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NEW! Where the Wild Things Are

July 23-27, 2018    

Have you ever seen a yellow-bellied sapsucker? Have you encountered a water scorpion? Have you practiced fox-walking? Bring your sense of wonder and adventurous spirit to explore the wetlands, prairies, and woodlands at the KVR. Each participant will take an active role in discovering how naturalists explore and learn about nature. Be prepared for hiking, canoeing, journaling, field studying, storytelling, nature crafting, and game playing. Interactive games will stress involvement and de-emphasize competition. Respectful behaviors in nature will be emphasized. Participants will be introduced to citizen science along with the opportunity to engage in a citizen science survey.

Fee:  $80 (youth must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children
Registration Deadline:  July 6, 2018
Instructors: Cathy Chybowski is an experienced naturalist/life science teacher whose passion is getting kids outside. She worked for several years as a DNR Naturalist and spent almost 20 years teaching ecology, biology and A.P. environmental science. She now works as a KVR instructor where she spends much time outdoors continuing to be inspired by nature and her students. 


children looking at the sun

Ages 11-14: Wilderness Adventure 

July 16-20, 2018 (optional overnight on July 19)

August 13-17, 2018 (optional overnight on August 16)

Whether you are joining Wilderness Adventure for the first time or returning for another year, there are always new skills to learn and friends to meet! Join us for a combination of high-adventure activities and wilderness living skills that promote self-confidence and wonder about nature. This camp will include challenge course team building; active adventure elements such as remote backpacking, map, and compass navigation; and river paddling. It will also allow participants to gain knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds, and wilderness survival skills. Our qualified instructors will guide students into new and challenging experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and serve them for a lifetime. Past Nature Nuts campers will have an opportunity to build the wilderness foundation skills they have already gained. This camp is also a prerequisite for Wilderness Leadership camp. The optional Thursday night overnight will give participants the opportunity to expand their wilderness cooking skills, fire building, and leave-no-trace camping skills; hone their night-time nature awareness; and do some guided evening star gazing if weather permits. An additional female staff will chaperone the overnight.

Fees: $80 Monday-Friday (youth must pack own lunch); $30 optional overnight (fee includes supper and breakfast)
Limit: 15 children per session
Registration Deadline: July 2, 2018

Instructors:  Nicholas Gale (Wilderness Adventure and Leadership) is a certified wilderness guide through a year-long primitive living immersion course.  He has been teaching summer camps and community programs at the Reserve for over 12 years.
Bill Humphrey (Wilderness Adventure and Leadership) is the owner of Essential Skills Outdoor School.  He is a certified climbing instructor with over 20 years of rock climbing and teaching experience.  Bill is a member of American Mountain Guides Association and a certified Wilderness First Responder through Wilderness Medical Associates.


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