camp includes a field trip to see a television studio in action at WTIU.

Dates: June 12 – 16

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Combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for a week of fun! Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts to practice the scientific method, and invoke their inner scientist. Exploration will consist of hair raising science, pendulum art, graphing and simple machines. Campers will design and construct their own egg-safe structures for the favorite “Egg Drop Challenge.” This camp includes a field trip to see a television studio in action at WTIU.

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June 19 – 23

Things that Fly

Grades K – 1

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Grades: K – 1

Come and discover what birds, bats, bubbles, bugs, and space shuttles all have in common. Explore their similarities, what makes each one unique, and experiment with many types of flight. Campers will observe different types of winged creatures, experiment with the physics of flight, and build and launch rockets.

Dates: June 19 – 23

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Come and discover what birds, bats, bubbles, bugs, and space shuttles all have in common. Explore their similarities, what makes each one unique, and experiment with many types of flight. Campers will observe different types of winged creatures, experiment with the physics of flight, and build and launch rockets.

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Exploring STEAM

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Grades: 2 – 3

Combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for a week of fun! From hair raising science, to pendulum art, graphing and simple machines. Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts to practice the scientific method, and invoke the scientist in them all.

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for a week of fun! From hair raising science, to pendulum art, graphing and simple machines. Campers will experiment with a wide variety of STEAM concepts to practice the scientific method, and invoke the scientist in them all.

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Puzzles, Patterns, and Projects

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Discover the world of puzzles and patterns. Try logic puzzles, brainteasers, and jigsaw puzzles. Explore the natural world to discover patterns all around us. Finally campers will work on hands-on projects to connect the worlds of nature, art, and patterns.

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Discover the world of puzzles and patterns. Try logic puzzles, brainteasers, and jigsaw puzzles. Explore the natural world to discover patterns all around us. Finally campers will work on hands-on projects to connect the worlds of nature, art, and patterns.

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Animal MD

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: June 19 – 23

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Observe live animals, explore the outdoors and use real scientific tools to investigate the Animal Kingdom. Campers will learn what it takes to keep us animals healthy. Dissections are a part of this camp, however, campers may choose between virtual or physical dissection. End the week with a field trip to a research lab to examine real case studies of animals’ and their medical histories so campers can hypothetically diagnose and treat the “patients.”

Dates: June 19 – 23

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Observe live animals, explore the outdoors and use real scientific tools to investigate the Animal Kingdom. Campers will learn what it takes to keep us animals healthy. Dissections are a part of this camp, however, campers may choose between virtual or physical dissection. End the week with a field trip to a research lab to examine real case studies of animals’ and their medical histories so campers can hypothetically diagnose and treat the “patients.”

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June 26 – 30

Storybook Science #1

Grades K – 1

Dates: June 26 – 30

Location:

Grades: K – 1

Science and play come together in the return of this popular Science Sampler camp. Storybooks serve as the starting point for hands-on exploration. Campers will explore a new topic each day, including Colorful Chemistry, Awesome Agriculture, Spectacular Space, Neat Nature, and more. Independent reading and writing skills are not required for this camp, just imagination and curiosity.

Dates: June 26 – 30

Location:

Science and play come together in the return of this popular Science Sampler camp. Storybooks serve as the starting point for hands-on exploration. Campers will explore a new topic each day, including Colorful Chemistry, Awesome Agriculture, Spectacular Space, Neat Nature, and more. Independent reading and writing skills are not required for this camp, just imagination and curiosity.

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Inventions

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: June 26 – 30

Location:

Grades: 2 – 3

Be an inventor! Bring your curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity to explore scientific concepts through hands-on play. Learn about inventors and inventions from Henry Ford and the car, to Grace Hopper and computer coding. Campers will have an opportunity to be inventive and resourceful developing their own creations from varied supply materials.

Dates: June 26 – 30

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Be an inventor! Bring your curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity to explore scientific concepts through hands-on play. Learn about inventors and inventions from Henry Ford and the car, to Grace Hopper and computer coding. Campers will have an opportunity to be inventive and resourceful developing their own creations from varied supply materials.

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Creative Building and the Scientific Method

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: June 26 – 30

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Get your build on! Use creativity and imagination to design and build toys, and games using a variety of surprising materials. While building and testing different structures and machines campers will explore the scientific method. Campers will create optical illusions, experiment with water and colorful chemical reactions, and play skills building games focused on estimation, probability, and math.

Dates: June 26 – 30

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Get your build on! Use creativity and imagination to design and build toys, and games using a variety of surprising materials. While building and testing different structures and machines campers will explore the scientific method. Campers will create optical illusions, experiment with water and colorful chemical reactions, and play skills building games focused on estimation, probability, and math.

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Goats and Gardens

Grades 4 – 8

Dates: June 26 – 30
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm
Grades: 4 – 6

Get ready for a total goats experience! Hike with goats! Goat Yoga! Experience in-depth farm and garden ecology and the art of animal care. Connect to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts that emphasize teamwork and community. Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens, taste and critique a variety of local cheeses. See where the farm’s cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap.

Dates: June 26 – 30
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm

Get ready for a total goats experience! Hike with goats! Goat Yoga! Experience in-depth farm and garden ecology and the art of animal care. Connect to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts that emphasize teamwork and community. Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens, taste and critique a variety of local cheeses. See where the farm’s cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap.

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July 10 – 14

Storybook Science #2

Grades K – 1

Dates: July 10 – 14

Location:

Grades: K – 1

Science and play come together in the return of this popular Science Sampler camp. Storybooks serve as the starting point to hands-on exploration. Campers will explore a new topic each day, including music and sound, plants and pollinators, wild animals, incredible insects, and more! Independent reading and writing skills are not required for this camp, just imagination and curiosity. NOTE: Storybook Science #1 is not a prerequisite for this camp session.

Dates: July 10 – 14

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Science and play come together in the return of this popular Science Sampler camp. Storybooks serve as the starting point to hands-on exploration. Campers will explore a new topic each day, including music and sound, plants and pollinators, wild animals, incredible insects, and more! Independent reading and writing skills are not required for this camp, just imagination and curiosity. NOTE: Storybook Science #1 is not a prerequisite for this camp session.

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Playing with Potions

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: July 10 – 14

Location:

Grades: 2 – 3

You say potion we say solution; it’s not magic it is Science! Investigate different solutions that have special scientific properties to ascertain pH, density, and more. Explore properties of common fluids like milk and water. Campers will discover how we see colors, non-Newtonian substances, and luminescence.

Dates: July 10 – 14

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You say potion we say solution; it’s not magic it is Science! Investigate different solutions that have special scientific properties to ascertain pH, density, and more. Explore properties of common fluids like milk and water. Campers will discover how we see colors, non-Newtonian substances, and luminescence.

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Exploring Flight

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: July 10 – 14

Location:

Grades: 4 – 6

Find out what it takes to make something fly! Explore how the natural world takes flight, like bugs and bats. See how humans have learned from the species around them to develop aviation. Finally, escape from Earth’s gravity to learn about spaceships and rocketry!

Dates: July 10 – 14

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Find out what it takes to make something fly! Explore how the natural world takes flight, like bugs and bats. See how humans have learned from the species around them to develop aviation. Finally, escape from Earth’s gravity to learn about spaceships and rocketry!

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Habitats and Homes

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: July 10 – 14
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Grades: 4 – 6

Explore the secret lives and homes of local wildlife, and discover hidden habitats in our community. Use creativity and biology to design and build a habitat that provides food, water, and protection for insects, mammals or birds. Explore ways to help sustain natural habitats for plants, animals and insects. Become a leader in living more gently alongside nature.

Dates: July 10 – 14
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Explore the secret lives and homes of local wildlife, and discover hidden habitats in our community. Use creativity and biology to design and build a habitat that provides food, water, and protection for insects, mammals or birds. Explore ways to help sustain natural habitats for plants, animals and insects. Become a leader in living more gently alongside nature.

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July 17 – 21

Kids and Kids

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm
Grades: 2 – 3

A camp for kids to play with kids–kid goats! Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens. Taste and critique a variety of local cheeses and meet the farm’s cheese and soap maker. See where the cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap. There will be daily hikes with goats and even Goat Yoga! Campers will dig into farm and garden ecology, animal care, and develop a connection to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts.

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm

A camp for kids to play with kids–kid goats! Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens. Taste and critique a variety of local cheeses and meet the farm’s cheese and soap maker. See where the cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap. There will be daily hikes with goats and even Goat Yoga! Campers will dig into farm and garden ecology, animal care, and develop a connection to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts.

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Power of Plants

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Grades: 4 – 6

Become a Plant Protector. Discover the importance of trees in town, how ferns reproduce, and explore the medicinal properties of common garden flowers. Campers will uncover the wonder of foraging, and learn to identify invasive species and get creative in the beautiful outdoors.

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Become a Plant Protector. Discover the importance of trees in town, how ferns reproduce, and explore the medicinal properties of common garden flowers. Campers will uncover the wonder of foraging, and learn to identify invasive species and get creative in the beautiful outdoors.

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From Feathers to Flight

Grades 4 – 8

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Kent Farm Research Station
Grades: 4 – 8

A week of intensive, hands-on bird study, co-hosted by biologists from the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Midwest Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Campers will catch wild birds in mist nets, record data points on each, and release them back into nature. Demonstrations and activities will aid in campers’ understanding of bird ecology, anatomy, migration, flight, and identification. Camp will take place rain or shine, so bring appropriate gear.

Dates: July 17 – 21
Location: Kent Farm Research Station

A week of intensive, hands-on bird study, co-hosted by biologists from the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Midwest Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Campers will catch wild birds in mist nets, record data points on each, and release them back into nature. Demonstrations and activities will aid in campers’ understanding of bird ecology, anatomy, migration, flight, and identification. Camp will take place rain or shine, so bring appropriate gear.

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July 24 – 28

Habitats and Homes

Grades 2 – 3

Dates: July 24 – 28
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Grades: 2 – 3

Take a closer look at local wildlife, and discover habitats in our community. Campers will construct habitats that provide food, water, and protection for insects, mammals or birds. Explore ways to help sustain natural habitats for plants, animals and insects. Campers will learn about the action steps to take in order to live more gently alongside nature.

Dates: July 24 – 28
Location: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Take a closer look at local wildlife, and discover habitats in our community. Campers will construct habitats that provide food, water, and protection for insects, mammals or birds. Explore ways to help sustain natural habitats for plants, animals and insects. Campers will learn about the action steps to take in order to live more gently alongside nature.

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Goats and Gardens

Grades 4 – 6

Dates: July 24 – 28
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm
Grades: 4 – 6

Get ready for a total goats experience! Hike with goats! Goat Yoga! Experience in-depth farm and garden ecology and the art of animal care. Connect to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts that emphasize teamwork and community. Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens, taste and critique a variety of local cheeses. See where the farm’s cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap.

Dates: July 24 – 28
Location: Goat Conspiracy Farm

Get ready for a total goats experience! Hike with goats! Goat Yoga! Experience in-depth farm and garden ecology and the art of animal care. Connect to the origin of food through play, chores, and wilderness crafts that emphasize teamwork and community. Campers will tend to the farm’s Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens, taste and critique a variety of local cheeses. See where the farm’s cheese is made and learn why goat’s milk is an important ingredient in soap.

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