Engage in environmental studies directly in the field as well as in the classroom. Learn about environmental systems, stewardship, and conservation efforts.
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Environmental Education Camps
Long Lake Conservation Center
Long Lake's Summer Programs welcome campers to a fun, friendly community in north-central Minnesota. Six-day sessions include outdoor activities, games, and wilderness skills. We encourage curiosity, exploration of nature, and respect. Adventure canoe trips, day camps, resident camps.
Long Lake's summer programs are ideal for young people who want to enjoy friends, fun, and outdoor experiences. Long Lake campers join a welcoming setting with other young people, energetic counselors and a professional staff.
Long Lake's 760 acres are a beautiful location for canoeing, orienteering, games, bog-trekking, archery, and other activities. Great games and cooperation challenges provide fun as well as teamwork skills. Our campers experience nature first-hand with the guidance of expert naturalists. They have the opportunity to explore ecology and learn about wildlife.
Campers join our friendly community on a modern campus, where the home-cooked meals are famous. The North Star Lodge is home for a week, with four to seven campers sharing a cabin. Each room has a shower, toilet, and sink facilities.
With more than 40 years experience in summer programs, Long Lake is the original program of its kind in Minnesota. Respect for ourselves, others, and the earth is key to Long Lake's programs, in every aspect of the experience.
On-campus sessions include Outdoor Explorers, Wilderness Skills, Tadpole Day Camp, and Forkhorn I & II.
Tadpole Day Camp: June 25-29, 2007 (1st through 4th grades); Outdoor Explorers: July 29-Aug. 3, 2007 (age 10-12); August 12-17, 2007 (age 9-11); Wilderness Skills July 15-20, 2007 (age 13-15) Forkhorn I July 8-13 & July 22-27, 2007 and Forkhorn II August 5-10, 2007.
Long Lake is also available as a retreat site for churches, specialty organizations, and other groups. We serve as an environmental education field trip site year-round.
Urban Wilderness Camps
Each week of camp takes place at a different city park in Duluth MN and Superior WI. Designed to utilize the unique offerings of the park and community. We spend a lot of time in the woods and balance elements of recreation, education, conservation and community.
Urban Wilderness Camp is Hartley Nature Center's traveling variety show. Each week of camp takes place at a different city park in Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. Programming is designed to utilize the unique offerings of the featured location. We spend a lot of time in the woods. Activities are designed to balance elements of recreation, education, conservation and community.
We do things like swim in local creeks, search for crayfish, find agates, safely eat wild plants and berries, explore forests and creeks, play ultimate frisbee and capture the flag, make up games, paddle canoes, fish, cook over fires, tie knots, set up tarps, hike on the Superior Hiking Trail, bike on the Munger Trail, paddle canoes, work and play as a team, and take care of our local urban wilderness.
Monday through Thursday
9 am-4 pm
Ages 10-13 plus junior leaders (14)
While activities vary each week depending on the group, weather and local offerings, each week has a "featured activity" that distinguishes it from the others.
June 18-21 - Billings Park, Superior WI
June 24-28 - Lincoln Park, Duluth MN
July 15-19 - Lester Park, Duluth MN
call 218 724 6735 for more information about this or other Hartley Nature Center Summer Camps
Audubon Center of the North Woods
Family Camps that build lifelong memories! Summer Family Escape (July 5-8) and Winter Family Escape (December 27-30)
The Audubon Center of the North Woods is a leader in offering meaningful nature experiences to people of all ages and through our family, adult and youth camps, we provide a different kind of camp experience – an opportunity to engage in nature through immersion in the wild outdoors to promote environmental awareness, compassion, leadership and an ethic of care for the earth.
Voted the "Best Environmental Education in Minnesota" - 2009
Early bird discounts. We have partial and full need-based scholarships available.
2012 Family Camps at the Audubon Center of the North Woods:
Summer Family Escape... July 5-8, 2012
Bringing families and nature together. Bringing Family and Nature Together
Exciting outdoor, challenge and wildlife experiences for the whole family.
- Animal Signs
- High Ropes
- Forest Hikes
- Wildlife Programs
We welcome all types of families to participate! Most of these outdoor family classes and workshops are geared towards families that have children between the ages of 6 and 18 - younger children are welcome to attend but may not be able to participate in all classes.
Winter Family Escape... December 27-30, 2012
• Winter Survival
• Wolf presentation
• Hands-on educationalactivities
• Animal Signs
• Candle Light Cross-Country Ski
• Sleigh rides
• Snow Sculpture/Zoo
• Climbing Wall
• Wildlife programs
• Art Projects and other art and craft sessions pertaining to winter and wildlife
• Campfires & s’mores
• ...and much more!
You’ll find our accommodations are perfect for a weekend of adventure, relaxation and
retreat. Your family will have a private room with either 3 or 4 sets of bunks, so each
spacious room sleeps 6-8 people. Our meals have a reputation of their own and have
become known as the best in the area. Delicious, healthy, wholesome meals, each
carefully prepared with creativity and taste, are served in our large dining room with
beautiful stone fireplace and wonderful views of the woods and lake.
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