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Adventure Awaits at 30+ Nature Camps Near Ann Arbor

At these Nature Summer Camps near Ann Arbor your kids will learn to appreciate the world around us. These camps include outdoor nature camps, animal camps, and ecology camps.

Camp Guide Sponsor - Camp Curiouser

Camp Curiouser hosts half-day camps for children ages 9-13 at beautiful Robin Hills Farms in Chelsea, Michigan. Morning sessions focus on ecology and field studies and afternoon sessions investigate our local foodshed and focus on food preparation. Both sessions can be combined with a supervised lunch for families who would like their child to have a full-day experience.Camp Curiouser’s goals are to:

    • Use children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for the outdoors to explore important ecological concepts.
    • Investigate the abundant agricultural history and practices in our area.
    • Discover how fascinating plants are by learning about wild plants as well as the cultivated plants we eat.
    • Explore food in new ways by making and tasting new foods each week.
    • Have fun outside and in the food lab!
 

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 - June 17-21, Week 02 - June 24-28, Week 04 - July 8-12, Week 05 - July 15-19, Week 07 - July 29-August 2

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

More Summer Camps

Don’t miss our full Summer Camp Guide sponsored by Rocks and Robots. The full guide includes camps of all types plus links to other sub-guides like this Nature Camp Guide.

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2024 Nature Summer Camps Near Ann Arbor

At these camps, your child’s camp experience will include a focus on nature – the outdoors, environment, ecology, plants, animals, and more. Most camps will include arts and crafts and spending time outdoors. Kids will learn new skills and gain a love of nature.

This list includes both indoor and outdoor summer camps near Ann Arbor that focus on nature. Camps like Leslie Science and Nature Center are almost all outside while other camps spend more time indoor but focus on animals or ecology.

2024 summer camps are still being announced. Check out these 2024 listings and then check the section below for 2023 camps and wait for updates.

Note: List order is randomized each time the page is loaded with our sponsors showing at the top. Sponsors listings include a description and an image/logo.

Some camps listed may offer a wide variety of themed camps that include Nature camps. Not all of their camp sessions will be nature camps.

Apple Scouts Nature Immersion Camp

Apple Playschools’ Apple Scouts is a gender-inclusive, multi-age, outdoors camp based on the belief that all children have the right to play and connect to the natural world. Children in our camp programs are immersed in the outdoors in all kinds of weather. Through child-initiated activities like hiking, tracking, mapping, playing, building, and creating, Apple Scouts explore the rich surroundings offered by local parks, woods, trails – even the farmer’s market! Campers traverse the community by bus and foot, growing alongside the neighbors and nature they encounter.

Locations:

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Outdoors, STEM

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Multi-Week, Full Day

Financial Aid Available

Price: Two week Sessions (week 1-4): $635/two week session, after care $150/session. One week session (week 5): $317.50/one week session, after care $75/session

Registration Opens: February 1, 2024

Maximum Day: 8:30am-5:30pm

Availability: Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Camp Georgetown

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Pop Culture, STEM

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Blue Turtle Nature Awareness and Wilderness Skills Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9

Unity in Learning/Leslie Science Center & Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors, STEM

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23, Week 11 – August 26-30

Summers-Knoll School

Camp Categories: Academic, Animals/Nature, Art, Food, Music, Pop Culture, STEM, Theater

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Girl Scout Overnight Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors, Overnight

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Multi-Week, Full Week, Overnight

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9

Happy Hooves

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Special Needs

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 08 – August 5-9

Ann Arbor YMCA Day Camps

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Computer, Food, LEGO, Outdoors, Pop Culture, Sport, STEM, Theater

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center Horse Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Sport

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Camp Gan Israel

Locations:

Camp Categories: Academic, Animals/Nature, Art, Outdoors, Sport, STEM

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders

Enrollment Types: Multi-Week, Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2

Emerson School

Camp Categories: Academic, Animals/Nature, Art, Computer, Food, LEGO, Music, Outdoors, Pop Culture, Sport, STEM, Theater

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Creature Conservancy

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Camp Paws

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Camp Explorations

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, STEM

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

The Farm at St Joe’s

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Food, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2

Michigan Audubon Young Birders Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Overnight

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28

Carousel Acres

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23, Week 11 – August 26-30

Teddy Bear Day Care & Learning Center

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Food, Sport

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders

Enrollment Types: Multi-Week, Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Camp Curiouser

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 07 – July 29-August 2

Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors, Overnight

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Overnight

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9

Howell Nature Center

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Overnight

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Hell Creek Equestrian Center

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

PandaPrograms

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2

Summer Camp at Stone School

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Half Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Before June 14, Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Camp Raanana

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Music, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Overnight

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Champions Camp

Camp Categories: Academic, Animals/Nature, Art, Computer, Food, Music, Outdoors, Pop Culture, Public Safety, STEM, Theater

Camp Ages: Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Multi-Week, Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2024

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

2023 Ann Arbor Nature Summer Camps

Camps are still publishing their 2024 camps. We are still waiting on updates for the following camps that were offered in 2023. Their 2023 information is shown below (note dates for each week have been updated to 2023 dates)

Kensington Day Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 09 – August 12-16

Grand Maple Farm Horse Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders, High Schoolers

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 10 – August 19-23

St Paul Day Camps

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, LEGO, Music, Sport, Theater

Camp Ages: Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16

Camp Dexter

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Sport, STEM

Camp Ages: Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Daily Registration, Full Day

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

PAX Gymnastics

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Pop Culture, Sport

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Half Day

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9

Great Escape Stables

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Outdoors, Sport

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School, 6th Graders, 7th Graders, 8th Graders

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 04 – July 8-12, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23, Week 11 – August 26-30

Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor Summer Camp

Camp Categories: Animals/Nature, Art, Outdoors

Camp Ages: Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Elementary School

Enrollment Types: Full Week, Full Day, Half Day

Financial Aid Available

Camp Year: 2023

Weeks: Week 01 – June 17-21, Week 02 – June 24-28, Week 03 – July 1-5, Week 05 – July 15-19, Week 06 – July 22-26, Week 07 – July 29-August 2, Week 08 – August 5-9, Week 09 – August 12-16, Week 10 – August 19-23

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