Ages 8-10: Four Elements - Science Experiments Inside and Out (Full. Register for waiting list.)June 26-30, 2017
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Earth, Air, Water and Fire! Each day of camp will offer an exploration of one of the elements through creative play, poetry and song, science experiments, learning about animals, and making interesting contraptions. Water wheels and boats, gravity cars and shadow games, experiments with fire and windmills are just some of the fun ways we may explore the elements through our own imaginings. By exploring the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, we will see how the four elements unfold gloriously in the natural world. We will take an otter and muskrat hike, follow a stream from its roots to the Kickapoo, build a campfire, make a fort and learn about birds. This camp offers many new activities as well as some of our old favorites. It's elementary!
Fee: $75/child (includes healthy snack; child must pack own lunch)
Limit: 12 children
Registration Deadline: June 9, 2017
Instructor: Vicki Ramsay is a Wisconsin certified environmental education teacher, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor and the Water Quality Coordinator for the Valley Stewardship Network. She teaches Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry and Life Drawing at Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua. She loves the adventures and lifelong learning that we all receive from Nature just by taking time to notice, explore and spend time in the wild sharing our discoveries.
Ages 8-10: Nature Nuts
July 10-14, 2017 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Full. Register for Waiting List.)
August 7-11, 2017 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Full. Register for Waiting List.)
Note: Each week includes the same programming; please register for only one.
Each day of Nature Nuts camp brings exploration, discovery and new skills. Campers will investigate the realm of plants with identification games and crafts, they’ll search for animal life and learn the art of quiet sitting to see who comes along. We’ll encounter the wonders of the water with a day on the pond learning basic canoe skills and safety and discovering who lives in this watery world. Traditional crafts and demonstrations in the ways that ancient peoples made their fires, shelters and food will also be part of the adventure. Each day will include hikes, time for guided play and safe exploration. We’ll get wet, dirty and gain a new level of comfort and knowledge about nature.
Fee: $75 (includes healthy snack; child must pack own lunch).
Limit: 12 children per session
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2017
Instructor: Nicholas Gale is a certified wilderness guide and has been teaching children at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for over 10 years. His passion is helping children learn nature awareness skills that help them connect with the earth.
Ages 8-10: Junior Naturalist Camp
(Full. Register for waiting list.)
July 24-28, 2017
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Anyone who is curious and likes learning about the natural world can be a junior naturalist! Join in the fun~ hiking, tracking animals, conducting plant and animal surveys (for example, students will estimate grasshopper populations with a capture-mark-release activity), learning to identify birds by sight and sound, determining the age of a tree, recording and drawing observations and data in a nature journal, and much more. Each day will bring new adventure and discovery as we hike (canoe and wade!) through different ecosystems learning about plant and animal adaptations.
Fee: $75 (includes healthy snack; child must pack own lunch)
Limit: 12 children
Registration Deadline: July 7, 2017
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 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.