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Summer Camp 2007

From the shores of Lake Erie to the launching pad of a rocket, amazing adventures in the great outdoors await! Campers experience live wildlife encounters, planetarium shows, beach walks, nature hikes, games, crafts, journaling and much more.

A summer full of education and excitement is provided below.

For more information about all the other fun things we have going on plus our family programs, check out our Summer Program Guide.

See some of the wet, wild and out-of-this-world fun we've had over the years in our photo and video album.


Wildlife Rehabilitator Investigation Camp
Date: June 13 - 15, 2017 Tuesday through Thursday Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For students ages 12 - 15 who have completed Grades 6 - 9 Fee: $250/student

Wildlife rehabilitators at the Center are able to treat, feed and house over 100 species of animals, all of which have different injuries and illnesses requiring special care. In this camp, you will explore all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation including natural history of animals, dietary needs, common injuries and illnesses and creative ways to house and treat these animals  as you prepare them for life back in the wild. Participants of this camp will have an opportunity to work on real case studies and discover what it takes to become a successful wildlife rehabilitator.

Instructors: Wildlife and Education Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 25 - 27 Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $50/child; members receive 10% discount

Experience together what camp is all about! Enjoy nature on our daily outdoor exploration – maybe we’ll find a salamander under a rock or a woodpecker in the trees. If you love Wild things or Frogs & Polliwogs, this camp is for you! A great precursor to Nature Nuts, You & Me Naturally will get those little feet moving while building the foundation for a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Space Exploration Rocket Camp: Advanced
Date: Tuesday, August 15 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Advanced: For students who have completed grades 6 - 12 Fee: $60/child

Blast off to a whole new level with rockets as we learn about space missions and astronauts, explore the history of space flight and build and launch a rocket - twice!

Boy Scouts working on the Space Exploration Merit Badge: participants in this camp will complete requirements 1 – 4. All other requirements must be completed independently before or after camp.

Family members are encouraged to attend the final rocket launch at 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Rocket Camps - Levels 1 & 2
Date: Levels 1 & 2 (Beginner): Friday, June 16 and Thursday, July 6
Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Beginner: For children who have completed grades 3 - 6
Fee: $50/child

Learn all about rockets in this brand new, one day rocket adventure! Explore NASA’s rockets and view footage on the planetarium dome of historic launches, then assemble and safely launch your own rocket. Levels 1 and 2 will build different rockets based on experience. Campers please bring a packed lunch, snack and water bottle.

Family members are encouraged to attend the rocket launch at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registrations is required for these camps.



Space Camp
Date: Monday - Thursday, July 10 - 13 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  For children ages 9 - 12 who have completed Grades 3 - 6 Fee: $275/child

Space isn't just for humans! This year enjoy a different theme each day that leads you toward your ultimate goal of building your own space probe. Learn about electricity, the dangers of interstellar travel and NASA's practices.

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Science of Wizardry
Date: Monday - Friday, June 26 - 30 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children ages 8 - 11 who have completed grades 2 - 6 Fee: $310/child

A magical summer starts here! First you’ll be sorted into your “House” by age. Each day you’ll traverse the Center “campus” and parklands as you learn the basics of chemistry in “Potions” class, practice the art of “Divination” in the planetarium, learn the ways of wildlife in the “Care of Magical Creatures” class and find your way through the forest in “Herbology.” New activities this year!

Instructors: Education and Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Log Cabin Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  Full Day: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Mornings: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Afternoons: For children ages 6-8
Fee: See Description

Each week a new, natural adventure awaits to get you out into the fresh air! Head out with your friends as you blaze trails, comb the beach, encounter live wildlife, play games, craft and more. Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience! Please bring a drink each day.

Full Day

Tuesday through Thursday

 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (please pack a lunch)

Camp 1: June 6 - 8

Camp 2: June 13 - 15

Camp 3: June 20 - 22

Camp 4: (See Log Cabin Science of Wizardry)

Fee per camp: $200/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Preschool Education Staff

Part Day

Mornings for children ages 5-6

Afternoons for children ages 6-8

Tuesday through Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Camp 5: July 11 - 13

Camp 6: July 18 - 20

Camp 7: July 25 -27

Camp 8: August 1 - 3

Camp 9: August 8 - 10

Camp 10: August 15 - 17

Fee per program: $150/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Early Childhood Education Staff

Applies to all above camps: - Sunscreen and sturdy shoes are a must. Bug spray is recommended.

Advance Registration is required for all camps.





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