151 Awesome Summer Camp Nature Activities

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Can your nature program use some new ideas?

Is it all feeling a little repetitive?

Is it difficult to keep your campers engaged during nature activities?

Could your time be better spent on other things rather than programming?

Nature programs are difficult to run. You want them to be educational but also entertaining. Many campers will groan about having to go to nature class while at camp. Why? Because it usually isn’t that much fun, and, unless you’re running an educational camp, the kids are there to have a good time.

This book holds 151 ideas that have been tested and submitted by many camp professionals. These 151 program ideas were chosen because they are unique, fun, creative and most can be done at either a day camp or overnight camp.

What is your time worth? Learn what has worked for other camps. This book will save you many hours coming up with new program ideas to keep your return staff and campers excited and engaged.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HUNTS

  1. THE HUNT FOR BIG FOOT
  2. ALL THINGS NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
  3. MICROSCOPIC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
  4. B HUNT

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ANIMALS

  1. REPTILES
  2. ECHOLOCATION
  3. BLUBBER AND ANIMAL ADAPTATION
  4. BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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HIKES/WALKS

  1. UN-NATURE HIKE
  2. CREEK WALK
  3. NIGHT HIKE
  4. SHAPE HIKE

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GAMES

  1. JUNKOS and JAYS
  2. BIRDS, ANIMALS, FISH
  3. EAGLE EYE
  4. CAMOUFLAGE

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ARTS and CRAFTS

  1. LEAF STAMPS
  2. MINI GREENHOUSE
  3. PRESERVE A SPIDER WEB
  4. TREE DRAWING
  5. NATURE BEAD CURTAIN
  6. PAINT BY TOUCH

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. LISTENING ACTIVITY
  2. THE LORAX
  3. PARTNERING WITH A NON-PROFIT
  4. PROJECT LEARNING TREE and GROWING UP WILD
  5. ROCK RESPONSE
  6. SURVIVAL THEME
  7. MINI-RAFT BUILDING
  8. WORKING WITH OUTDOOR GROUPS
  9. PLANT TREES, FLOWERS OR A GARDEN
  10. NATURE JARS
  11. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

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Welcome to my Patchwork store. Here you will find all sorts of resources on camp programming, as well as a few other odds and ends. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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  1. Sparkles

    Once again, this does not disappoint! A fabulous resource! It will take another 10 years to get through all the activities. Wish I had had all these resources when I started working at camps in 1969!

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