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Summer Camps

This summer, experience adventure in the great outdoors by hiking, conducting science experiments, and visiting LSNC's resident raptors and critters. Create art, make music, write stories, and enjoy the summer weather—rain or shine. Every day has opportunities to learn new skills like fire-building or animal tracking and make new friends as you hike the trails, play scatter ball, or search for creatures in Black Pond. Whether you've been to LSNC one or one hundred times, adventure and discovery await you this summer!

For general information and policies that apply to all of our camps, please review the Policy Handbook for Camp Families. Required forms for Summer Camp 2016 will be available in late Spring.

Members Receive a Discount!

Become a Leslie Science & Nature Center Member to gain access to early registration and discounts on all of our camps! Learn more here.

Support and Apply for Camp Scholarships

LSNC has a limited number of summer camp scholarships available to families that need financial assistance. Scholarships are made possible each year through the generous donations of organizations and individuals like you. Please support our scholarship fund, and help send kids to camp! Please apply to our scholarship program if your family is in need of assistance!

Volunteer at Summer Camp!

Teens ages 13-18 can spend some of the summer in the great outdoors when you volunteer at LSNC's Summer Camp! Join other teens from throughout the Ann Arbor area as you develop new leadership skills, gain valuable work experience, and learn about Michigan's natural history and ecology. Read more and submit your application by May 2!

Nature Rocks! Summer Camp Music Program

We are excited to announce the 2016 Nature Rocks! Summer Camp Music Program featuring Michigan Humanities Council Touring Artist Joe Reilly. As part of Nature Rocks! Joe will join us at camp each week to sing with LSNC campers and teach about animal classification, decomposition, stewardship, and more. Nature Rocks! is funded in part by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The Michigan Humanities Council.

Summer Camp Information

Jump to Summer Camp Information (Including Fees and Session Limits, Camp Age Groups, Schedules, Packing Lists, and Summer Camp Song Lyrics)
 

Summer Camp Registration

 

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Camp Cooldown

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Grades 4-5:
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Week 1:
June 20-24
Pirates and Adventurers - join the waitlist! North, South, East, West - Calling All Explorers!- join the waitlist! Honey I Shrunk the Camp Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 2:
June 27-July 1
Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them - join the waitlist! Care of Magical Creatures - join the waitlist! Adventure Quest: Myth, Magic, and Legend Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 3:
July 5-8
Wildling - join the waitlist! Base Camp Rangers - join the waitlist! Survive!-join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 4:
July 11-15
Splatter, Mix, and Sculpt - join the waitlist! Critter Creations and Animal Arts - join the waitlist! The Fantastical Science of Art Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 5:
July 18-22
The Wacky World of Science - join the waitlist! Whiz Kids-join the waitlist! Invention Convention Camp Cool Down -join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down -join the waitlist!
Week 6:
July 25-29
Animal Appetites-join the waitlist! Incredible Edibles and Fantastic Foods- join the waitlist! The Scrumptious Science of Food-join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 7:
August 1-5
Once Upon A Mossy Log - join the waitlist! Trails, Scales, and Tales - join the waitlist! Secrets from the Black Pond Woods-join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 8:
August 8-12
Wildling-join the waitlist! Base Camp Rangers - join the waitlist! Survive! - join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down -join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down -join the waitlist!
Week 9:
August 15-19
Buzz, Croak, Dance, and Sing! - join the waitlist! Mammal Maestros and Reptile Rockers-join the waitlist! Rock for Change-join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down  Camp Cool Down 
Week 10:
August 22-26
Ecosystem Explorers - join the waitlist! Nature Detectives - join the waitlist! Where in the World?!-join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down - join the waitlist!  Camp Cool Down - join the waitlist! 
Week 11:
August 29-Sept 1
Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them - join the waitlist! Care of Magical Creatures - join the waitlist! Adventure Quest: Myth, Magic, and Legend Camp Cool Down - join the waitlist! Camp Cool Down -join the waitlist!
 

Summer Camp Information

Fees and Session Limits

Summer Day Camp Fees

Camp pricing varies depending on the age of the camper and the length of the camp (4 or 5 days). LSNC’s membership program entitles member families to discounts for each camper and each session. Our 2016 Summer Camp prices correspond to the following scale:

  • K/1 Camp-5 days: $260/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • K/1 Camp-4 days: $210/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • 2/3 Camp-5 days: $280/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • 2/3 Camp-4 days: $226/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • 4/5 Camp (with overnight)-5 days: $300/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • 4/5 Camp (with overnight)-4 days: $242/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off
  • 4/5 Camp (without overnight)-4 days: $226/per camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Camp Cool Down Fees

During the 2016 summer we have 20 slots available each week for our “Camp Cool Down” session which runs from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. At Camp Cool Down, campers can unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Camp Cool Down is $75 for regular campers and $60 for campers attending an overnight session, or $60 and $45 for a four-day camp. Preregistration is required, and is for the full week only.

Camp Session Limit

Enrollment is limited to three Summer Camp sessions per camper.

Camp Age Groups

We want all campers to have adequate opportunities to learn, be challenged, and grow. For this reason, campers may only register for camp sessions designated for their age or grade. There are many opportunities for campers in different age groups to play together at camp and taking advantage of these times in the schedule without switching to an older or younger age group ensures that each camper is participating in a camp that will be exciting and challenging for their developmental level.

LSNC summer camp sessions are offered to three mixed-age groups:

  • K/1—Campers who have completed either a full-day, school year Young Fives program, Kindergarten, or First Grade
  • 2/3—Campers who have completed Second and Third Grade
  • 4/5—Campers who have completed Fourth and Fifth Grade

At this time, LSNC cannot accommodate campers who have not yet attended a full-day Kindergarten or Young Fives program the school year prior to attending LSNC camp. LSNC offers a wide variety of non-camp preschool programs for kids aged 1-5. Please explore them here.

Typical Daily Schedule

Each camp day follows the same basic schedule, though daily activities vary depending on age group and camp theme.

8:30     Camper Sign In and Morning Stations
Parents and guardians sign campers in at their assigned camp building each day. While we are waiting for everyone to arrive, campers will choose from several different activities like art making, exploring specimens, or playing with blocks, Legos, and other manipulative toys.

9:00     House Meeting
To start off our day, campers will gather to hear the day's schedule, play some name games, sing songs, and do cheers. On Mondays, all camp groups review LSNC’s camp rules and talk about camper’s hopes and expectations for the week.

9:15-11:30     Morning Activities
We'll go outdoors to hike, explore, play games, and enjoy the sunshine. Campers will visit the Critter House at least once during their camp week. Morning snack will be provided. On Mondays, Morning Activities end early for All Camp when all camp groups come together for games and songs.

11:30-12:30    Lunch and Free Time
Lunch is held with all camps together, eating picnic style outside. To make sure they have enough energy for the day, campers, staff, and volunteers stay seated and focused on eating and drinking water for 20 minutes. Campers are encouraged to recycle and compost. After lunch, we head down to the big field for free play.

12:30-1:30     Chillaxation
Chillaxation is held by each camp group individually. Campers are given a time to relax and reflect on the day's adventures. Stories, reading, drawing, resting, cloud watching, and other quiet activities are included.

1:30-1:45              All Camp
All Camp provides all camp groups with the opportunity to play games, do house cheers, and share with other camp groups about what they have learned at camp. On the last day of camp, All Camp is held from 2:45-3:15pm and families are invited to attend before signing their camper out.

1:45-2:45        Choice Time
During choice time, Camp Educators and volunteers offer 3 activities from which each camper is able to choose. Each day there is an active choice, and artsy choice, and an environmental education choice (though these categories sometimes overlap). Thursday is Choice Day, with 3 choice times spaced throughout the day, ending with Choice Carnival in the afternoon, where campers are able to go to each of several stations, including s’more making, silly games, and tie dye. On some four-day weeks, Choice Day may be held on Wednesday.

2:45-3:30      Afternoon Snack, Clean-up, and Circle Games
After choice time, campers return to their houses to tidy up for the day, usually taking their belongings outside for pick-up. After the building is tidy and everyone is ready to go, camp groups will eat a healthy snack and work together to brainstorm a list for their “Ask Me About” board which includes a list of topics or questions that are meant to spark conversations about camp experiences between campers and their families. Camp groups will play silly circle games, sing songs, or practice brain teasers until families arrive.

3:30      Camper Sign Out
Our camp day ends promptly at 3:30pm. All campers must be picked up and signed out by someone on their Emergency & Release Form. Campers who are registered for Camp Cool Down are signed into the Camp Cool Down session by a staff member and must be signed out by someone listed on their Emergency & Release Form by 5:30pm.

Typical Weekly Schedule

Like the daily schedule, our weekly camp schedule follows the same basic arc, though activities change based on age group and camp theme. On short weeks, this schedule is subject to change, but will always include Choice Day—we know that is a favorite part of camp!

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

House Meeting

Morning Activities

All Camp*

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

House Meeting
Off-site field trips for campers in 2-5th grade. Youngest campers stay on-site.

House Meeting

Choice Time #1

Choice Time #2

 

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Afternoon

Chillaxation

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Carnival**

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

Choice Time

Clean-up

All Camp* (Families are invited)

Late Afternoon

Camp Cool Down (limited space available; must register separately)

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Snacks

Apples/Pretzels

Oranges/Ritz Crackers

Carrots/Goldfish

Air-popped Popcorn/S’mores

Apples/Popsicles

*All Camp: When the whole camp gathers on the rock wall for singing, skits, and games. Families are invited to our Friday afternoon All Camp.
**Choice Carnival: Campers can circulate to several different stations including s’more making, Critter House visits, and tie dye.

Summer Camp Packing List

Please mark all items with your camper’s name! Campers are responsible for keeping track of their belongings while at LSNC.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing including layers for chillier mornings and shoes that are good for running and hiking (no Crocs or flip-flops, please!)
  • Backpack to hold everything
  • Lunch (nothing that needs refrigeration or warming please)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Extra Clothes (including socks and underwear) and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
  • Sun Screen & Bug Spray – Please see our Sun Screen and Bug Spray policy
  • Rain Gear – We go out rain or shine!
  • Book(s) to read during Chillaxation
  • Hat
  • Sun Glasses (optional)

Overnight Packing List

  • Sleeping bag or blanket roll and pillow
  • PJs and change of clothes (in addition to your spare change of clothes)
  • Rain gear (if needed)
  • Bug spray, sun screen, and hat
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Medications: If a camper needs to take medication during dinner, before bed or in the morning, parents/guardians must give these to the Camp Educators on Thursday morning and fill out a Medication Authorization Form so that medication can be administered. All medication must be provided in the original container. Prescription medications must have the dosage and camper’s name printed on the label.

**LSNC will provide 4-person tents for campers

Not Allowed At Camp

Cell Phones, mp3 devices, tablets, electronic games, cameras, or other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Please do not bring knives and weapons of any kind, or anything you can’t afford to lose. LSNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and must be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Summer Camp T-Shirts

In the summer, all campers receive one white LSNC summer camp shirt for each week of camp in which they are enrolled. Campers may choose to tie-dye this shirt on Thursday during Choice Carnival. Campers attending multiple weeks of camp may choose to bring in and tie dye a comparable garment from home instead of a second LSNC camp shirt. Acceptable items include: a t-shirt, a bandana, a pair of socks, or a pillow case. Sweatshirts, pants, and other large items cannot be tie dyed at camp. T-shirts are not provided during Days Off Outdoors or School Break camps.

LSNC Summer Camp Song Lyrics

This song was written by Joe Reilly along with campers and staff of LSNC summer camp. You can listen to a version of it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WILr1ju0AT0
Chords: E / B / A / B

Chorus:

On the rock wall
by the walnut tree
we’re back at summer camp
at L-S-N-C.
It’s our favorite natural place to be
Thank you Dr. Eugene
and Emily!
Le-es-lie
SCIENCE!
Le-es-lie
AND NATURE!
Le-es-lie
It’s the Leslie Science and Nature Center.

Verses:

At the Leslie Science and Nature Center
You can be a scientist or an inventor.
There’s so much nature for us to explore
From the Leslie House the Nature House
and out the front doors.

And don’t forget about the amazing Critter House
Where you can see a hissing cockroach and a mouse.
Oops did I say mouse? What I meant was an iguana
And a salamander, rabbit, and other native fauna

We don’t really think that dirt is very dirty.
We play in the soil until 3:30.
We use hand sanitizer to kill all the germs,
And we learn from our experiences on our own terms.

Chorus

We make new friends and learn about relationships
We walk to the Huron River and take canoe trips
And sometimes our counselor’s kayak tips
That’s why we fill out our permission slips.

We play circle games like Froggy Detective
We can be ourselves and be respected and accepted
What we do today helps keep the future protected
Remember that we are all interconnected.

Chorus

I’ve got an extra set of clothes in my backpack
I like to go for hikes and look for animal tracks
I like to eat dirt and worms for a snack
I love this summer camp and just want to be coming back [getting slower]
So I can be

On the rock wall
by the walnut tree
we’re back at summer camp
at L-S-N-C.
It’s our favorite natural place to be
Thank you Dr. Eugene
and Emily!
Le-es-lie
SCIENCE!
Le-es-lie
AND NATURE!
Le-es-lie
It’s the Leslie Science and Nature Center
Sum-mer caaaaaaamp.

All Summer Camp Sessions

Camp Cool Down - Week 1

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 1

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Honey I Shrunk the Camp

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Explore the world invisible to the naked eye through microscopes, magnifying glasses, and more! Ant lion jaws, tiger swallowtail scales, and water scorpions are just a few of the amazing things you may discover in your investigation. Use microscopes and camera equipment to examine and record your discoveries and create a digital photo album of what you uncover as you explore, collect, and view the microscopic world of nature. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, do fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides.

North, South, East, West - Calling All Explorers!

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Let’s go exploring! Gain new skills to find your way through the woods - from animal tracking, to reading compasses, and more. Discover how animals navigate and survive while traveling across incredible distances. Then, apply your skills to challenges and adventures through Black Pond Woods and beyond. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week.

Pirates and Adventurers

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Do ye love adventure? Do ye desire to quest for treasure? Embark on epic journeys into the woods and discover what critters lurk in the depths of Black Pond. Dig in the dirt for buried treasure, tell tales of famous explorers (and pirates!), and study how animals move and navigate. Ahoy!

Adventure Quest: Myth, Magic, and Legend

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

You can find nature anywhere from the darkest dungeon to the highest mountain peak. Join fellow adventurers on this week-long quest of myth, magic, and legend. Along the way you’ll encounter mythic beasts and discover the stories behind them. Search for adventure at every turn: YOU are the hero of this story!  **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. This theme is also being offered during Week 11, August 29-September 1. The Week 11 session does not include an overnight.

Camp Cool Down - Week 2

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 2

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Care of Magical Creatures

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Anyone with a finger on the pulse of the wizarding world knows that creatures need protecting--even dragons. Try your hand at animal care and learn how to protect the natural homes of magical creatures in this exciting, hands-on camp. Open to wizards, witches, and muggles alike, bring your imagination and sense of adventure! Wands are optional; armor and leather gloves will be provided as needed. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This theme is also being offered during Week 11, August 29-September 1. 

Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them

Camp Dates: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

What is a pixie and why does it like to hide? Is a griffin a mammal or a bird, and where does it sleep at night? Sink your claws into soil and stretch your wings at this magical camp that is all about animals: where they live and what they need to survive. You’ll even learn to cast a spell and create your own magical beast! This week LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed Kindergarten and 1st grade.This theme is also being offered during Week 11, August 29-September 1. 

Base Camp Rangers

Camp Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016
Cost: 
$226/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Experience the job of a park ranger! After you set up base camp you will practice reading maps, tying knots, building fires, and identifying wild plants and animals. Meet a real-life ranger and complete a variety of wilderness challenges as you learn how to live comfortably in the wild. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This theme is also being offered during Week 8, August 8-12.

Camp Cool Down - Week 3

Camp Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 3

Camp Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016
Cost: 
$45/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Survive!

Camp Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016
Cost: 
$242/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Test your survival skills by building a fire without matches, constructing different types of shelters, identifying wild edibles, and tracking animals. Learn how to navigate and canoe the mighty Huron River before you prepare your meals on the fire and camp out under the stars. Don’t stay up too late though - you’ll need to be well-rested for the ultimate survival challenge on your last day of camp! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. This theme is also being offered during Week 8, August 8-12.

Wildling

Camp Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016
Cost: 
$210/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

You might think it is easy to be an animal, but it’s a wild world out there! Build a shelter out of sticks, forage for food, and learn to camouflage as you discover how animals survive their wild lives. Practice making a fire and learn how humans find their way in the woods. After this camp, you’ll be ready for any outdoor adventure that comes your way! This theme is also being offered during Week 8, August 8-12.

Camp Cool Down - Week 4

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 4

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Critter Creations and Animal Arts

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

In this hands-on camp you’ll explore art in the wild and capture it using a variety of artistic techniques. Craft your own personal hiking stick and try printmaking with items from nature. Use your creativity to help critters by making artful animal homes. Share your creations with family and friends in our end-of-the-week art show! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week.

Splatter, Mix, and Sculpt

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Get outside as you make paintings of trees, craft clay animals, and more! Let your artist’s eye help you learn more about plants and animals. Challenge yourself to find new ways to create art with treasures you find walking in the woods and exhibit your creations as part of an end-of-the-week art show. This week LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed Kindergarten and 1st grade.

The Fantastical Science of Art

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

You’ll be both a scientist and an artist at this exciting camp! Explore and study the natural world in your very own art field journal. Try your hand at making art that tells a story or explains a scientific process. Investigate art of different styles, eras, and cultures. Then, help design the gallery for our end-of-the-week art show! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. 

Camp Cool Down - Week 5

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 5

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Invention Convention

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Do you crave to design and build things that human society has never seen before? In this jam-packed camp week, you’ll explore inventions inspired by animal adaptations and create your own contraptions with items you find in the natural world. Learn how to make careful observations and educated hypotheses as you try your hand at physics, chemistry, biology, and more.  **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. 

The Wacky World of Science

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Discover the science all around you as you dig in the dirt, build contraptions, and meet critters at LSNC. You'll be a scientist as you observe wacky animals and plants from Black Pond Woods, complete problem-solving challenges, and use cool science tools to discover how the world works.

Whiz Kids

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

LSNC is the laboratory where you will build things that float, fly, and even explode! Learn to think like a scientist and design like an engineer as you set out on daily excursions to conduct fun experiments. Building boats, engineering rockets, and making things glow in the dark are just a few examples of the fun that awaits you! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This week LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed 2nd and 3rd grade.

Animal Appetites

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

All animals need food to survive, but each animal eats something different or uses different tools to eat. Explore the food web, observe how and what animals eat, and pretend to be a vulture, squirrel, or bee in this exciting camp about animals and the food chain. Then, apply your knowledge of the food chain to feeding and caring for the critters here at LSNC. This week, LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed Kindergarten and 1st grade.

Camp Cool Down - Week 6

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 6

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Incredible Edibles and Fantastic Foods

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Food is all around us, and connects us to people and places all over the world. Take a walk through the woods and prairie and learn how to identify edibles you might find in your backyard. Then, explore how the foods you eat are grown and transported, from the compost pile to your table. Chefs, foodies, and gardeners will all love this tasty camp! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week.

The Scrumptious Science of Food

Camp Dates: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

What is a pickle, exactly? And how does yeast make bread rise? With a dash of science and a pinch of the culinary arts, you’ll discover the processes by which different ingredients are transformed. Uncover the mysterious power of the compost pile and learn how potatoes can generate electricity in this food camp for kids with a mad-scientist streak. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides.

Camp Cool Down - Week 7

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 7

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Once Upon A Mossy Log

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Once upon a mossy log, there lived a...what? YOU decide what happens next in this camp that’s all about telling stories through words, movement, and music. Meet animals up close, visit their outdoor homes, and then join the fun as we make up songs and stories to imagine what these critters lives are like.

Secrets from the Black Pond Woods

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Shhhhh, listen! Can you hear what the woods are saying? Discover the secrets of the forest and share them in your own unique way. Learn about literature from graphic novels to poems and plays. Then bring your own stories to life as you uncover the legends and secrets of LSNC’s Black Pond Woods.  **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and  an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. 

Trails, Scales, and Tales

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Have you ever been so excited by a story that you couldn’t wait to see how it ended? Have you dreamed of writing your own book, comic, or play? Spin stories and tell tall tales in this week-long adventure where you’ll explore the creatures of the pond, prairie, and woods and imagine the stories they would tell us if they had the chance. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This week, LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed 2nd and 3rd grade.

Base Camp Rangers

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Experience the job of a park ranger! After you set up base camp you will practice reading maps, tying knots, building fires, and identifying wild plants and animals. Meet a real-life ranger and complete a variety of wilderness challenges as you learn how to live comfortably in the wild. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This theme is also being offered during Week 3, July 5-8. 

Camp Cool Down - Week 8

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 8

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Survive!

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Test your survival skills by building a fire without matches, constructing different types of shelters, identifying wild edibles, and tracking animals. Learn how to navigate and canoe the mighty Huron River before you prepare your meals on the fire and camp out under the stars. Don’t stay up too late though - you’ll need to be well-rested for the ultimate survival challenge on your last day of camp!  **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. This theme is also being offered during Week 3, July 5-8.

Wildling

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

You might think it is easy to be an animal, but it’s a wild world out there! Build a shelter out of sticks, forage for food, and learn to camouflage as you discover how animals survive their wild lives. Practice making a fire and learn how humans find their way in the woods. After this camp, you’ll be ready for any outdoor adventure that comes your way! This week, LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed Kindergarten and 1st grade. This theme is also being offered during Week 3, July 5-8. 

Buzz, Croak, Dance, and Sing!

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

It’s time to really shake things up! Get in tune with buzzing bees, croaking frogs, and the other critters who are part of nature’s symphony. You’re sure to be tapping your toes after this thrilling week of instrument playing, music making, and sound study in the great outdoors.

Camp Cool Down - Week 9

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 9

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Mammal Maestros and Reptile Rockers

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

What is music and how is it made? Explore the physics of sound by observing how critters and instruments buzz, strum, sing, and beat. Then, collect ideas from the woods and the pond to compose your own musical pieces and perform them at a camp-wide concert! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This week LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed 2nd and 3rd grade.

Rock for Change

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Sing, strum, jam, and rock at this camp all about how animals and humans communicate through music and sound. You'll study animal sounds and explore what "music" really is. You'll even learn about different environmental challenges we face in the Ann Arbor area, and with the help of local activist and musician Joe Reilly, you'll write your own songs to share a message that is important to you with the world. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides. 

Camp Cool Down - Week 10

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Cost: 
$75/camper completed grades K/3

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Camp Cool Down with 4/5 Overnight - Week 10

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Cost: 
$60/camper with 4/5 overnight

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Ecosystem Explorers

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Cost: 
$260/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

How do animals and plants survive in the desert, the rain forest, or the extreme cold? Hike, observe, and play as you follow your own curiosity in this global adventure. Through nature hikes, games, and live animal encounters, you’ll explore the wide diversity of plants and animals in our world. This week, LSNC will offer two camp groups for campers who've completed kindergarten and 1st grade.

Nature Detectives

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Cost: 
$280/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Why do animals have scales? Why are some so big and others so small? If you found an animal, would you know where it likes to live and what it likes to eat, just from looking at it? Discover the answers to these questions, and more, as you study animals and plants from around the world and the amazing adaptations that make them special.**This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week.

Where in the World?!

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Cost: 
$300/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Exploration is the name of the game in this globe-trotting camp where we solve puzzles and clues to make our way across the world. Along the way you will meet exotic animals, learn about where they live, and find out about their special survival skills.  A week-long scavenger hunt will lead you to a wide variety of destinations around the world as you race to solve mysteries on a global scale!  **This session includes a thematically-related off-site field trip on Wednesday and an on-site overnight on Thursday evening. Campers will cook their meals on a fire, participate in fun night time activities, and camp out in tents that LSNC provides.

Adventure Quest: Myth, Magic, and Legend

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016
Cost: 
$226/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

You can find nature anywhere from the darkest dungeon to the highest mountain peak. Join fellow adventurers on this week-long quest of myth, magic, and legend. Along the way you’ll encounter mythic beasts and discover the stories behind them. You’ll battle disaster and search for adventure at every turn. YOU are the hero of this story! **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This theme is also being offered during Week 2, June 27-July 1. The Week 2 session includes an on-site overnight. 

Camp Cool Down - Week 11

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016
Cost: 
$60 for camper completed grades K/5

Unwind from an action-packed day of exploration by playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. Campers get an extra two hours of fun and parents have the benefit of a later pick-up time. Registration is required.

Care of Magical Creatures

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016
Cost: 
$226/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

Anyone with a finger on the pulse of the wizarding world knows that creatures need protecting--even dragons. Try your hand at animal care and learn how to protect the natural homes of magical creatures in this exciting, hands-on camp. Open to wizards, witches, and muggles alike, bring your imagination and sense of adventure! Wands are optional; armor and leather gloves will be provided as needed. **This session includes a thematically-related off-site trip on Wednesday. LSNC will provide details to registered campers and families in advance of the camp week. This theme is also being offered during Week 2, June 27-July 1. 

Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them

Camp Dates: 
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016
Cost: 
$210/camper; LSNC Members receive $10 off

What is a pixie and why does it like to hide? Is a griffin a mammal or a bird, and where does it sleep at night? Sink your claws into soil and stretch your wings at this magical camp that is all about animals: where they live and what they need to survive. You’ll even learn to cast a spell and create your own magical beast! This theme is also being offered during Week 2, June 27-July 1.